Places To Run Your Ad For Free
Classifieds are great for so many different forms of advertising, as they are essentially a blank canvas for your brilliantly worded ad. You can advertise and search for a job, a product, a cause, a date....practically anything. Some of the sites let you add a picture at no extra charge, some do not. Be sure to read the terms of service so that you know how many ads you can place a day.
You won't find Craig's List in this hub. Everyone is already aware ot that resource. As usual, I was going for names that were lesser known, but had a good membership built up.
USFreeads - Don't let the name fool you into thinking that you can't use this site if you're from another country. There are ads from many countries around the globe, including the U.K., Australia, Canada. I'm sure there are more, but I checked those countries specifically as I know these are just a few of the locations of some of our fellow hubbers.
You can place an ad for free, but if you want to post photos there is a fee. The site offers tips on creating powerful ad copy.
If you choose the free keyword alert option, you will receive emails notifying you of new ads placed that match your area and keywords.
I love kijiji. It is a child of eBay, and is very fast and easy to use. The idea is to advertise and search locally, but I have found freelance writing jobs by searching other cities and areas than the one I live in.
It is free to post up to 4 pictures with your ad, but you can't hyperlink, it just plain doesn't work.
Read the site's policies to make sure you know their rules to avoid being blocked, i.e. posting multiple ads that are too similar to each other is a no-no.
A Few of the Many Faces of kijiji
- Kijiji Canada
- Kijiji United States
- Kijiji France
- Kijiji Italy
- Loquo Spain (a kijiji site) - has an English option for those of us who do not read Spanish
- Kijiji China - link removed
- Gumtree Auckland - Gumtree is kijiji's site name in New Zealand, has links to several other countries
- Gumtree London - kijiji's site name in England, has links to several other countries
- Kjiji India
- Slando - this is supposed to be kijiji's Russian site if I'm understanding, maybe Misha can confirm
Enough with the kijiji links already!
My apologies to anyone whose country is missing. If you want a specific country and can't find it, just let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.
Free4uclassifieds is a free site for Canadians and Americans. It doesn't seem to me that it has a lot of people listing yet, but that's how kijiji started too. You can add a photograph for free as far as I can tell, but to have your ad highlighted there is a $2.00 charge. In addition to ad placement, there are links to free stuff.
A networking site for small to mid-sized business, Sales Spider has the tagline, Other social networks make you friends. Sales Spider makes you money. This one is all business, and it appears to come fully loaded with classifieds, leads, forums, mail, and events - all for free. All of the ads I skimmed through were network marketing related.
Location options are Canada, United States, and All International.
Sales Spider got over 2,000,000 hits last month.
This is another free online classifieds site that I've used myself, and have been happy with.
Highland Classifieds is easy to use, and free as long as you don't want to add bells and whistles. A nice bonus of using this site is the report of how your ad is doing. You get emails that tell you how many hits you got, and when your ad is due to expire. Renewing is as easy as clicking on the repost button.
Country options are vast.
There are many more free online classifieds sites. These took me a great deal of time to compile, but if there is enough interest I'd be happy to do another hub on the subject.
Whether you're buying or selling or answering a job ad, use your noggin. None of these sites guarantee that the person you're contacting is legitimate. If something seems odd, avoid it or report it.
Personally, I have never had any problems but I have heard that some people have had some bad experiences. I use these types of sites often (especially kijiji, in case you couldn't tell) to find freelance opportunities. So far, I've always been paid immediately, but I bypass the listings that just don't sound right to me somehow. Scepticism is healthy sometimes, just don't overdo it.
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