Making Money on Classifieds sites like Craigslist, Backpage and PoshListings
Letís start with craigslist the biggest source of traffic by far featuring many great categories. Creating HTML Ads can be very useful with attracting attention and using large fonts with colored text make it stand out! If you have photoshop and dream weaver you can put something simple but still effective. I like to add hyper links to all my images driving traffic to what I am selling. Craigslist.com has really gone down hill recently with the flagging limits they have set is really annoying after you pay money to post an ad but as I said in the beginning Craigslist.com is by far the Top Dog for now!
BackPage.com itís like Craigslist.com but they have set the flagging limit to something really high I never had any problems being flagged and they allow sponsored listings along the top and side for a very responsible price it depends on the area and the most traffic cities and categories will cost you around $20.00 a week which is not the bad having advertised in the past with local weekly magazines I have spent as much as $7,000 month for not as much traffic. The internet is worth spending all your money in advertising you will see instant results.
The new kid on the block PoshListings.com has huge promise it is the newest out of the two I noticed they twitter blast all new postings which does drive some traffic to your ad and unlike craigslist they have also set the flagging limit really high so you do not have to worry about you ad staying up. PoshListings.com is also 100% free at this time you can post any many ads al multiple cities for free not bad and they will blast your posting to thousands and thousands of posh followers.
OK, now that we have gone through the three classifieds website and you just created you ad in dreamweaver or any HTML editor add some images and text with links to your site save that is a file for future reference open the new Craigslist.com file copy the HTML and past it in the new classifieds site backpage.com and PoshListings.com and submit your same ad and then you are done.
Here are a few other classified websites oodle.com and kijiji.com if you search google there are new ones always popping up. It doesnít hurt to post the HTML ad you created to all the sites it can be a pain but more resource to get your name out there and indexed by google.
Comments on related blogs to your specific market if you want to find these blog google the name i.e. Real Estate do not just spam your website first read the article then add something useful with a link to your site as a reference be a little sneaky.
Link exchanges drive traffic google linkmanager you create link exchanges with other websites.
Email users from craigslist.com, Backpage.com and PoshListings.com with a message for them selling your product some people do not like being contacted but it is a numbers game and I have found new clients through emailing this way some people do read them. I like to offer them advice say some thing like
Hi, I read your ad and thought that you would be interested in
receiving more traffic to increase your ad exposure for free.
I was surprised how easy it was to copy my ads from backpage and craigslist then past the text plus pictures and I received hundreds of hits from my one ad.
Check it out for yourself itís free and easy.
Just go to: http://poshlistings.com
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Soon I will write about twitter I have found good uses for it.
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