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jcal0914
08-22-2010, 01:53 PM
Can you guys please post your ads for craigslist as a guide if you would? Are they in html or what? Just trying to get ideas on what to include and how.

Thanks, Jeff

MAKLawnCutter
08-22-2010, 02:05 PM
We do one thing and we do it RIGHT - Your Property
Date: 2010-08-22, 3:03PM EDT
Reply to: serv-9gfqx-1913015350@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

MAK Landscaping is dedicated to bringing the highest quality service to your property. We let you pick what services you want and we do it with pride.

We Offer:
Cut/Mow
Edge
Weed Eat
Blow
Clean-Ups/Outs
Compost Set up and Maintenance
CHEMICAL FREE ORGANIC SPRAYING (kid and pet safe, all edible)
Installs and Landscaping, ZeroScaping, Mulching
Tree Trimming / Palm Trimming
Hurricane Service (24/7 before, during and after)

We love to make long lasting relationships with all of our home and property owners.

We use all the best blades and lines.
Smokeless Oils
Corn FREE Fuel

All of our equipment is kept up to par. We charge the lowest price in the area for labor jobs to save you money. Low over head allows us to run low labor.

Locally owned, Managed and operated.

Licensed, Insured, Certified

We file taxes and dont low ball.

Please contact us at 407 949 ****

I pull 80% of my new business from Craigslist.

Matt

TouchtonsCLC
08-22-2010, 04:21 PM
********- Here's what we have now**********-

►►LAWN SERVICE ◄◄ Insured • Affordable
Jacksonville ⎷⎛ Lawns

<br><br>
<center><h1>Touchton's Complete Lawn Care</h1>
<i>Full Service Lawn Maintenance</i><br>
<b>(904) 327-****<br><br></b>

It’s summertime. You know what that means… the grass is growing like crazy! Let <large><b><u>Touchton's Complete Lawn Care</u></b></large> handle it for you. <br><br>

<b>FREE</b> Quote<br><br></center>

<b>Just a few services we offer: </b><br><br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> Mowing<br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> Edging <br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> Trimming <br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> Weeding <br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> Gutter Cleaning <br><br>
<font color= “green”>⎷</font> General Lawn Clean-Up <br><br>
… and much more. <br><br>

<large>(904) 327-****<br>
Contact us for a FREE QUOTE today!</large><br><br>

<u>A bit about us:</u>
We are an insured, professional, affordable, and honest company with both education and experience in lawn care. We want to be your go-to company for lawn maintenance. Give us a call today and let's see what we can do for you! <br><br>

To visit our website and request a FREE QUOTE online, cut and paste the following into your browser: <font size = 6><font color= “blue”><b>touchtonsclc.webs.com</font></font></b><br><br><br><br><br><br>

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TouchtonsCLC
08-22-2010, 04:27 PM
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We file taxes and dont low ball.
Matt

Craigslist is full of low ballers. I love that you put this on your ad!

Chachi
08-22-2010, 04:55 PM
Craigslist is full of low ballers. I love that you put this on your ad!

Ya you got that right and here is mine.

* Mowing
* Mulch
* Trimming
* Leaf Removal
* Small tree removal
* Storm Damage Clean up (Downed tree/branch removal)
* Spring and Fall Cleanup
* Clearing Brush
* Hedge Trimming
* Gutter Cleaning
* Residential Snow Removal

FREE ESTIMATES - FULLY INSURED

NewLeafca
08-23-2010, 09:48 AM
For anyone interested you can go to http://www.deliverysuccess.com/ and create a free HTML ad for Craigslist. They do have costume ads available also for $30 but there free ones work just as well.

You can put your own logo and info in the templates that they have and change them around. There HTML creator is a lot like using Front Page or Word and is very easy to use. They even let you store your ads so you can use them again. Once you have created your ad then you simply copy the HTML code and paste it in Craigslist. I have had great success with there ads.

TouchtonsCLC
08-23-2010, 09:52 AM
For anyone interested you can go to http://www.deliverysuccess.com/ and create a free HTML ad for Craigslist. They do have costume ads available also for $30 but there free ones work just as well.

You can put your own logo and info in the templates that they have and change them around. There HTML creator is a lot like using Front Page or Word and is very easy to use. They even let you store your ads so you can use them again. Once you have created your ad then you simply copy the HTML code and paste it in Craigslist. I have had great success with there ads.

I had this ad up but it was ghosted by CL:

<center><a href="http://touchtonsclc.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=8396375" target="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/bigwillee/Lawncare/CraigslistBasicAdBlack-1.png" ALT="Give us a call today!" WIDTH=683 HEIGHT=500></center><br><br>

Steve
08-23-2010, 10:29 AM
I had this ad up but it was ghosted by CL:

What does that mean?

TouchtonsCLC
08-23-2010, 10:34 AM
What does that mean?

That means that the CL bots that peruse CL didn't like something about the ad and so they automatically removed it. I believe that while pics and links are okay in the Services section of CL, something about a clickable link in a picture is not kosher with CL.

There's also the remote possibility that someone doesn't like us on CL and so they spam flagged the ad until it was removed. But they don't flag the text ad so I don't think that's the case.

jcal0914
08-24-2010, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the info everyone. TouchtonsCLC great info man.

Keep em coming please

cleancutlawncare5382
08-25-2010, 11:34 AM
Are you listing under the "service" on CL ? I have ran ads all summer with zero calls.

Here are a few of my ads.



Diagnose Lawn Problems Free

Does your lawn have brown patches of dead grass?

We have an Organic solution.

