How to Create an Online Classified Ad




Got something that you think you have to part with? One way to promote the things you want to sell is by posting a classified ad, and today, using the internet is an easy, effective, and almost always free way to do so.

In this Instructable, I'll guide you through the steps to creating a good, simple classified ad using Kijiji, my favorite classified ad service.

You may want to know why I'm creating an ad anyway. Unfortunately, my mom has discovered that she has an allergy to our puppy, Cocoa. We've decided to post a classified to find a good family in our area who can take care of her.

Step 1: Materials

You'll Need:

1. A camera to take pics of what you're aiming to sell
2.A Kijiji account although not necessary; I chose this option because I plan using the site to post more ads in the future
3.Something to sell, of course :]

Step 2: Take Pictures & Edit Photos

Pictures are a big part in classified ads. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "a picture's worth a thousand words" a million times. Well, it's true.

The first part of this step is pretty easy and shouldn't need much explaining: just take a few pics of what you plan to sell.

The second part will be uploading the pics to your computer and editing them. I have Windows Vista, and used the little Windows photo editor that came with it (one of the few things I like about Vista :P)

The idea is to adjust colors and lighting to make your subject seem at its best.

Step 3: Create Ad & Publish

When writing an ad, we must remember one thing: Keep It Sweet & Simple (KISS) (hey, at least I know that all these years of school have paid off somehow :P)

Before actually writing the ad, write down a list of things about what you want to sell. Here's my initial list:
- chihuahua
- female
- puppy; 7 months
- calm
- shy
- friendly
- shots up-to-date

Now, we have to narrow down this list and decide which information is the most important:
- Chihuahua
- Puppy
- Female
- 7 months old
- spayed
- shots up-to-date
- good with kids and other dogs

*The most important information will be in the title.
*The other important info will be in the ad's body.

When writing an ad, it's also a good idea to take advantage of the fonts, bulleted and numbered lists, bold/italics/underline tools, etc. These tools, when used properly, will help to enhance and organize your ad.

For example, out of the fonts that were available, I chose the one that I preferred, Arial. I also put the most important info at the top in bold font. I organized the other information into a bulleted list, making sure to mention where I'm located. At the bottom, don't forget to leave a way for any potential buyers to contact you! I left a phone number, but you could also put your email address.

Okay, now that you've written a good ad, it's time to publish! I hope this helped and good luck!

PS: I'll try to keep this page updated on what happens to Cocoa.



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    2 years ago

    Here is another one more website to get idea for post free classified ad online in USA and worldwide locations.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I think its my best one so far: fungus amugus featured me :DDDD Unfortunately, we have to sell her because my mom has discovered that she has an allergy to her. Before we bought her, we did a lot of research about Chihuahuas, and read claims that said that they were good for people with airborne allergies ( I don't know how this works, but we read it in a LOT of different places). We hoped that it would help my mom and brother's allergy problems; it helped my brother, but my mom got worse :[


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! And that's really sad. I wish I had a doggie. My puppy died about 2 years ago I think. He was very young. :-(


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry to hear that ;[ It really stinks to have to say good-bye to a loved one, whether they be a family member, friend, or even a pet.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    In a case like this, adding a reason for the sale can be useful! "We love her, but my mom is allergic" can be a compelling story; otherwise a potential buyer may think you're selling because she's a problem (chewer, too loud, etc).

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Well-done Instructable, Labot2001. While I read through this, I realized that, while other people have written extensively about how to write different types of letters, reports, speeches, etc., I have never seen any kind of walkthrough for writing a classified ad. This was a great idea. I'm curious, though, why you went with eBay's knockoff of craigslist instead of using the original craigslist.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Actually, I went with Kijiji becuase I found it through our local paper's website. I initially tried craigslist, but they prohibit the sale of pets on their site.