Are USFreeAds Classifieds A Good Deal?

USFreeAds.comSometimes you can just go along in life feeling like you know everything and then someone points out something to you or asks a question and you all of a sudden don’t feel like such a smarty. After Collin Lahay of Mixed Market Arts asked me a question about USFreeads.com I feel like I need to make a confession. It is a blogging sin of omission rather than commission. I assumed something was true when it turned out not to be.

I wrote a post a few days ago about using USFreeAds for traffic and links and as it turns out, you probably won’t gain much of a benefit in the links department by using this classified site. I had wrongly assumed that all the links you put in your ad as a Premium Member would earn you a link back to your site because they would be “do follow” links. After Collin’s question about whether the links were “no follow” I figured I probably should go and look for myself. It turns out all links at USFreeAds.com are “no follow” which at this point I’m having a little trouble with because Premium Members pay $9.95 per month to place ads on this site. My feelings are that if you are paying for a service, you should be getting the full benefits of that service, link juice included.

I will still be using USFreeAds because they have definitely provided traffic and earned me some income as I wrote about in this post using USFreeAds and Shopping Ads together. Occasionally ads do get ranked on the first page of Google for some of your search terms and you do end up getting traffic to your ads. Also, if you have a featured ad, you can redirect it to go to your site rather than going to the ad itself. I have featured ads that I let sit until they get ranked well in Google and then redirect thus getting that traffic coming directly to your offer rather than going through your classified on USFreeAds.com.

I will more closely evaluate USFreeAds over the next couple of months to see how much of a benefit it really provides and report back later.

You can check out USFreeAds.com here.

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BANS Part 7 – Using USFreeAds.com For Traffic And Links

In the 7th and final installment of the Build A Niche Store tutorials I will be covering how I use USFreeAds.com to get a trickle of traffic, but more importantly to get a few more incoming links to each and every BANS store I build.

I like using USFreeAds because with a premium account ($9.95 per month) you can place as many classified ads as you want on their site. With other classified sites such as CraigsList, it is against Commission Junction’s (CJ) terms of service to drive traffic from CraigsList to a page with CJ links, mainly because it is against Craigs List terms of service to place commercial or affiliate related ads (this may change with eBay managing their affiliate program starting in April). With USFreeAds there are no such restrictions and you can place ads till your heart’s content. You can place an ad and link to every page in your BANS store if you wish.

USFreeAds won’t drive the traffic that CraigsList does, but it will get you links coming into your store pages and a couple of weeks after placing your ads, you will start to see them show up with fairly good placement in Google for some of the keywords terms used in your ads. In other things I have done I have seen CraigsList provide almost instantaneous benefits. That, more than likely, isn’t going to happen with USFreeAds. This classified site is one of those set-it-and-forget-it kind of strategies. If you are looking for immediate results, don’t even think about trying this because you will be disappointed.

With that said, here’s how to write an ad on USFreeAds.com that will benefit your BANS store:

I consider my ads on this classified site as mini web pages and treat them as such when writing a good one. I have experimented with several different formats of ads, but the ones that do best, start out by having an H1 tagged headline at the top that has some sort of keyword combination in it. I then write 2 to 3 paragraphs of text explaining the product and include one to several links in the text, and even direct those links to different pages on the BANS store.

Here’s a screenshot of what a possible ad for my air purifier store may look like in the USFreeAds interface. You will only see this WYSIWYG interface if you have a Premium account.

USFreeAds Interface

I then always include a picture of the general kind of product featured in the ad or may make an eye catching graphic that gets the reader’s attention. Using pictures in your ad is a must, just as it would be if you are trying to sell something through an eBay auction. Ads on USFreeAds are listed in categories as they are in eBay and have a little thumbnail picture to the left of each classified. If you don’t include a pic, you will get about 15% of the views an ad with a picture does. Here’s a screenshot below to see the listing layout with and without a picture:

USFreeAds Listing Format

Again, using USFreeAds.com is a slow process, but it has more than paid for the $9.95 monthly cost in bringing me traffic to my BANS stores. If you want a little more in depth look at making even more money with USFreeAds and ShoppingAds, look here.

Thus ends the Build A Niche Store tutorial series. Look for a post tomorrow or Friday summing up the entire series and linking to each tutorial.

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