Free classified ad websites are the lifesaver for small-medium-enterprises as well as individuals wanting to buy and sell for free or advertise announcements without incurring overhead costs such as advertising costs which advertisers normally pay for such services. The advent of internet in the early 90s and the evolution of free classified ad websites has dramatically changed the way people use digital media to advertise their products and services which was hitherto done using column of newspapers, magazines and periodicals which may be sold e.g. Daily Mail which was founded in 1896 or distributed free of charge e.g. Metro Newspaper which was founded on 16 March 1999.
Classified ads are typically short and it tend to portray the information that was intended in a concise manner especially where the service is charged for by the line or word, and are one newspaper column wide but that has changed in free classified ads websites.
Today there are perhaps hundreds of thousands of classified ads websites vastly the largest proportion of which offer the service as free classified ads
Aside from the usual buy and sell transactions carried out on Classified ads websites, we discover businesses are using it for SEO purposes by using it to get valuable backlinks to their websites.
Here are two most popular free classified ad sites in the USA.
Classifiedads is a free classifieds site that is fairly easy to use with nice graphical user interface. To get started you just need to click on “Post an Ad” and the site takes you to a page where you can post an ad first and fill out your account persona data afterwards. The categories are very well defined. This is a very active site with millions of page views per month.
The site employs about 65 people according to the founder.
Craigslist founded by Craig Newmark in 1995, and it is one of the most popular classified ads sites in the world. There are categories for Housing, For sale, Items wanted, Jobs, Community, Services, Gigs and everything else including Personals which it was famous for.
It is common knowledge that Craigslist has suffered bad reputation over the years due to unscrupulous users using its site. Typically,. Craigslist ads are active for between 7 days and 45 days depending on your chosen location.