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  • Craigslist Pointers!

    So, i do a lot of business ads on Craigslist.org. I use it ALOT, during the spring i had an increase in business by 80% thanks to CL. I would like to extend another pointer to you. I dont know HTML but, i do know how to use COPY and PASTE (really well!).

    www.use.com is a great site. You can upload a picture (logo if you want) and put all of the information on the template that you would like. You can then copy and paste the provided HTML code. Paste it directly to your ad you want to post and it will show it all.

    If you have anything to add to posting on Craigslist, use this post!

    Matt
    M.A.K. Landscaping

    http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

    407-949-1073

    Volusia County FL
    Seminole County FL

    "Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"

  • #2
    Very interesting!

    Which kinds of ads on craigslist tend to work best? Ads that focus on low prices, or maybe that have some sort of coupon? Or maybe even just a general ad that promotes lawn care services?

    Do you have any ad designs that you have used in the past that you can show us and maybe tell us what you liked or didn't like about them?
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    • #3
      When doing ads with html code in craigslist, I am not sure that it would be searchable in results or is it? Do you have to also have a paragraph filled with specific keywords along with the code? I do know that making pictures clickable is a big no no. If you are hosting pics any where on the internet its very simple to post one in an ad. Use the following html code :

      < img src="Place the url of your picture between these two quotation marks">

      (you will need to remove the space just before img for it to work....
      Last edited by jymie; 12-03-2010, 06:06 PM.
      http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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      • #4
        http://daytona.craigslist.org/fgs/2093473951.html That is my latest ad. I did check just now, and it is searchable from the title.

        How to make it searchable. At the end of your post after you add the HTML Code, add a "Keyword" section, and put stuff in it like - "Quality, landscaping, land, scaping, lawn maintenance, edging, weed-eating, clean-up, pressure washing, lawn care, zero turn, ZT, wright stander, hustler, dixie chopper" You could do that... ill even make the list and post for you to copy and paste.

        Matt
        M.A.K. Landscaping

        http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

        407-949-1073

        Volusia County FL
        Seminole County FL

        "Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"

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        • #5
          Let's see if we can get that html in here to show.

          <br>
          <div id="userbody">
          <div align="center"><center><table width="927" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td width="927" background="http://www.use.com/images/templates/title2.gif" height="28"><center><b><font color="#000000" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="3">M.A.K. Landscaping</font></b></center></td></tr>
          <tr><td><table width="927" align="top" bgcolor="#659531" border="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="background-repeat: no-repeat;" width="927" background="http://www.use.com/images/templates/backgrounds/usetemp0654.jpg"><img src="http://www.use.com/images/tran130h.gif" width="1" border="0" height="130"><table align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellspacing="0">
          <tbody><tr><td><div align="center"><table bgcolor="#f8f8f8" border="0" cellpadding="7" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff" height="450"><table width="650" align="center" bgcolor="#f8f8f8" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">

          <tbody><tr><td bgcolor="#f8f8f8"><table width="650" align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="3"><tbody><tr>
          <td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff" height="450"><a href="http://www.use.com/44c8cda495bf3ab0dbf9?p=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/44c8cda495bf3ab0dbf9_1.jpg?1" border="0"></a></td>
          </tr></tbody></table></td></tr>
          <tr><td bgcolor="#ffffff"><img src="http://www.use.com/images/tran20h.gif" width="1" height="20"></td></tr><tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#ffffff"><table width="100%" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5"><tbody><tr>
          <td valign="top" height="110"><div><div style="text-align: center;"><font size="4"><font face="Helvetica"><font color="black"><b>M.A.K. Landscaping is looking to expand in the Daytona Beach area. We service all types of properties from Residential, Commercial and Industrial.&nbsp;<br>
          We specialize in the little details on your property!<br>
          <br>
          The most competitive pricing in the area, and we guarantee the lowest hourly rate on any job!<br>
          <br>
          Basic lawn service starting at $25<br>
          <br>
          We Offer:<br>

