Just wanted to do a quick post since we’re nearing the end of October – this means that my most anticipated event of the year is nearing. The annual Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale is coming! For this year, Black Friday falls on 27th November 2015.

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November).

Since the early 2000s, it has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US. With the onslaught of online shopping, consumers all around the world (including yours truly) have been able to take advantage of a typically US-centric sales event!

Cyber Monday is always the Monday after Black Friday, and many retailers tend to launch a weekend-long sales event whereby everything goes on sale. If you are intending to make a purchase any time soon and it is something that you are able to buy online, no harm waiting for a little bit more. Yes, that’s delayed gratification for me.

Not Just For Physical Products

Perhaps it might be also important to highlight that sales does not only apply to physical products. Besides TurtleInvestor.NET, I also write on a travel blog where I share my adventures and experiences.

Every year, I use the Black Friday Sale to try out new things. Stuff such as WordPress themes and plugins on the cheap, basically stuff which I would otherwise find too expensive to purchase on retail price. Oh yes, and those premium mobile phone apps I’ve been waiting to get with a discount.

If you are an aspiring (or veteran) blogger who wants your personal domain name, you can even get discounted web hosting deals! Just last year, I snagged a USD2.95 per month deal with an awesome web host which is ridiculously cheap no matter which way you look at it.

While we’re on the topic of web host, please note that not all web hosts are created equal. Like any business, there are also underhand tactics and consumers rip-offs. For example, I know for a fact that a number of bloggers are using web hosts associated with Endurance International Group (EIG), such as BlueHost or HostGator.

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Endurance International Group is known for its silent takeovers of some of the largest web hosting companies in the industry. However, the acquired companies (more than 60 of them) continue to operate under their established brand names and do not try to publicize that they are owned by EIG.

While not all their customers have experienced significant problems, a quick Google search will tell you that the internet is awash with users who have had bad experiences with the acquired companies, and when they switch to another web host in search of improved uptime / services / support, they jump right back into the arms of EIG.

One reason for EIG’s companies’ perceived popularity is because of their aggressive affiliate programme. A standard tactic among get-rich-quick-online internet marketers is to make money off referral sign-ups to services even though they are very likely to be aware the potential problems behind it.

Step 1. Go start a blog with a paid web host with my referral link
Step 2. Just write! Money will come! But how? Well, you just made money for the internet marketer. Your turn to figure it out! Boo.

I mean, there is nothing wrong with selling a good product, but marketing a potentially flawed product to your readers is just incomprehensible. That’s all for today! Enjoy shopping next month if you’re doing so!

P.S. This post is certified free from referral links!

P.S. The end of the year is coming, which means the Turtle Investor Annual Giveaway is coming as well! I’m currently deciding on the finance/investment related book to be given away. After Andrew Hallam’s Millionaire Teacher in 2013 and Invest Lah! The Average Joe’s Guide to Investing in 2014, this year’s freebie is going to be an awesome book as well. If you have signed up for Turtle Investor’s newsletter, you are guaranteed eligibility into all future giveaways.

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