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We market eCourses on investing in the Stock Market and Real Estate Markets. Has anyone had luck with classified adds such as craigslist?
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I have had luck with Craigslist hiring people.

    I have only dabbled with it to sell things.

    But consider this. Craigslist is free to use in many locations and most industries.

    Set up an ad and test it. The only thing you can lose is some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Slaton
    Craigslist rocks!

    With the right angle I think you can sell just about anything on Craigslist. You might try some services ads as a stock market coach/advisor/consultant. Then once you connect with your prospect you explain to get started they need to buy the ecourse and you'll be there as their mentor (if that's true).
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Doug Slaton View Post

      Craigslist rocks!

      With the right angle I think you can sell just about anything on Craigslist. You might try some services ads as a stock market coach/advisor/consultant. Then once you connect with your prospect you explain to get started they need to buy the ecourse and you'll be there as their mentor (if that's true).

      Have you ever successfully tapped craigslist for digital products? Just wondering if there is an angle there - even if through a mailing list squeeze page.
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      • Profile picture of the author Vikram73
        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Have you ever successfully tapped craigslist for digital products? Just wondering if there is an angle there - even if through a mailing list squeeze page.
        Sure. Post an ad for a LCD HD tv or an expensive digital item. When they email you your auto responder says you are all out and redirects you them to your Amazon store which sells this stuff.

        There are tons of techniques like this but they all violate the terms of service with Craigslist and are not viable long term strategies.

        Honestly - writing articles or SEO'ing your website isn't that hard and a lot less risky.
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        • Profile picture of the author tpw
          Originally Posted by vikramd View Post

          Sure. Post an ad for a LCD HD tv or an expensive digital item. When they email you your auto responder says you are all out and redirects you them to your Amazon store which sells this stuff.

          There are tons of techniques like this but they all violate the terms of service with Craigslist and are not viable long term strategies.

          Honestly - writing articles or SEO'ing your website isn't that hard and a lot less risky.

          Thanks. I have the writing articles and SEO down, but I am always curious about alternative methods to drive traffic and sales.

          Yeah, I am looking for things that are within the Craigslist TOS, but that was an interesting concept you presented.
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    I have had good results, but you do get a lot of spam also. You might want to get throwaway emails and some temporary phone numbers just for that. It does take some effort, but it can work quite well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sam England
      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      I have had good results, but you do get a lot of spam also. You might want to get throwaway emails and some temporary phone numbers just for that. It does take some effort, but it can work quite well.
      I have also had good results with Craigslist selling items in bulk that I am closing out...for example lets say I have 300 Michigan Wolverines handbags that I want to sell...I simply post an ad in every city in Michigan using different email addresses and change the description just a little...works like a charm...and I sell a lot of stuff that way...

      I also get a lot of emails from spammers...what I have found is that if I start emailing back the spammers and complain about about what they are doing, you can bet your listing will be taken down by craigslist in no time...this is what I have learned from my experiences...

      Good Topic...glad it was posted...
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  • Profile picture of the author altoro80
    i haven't had any luck with classified adds
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  • Profile picture of the author K.Callwood
    If you post the ad like a job offer, I guarantee you will get interested leads. I have done this for a few niches and it worked like crazy.

    Have you considered Monster.com for the same idea? Lots of people are looking for a career/career change these days.

    You should also consider mobile ads (I don't usually hijack threads, but I think it could be very helpful). Right now it sounds like you are into lead generation more than a straight up buyer. Build the sales funnel and pump it full of leads and you will make good profits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincenzo Oliva
    Craigslist is fussy with offers that go to web pages. I've had many yanked within minutes of posting. Better success on backpage, olx, oodle.

    Keep this in mind. Your real success with online classifieds will come from an optimized keyword rich ad with backlinks. You will pull 20x the views from google than the classified.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mehak
    i live in the UK and the major classified site here is gumtree. I haven't personally posted on gumtree but my team members have. I think it only works either with a lot of time spent by constantly posting at least 30-50 ads a day or you can invest in advertising using the featured ads section.

    I wouldn't recommend it because I find that even if you do get a return most people will not be looking for your services unless you advertise in a specific category. Therefore the leads you'll be generating will not be targeted enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author ncdf001
    Real estate isn't my niche, but I got a nice backlink from 3 Step Ads. I encourage you to use them in this endeavor! Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    You can also try local advertisers. Ads can be as cheap as a couple bucks and be more localized. Kijiji is big where i am also.
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    I never had experience marketing in Craigslist but I know it is a very poplar site and there are lot of people making their success in that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    I agree. you can get good results from online classifieds like craigslist but you have to make sure to be cautious whether you're selling something or looking to hire for services.
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