Can you get free advertising on Facebook? What about Google, or Bing-Yahoo?
As of 2016, the answer is “sorta” yes. All the companies above want to encourage new companies to start advertising and, from time to time, run promotional campaigns which offer free advertising credits. Google and Bing-Yahoo make these coupons readily available, although Facebook is far less predictable, and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pick up a completely free Facebook ad coupon.
As of January 2016, the only way to find a Facebook ad coupon is to purchase one on Fiverr. Because sellers come and go, your best bet is do a search for “Facebook ads coupon” and browse the current offers. Along with Facebook coupons, you’ll also find sellers who can write and manage your ads, boost your page likes, design graphics and more.
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Bing / Yahoo! Advertising Coupons
Although Facebook ad coupons have become few-and-far-between, coupons for Bing and Google are still readily available. For Bing, you can get a $50 ad credit completely free. The coupon comes directly from Microsoft, and you can use it for ad campaigns on both Bing and Yahoo search engines.
If you were hoping to start advertising on Facebook, it may be a better idea to get your feet wet with Bing instead. That way you can learn the ropes of online advertising before dishing out money for Facebook or Google. To get started, check out our guide to Bing Advertising.
Google Advertising Coupon
By far the most popular search engine, Google is an essential place for small businesses to advertise their websites. New advertisers can get $75 in Google Advertising Credit, although you have to spend $25 of your own money first. The credit is offered by Google Adwords, which is the service you use to run and manage your ad campaigns. To get started, check out our guide to advertising on Google.
Facebook Advertising Coupon – What Happened?
It used to be that Facebook had many different promotions in which they gave out free $50 advertising coupons. If you do a search for “Free Facebook Coupons” on Google you’ll probably see some results like this:
- Free coupon when you buy WordPress hosting through GoDaddy
- Free coupon when you setup a DIY website through Wix
- Free coupon when you “like” Facebook’s Marketing page
Unfortunately none of these are still active. What happened is in mid-2015 Facebook tightened their hold on advertising credit coupons, likely in response to companies who were “reselling” coupons on eBay and Fiverr. As a result, Facebook ended many of these promotions.
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Is it Still Possible To Find a Facebook Ad Coupon?
The answer is yes, although it’s much harder than it used to be. Facebook still gives out coupons to its users on a semi-random basis. By nature, however, these are unpredictable and not something you should expect to find in your inbox as a new user.
Ebay and Fiverr used to have a big market for Facebook ad coupons. For as little as $5 you could get a coupon for $50 in advertising credit. By and large, however, these sellers have disappeared. There are some who appear now and then, however, as well as sellers who offer guides to find coupons yourself. By doing a search for “Facebook ads coupon” on Fiverr and narrowing it to “social marketing” on the left hand column, you can find all the current offers.
Note that we cannot verify the legitimacy of these sellers, so if you do choose to buy a coupon, proceed with caution.
More Ways to Market Your Business on Facebook
You can also check out our other guides to marketing on Facebook: