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How to get $381 in FREE targeted (PPC) advertising with Google, Yahoo, and Looksmart.

$231 in Google ($450 credit for $229 investment, GoDaddy trick)
$50 in MSN ($50 credit for new accounts)
$25 in Yahoo ($50 credit for new accounts)
$50 in Looksmart ($50 off $100 spend on new accounts)

Ok, so I stumbled on this cool little way to turn $230 into a $450 Adwords credit that takes less than a half hour to do. Then I snooped around some more and found 2 more deals – 1 for Yahoo, 1 for Looksmart. These deals/promos are a good way for anybody new to the PPC (pay-per-click) world to start off their campaigns.

GOOGLE ADWORDS

g2.gifMay 2007 Update: check out this comment for an update on this technique.

Here’s how to do it:

(You can checkout what Pro Reseller account looks like so you get an idea – but don’t sign up yet – come back here. I’ll wait.)

  1. Sign up to be a GoDaddy Super Reseller (it’s a bit confusing but basically it lets you sell reseller accounts) via their partner Wild West Domains. It will cost you $229. You get a promotional code for $250 Google Adwords credit in an email after you sign up (you’re already $31 up).
  2. With a new GoDaddy Super reseller account, you get 1 free pro reseller account. After you get your email confirming the super reseller account, activate your Super reseller storefront & buy one reseller account using your super reseller link. The total cost will be $0 when you checkout (like I said, you get 1 free pro account with a super account). You become your fist new customer.
  3. Once you get your Pro Reseller account activated, you will get an email with a promotional code for a $200 Google Adwords credit.
  4. Now all you need to do is open 2 different Adwords accounts and use 1 promotional code per account. Now you have $450 worth of Google Adwords credit for a total investment of $229. (You might be able to use both promotional codes on 1 account, but I haven’t tested this). Click here to open your new adwords accounts:

As a bonus you can now register domain names for $7.00 (cost of $7.85 with 85 cents credited to your reseller account). Plus you can get private domain registration (Domains By Proxy) for $1 to $1.95. GoDaddy now offers total DNS control, which pretty much makes it the best registrar around.

As you do all this, keep a pen and paper around to keep track of your user ID’s, logins, etc. It can get a little complicated with the number of levels involved here. If you don’t want to remain a super reseller, just remember to cancel your accounts within a year so you don’t get charged another $229 next year.

YAHOO SEARCH MARKETING (FORMELY OVERTURE)

ysm.gif Yahoo Search Marketing promotion code: Link ($25 credit when you sign up – new accounts).
YSM is a pretty good alternative to Adwords. They require approval before you ads run and have a 10 cent per click minimum. They don’t have as much traffic as Google, but it’s not bad.

LOOKSMART

looksmart.gif Looksmart coupon code: Q3GOFISH ($50 off $100 order – new accounts)
UPDATE: You might want to check out this post before trying Looksmart.
Looksmart can be a bit of a wildcard from what I understand. If you have a global audience and have specific products, then they might be worth a try (since I guess they have defined portals). They definately don’t have the volume that G or Y has. I just started testing Looksmart so I will post back and let you know how they perform for me.

(I couldn’t find any promos for MSN Adcenter. If anyone knows of any, please email me.)
Update: Found $50 credit link for MSN Adcenter.

Comments or suggestions welcome. Happy advertising!

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Dan Lester October 31, 2006 at 9:38 pm

On the Google/Godaddy trick, where on Godaddy does it say that you get 1 free pro reseller account? I’m not seeing it.

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Markus November 1, 2006 at 10:11 am

Look down the page in the blue box under what’s included in Super Resellers Plan: “Bonus! Free enrollment in the Pro Reseller program. A $199.00 value!”

You get an AdWords credit for each one, Super and Pro (which is included with Super).

It’s a little confusing and you really have to keep track of what you’re doing, but it’s a nice way to double your AdWords money.

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Brad Mills November 4, 2006 at 2:52 am

It’s November 3rd 2006 – I’m just wondering if this still woks? Please email me at *** to let me know if this promotion is still going! I’m very grateful if this does work, I need to do some google adwords!

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Sixav November 8, 2006 at 3:19 am

I bought Super Reseller and activated Pro Reseller account from the “control panel” but didn’t receive $200 Google Adwords credit for Pro Reseller. (Do I have to order from the store front)

All I got from Godaddy now is just $250 credit from Super Reseller.

What should I do? or Can I email direct to request this from Godaddy ? (I’m not sure every free Pro Reseller is eligible for another $200 Adwords credit.)

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Markus November 8, 2006 at 9:23 am

Once you buy your first Pro reseller account (from your own Super reseller store) at a cost of $0.00, you should get an email with the $200 Adwords credit shortly after.

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Sixav November 10, 2006 at 4:43 am

Thanks Markus.

But this is almost 2 weeks since I activated Pro Reseller.

Is it does matter / different in order to get AdWords credit that I just pushed to activate instant ProReseller from my own control panel? or I have to buy ProReseller from my storefront?

Thanks again

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G January 9, 2007 at 11:38 pm

This doesnt work because you dont purchase a pro reseller account for $0.00. You automatically get it for free. Thus not getting the second google adwords credit.

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Markus January 10, 2007 at 7:21 am

It worked for me when I did it in August. It’s possible they have changed the process since then.

