A number of free classified ad sites make it possible to sell, trade or buy virtually anything online quickly and easily. Choosing the best site for posting depends on the number of ads posted, the availability of local searches and added options such as image posting and ad renewal. The best classified ad sites feature high traffic, large numbers of postings, location-specific subsites and enhancements such as photo galleries.
The grandaddy of all classified sites, Craigslist (craigslist.org) remains a highly popular option for posting classifieds in a wide variety of categories. With photo posting options and editing capabilities, Craigslist classifieds reach readers worldwide and can be targeted to specific locations. Craigslist posts a "Best of Craigslist" section that features the strangest and funniest postings to the site in all categories.
US Free Ads
US Free Ads (usfreeads.com) has been offering a high-traffic option for classified postings since 1999. New classifieds posted to the site go live immediately, with options for targeting readership in a number of cities around the United States. Classifieds posted to US Free Ads can include photographs and can be renewed indefinitely.
SaleSpider (salespider.com) offers searches by location and distance. With thousands of classifieds available in numerous categories, SaleSpider offers business tools, a business directory and forums as well as support for postings and image gallery options. Ads are live on the site immediately and can be renewed.
In addition to classifieds, AdlandPro (adlandpro.com) offers entrepreneurship opportunities and affiliate marketing. With listings available in most major cities, Adland Pro also offers tutorials and resources for entrepreneurs, including a regular newsletter and forums. Classifieds can be posted to a variety of categories and renewed as needed.
Bonqo (bonqo.com) provides listings in all major categories in a variety of cities around the world. Bonqo focuses on private classifieds rather than business and entrepreneurship, and features a front-page photo gallery as well as gallery options for individual ad postings.
Sell (sell.com) Marketplace offers extensive listings in numerous categories. Some of these, such as "art," offer free ad posting, while others, such as "antiques and collectibles," are paid. Ads can run for 30 days and can be renewed. This site also offers paid subscription options for more features and support.
eBay Classifieds (ebay.com), formerly Kijiji, offers extensive free classified options, with city- and location-specific posting and search options and thousands of postings in each category. eBay Classifieds allows users to set search preferences and set up alerts for ads in specific categories.
With a focus on personal classifieds, Back Page (backpage.com) offers photo options and support for posters in the United States and major cities in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Local ads on Back Page are generally free to post to one city; posting to multiple cities is reserved for its sponsored ads.
Oodle (oodle.com) focuses on personal classifieds that can also be accessed through Facebook. With options for search preferences, saved searches and a personal profile, Oodle also allows users to post for friends only, or for the public. Oodle also offers a business option and photo posting.
Classified Ads (classifiedads.com) offers free classifieds in numerous categories and is searchable by location or distance. Dedicated only to private postings rather than business or entrepreneurship, Classified Ads features extensive postings with picture options and a large selection of ads in each of its major categories.