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How to make money with a classifieds website?



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How to make money with a classifieds website?

I have been bouncing around with ideas for a new website and one of these ideas is to start a classifieds website for our area. We are a few small towns and I think it would really go down well to have our own little classifieds website.

How would I go about this and would it be really hard to set up? Does anyone know of any plugins that might do a huge part of the job for me?

What are the different ways I would be able to make money from a classifieds website?

Any good ideas that you can share with me?

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TommyCarey

I was actually thinking of doing the same thing and then I would either charge like $12 a year for a listing or I would make it a free listing directory and charge for advertising space. I think the advertising space would pull in more than the yearly listing fee would.

I was looking through wpmudev.org because they have a ton of great stuff for wordpress which would make it super easy for me to set up. I could literally just pay their membership fee, or use the free trial, download the plugins and set everything up pretty quick. I think everything would be under $100 and wpmudev lets you use their plugins for life How to make money with a classifieds website? You can cancel your membership but if you downloaded the plugin, you're free to use it even if you're not a member How to make money with a classifieds website?

This is the plugin of theirs I was looking at: https://premium.wpmudev.org/projec...press-directory/

It basically makes your site similar to yellowpages where you can add a description of a business and people can log in to rate it.

I didn't begin this project because I've had a full plate of things to do for a while now How to make money with a classifieds website? This has been on the super back burner but I do plan on doing it one day when I can automate my current work load lol How to make money with a classifieds website? Even if I don't profit right away it will be awesome to have a nice passive income coming in from this. And the beauty of this is that you can set one up for each town you're near, and even ones you don't live by lol How to make money with a classifieds website?



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Lynne

Thanks Razzy! I will have a look at that. I know what you mean about having a full plate. I am so full of ideas for new websites but I don't ever have the time to implement them. If I had 48 hours in a day where I had no distractions and the energy of my 2 year old the world would be my oyster!



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Webguy2024

I wanted to do the same thing and launch a classified site. I started looking for templates as a starting point but didn't find what I wanted. None had all of the features so, I came to the conclusion that I would build the site from scratch. To date I haven't built the site because I have too many projects in the works.



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Lynne

LOL like I just said to Razzy I have that problem too, never ever enough time!



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Everett

I wonder why people use Wordpress so much as a engine and not just get a custom script built. I've also thought about launching a classfieds ads site for my area, but there's always craigslist.org, and that classifieds website is too big to compete with. Most of the local classifieds sites, that I have experienced often do not do well in terms of earning revenue.

People would go elsewhere to sites such as craigslist.org because there is more traffic. If you really want to do something start with the businesses first, and then work your way down to the common person. Businesses are always looking for a place to advertise, and some will actually pay, so start there and see what happens.



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Lynne

Yes but not in our area, nobody here really uses Craiglist. Our community is a big strange, we have small town syndrome and people want things to be local. Not like nationally local, like in our own town local LOL. I think if I start a classifieds just for these few specific towns it will rock.



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Everett

If most people in your town do not use craigslist than you have money making oppertunity! I'm not saying you'll be rich with a classifieds website but it could help make you some money monthly to cover maybe a bill or car payment or something small. I think for areas that don't use craigslist, i believe they should have their own local ads classifieds. If this is something you're wanting to do than by all means go for it!



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Lynne

Yeah I totally think it is do-able and I am so keen to get started, I just don't have enough time in my day to do all my work already in the pipeline... so not sure how I will get going, but I really want to!

Here's hoping I can find a way to get started!



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idealmike

I've launched several classified ad sites in the past and let me tell you, they can require a huge amount of work. One of the biggest time sucks is all the spam submissions you get. Especially if you're using an allinone classified ad script or plugin. I have used Classipress WordPress classified ad plugin before. I have the full version. But it just gets over run with automated spam submissions. Even if you use every trick in the book to try and thwart and prevent spam submissions. They always find a way around it. In the end, I got so fed up with all the spam, that I never worked on the site much promotion wise and wasn't earning anything with it to justify keeping it.

Another classified ad plugin for WordPress I've been experimenting with is Web 2.0 Directory plugin. This plugin has tons of features for the site owners and the site users like Google map placement, directory listing styles, tons of short codes etc. And I haven't received anywhere near as much spam using this one as I have/had with Classipress. Perhaps that one might be more suited to what you're looking for.

The best way to make money from a classified ad site is to sell premium listings. Listings that are bolded or highlighted or last longer etc. Most give you an ad that needs to be renewed every 30 days or something and are only basic (one image). But premium listings could last forever until-sold and allow you to add more images into your ad etc. But it's really really hard to sell premium listings on a classified ad site unless that site is a super popular classified ad site that is getting thousands of UV's a day.

The other option you have is to put ads on it. But most people use AdBlock today and you could get people doing all sorts of crap to your ads putting your Adsense account at risk (goes with the territory for these sorts of sites). But you also need to get a lot of traffic and have a lot of new ads appearing every day before people will use it anyway. You have to think, why they would use it when it's getting no traffic when they could just go and use a more popular and busy classified ad site that does.

Still that's not to say it can't be worth doing. Baby steps today, giant leaps and bounds tomorrow and all that.

But hope that's some food for thought for you anyway. How to make money with a classifieds website?



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Lynne

Thanks Mike, the beauty with our area is that there is hardly any advertising that is going on online, not even on Gumtree. And if you type in our area you just get ads from another town that is considered part of our area but is actually 150km away and I think this is part of the big problem. So I want to make the classifieds our area, specifically leaving out that town How to make money with a classifieds website?

I do believe there is a gap in the market for this. One thought I had is that I know quite a lot of people that own their own businesses here, so what I would do is approach them first and offer them prime "paid" spots for free for a certain amount of time. This will make it appear like they are advertising with me, so other businesses will be more keen to join either for free or a paid spot.

Then I also want to target people selling their own second hand goods so people can add little adverts for free for that.

I think I can do this and yes I know there will be some spam... for sure but that is just something I will have to work through How to make money with a classifieds website?



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anwebservices

Nice to hear that we have so many thoughts in common How to make money with a classifieds website?
Actually i was running my own website as classified ads before by using WordPress and Classipress premium theme (as IdealMike mention) and this theme is really perfect solution for your needs. You get option to charge your members for adding classifieds or to make it free. You can probably read more about it on theme sale page. But i would recommend this theme if you looking to make your website in WordPress.
Monetizing such website is probably better if you let members add their ads free and find some local stores, restaurants, cafe bars etc. to sell some ad spaces because it will be local website anyway. Specially if you running this website as part of your business, it's even better if your advertisers can pay you and claim this expenses on their tax return, that's way is even easier to sell some ad space on such site. Try also to invite many local businesses to add free classifieds, then try to sell some "featured" spots to them. That's another thing you can do with this theme.

Hope your idea will come trough and wish you great success with your new website How to make money with a classifieds website?



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Lynne

Thank you Anwebservices. I have so many ideas and it is awesome to run them by you all. Yeah that's what I wanted, to add in a free and a paid option.



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Kakashi2020

I really haven't tried making a classified site but I think it's a good idea. It would help a lot of local businesses plus you can charge them a monthly or annual fee for the service. If it's just for a couple of bucks then I think most businesses would go for it without even thinking.



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