          Pressure Washing<br>
          Gutter Cleaning<br>
          Clear-Outs<br>
          Installs<br>
          Holiday Light Instillation<br>
          Zero Scaping and Landscaping<br>
          <br>
          All of our equipment is kept in tip top shape to always perform to its best, using a smokeless oil and corn free fuels!<br>
          <br>
          CONTACT&nbsp;US&nbsp;TODAY!<br>

          407 949 1073<br>
          </b></font></font></font></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></td></tr></tbody></table><img src="http://www.use.com/images/tran15h.gif" width="1" border="0" height="15"></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>
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          • #6
            Thanks MAK!! I'll be using this from here on out. Example of mine:


            <div align="center"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="819"><tr><td>
            <img border="0" src="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/dealer/027/pintop.jpg" width="819"></td></tr><tr>
            <td height="42"><img src="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/dealer/027/topbar.jpg" width="819"></td><tr>
            <td background="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/dealer/027/midbar.jpg"><div align="center"><table border="0" width="720" align="top" cellspacing="0"><tr><td width="720" style="background-repeat: no-repeat"><div align="center"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="720"><tr>
            <td><img src="http://www.use.com/images/tran34h.gif" width="1" height="34"></td></tr><tr><td><div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#000000"><tr><td><div align="center"><table border="0" cellpadding="7" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#f8f8f8"><tr>
            <td bgcolor="#ffffff"><div align="center"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0"><tr><td><a href="http://www.use.com/1a6d0a1b2c4b76df079e?p=1" target="_blank"><img src="http://media.use.com/images/s_2/1a6d0a1b2c4b76df079e_1.jpg?1" border="0" width="600" height="359" style="-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic" alt="Images Hosted by Use.com"></a></td></tr></table></div></td></tr></table></div></td></tr></table></div></td></tr></table>
            </div><img src="http://www.use.com/images/tran60h.gif" width="1" height="60"><div align="center"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="5" width="630"><tr><td height="110" valign="top"><div style="margin-top: 18px; margin-bottom: 18px">
            <div style="text-align: center; "><b>
            <div style="text-align: center; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 5px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 5px; "><b>Leaves everywhere? Gutters clogged?&nbsp;<br>
            Don't push your lawn problems off til spring.<br>
            <br>
            Give me a call for a FREE estimate<br>
            @<br>
            515-779-1380/Chris<br>
            Owner/Operator- CL's Lawn Care / Snow Removal<br>
            <br>
            Donate a toy for Toys for Tots and receive $10 off any service!<br>
            Limit 2 toys for discount of $20(more toys welcome)<br>
            <br>
            Services:<br>
            Mowing(includes trimming/clearing walks/bi-weekly edging)<br>
            Fall/Spring Clean up<br>
            Brush Hauling<br>
            Snow Removal(ice melt @ request)&nbsp;<br>
            Bush/Tree Trimming<br>
            Power Washing<br>
            Gutter Cleaning(flushing down spouts)<br>
            Landscaping<br>
            Aerating &amp; Dethatching<br>
            I also do some handyman work, just ask!<br>
            <br>
            Let me come out and give you an estimate. I am fully insured with very competitive rates.<br>
            My professionalism shows in my work. You can view some of my work @<br>
            </b><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/CLs-Lawn-Care-Snow-Removal/175797069099291">http://www.facebook.com/pages/CLs-Lawn-Care-Snow-Removal/175797069099291<br>
            <br>
            <br type="_moz">
            </a></div>
            <div style="text-align: center; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; -webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 5px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 5px; "><b>Thank You and hope to hear from you soon!<br>
            Happy Holidays</b></div>
            </b></div>
            </div></td></tr></table></div></td></tr></table></div></td></tr><tr><td>
            <img src="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/dealer/027/botbar.jpg" width="819" border="0"></td></tr><tr>
            <td><img border="0" src="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/dealer/027/footer.jpg" width="819"></td></tr></table>
            <img border="0" src="http://www.use.com/images/tran.gif" width="1" height="15"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center"><tr><td colspan="3" align="center"><a href="http://www.use.com/info_temp.html" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://www.use.com/images/hostedby2.gif" width="205" height="32"></a></td></tr>
            <tr><td colspan="3" align="center"><img border="0" src="http://www.use.com/images/templates/custom/custom/uselogo2.gif" width="88" height="33" alt="Templates powered by Use.com"></td></tr></table></div>
            Website: www.clslawncare.com

