Do you think posting in classified ad sites worth it? (IM Niche)

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Hi, I've tried posting ads in IM niche to BackPage and also tried Craigslist with no results. Do you think ads in IM niche will convert there? Is it worth it to post ads there?

I want to use HideMyAss and PVASpot for posting to Craigslist, but I need to know if at least the IM ads can convert there. I mean, those sites were made for offline usage, so...

I'd like to know if you guys have gained some success there. Thank you.

eLena
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendon Zahrndt
    Your content is what will coerce conversions.

    Keep doing what you are doing in regards to posting, give yourself a large enough sample size to base your decisions off of, and then continue to refine your offer.

    Don't just send a few cursory ad postings and then give up. Keep on keeping on like this and you will eventually find some success.

    Remember - Michael Jordan missed more than half of the shots he took in his basketball career - and he is considered the best ever.

    Keep shooting.
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  • Profile picture of the author bmw040
    What Niche are you advertising?

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author sogeshirts
    Backpage and Craigslist both work. Play around with different ad copy. With Backpage the key is to get your ad out there on as many cities as possible. Don't forget the small cities. People on there really want to make money and get out of the small city. There is software for backpage that can save you a lot of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author kolawole365
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      Originally Posted by sogeshirts View Post

      Backpage and Craigslist both work. Play around with different ad copy. With Backpage the key is to get your ad out there on as many cities as possible. Don't forget the small cities. People on there really want to make money and get out of the small city. There is software for backpage that can save you a lot of time.
      What is the name of the software please? I am interested.
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      • Profile picture of the author CynthiaNataline
        Thank you for your replies. Really appreciate the suggestion and encouragement.

        Originally Posted by bmw040 View Post

        What Niche are you advertising?

        Brian
        I've stated in my first post. It's IM, Internet Marketing.

        Originally Posted by kolawole365 View Post

        What is the name of the software please? I am interested.
        I know 2 BackPage ad posters which I recommend. Backpage Bot Pro and Cute Auto Poster.

        The first 1 couldn't be opened. I don't know why. But you can try Cute Auto Poster. It's cheaper, anyway.
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        • Profile picture of the author YaniB
          Well this is a nice coincidence. I was going to start a classified ad campaign today. Glad to know that with persistence, I will see results. I have a few questions myself; as posting to classifieds is new to me.

          1. I have a range of copy to use; and was wondering...which is better, short and to the point or a bit detailed?

          2. I got the impression somewhere along the way that posting to multiple cities or posting ads regularly in Craigslist will get you banned. Is this true? And if so, does this apply to other classified sites?

          3. Does text work better than images, or vice versa; or it doesn't matter?

          4. Are clickable images/links ok?

          5. I know from experience that Craigslist doesn't like bit.ly links. Are all shortened links frowned on?

          Okay, I think that's all for now. Sorry if these questions seem basic, but I just don't want to waste time with trial and error when I can simply ask you wonderful people Thanks in advance for my answers.

          YaniB
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          • Profile picture of the author CynthiaNataline
            I still don't have significant results from Classified Ads, so I'll try to answer by what I've learned from people who have got success using Craigslist regularly.

            Originally Posted by YaniB View Post

            Well this is a nice coincidence. I was going to start a classified ad campaign today. Glad to know that with persistence, I will see results. I have a few questions myself; as posting to classifieds is new to me.

            1. I have a range of copy to use; and was wondering...which is better, short and to the point or a bit detailed?

            Take a look at offline company's ads. Find which ones you think look professional and follow the style. The point is to make it look professional, just like offline companies job vacancies because CL visitors are mostly familiar with local businesses. Make it easy to read and only include details like the usual job vacancies. Use bullet points and don't use any fancy characters (stars, arrows, etc) or many exclamation marks or upper cases. Those are what spammers do.

            2. I got the impression somewhere along the way that posting to multiple cities or posting ads regularly in Craigslist will get you banned. Is this true? And if so, does this apply to other classified sites?

            Craigslist is very strict in protecting their site to be local. They track your IP address to know your location and have phone number verification. The other classified ad sites are more tolerable. CL is the most difficult site to get through, if compared to the others.

            3. Does text work better than images, or vice versa; or it doesn't matter?

            Again, the point is to look professional. Just use images to show credibility, like company logo, not to be fancy or to draw attention (which is usually too much). If you're offering jobs or biz opps, people who really need job/money will click through and try as many jobs/opps as they can because they really need it.

            4. Are clickable images/links ok?

            Yes, you should have your link in your ad. But don't use any commercial link shortener like bitly, tinyurl, etc. I recommend you mask your link with your own domain.

            5. I know from experience that Craigslist doesn't like bit.ly links. Are all shortened links frowned on?

            Oh, I've answered it in the previous number.

            Okay, I think that's all for now. Sorry if these questions seem basic, but I just don't want to waste time with trial and error when I can simply ask you wonderful people Thanks in advance for my answers.

            YaniB
            Here are some tips to prevent being ghosted or flagged. Again, based on other people who have succeeded posting in CL. Use HideMyAss to change your IP based on the city you want to post. Use PVASpot to have a phone number also based on the city you wan to post in.

            Flaggers scan/filter some words and flag here and there. To prevent your ad to be found by flaggers, type your ad in Word, then capture you screen as a screenshot. After that, upload that screenshot to places like imageshack or photobucket. This way, your ad content will be an image, not text, but looks normal just like any other ad.

            Make that ad content image to be clickable to your link.

            Hope that helps.

            eLena
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            • Profile picture of the author YaniB
              I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

              Thanks alot!

