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December 13, 2017
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Question:
How do I create an ad?


Answer:

To place an ad, click on any Post link and follow the directions. In most cases there will be a Post button toward the top of the page. When placing an ad, you will perform the following steps. There may be a lot of text below, but don't worry, it's really quite easy.

  1. Login: If you have not already logged in, you will log into your account. If you do not yet have an ID, then you can create one at this time.
  2. Category: Choose a category for the ad. All ads must reside in a specific category. If you have been browsing our service, your category may default to the last one you were looking at. You can change to a different category if you want.
  3. Network: If the category you chose can link to the AdConnect network of thousands of affiliated classified ad sites, you will have the choice to select a Network ad, or just a Local ad (on one site only).
  4. Ad Type: Select a type for your ad. In most cases both private-party and commercial ad types are available, and in some categories you can post auctions (both standard and countdown auctions are supported).
  5. Contents: The ad contains the following parts:
    • Location: This is where the ad will be placed when viewing ads by region or location. It will be prefilled with the location of your ID. The "area code" field is only used for US and Canada locations, and can be "0" for other countries.
    • Content:
      • Reply Address: The reply address is where we will forward messages from readers. It defaults to your ID's email address.
      • Price: For classified ads you can set a price value, if it's appropriate. This will be shown in the ad listings and the ad's More Info page. For auctions there are a few price fields (like opening and reserve for standard auctions), a quantity (if you are selling more than one of an item and not as a group), and the option to autorenew the ad if there are no bids.
      • Ad Text: You will fill in the ad's text in the "Label", "Buyline", and "More Info" sections. The Label is a short (one to a few words) indentification of the topic of your ad (i.e. 1989 Mustang GT). It will also serve as the link that users can click on to read more about your ad. The Buyline is a longer text description that will appear right after the Label and should provide enough information to entice a reader to click on your ad. The More Info section can be as long as you want and will be displayed on the page readers go to when they click on the ad's Label. Note, if you choose the optional Site Link feature for your ad, you do not need to fill in More Info text, since a reader who clicks on the ad's Label will go to the location (URL) of your choice.
    • Display Features: There are several optional display features you can choose for your ad. Each has a price listed next to the feature, and you may choose any number of features for your ad. See help on ad display features for more information.
    • Newsgroups: Some categories match up well with Usenet newsgroups. We provide those categories with the option to have their ads posted to the appropriate newsgroups. Note that each newsgroup has a policy on appropriate content, so there is no assurance your ad will be posted there.
  6. Duration: The default duration for classified ads is 4 weeks, and auctions can be one or two weeks. If your classified ad has fees, we allow you to choose a longer duration that can have discounts on the final price.
  7. Submit your ad by clicking on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
  8. You will arrive on a confirmation page after submitting the ad. If there is no amount due for your ad, then your ad is active and being displayed to visitors right away. If there is an amount due for the ad, you can make a credit card payment from this page or your Account page through our secure server. You can also pay with PayPal and there are also instructions for making a payment by check. If you prefer, you can post additional ads and then make a single payment for the total amount.



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