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Writing an effective classified advertisment title.
You should make sure your title has both an action and a statement, for example, if you are selling your boat you could use, FOR SALE – boat selling cheap due to a new addition to family.
A poor example would be; Boat for Sale, this does not explain anything about your boat, and will look exactly like thousands of other advertisements.
Writing an effective description of your item.
This is the part of your ad where you want to complete the sale. It is more than likely you will have further conversations between you and the buyer, but if the description does not appeal to your potential buyer then this will be the end of the line.
The rule of thumb is to NEVER over word your description with unnecessary adjectives and tedious descriptions, keep it short and to the point.
For a boat make sure you have the essential information such as what make of boat or if boat parts which boats makes they will work with, the year of manufacture, gas or diesel engines, hours logged, and additional factual descriptions.
An effective description should look something like this: Cute female Maltese, 1 year old potty trained. Good with children and other dogs. Shots current. No medical problems. Champion sired AKC. Toys and bedding included…
You can see by the time you have described just two points you could have described everything your potential customers need to know.
What else can I do to improve my classified advertisement?
Wherever possible always include as many photos as possible, this is because people like to see what they are thinking about buying before buying the item.
Make sure your spelling and punctuation is correct at all times. Anything else looks unprofessional and may deter potential buyers.
Always make sure you include the full price of your item, never leave out any costs.
Never condemn any other company/individual in your advertisement; it makes you look like you are trying for a hard sale, which rarely works well.
When selling your product you always need to ensure you give your product the best chance of selling as possible, by following the above steps you will be able to do so, without taking up too much of your time.
At FishOx.com we want to help you get the best possible returns for your time and effort.
We have put together the following simple step by step guide to help you post a successful ad.
Start at our website at www.FishOx.com
Click on the Register to make an account which must be completed and confirmed by responding to an email sent to the email account you list.
You may either register as a Regular User | Free Classifieds or as a Business.
Select your category. It is essential that you select the correct category, having your item in the wrong category means it will not reach its intended audience, and will therefore have less chance of selling.
Enter your ad title. Include KEY WORDs that can be searched for. Try not to make your title to long.
Enter your description. Ensure that you expand on your title; explain what your product is offering and why people should choose your product over others.
Enter your personal information. Ensure that it is all correct; otherwise your advertisement will not have the desired effect.
Entering a meta_description and meta_keywords, helps promote your ad across the internet. Key words should be separated by a comma.
Enter any Photos you may require, this can either be a photo of your product, or a photo to try and attract potential customers to view your description.
The extra options page can be used to upgrade your free basic ad. Lister who have chosen a Silver, Gold upgrade have some feature already included in their ad. Dealer Store included all extra option, unlimited ads for the duration of the subscription and bulk up loading abilities via cvs or xml files.
Your last page is the advertisement review. It is essential that you check to ensure all of your details are correct, as this will be the last place you can edit them. After a careful review then click to submit your advertisement.
Lastly view your published advertisement.
All aspects of you account can be managed from your ACCOUNT AREA after login. Your STATISTIC tab will track information about your ad. Including the number of times it has been viewed. You can Save Searches you have made and set EMAIL ALERTS to alert you to items you are interested in.
AD's may ONLY be relisted via your account control panel AFTER they have expired.
When an AD expires a blue icon will appear and with a simple click you can relist your AD.
Acquiring a Business account allows you to list unlimited classifieds for the period of the subscription.
As a Business you get all the benifits if having FEATURED, HIGHLIGHTED, VIDEO CLASSIFIEDS plus our BULK UPLOAD tools. Its easy to do, just use a CVS or XML format and with a simple upload have all your classified submitted.
All your classifieds are easy to manage in your account management panel.
You can avoid the majority of scams and fraud by simply using common sense.
We offer some tips for your safety:
- Deal LOCALLY with people you can MEET IN PERSON and you'll avoid nearly 99% of the scam attempts.
National sales can be done without fraud, we recommend using a COD, or USPS mail confirmation and never deal with an unverified PayPal member.
- NEVER WIRE FUNDS via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service. Anyone who asks you to do so is in our opinion a scammer.
- FAKE Cashier Checks and Money Orders are common in scams. Banks WILL cash them, but hold YOU responsible if it turns out to be a fake.
- FishOx.com does not get involved in any transactions. We do NOT handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer any type of "buyer protection" or "seller certification."
- NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, Passwords, etc.).
- Avoid deals involving OUT OF COUNTRY SHIPPING OR BUYER ESCROW SERVICES. Be aware that only a scammer will "guarantee" your transaction.
Who to Notify about Fraud or Scam Attempts:
If you suspect that an item posted for sale in the FishOx.com classifieds may be part of a scam, please REPORT THE ABUSE by clicking the "Report Offensive Ad" link below the item price on the listing description page. You may also email details to firstname.lastname@example.org be sure to include the page URL or the Posting ID number in your message.
In addition, you may report abuse to the following organizations:
- FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
- FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov)
- Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
- Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov)
- Non-emergency number for your local police department
Personal Safety Tips:
The majority of users on FishOx.com are trustworthy and well-intentioned. Nevertheless, it's very important to take the same common-sense precautions when meeting someone for the first time in person as it is when interacting with them online. Remember to:
- Insist on a public meeting place like a restaurant.
- Tell a friend or family member where you're going.
- Take your cell phone along if you have one.
- Consider having a friend accompany you.
- Trust your instincts.
For more information about personal safety online, check out www.getsafeonline.org and www.wiredsafety.org