Coupons, Websites, Saving Money, And Making Money

By now, readers might be familiar with the various websites and apps which lead consumers to savings. They help people find online coupons, promo codes, and discounts at web hosts, supermarkets, book stores, and pet supply shops. The business of helping people save money is growing as big as some of the businesses they promote, and I do mean promote. One who runs a coupon website does not do it for kicks and giggles or because of an altruistic desire to save readers money. Saving you money is a bonus, and the work is interesting, but coupon sites earn their owners real cash too.

Double-sided Benefits

Coupons are listed by the makers of products on web pages run by affiliate marketers. These individuals sign up with a firm to advertise goods but not sell them. Their job is to promote and lead consumers to web hosts, party supply stores, technology mega-stores, and so on.

Affiliate identification codes are inside those coupons where you can’t see them, deep in the software, and your interest in their coupons potentially supports the affiliate. These entrepreneurial individuals earn commission when your interest leads to a sale which can be traced back to one of their personal codes, found in links and banners too.

A website owner can also allow a company to post Pay-Per-Click ads for a fee based on the number of clicks this company’s ad receives. Ads on coupon sites might leave you wondering about the veracity of reviews or how worthy coupons actually are, but they aren’t necessarily bad.

Customer Caveat

Here is where discernment is key. Customers must explore multiple coupon websites and compare but also read extensively at the site where they wish to shop for services or products. Here they will sometimes find that certain savings are built into plans or a coupon is not needed in order to access a discount or promotion like free-shipping or a free one-month subscription. If discounts sound worthless, then the site might also be too biased or not very professional. Reviews shouldn’t be trusted unless they are backed up by multiple other sources first.

Coupon Site Features

A web page where you find coupons for web hosting, supplements, or sporting goods, for example, might not provide anything but a filter to help viewers find items applicable to their search. Others supply useful information about the top companies in a field, most used coupons, reviews and comparisons of companies. They will sometimes add even more stats like input from people who have already used these coupons: how did that go? Were they easy to redeem and were they authentic? Find out the percentage of “likes” and “dislikes.” Learn if a coupon is new or stale too because a new deal could be on the horizon. ¬†For instance, if you were looking for a rackspace or media temple coupon, you could check out: WebsiteHostCouponCodes.com – Rackspace coupon code for 25% off. Or you may want to checkout this Media Temple promo code for 20% off. Firms that create these savings opportunities don’t do so on a limited basis; a new one is always waiting to take the place of an old offer. They expire, but the space left by an expired coupon fills quickly.

Types of Discounts

One filter readers might see depending on the site leads to promo codes, percentage discounts, an amount of money off, BOGO, free shipping, and other filters. This makes it easier to narrow down a search amid dozens of possible coupons. You probably have a savings format in mind.

Coupons in the 21st Century

Shoppers still clip coupons from packaging and newspaper inserts. They now print coupons-cutthem off of the internet and download them to Smartphones. Coupon use is not as prominent as it was ten years ago, but the trend is also shifting away from paper-based savings to barcodes on screens. Lots of shoppers still think it’s fun to look for these items in magazines, newspapers, and online. While shopping at the grocery store, these people are keenly attentive to opportunities such as in-store promotions and savings built into brochures and recipe hand-outs.

The news about coupon codes (no barcode required) is still spreading slowly as increasing numbers of consumers shop online. This is where most codes must be redeemed and where customers are saving 5, 10, 50, or 75% off of clothing, make-up, and other goods shipping from domestic and international locations.

Building a Coupon Code Website

Visit WordPress where readers are invited to learn all kinds of tips about starting a website with Open Source technology. This means you do not need to know how to write computer codes; just come with an idea and they will help you build on it. WordPress provides themes and templates for individuals to utilize free of charge, although professional hosting costs money and is highly recommended. WordPress even recommends Site Ground as a suitable host for coupon web pages like the one we are talking about.

There is a video and also written directions about how to format, how to bring affiliate-encrypted coupons or banners onto the page, how to create filters, what add-ons work well here, thematic suggestions, and more. If you use free services from WordPress but do not arrange hosting, advertising on the page you set up will be out of your hands. Remember, allowing companies to post their PPC and other ads is part of how a coupon-code web page administrator makes a living. That is also how WordPress makes their money; by adding advertisements to free pages. If you choose to have a page professionally hosted by Site Ground or another WordPress-friendly website hosting company (which is most of them), you select the ads that will appear on the page and those will be your affiliate-linked banners, etc. Browse lots of examples to find out how to use headers, sidebars, interactive features, and more.

Hosting Options

WordPress hosting will be shared and low-cost with monthly fees ranging from an introductory rate of about $4 to $8 or more each month depending on your hosting provider. Managed hosting is often helpful, providing additional services, but 24/7 customer support is standard. You should look at uptime stats and loading speed, and security is important, but people don’t share personal identification to download coupons. You are not running an e-commerce checkout, so the safeguards in place here can be basic, not advanced. This will save you money.

