You got your classified ads website ready to work and you’re thinking about the next step? How could you compete with others who might already have their websites in your targeted niche? I will be reviewing some ways to do that, going over non-conventional means rather than paid advertising:
Spreading word of mouth strategies changed a lot since the existence of social media. Now, you have a lot of powerful tools to get your site right at your targeted users screens. Though there are some rules you might want to consider when developing your strategy in spreading the word on your website:
- Make sure you know where your users are. Is Facebook their popular social media platform? Or are they active on Twitter?
- Make it easy for them to spread the word; add social media like buttons or integrate a social log in into your classifieds website (this is available in our premium themes)
- Give them a reason to share! Of course, “free” is the most popular word among classifieds websites, but that is not enough reason to convince users to share your website. Adding useful content or having something unique on your website will give them motive to share it.
- Track referrals, keep checking who is referring to your website and try to find who has the most impact in increasing traffic, then make use of that information.
Of course, every business can spend some money and place an ad on TV or in the local news paper. But, you can do that without spending money! Make use of your friends and the people you know. There could be a guy who knows a guy at the local TV station, don’t hesitate! Get in contact right now and ask for that favor, a simple mention of your website on TV in the morning show might have a significant effect on the website traffic.
Interacting with potential returning users
Depending on your targeted niche, there are certain people who could prove useful to know and get in contact with personally! I read a post once about a guy who went door to door to many business owners, told them about his website and posted ads himself from their laptops until he got his classifieds website known and popular. Hard work pays eventually!
Give a personal touch and exist on many platforms
Check where potential users may see you online and create a profile there. It takes time and effort but it will improve your traffic. Be active on forums made for your niche market. By “active” I don’t mean to keep pasting links to your website, I mean posting useful comments or giving advices. Also, giving a personal touch to your posts would get users to know that there is a person behind the platform they are using. This would increase their trust in the website on the first glimpse.
How Yclas helps you with this:
Our classifieds software offers a variety of tools that you could use to get yourself out there without much effort, I would mention an important example which is the share widget. This widget must be on your site, it is really essential. For a full list of features what Yclas can offer, you can check our classified ads script features
Those are only some ways you may find useful to help you increase traffic and promote a your classifieds website, but I would like to hear your thoughts about this! Post your opinion, give an idea or a creative suggestion in the comment section below.
As always, best of luck with succeeding in your online business.