            http://www.facebook.com/CLsLawnCare.SnowRemoval

            Some of my work! "Like" my page.

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            • #7
              That looks really nice!
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              • #8
                AWESOME! Looks awesome, i need to start putting my facebook and blogger on mine...

                Good call

                Matt
                M.A.K. Landscaping

                http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

                407-949-1073

                Volusia County FL
                Seminole County FL

                "Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"

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                • #9
                  Here is mine. This looks really nice compared to the others that are out there just putting words in with no pictures.

                  http://austin.craigslist.org/fgs/2097840469.html

                  I used this company.

                  http://www.use.com/info_temp.html

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                  • #10
                    I noticed in your craigslist ad, you had a whole bunch of keywords.

                    Keywords: Lawn care, cutting, trimming, mulching, weedeating, mowing, fertilizing, compost, green, pasture, debris, organizing, removal, tree, grass, plants, flowers, lawn, quality, landscaping, land, scaping, lawn maintenance, edging, weed-eating, clean-up, garage, cleanup
                    Did that site create them for you or did you ad them after wards?

                    How important is it to use a bunch of keywords like that in your ad?
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                    • #11
                      I put the keywords in there myself. Don't know if it really helps, but I figured it wouldn't hurt if I put all of the one's I could think of in there.

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                      • #12
                        Those are some of the nicest ads I have seen for lawncare on CL. Very profesional looking. I do advertise on CL here and there. It is mostly for my brushcutting service. I have got a few regulars from CL, the only problem is all of the tire kickers. But it is free, which is always good.

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                        • #13
                          keyword list

                          SOrry gents, i promised this list, here it is.

                          Keywords: Lawncare, lawn care, edging, weed-eating, weed, eat, mulch, mulching, landscaping, land scaping, zero scaping, zeroscaping, professional, maintenance, ZT, Zero Turn, Zeroturn, hydro, grass, hedges, bushes, shrubs, palm, tree, trimming, removal, instillation, install, clean, clean-up, clean-out, business, detailed, detail, truck, trailer, stihl, edco, hustler, john deere, Dixie chopper, quick, slow, family, oriented, yard, yardcare, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, specials, special, discount, free, blade, blades, repairs, irrigation, trenching, design, ruts, pest, control, pestcontrol, fertilizer, fertilize, YES, NO, commercial, industrial, residential, front, back, gloves, helmet, safety, glasses, cones, lights, lighting, pressure, wash, washing, shindiawa, yearly, round, year, camera, before, after, barter, trade, money, cash, check, credit card, visa, master card, american express, discover, debit, start, finish, end, beginning, begin

                          Thats all I could think of, add or remove to the list, use what you want, copy and paste it to your CL ADs!

                          Matt
                          M.A.K. Landscaping

                          http://www.ma-klandscaping.com

                          407-949-1073

                          Volusia County FL
                          Seminole County FL

                          "Treating your property as if it were OUR own!"

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                          • #14
                            MAK, it looks like the picture in your craigslist ad is not working. Check your use.com picture link.
                            http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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                            • #15
                              Matt,

                              I noticed you put in some mower brand names in your keyword list, what is your view on why to include them?

                              Also, when new customers call, do you ask them where they found you and if it is on craigslist, do you ask them what key words they were searching for?

                              Would it be helpful to have a list of local towns you service in the keywords list too?
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