The other day I noticed a new wordpress plugin called WP Coupon. I love coupons personally and have been integrating this feature into one of my existing plugins that I had developed for personal use.
Coupons are a great way of offering discounts to people plus they are a handy way of getting links, traffic and buyers for your products. Everyone loves coupon discounts don’t they?
If you have a coupon you can upload your coupon to many of the coupon sites that gets loads of traffic each day and redirect a bit of that lovely traffic your way.
Here’s a few coupon sites to start you off:
Jacks Coupon Codes
Not only can you use coupon sites but you can use Cheap Tweet to tweet its followers looking for a bargain once you have a coupon offering a discount on a product or service. This is a great way to increase profits for your business. According to Twitter Coupon, Dell increased its profits by $2,000,000 using Twitter to promote its outlet store. Now, two million bucks is coffee money for a company like Dell but if you increased your sales by just a teensy weensy bit, it would make a difference to your overall bottom line. Not to mention, you’ll also be getting lots of link love as well.
Now, all you need is a coupon for your product or service and this is where WordPress comes in handy!
I don’t use WP Coupon and I have absolutely NO intention of buying it or promoting it. The plugin does have a number of features like:
- optimization for search engines
- ability to change and update coupons
- store subscriptions
- affiiate link management
- sponsored categories
- page templates
However, the average user may find the price tag on this baby a little steep. So I did some digging around and found a few coupon plugin alternatives that won’t leave such a hole in your budget.
The first one is called Coupon Press . Strangely, this plugin is in the wordpress repository but it is a paid plugin…… hmmm. There is a theme which is free that you can download though.
At the time of writing the product costs $79. It includes:
- a theme
- a plugin
What it does is allow you to import thousands of coupon codes into your site in little time. This means that you can set up your own coupon site like Retail Me Not super fast.
- csv importer to import coupons
- changeable themes
- integrated with google analytics and webmaster tools
- search engine optimized
- psd files included
Now if you don’t want a full blown coupon site there are other options available to you as well.
You can use the free Promotions Widget Plugin to create your own promotion, coupon or giveaway for your site. Although the plugin is free you still need to sign up with Wildfire to use their tools. The pricing per campaign ranges from $5.00 to more than $250.00
Now a free plugin (that is truly free) to create vouchers/coupons for your site is called Voucher Press this plugin allows you to use your own custom templates or the preloaded ones. You can also limit the number of times that the voucher is downloaded, allow for it to be printed and require an email address. Not all the bells and whistles of the other plugins but certainly enough to get you started creating coupons for increased sales, traffic and links.
If you are looking for something short and sweet that allows you to insert a coupon in a widget then check out the Coupon Plugin. I have used this one myself in the past.
Now, here’s what I would do. I’d create a lovely template and coupon using the Voucher Press plugin (free) and tweet about my new offer on Twitter. I’d then upload my voucher at the coupon sites above. Every week I’d look at my stats and see which sites are bringing me traffic. Next time when I create a voucher I’ll just upload the voucher to the sites that have proven to bring traffic to my niche previously (just coz it will save me some time!)
No matter what niche you are in you should be able to integrate a coupon into your marketing. It might be for a discount, a bundle price on a package, buy one get one free deal. You name it there is a coupon out there that has your name on it.
P.S. There are no affiliate links in this post whatsoever 🙂