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tee February 9, 2007 at 4:21 pm

in regards to when the year is up you say to cancell your account so you don’t get charges another $229. so I guess you would sign up again and get the free stuff again. But what happens to the clients you have, do you lose them etc So if you where to start a new account , you start with no clients?

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Tim March 3, 2007 at 7:50 am

Guys, it doesn’t seem to work anymore. I bought this super reseller account from godaddy 2 days ago, but have not receive $250 Adwords coupon yet :-(

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wservers March 4, 2007 at 12:04 pm
SiNeX May 8, 2007 at 12:31 pm

It still works as I have been doing it over several months now – but I have had it confirmed by Godaddy that they do not issue the $200 for the Pro Reseller anymore as it goes against 1 voucher per customer rule.

They also have instance when they forget to give you the voucher but if you submit a support request eventually it turns up.

:)

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Markus May 8, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for the tip Sinex. I’ll update the blog post to reflect this.

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Taimour June 8, 2007 at 6:51 am

Now the Super Reseller accounts come with only $125 Google Adwords Credit ! For those who live in USA, they also get $200 Microsoft adCenter Credit!

It is more efficient now to Sign up to be a basic reseller account with any reseller offering it at the minimum price; which is $59.99. (GoDaddy is offering it for $99)

You’ll get $75 Google Adword Credits and $100 Microsoft adCenter Credit.

Many resellers are offering it for only $59.99, like http://www.JordanSoft.net and http://securepayreeller.net/

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AdWords Promotional Code June 25, 2007 at 11:07 am

I have confirmed GoDaddy.com that they give a pro account free.

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tatiana August 4, 2007 at 12:30 pm

how does this one work? you can just signup for a reseller plan…get the vouchers…and then cancel within 30 days? Do they send the voucher as soon as you signup for the basic reseller plan in godaddy?

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Karthik September 1, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Tatiana, I think the scheme doesn’t work anymore, I’m not sure, but seeing that the blog post is over a year old, I’d think they may have changed it now.

To the original poster, yes, AdCenter recently announced their promo – http://www.iamkarthik.com/microsoft-yahoo-promotional-offers-8/

Hope that helps.

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تصميم مواقع November 10, 2007 at 8:18 am

it’s not working :(

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webdesignin November 19, 2007 at 7:09 am

is this promotional offer still available with the godaddy reseller program? also, how would you implement the reseller program into your website? Thanks

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Markus November 19, 2007 at 10:52 am

I don’t know if this still works since this post was way over a year ago.

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oca December 15, 2007 at 8:12 am

Google® AdWords® credit* up to $125
Microsoft® adCenter credit† up to $200

Promotional credit must be applied to a new AdWords account within 15 days of account creation and is valid only for new Google® AdWords® customers with self-managed signup accounts. Advertisers will be charged for advertising that exceeds the promotional credit. Advertisers will need to suspend their ads if they do not wish to receive additional charges beyond the free credit amount. Subject to ad approval, valid registration and acceptance of the Google® AdWords® Program standard terms and conditions. The promotional credit is non-transferable and may not be sold or bartered. Offer may be revoked at any time for any reason by Google Inc. One promotional credit per customer. Advertisers with self-managed signup accounts are subject to a $5.00 activation fee. Offer valid only for sign ups through the URL provided for the promotion. Expires 06/30/2008

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rebates February 18, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Looksmart coupon code and link invalid. Pls check it out.

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Markus February 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I don’t recommend anyone use Looksmart, so I’m not even going to bother looking for new active coupon codes for them.

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DeepLD April 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm

They are

*Google® AdWords® credit* up to $125
*Microsoft® adCenter credit† up to $200

now

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Mike May 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I’m not a fan of those coupons, but thanks for the intention of sharing useful information.

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abol May 20, 2008 at 8:12 am

Thank for good info, try to start PPC !

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Jack Dawson June 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm

They are not offering $250 for super reseller account.

they are offering

Google Adwords : $125
Microsoft adcenter : $200

any way thanks for sharing good info. Anyway by this also we can benefit if we cancel the hosting after getting coupon code, i am thinking.

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Casey Serin July 16, 2008 at 4:38 am

Note to the author…. notice many people here want to know if this is still working and what the new angles are… would you please update this page and keep it updated? There is obviously demand for this information. I would be even willing to pay a small fee for this…

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candyzhao August 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm

its very easy to have google , bidvertiser, yahoo, and other ad credit, just purchase a hosting service, when you get the ad code, then cancel.

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Jeff January 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

Instead of GoDaddy, get it from a GoDaddy reseller (exact same stuff, just cheaper) like http://www.jmkdomains.net they have a 10% off deal right now, which makes the reseller package even cheaper. If you don’t want to shell out the $150 then go to http://www.jmkdomains.com and buy the 1 month Delux hosting, it will cost you $7 and gives you $25 Google and $50 Microsoft ad credits.

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Shane October 26, 2009 at 12:41 am

I have bought at godaddy Super Reseller acc, but i have not received any coupon. Say that : “You have not placed an order for a product that qualifies you to receive an advertising credit. Learn more about advertising on Facebook®, Google® AdWords®.”…

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erica May 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

unfortunately, google doesn’t let people combine adwords coupons. believe me, i tried, and if you check their help forums, you’ll get the same answer. If you have a $250 coupon and a $200 coupon, just redeem the $250 one. If you try to redeem the $200 coupon later, you will get an error message. the system won’t let you have two coupons. kind of sucks, but one coupon is better than none :)

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