The Differences Between Print and Online Classified Advertising
Classified advertising is a form of advertising which, until the last decade, was primarily restricted to newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. Classified advertising itself differs from other standard advertising or business models because it allows private individuals (rather than just companies or corporate entities) to advertise products and services more affordably.
Printed newspaper classified ads are typically just a few lines of black and white text, and they are often filled with abbreviations to save space and money. Traditional print classified advertising can consist of a blurb about the type of item being sold and a telephone number to call for more information. If you don't mind paying more, it can also have more detail, such as name to contact, address to contact or visit, a detailed description of the product or products ("Irish and St. Patrick's Day T-shirts" as opposed to simply "shirts for sale", or "Blue 1976 pontiac ventura for sale" rather than just "car for sale"). There are generally no pictures or other graphics within a typical classified ad, although sometimes upgrades like bold may be added. In order to place a newspaper classified ad, you generally must call on the phone and dictate your ad to someone, who then tallies up your bill and takes your credit card number for payment.
Internet Classifieds, by contrast, offer much more flexibility and interactivity, in most cases with no need to call anyone. You can typically sign up for an account, purchase your ad, and start writing it within 10 minutes or less. You won't have to skimp words either - talk as much as you want to about your products and services. 50 States Classifieds offers UNLIMITED text in your ad, with no need for abbreviations. You can also use full color to make your ad attractive and captivating at no additional cost.
The biggest perks of online classified advertising with us:
1. Your ad can run for up to 3 years for 1 low price! Yes, we know our prices are ridiculously cheap. We're not trying to get rich. We're trying to help small businesses advertise their products and services at prices that don't put them out of business. I am a small business owner myself (a web designer) and I started this site to give my clients, family, and friends a place to advertise our businesses without breaking the bank. We have an active community of members and it's growing every day.
2. You can upgrade to Bold, Highlighted, and Featured listings for a minimal cost compared to a print ad. You can link to your website if you have one. When you purchase an ad, you get 1 free picture or logo, but you can also purchase additional pictures for almost nothing! You can also create a member profile and link other people to your website, tell them about your business or yourself, and list your shipping, customer service, and other policies for customers to read. We even have some members that use their member profile instead of a website, and they add Paypal "buy it now" buttons to their ads instead of building an expensive secure eCommerce website.
3. Most important, we know that our website gets results for people. We hear success stories all the time from featured sellers and others who have sold items on our site. Several of our advertisers sell numerous items a week from our website, at a fraction of the cost of what they used to pay on eBay and other online services.
If you have a product or service to sell, why not tell people about it with our online newspaper classifieds? It's easy to use, fast, and it gets results!