Blog of an Internet Marketer

June 6, 2009

Few Terminology relating to classified ad postings

Classifieds: Classifieds are short notices placed under headings classifying the product or service being offered without it’s own heading usually for offered services, business listings, items for sale, or ‘wanted’ ads. There are generally no pictures or other graphics within the advertisement of a newspaper, although sometimes a logo may be used. But online classified ads may contain image, audio and even video. Video classifieds are new trend of online classifieds.

Title:  Title is the Heading  of an ad. This is very important. The visitors normally see only this title on the listing page. Recommended maximum length of title is 70 characters.

Description : Description means Body of an ad. This is details of your offer. Here you should describe your product or service clearly. But don’t use too long description. Use HTML and image where possible.

Campaign: Campaign means an whole advertising plan. A campaign may consists of multiple ads posted on multiple classified sites and locations. The purpose of a campaign is to promote one or several related products or services.

Live ad:  A classified posting which is available to the visitors of that particular site is termed as a Live Ad or Live Posting.

Flagged ad: An objectionable ad posting which is removed from the site as it was flagged as spam or otherwise objectionabale by some visitors. Over posting flames flagging. So avoid over posting.

Ghosted ad: Some sites like craigslist, backpage, kijiji, gumtree removes some postings without notifying the ad poster. This is popularly known as ad ghosting. This is normally done by some kind of software automatically. This doesn’t require flagging by visitor. A post even may not appear on the site at all. Posting with non-local IP is a major reason of ghosting.

PVA: This term relates to craigslist posting.  To post under service categories of USA or Canada craigslist an account verified with a phone number is required. Such account is called PVA i.e Phone Verified Account.

IP Address: Each computer is identified with an IP Address. The free classifieds sites use this IP address to prevent excessive posting by the same poster. Location may be determined from IP address. Most of the popular sites use this information to prevent posting by foreigners.

URL Cloacking: Hiding a long URL with a short redirect URL is called URL claocking. This is required if you are trying to promote your affiliate products on online free calssified websites.  Free URL shortening services may be used for this purpose.

Popularity: 38% [?]

May 5, 2009

Popular Free Classifieds of Australia

Sometimes my clients who are willing to market their products or services in Australian market ask me what free classifieds sites of Australia are popular and will be profitable to advertise. So I have compiled a list of popular online free classifieds of Australia.

  • Gumtree Australia  is the most populasr local free classifieds of Australia. Current Alexa rank is 4,576 and Rank amoung Australian sites is 57.  Popular cities of Australian Gumtree are sydney.gumtree.com.au, melbourne.gumtree.com.au, newcastle.gumtree.com.au, perth.gumtree.com.au, brisbane.gumtree.com.au. 
  • Craigslist.com.au is the second most popular free classified website in Australia.  Current Alexa rank is 28,973 and Rank amoung Australian sites is 748.  Popular cities of Australian Craigslist are sydney.craigslist.com.au, melbourne.craigslist.com.au, darwin.craigslist.com.au, brisbane.craigslist.com.au, canberra.craigslist.com.au 
  • cracker.com.au  is another free classifieds for Australia. Place an Advert on cracker now
  • adoos.com.au  Australia Free Classifieds. Post your FREE Ad on Adoos.
  • locanto.com.au  Browsing, searching and posting classified ads on Locanto Australia is fast, simple and free. Posted ads will be live for 60 days,  pictures may be used and on Locanto you can even add a clickable hyperlink url to your website.
  • aufreeads.com Also popular in India and Saudi Arabia.  Post a Free Classified ad at this Australian classifieds website for FREE! No sign up. No email confirmation. Your ad goes online immediately.
  • kugli.com Kugli is getting popularity in Australia too. Kugli is already popular in India and Pakistan.
  • adpost.com  Australia free Classifieds for over 1000+ cities, 500+ regions worldwide & across Australia.  Post a Free Ad with video.
  • freead.com.au Australian free advertising portal.  Register for free!
  • ozfreeonline.com Oz Free Classifieds Online is the largest free Australian advert posting site. Place your classified ads, items for sale, wanted to buy sell trade online. Get free classified ads listed in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Queensland and other cities in Australia. OZ free Online has Auction section as well.
  • dclassifieds.com.au  Place FREE classifieds ads on dclassifieds  which will be seen by hundred of thousands of australian internet shoppers.  Place Your Ad on dcclassifieds
  • annonz.net Your free local classifieds ads in Australia.   register on annonz  for free advert today!
  • quokka.com.au  online version of Quokka Free Ad Paper. Quokka was founded by Erik and his wife Elizabeth. It is published every Thursday.
  • Other sites are following:
  • www.hukes.com
  • www.olxaustralia.com
  • www.ablewise.com/ads/listings/Australia
  • elist.com.au
  • yousell.com.au
  • oznet.net/classiads
  • dewalist.com
  • perthonline.net
  • classifiedshere.com.au
  • hotfrog.com.au
  • australiaclassifieds.net
  • tradingpost.com.au
  • simpletrade.com.au

Popularity: 58% [?]