Save Money Or Make Money With Coupons

Shoppers with an eye for a bargain are patient consumers. They wait for sales they know are coming soon, like Black Friday or Boxing Day. They anticipate seasons for bargains and prepare months in advance for holidays by purchasing leftover stock after Halloween and Christmas. They order in bulk, wait for stuff to get close to its sell-by date, and they know what something is worth. These are the shoppers who scour newspapers and other media for coupons, opportunities to earn more reward points at their favorite stores and load their phones with coupon apps.

So Many Ways to Save

As you can see, there are traditional modes of saving such as waiting for sales and clipping coupons; even printing them from the internet or visiting a page to have coupons mailed to your door. Some traditional methods have received modern overhauls: coupon barcodes on Smartphone redeemable at participating stores, for example. The coupon code or promo code is a relatively new innovation, perhaps as old as some well-established social media pages; very contemporary. Use of this discount format is growing as more people shop online and as word spreads about their existence and usefulness.

Benefits to Both Sides

The person who posts coupons makes money because he or she is probably an affiliate marketer. With several memberships under their belts, these individuals earn commissions on product sales by promoting businesses on their coupon sites. Codes are two-sided: there is the savings component a consumer sees and types in at the checkout, and there is the embedded code unseen by consumers which a firm uses to identify which affiliate’s website or blog has sent them a customer.

Both the affiliate and the consumer win. One saves money; the other earns money, and neither one needed to do anything technical. Even building a webpage for promo codes isn’t much different from hosting a blog about your sister’s upcoming wedding and their first year of marriage. Website templates on Open Source sites make this easy.

Exploring an Open Source

Don’t hire a website developer to create your page. He or she will charge lots of money to do what you are highly capable of: creating a page that is thematically interesting, professional, tidy, and effective. WordPress, Joomla, and others believe the internet should be accessible to all at little or no cost. They enable consumers to make their mark with the support of templates and thousands of educational articles and videos. They want you to succeed. The down side is that unless you want to pay for hosting, these companies will implant their own advertising on your site and it might not be what you wanted.

Open Source pages are simply that: open to everyone. Technologically trained and astute individuals contribute to and constantly enhance this service; they answer consumers’ questions too, but they don’t charge for their services, and you can still build a page without knowing website code-writing. Drag-and-drop templates make it easy. If the enthusiastic and intelligent shopper indicated above were to run a business or was enthusiastic about sharing holiday experiences with family and friends online, they would potentially use one of these website templates and possibly embed coupons or other marketing links into the page using tools offered by Open Source developers which include add-ons and plug-ins. Websites full of photos and personal writing can still be utilized for money-making purposes where links are related to content (scrapbooking resources, photographic equipment, holiday resorts, etc.)

Watch videos; read articles; talk to friends; call your web hosting provider: these are all good ways to figure out how a good site comes to life. Your coupon hosting page could incorporate comment boxes for viewer input, statistical graphics, and reviews. There will be natural places in which to place coupons, ads, images, videos, and category headings.

WordPress Web Hosting

Although the service is free and many bloggers happily go with the no-fee service, the better option is to sign up for a low-cost hosting package. This will be a shared arrangement which means many people’s sites will be routed to the same server owing to the limited traffic expectations of each one and their need for only a relatively small amount of storage or bandwidth. Many hosts offer WordPress-specific packages from $4 and up per month. If you do your job right, you will earn that money back within an hour, and the page will build momentum, earning a top place in the Google search rankings for your category.

Searching for Coupons with Filters

It is unlikely that a coupon page will list just savings for one company although they might settle on an industry. SaveHuge.org lists discounts for¬†electronic cigarettes, vitamins, or website hosting, etc. In a case like this, all promo codes would relate to companies in that given field or possibly to closely related ones. Useful filters include “most popular,” “top ten companies,” “most successful coupons,” or coupons from “the last 24 hours,” “the past week,” “this past month.”

Often, websites for PC or mobile applications host coupons from around the e-commerce community; they are run by generalists without a niche. Their filters include the ones above but also relate to a type of business. Narrow your search for entertainment, parenting, sports, technology, or web hosting.

Another filter pertains to the type of saving one might access. This could be a percentage off of the original price. It could be a dollar value or “buy one, get one 50% off.” You might only receive free shipping or a free month’s subscription to something. Items might be listed: save on this model, that package size, or only designs for women, not men.

Learn what coupons have expired so you get a feel for what might come up soon and the capacity for a firm’s generosity. These discounts are useful to businesses because they attract new customers.

Careful Customers

Sometimes, the savings on one site are better than those at another. Occasionally, the coupon is made redundant by an on-site offer by the company. Shop around for coupons. There is a surprising number of sites which host these non-clip coupons, so you are spoiled for choice. Take advantage and be a savvy consumer.

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