We will diagnose and develop a personalize plan for Free. No Obligation





Lawn care account - $30

Still taking fall clients for leaf removal and lawn care. Don't forget about those gutters, I will make sure you are ready for fall rains.

Seasonal lawn care starts in September, Any problems you have had this season - now is the time to correct for 2011. Together we can help.


Why we went "Green"

Synthetic lawn chemicals i.e. herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers endanger human and animal health and damage the environment. Scientific studies have found numerous negative health consequences associated with the synthetic chemicals found in traditional lawn care products. A report by the National Academy of Sciences shows that the health of 1 in 7 people are negatively impacted in some form by lawn pesticides; numerous studies link lawn chemicals to cancers and other long-term diseases; several studies also link exposure to artificial lawn chemicals to an increased risk of cancer and other health problems in pets. Children are especially at risk for negative health consequences due to their size, physiological development and proximity to the ground. Studies from Yale University, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and several others point to children's health risks associated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Synthetic pesticides and fertilizers destroy the naturally present beneficial organisms in a healthy lawn's ecosystem making it biologically sterile. This destruction then transforms your lawn into an increasingly needy "junkie,"requiring more and more chemicals to sustain it. A green lawn does not mean a healthy lawn! In addition, up to 60 percent of synthetic nitrogen applied to lawns ends up contaminating ground water.
Even though going Green meant purchasing new equipment, costly training, enhanced application and mixing methods, and a culture change, we went Green June1st.
Our products actually build soil (Humus) over time. One gallon of our soil-conditioning product is the equivalent of seven tons of manure. Our products contain beneficial microbes, 30+ vitamins and nutrients, plant growth hormones, and are all 100% biodegradable. Our products help Nature help Nature. A healthy turf is weed free, disease free, utilizes water more efficiently, and increases home value with greater curb appeal.
We are extensively trained, and ready to serve. We give free estimates and consultations to residential and commercial clients, offer active duty military family and senior citizen discounts.

cleancutlawncare5382
08-25-2010, 07:11 PM
Please contact us at 407 949 ****

I pull 80% of my new business from Craigslist.

Matt

Matt where on craigslist do you place your ads? Under the farm and garden services? I was wondering if I'm not using CL correctly. So far this season the phone has been dead.

Thanks

TouchtonsCLC
08-25-2010, 08:53 PM
We place ours under Farm & Garden Services.

NewLeafca
08-25-2010, 09:04 PM
Matt where on craigslist do you place your ads? Under the farm and garden services? I was wondering if I'm not using CL correctly. So far this season the phone has been dead.

Thanks

The plain text ones that I have posted under farm & garden haven't gotten a lot of response. The HTML ones under farm & garden have made me busy. I also have posted 2 ads under labor section. These have not been as good. I have gotten a few calls but I think that the bots on craigslist have deleted most of them under the labor.

Steve
08-26-2010, 10:59 AM
That means that the CL bots that peruse CL didn't like something about the ad and so they automatically removed it. I believe that while pics and links are okay in the Services section of CL, something about a clickable link in a picture is not kosher with CL.

There's also the remote possibility that someone doesn't like us on CL and so they spam flagged the ad until it was removed. But they don't flag the text ad so I don't think that's the case.

Very interesting! I haven't experimented much with them however I do wonder if a single spam flag submission by a competitor can immediately pull an ad off the site. Is this possible? The reason I ask is because I have never heard of cl bots, but the spam flagging seems so easy for a competitor to do.

TouchtonsCLC
08-27-2010, 10:43 AM
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Post-On-Craigslist

I may have misused the term "bot", but this is an article on how to write a CL ad and keep it there. It briefly talks about ghosting.

It would be somewhat hard for a single competitor to wipe-out your ad, as CL keeps track of your ip address when you flag. You can use a proxy online, but I'm not sure if that even works, considering the free proxies are not very good. You can read more about that here:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080219074336AADyOHr

JoshLawn
09-05-2010, 09:11 AM
~~Here is what I use for one of my ads. It's pretty successful for me. Average 2-3 calls a week in Spring and Early Summer with this ad. Will post more ads shortly~~


West Knox Lawns would like to offer you something that is rare today. We would like to provide you with a dependable, professional, quality service at an affordable price.

Our goal at West Knox Lawns is to make our clients happy at all times. With each satisfied customer, we enhance our reputation for creativity, professionalism, dependability, and bend over backward service. That is why we would love to make you another one of our satisfied customers.

West Knox Lawns specializes in all aspects of lawn care. We service numerous residential and commercial clients in the Knoxville area, with each client receiving the personal attention they deserve.

We understand that your home and its landscape are one of your biggest investments. We also understand the importance of having your property look its best at all times.

We realize that it can be very difficult to find lawn and landscape service providers who you can trust and count on. We are very serious when we say we are dedicated to pleasing you. In fact, we are so certain we can make you happy, we guarantee our work.

Call now for a free estimate xxx-xxx-xxxx
Serving Knoxville for over 5 years now.
<a href="http://www.westknoxlawns.com/" target="_new">www.WestKnoxLawns.com</a>

<img src=http://www.westknoxlawns.com/images/Grass%20Cutting%20Animation.gif>

JoshLawn
09-05-2010, 09:16 AM
2 more ads I use with headlines above.


"Springtime is here, flowers blooming everywhere." or "Let's get Mowing!"
<img src=http://www.westknoxlawns.com/images/knox_back.jpg>


"Neighborhood Mowing Special."
<img src=http://www.westknoxlawns.com/images/knox_front.jpg>

Steve
09-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Those are great ads!

How do you utilize your (postcard/doorhanger) marketing material? Also how do you track your ads to see where your customers are initially hearing of you?