April 21, 2009

Sponsor Ads of Backpage

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — Enam @ 7:22 pm

What is Sponsor Ads?
Sponsor ad is a paid option of backpage posting where you can post the same ad on multiple citis (even all the backpage cities) at once with a certain fee. This will save your time a lot to post the ads on each individual city.

Why Sponsor Ads?
Paid Sponsor ads of Backapge get the most visible placement at the top and/or right hand side of every single page in a particular category. Sponsor Ads are ideal for employers with positions in multiple cities, or anybody looking to reach users nationwide or in more than one location.  This premium placement greatly increases the response!

The pricing of backpage sponsor ads varies city to city and category to categoory based on demand. A limited number of sponsor ads are allowed per category. They are available on a first-come, first serve basis and can be scheduled for up to 52 weeks. Sponsor ads are randomized frequently with each other to give equal access to the top of the page. Your sponsor ad will appear with thumbnails when it appears on the right. When your ad appears in the top two positions, it will not have thumbnails.

Limit: Only two ads per user per category.

Sponsor ads deliver better results, increase visitors to your web site. Sponsor ads can not be removed by the community, allow full use of html, and are targeted by category with high conversion rates.

Try Sponsor ads of backpage now.  This is very effective for “home business” or “business opportunity” type of ads although works nice for various physical products too.  Sponsor ads on backapge is the best solution for you if your ads are flagged so frequently on craigslist or you can’t post succesfully on craigslsit.

Popularity: 65% [?]

January 2, 2009

Three successful years of freelancing

I have successfully completed three years as a freelancer. I started on ScriptLance.com. I won the first project on ScriptLance.com on 10/5/2005 at 20:26 EST.

I started with a veiw to get programming jobs as I know Visual C++ and some other programming languages. Eventually I have switched to internet marketing. Now I no longer offer programming as I can’t manage time for programming. At present I am offering online advertising, search engine optimisation and data entry services.

Although I started on ScraiptLance, now-a-days I get projects from various sources and I no longer participate in bidding on ScrptLance.

Craigslist ad posting service is the single most service which brings me a lot of fortune. I am trying to expand my services by offering new services day-by-day.

By this time my team has also grown. Initially I started alone. Then only a few guys started to work with me. Now about 10 guys work with me. I am considering to expand my team further.

I express my heartfelt gratitude to my valued clients who used my services. A lot of thanks to all who provided me valuable information and suggestions time to time.

I hope more young guys from Bangladesh will start working as a freelancer like me and earn some foreign currency for the country.

Popularity: 4% [?]

November 25, 2008

Country wise list of popular online free classifieds

craigslist and kijiji are two most popular network of online free classifieds worldwide. Other popular free classifieds networks are gumtree, olx, kugli, locanto, franglo etc. backpage is very popular in the USA but backpage doesn’t has network outside USA except a few sites in Canada

Following is a country-wise list of popular online free classifieds:

  • USA: craigslist.org, kijiji.com, backpage.com .  More free calssifieds of USA.
  • Canada:  craigslist.ca, kijiji.ca, Classifieds.Ca . More Canadian free classifieds.
  • UK: gumtree.com, craigslist.co.uk, adzooks.co.uk, adoos.co.uk. More free classifieds on UK.
  • Australia classifieds: gumtree.com.au, craigslsit.com.au, ozfreeonline.com
  • India classified ad posting: quikr.com, craigslsit.co.in, kugli.com, webcosmo.com, locanto.com, vivastreet.co.in, olx.in
  • Japan classified advertising: kijiji.co.jp, craigslist.jp
  • Spain local classified websites: loquo.com, spain.franglo.com,
  • New Zeland classified websites: gumtree.co.nz, auckland.craigslist.org
  • Singapore free online classified sites: www.gumtree.sg, craigslist.com.sg, olxsg.com
  • Italy classified advertising:  www.kijiji.it, italy.franglo.com, italyclassifieds.net
  • French local classifieds: www.kijiji.fr, frenchclassified.com, paris.franglo.com
  • Germany classifieds: kijiji.de, locanto.com
  • South Africa classified sites: gumtree.co.za, orangepages.co.za, youpost.co.za
  • China online classifieds : baixing.com,  shanghai.craigslist.com.cn, www.locanto.cn
  • Philippines free classifieds:  manila.craigslist.com.ph, classifiedsph.com
  • Russia : www.slando.ru, ru.anuncioo.com
  • Poland : www.gumtree.pl
  • Hong Kong:  gumtree.com.hk, hongkong.craigslist.org
  • Thailand: craigslist.co.th
  • The Netherlands: www.marktplaats.nl, amsterdam.craigslist.org
  • Mexico: craigslist.com.mx, www.mexonline.com, mexico.zeezo.com
  • Brazil: rio.en.craigslist.org, redeparede.com, brazzilads.com
  • Argentina: buenosaires.en.craigslist.org,
  • Switzerland : zurich.en.craigslist.ch, market.local.ch/en, www.kijiji.ch
  • Belgium: www.kijiji.be
  • Austria: kijiji.at
  • Czech Republic: www.slando.cz
  • Slovakia: www.slando.sk
  • Hungary: www.slando.hu
  • Ukraine: www.slando.com.ua
  • Turkey: www.kijiji.com.tr, www.turkeyclassifieds.com
  • Taiwan: www.kijiji.com.tw, tw.anuncioo.com

Feel free to share popular free classifieds of other countries here.

Popularity: 85% [?]

October 14, 2008

Craigslist like sites for Canada

Like craigslist.org in USA, craigslist.ca is also very much popular in Canada. Craigslist has implemented phone verification for Canadian cities too. So it’s time to seek other sites like craigslist for Canada. Following are some popular online free classifieds sites of Canada I frequently use:

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  1. kijiji.ca : In Canada Kijiji is as popular as craigslist. In some cities kijiji is even more popular than craigslist. Kijiji has many more Canadian cities on it’s list than craigslist.ca
  2. backpage.com : Although very popular in USA, backpage has only a few Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal
  3. Red Leaf Ads: New but nice free ad site. Try it.
  4. http://www.adpost.com/ca/
  5. Tradepoint : Tradepoint is Canada’s free online classifieds network for used autos, cars, used trucks, boats, computers, Canadian real estate, antiques, furniture, electronics and much more.
  6. Oodle free classifieds : free classified site as well as free classified search engine.
  7. http://www.cdncc.com/
  8. Classifieds.Ca a premiere free classifieds ad network of Canada
  9. Adoos Canada
  10. Canadaclassify.com Canadian Online Local Classifieds Service
  11. BuyAndSell.Canada – Canada’s National Free Classified Ad Network.
  12. btcanada.com – Free Ads – Canada Free Classifieds
  13. OLX Canada
  14. http://www.sellitbuyit.ca/
  15. http://www.classified.ca/
  16. Canada’s bargain city
  17. Kugli local classifieds
  18. Hoobly free local online classified site.
  19. Locanto Free Canadian Classified Ads.
  20. Post an AD is a FREE Online Classifieds Website for Canada.

Popularity: 100% [?]

October 5, 2008

Make money from classified sites

Filed under: Advertising,Free Classifieds,marketing — Tags: , — Enam @ 12:10 pm
classified sites are the largest free advertising venues on the internet. Millions of people are doing trade on local classified sites. These are free both for the buyers and the sellers. There are a lot of ways to make money from the classified sites. Some people browse classified sites to spend their leisure time, some people to find out home business opportunity, some other to find out their soul-mates. You can make money from these floks if you can advertise properly on these online classified websites. [ad#300×250]

Following are some ideas for making money from classified websites:

  1. Sell your old un-used household items like old furniture, dress, toys etc.
  2. Advertise your affiliate products.
  3. Advertise your service on relevant sections to get some more clients.
  4. Collect emails from various classified sites and email people offering your service. Be aware of spamming.
  5. Post ads for other people. Classified posting service has good market demand.
  6. Write eBooks and sell on the classified sites. You can write eBooks on a lot of subject like Photoshop tutorial, how to make money online, affiliate marketing, credit repair etc.  Quality eBooks are sold well on classified sites.
  7. Some people use the classified sites for list building too.

Popularity: 100% [?]