              YaniB
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          • Profile picture of the author ASGmarketer
            Hi, Is Backpage Advertising any good for the UK or is it just set up for the USA!
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            • Profile picture of the author loudINMedia
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              • Profile picture of the author heavysm
                Has no one tried collecting leads for their IM list? Most likely the visitors from classifieds will be normal everyday people either going to or just coming from work. They need to be warmed up to any IM offer, so direct linking to an affiliate offer likely just won't work.

                To be fair I get way more traffic from craigslist than backpage, but I still get quality leads when they're put through a proper funnel.
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        • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
          Originally Posted by cynzdareveur View Post


          I've stated in my first post. It's IM, Internet Marketing.
          "IM" isn't really a niche. It's a blanket term that embrellas a multitude of online marketing aspects.
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          • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
            Reading some of the "Terms and Conditions" on Craiglist, I wonder if anyone using autoposters or a posting service are running a big risk and will eventually get caught and heavily penalized.

            I for one, am very nervous about using such services and when they clearly state the following:
            Affiliate marketing is expressly prohibited on craigslist. Users may not post content or communicate with any craigslist user for purposes of affiliate marketing or in connection with any affiliate marketing system, scheme or program in any manner or under any circumstance.
            I personally think it best to find another source of traffic.

            extract from terms and conditions:

            It is expressly prohibited for any third party to post content to craigslist on behalf of another. Users must post content only on their own behalf, and may not permit, enable, induce or encourage any third party to post content for them.
            It is expressly prohibited to post content to craigslist using any automated means. Users must post all content personally and manually through all steps of the posting process. It is also expressly prohibited for any user to develop, offer, market, sell, distribute or provide an automated means to perform any step of the posting process (in whole or in part). Any user who develops, offers, markets, sells, distributes or provides an automated means to perform any step of the posting process (in whole or in part) shall be responsible and liable to CL for each instance of access to craigslist (by any user or other third party) using that automated means.
            Affiliate marketing is expressly prohibited on craigslist. Users may not post content or communicate with any craigslist user for purposes of affiliate marketing or in connection with any affiliate marketing system, scheme or program in any manner or under any circumstance.

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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Ya classified ads traffic is pretty low quality when it comes to IM offers. My advice would be have them contact you, offer them guidance and send them to a bonus page instead of just an affiliate offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author freeadstime
    The mentioned classifieds are meant for local use and local people. In a sense, if your product is not too local, then promoting such service or item in local classifieds might not get you the result you have been looking for. You may be better off promoting your products within affiliate networks such as Clickbank.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Silvey
      I do very well on Backpage. I always create a huge banner/landing page style graphics with bullet points and a mock "buy now" or "Get Instant Access Button". Always HTML and only Text is in the subject line.

      I don't yet have software for multi posting, but use a good fiverr gig that posts to 75 cities on my account. When the offers expires, I simply renew them.

      Conversions results only in Needs rather than impulse buying. Focus on Products that provide a solution with a good subject line and you should get a sell.
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      • Profile picture of the author msytc
        Great tips, thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author butterballs8
    I think you should focus more on SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Can we see an example of the ads?

    If you use good selling principles, your ad should convert in all sites you mentioned.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    When I first started out in IM I tried my hand at several
    classified sites and I find as a rule that your best bet
    for conversions is to target your ads to other POSTERS
    and not to intended readers of the classified boards.
    So keep in mind what services would sell to other USERS
    of the classifieds rather than those who would read the
    ads.

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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    I get some hits from craigslist and backpage, but maybe my ad copy isn't that good. I'm trying to sell handmade jewelry on there.
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    • Profile picture of the author YaniB
      Anyone want to take a shot at answering any of my questions? Thanks.

      YaniB
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    "Do you think posting in classified ad sites worth it? (IM Niche)"

    No.

    It is a waste of time and money.


    Yes, it is possible but what is the point? You try to outsmart Craigslist or any other classified site only to find out a few weeks later that they have again outsmarted you and you have to start from scratch.

    With the same effort you can make way more money and build a sustainable business if you start to build a real business.

    Using Craigslist for something else than it's intended purpose is just not worth it. You would not stuff your flyers in books at a book store or more extreme rob a bank to get money.

    In the real world they put money in safes to prevent criminals from stealing it. In the case of Craigslist they use ghosting, flagging and IP tracking etc. to prevent criminals from using the system for other purposes.

    You might think that the word criminals is a little harsh. Just take a look at what happened to spammers in other areas: they went to jail next to bank robbers.
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  • Profile picture of the author nodetours
    Those classified sites are so saturated right now that it's tough to see any results. Most people are aware of all the little tricks people use and are avoiding them. It's only worth it if you can make a good pitch that people will believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author CynthiaNataline
    Thank you for your replies. Yes, it's difficult to see results there, although I've seen many people get leads daily from there. I guess with limited budget, it's better to spend the money for more targeted advertising method, like solo ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Classified Advertisements are really a good way to promote your biz. Just focus on your ad description, try to make it small and attractive. Also focus on Ad Title.
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraLarkin
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    They work. The key is to post in as many cities as possible, and also "non spam" looking ad copy.

    Posting is a different story. You need to learn how to, or hire a poster.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisDouthit
    You can have some success on classified sites. Also depends on what sites you are posting on and the type of content you are creating in your post.

    My advice would be to keep trying, change one or more things each time you post to see if your luck changes. If you get some success and do this enough times you can find success.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonitorScout
    Yes it is until and unless you are posting your ad on high quality classified sites. But unfortunately most of the high quality classified sites are paid.
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