September 16, 2008

Marketing of a new website

Filed under: Advertising,marketing — Tags: , — Enam @ 5:45 pm

Marketing of a new website is not an easy task. A lot of new websites are coming into existetance everyday. Only a few of them can catch significant amount of traffic. While quality content is a must for an website to be popular, a good website with unique quality contents may fail to catch expected amount of traffic due to lack of proper marketing strategy.

Follow are some marketing strategey which should be considered to market a new website:

  1. Advertising on free classified sites like craigslsit, backapge, kijiji etc.
  2. Exchange  links with relevant sites. Don’t exchange links with spammy sites.
  3. Bookmarking on social bookmarking sites like digg.com, stumbleupon.com, delicious.com etc
  4. Blogging on free blogging sites like wordpress.com, blogger.com.
  5. Comment posting on relevant blogs
  6. Posting on forums
  7. Directory submission
  8. Offering affiliate program
  9. Advertising on local newspaper, TV, billboard and other off-line media
  10. Submitting press release
  11. Article submission
  12. Sponsoring news letter
  13. Marketing through social networking sites like MySpace.com, facebook.com etc.
  14. Advertising on Google’s AdWord and similar other advertising network.
  15. Search Engine Optimization
  16. Publish RSS feeds and submit your RSS feeds on feed directories.
  17. Publish videos on YouTube and other video sharing sites.
  18. Promote on Yahoo Answers
  19. Make a custom 404-error page so that you don’t miss any traffic. You can provide a link back to your main website or directly redirect to your home page.
  20. Put a “Tell a Friend” feature on your site so that anyone can easily refere other people to your site.
  21. Promote on Yahoo Groups and google groups
  22. Offer free news letter.
  23. Buy traffic
  24. Participate in traffic exchange programs
  25. Put your website address on your business cards, brochures and flyers etc.
  26. Use twitter.com to send regular updates of your site.
  27. Make a lense on squidoo.com

Popularity: 2% [?]

August 30, 2008

Tips to get maximum response from craigslist posting

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — Enam @ 2:40 pm

Following steps may help you to get maximum response from craigslist posting:

1) Put all necessary details in description but keep it as short as possible. Use short description with phone number, if applicable. But don’t use your personal email address. Use anonymous email feature if you need to receive email queries from the visitors. 

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2) Use image whenever possible. In the categories where you can’t use external image and need to upload the images, image size is restricted to 300×300 pixels. If you upload images more than this size, craigslist will downsize. So it’s better to use image not larger than 300×300 pixels.
3) Use attractive titles which clearly describe what you are offering. Avoid using excessive symbols and capitals. Lenght of title is limited to 70 characters only. If you title is more than 70 characters, craigslist will discard the extra characters which may make your title meaningless. Be careful not to use titles longer than 70 characters.
4) Use your webpage URL in description, if you need traffic to your webpage. Use multiple domains if required. Free URL forwarding services like tinyURL.com will not work. So you must register your own domain to redirect visitors to your webpage.
5) Post the ads on appropriate time. Proper posting time varies depending on service or product.
6) Post the ads under the appropriate category and appropriate locations. Posting ads under wrong category or location may compel the visitors to flag your ads.

Popularity: 48% [?]

July 18, 2008

Free classifieds : future of internet marketing

Available methods of advertising on the internet:

  • Pay per click advertising like google’s AdWords
  • Buying text and Banner advertising on other sites
  • Email advertising
  • Social media advertising
  • Advertising on free online classifieds
  • Sponsoring news letter
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Sponsor listing on SERP, directories, yellow pages etc.

Advertising on free online classifieds is getting popularity very rapidly. Online free classified sites are catching good numbers of visitors. So advertisers are showing more attention to advertise on free online classifieds. Since advertising on those sites are mostly free and yet giving good number of targeted traffic, there is strong competition among the advertisers to post ads on popular free online classifieds websites. craigslist.org is the most popular free classifieds site and pioneer in the field of free online advertising. Competition of advertising on craigslist.org is so high that some categories of the big cities like New York or San Francisco get thousands of ads. craigslist authority try hard and fast to reduce number of ads posted to acceptable limit. Phone verification is the latest attempt by craigslist to reduce number of postings.

The main reason free classified advertising is getting popularity is that posting ads on them are mostly free although some of those sites have featured listing option and these free classifieds produces quick and geographically targeted traffic. I guess in the future more and more advertiser will give more importance on advertising on free classifieds instead of expensive PPC advertising.

Every month, a lot of local free classifieds and specialized free classifieds are coming into scene. For example:

These sites will play vital role in the internet marketing field in the future.

Popularity: 3% [?]

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