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  • #16
    Well first off yes for some small lawns I only charge $40.00. However, I have received 5 new clients from my ad and they all are paying $70.00 a month for service. I know some think I am underbidding and too cheap but the market here is real tight. Because of this, and because of my current situation which allows me to do so, I have set my hourly wage at $12.50.

    Now to the important question. No need to pay me for the info, however, if you want me to make you an ad maybe I can have a side business LOL!! Any way I used the text editor on my Mac to make the ad. On a PC it would be like using wordpad. If you no a little about how to write HTML then it is easy. If you got to this link http://www.craigslist.org/about/help...stings/details it tells you what HTML Craigslist allows on there ads. If you go to this link http://www.craigslist.org/about/help...list_postings/ they give you some basic examples of how to write HTML. Another site that may help you in writing HTML code is here http://www.quackit.com/html/
    Just make sure you check out and see if CL lets you use the codes you get from the quackit site.

    Also the nice thing about CL is that you can hit continue and preview your ad. If you don't like just hit the back button and change it. Hope this helps you out. I can tell you that since I have been doing ads with HTML I get more responses then plain text ads. They take a little more time to create but they seem to work better. Someone also told me that you can put some kind of code in your ad that will block bots and spam but I don't know how to do this and don't know if it's true. If you got any questions hit me up always glad to help as long as you don't steal any of my clients, LOL.

    On a side note to Steve. I like your suggestions and that is what I was trying to make look like, a missing persons poster. My idea was to not only distribute it throughout neighborhoods I wanted to get business from. But to also put it up on bulletin boards and telephone poles like a missing persons flyer. I just got slammed with clients I haven't been able to change it yet. Will do so soon.
    Oh no, don't take what I said the wrong way. I know what you're up against. I retired out of L.A. & my gardener there mowed my lawn every week for $45 a month. You're in one of the hardest markets for sure.

    Thanks for the links, I'll check them out.

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    • #17
      I just got slammed with clients I haven't been able to change it yet. Will do so soon.
      That is awesome!

      If you keep track of the response you got for this ad, it would be interesting to see how changing the graphic might effect the future response rate.
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      • #18
        So I got an email link to this thread so I'm going to bump it with a question. I've been running a "fancy" CL ad but have now been BLOCKED. Anyone else have this problem? I've reported it through CL but haven't heard back. It makes me so mad seeing the guy that runs the $25 lawn ad almost daily(26 times in the last 30 days) and I can't run my ad at all now.

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        • #19
          Do you have any idea what it takes to be blocked from craigslist?

          Is it possible it had nothing to do with the content of your ad but instead it was a competitor flagging your ad?
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          • #20
            Do you have any idea what it takes to be blocked from craigslist?

            Is it possible it had nothing to do with the content of your ad but instead it was a competitor flagging your ad?
            No, I don't. Still waiting for response from CL.

            I don't think it's a competitor because it won't let me post it at all. This is what I get instead

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            • #21
              I think it's hilarious if you read their possible reasons, website, phone # or email address, doesn't everyone put their phone or email address on CL? FWIW, I've tried removing both my web addy and phone with no success.

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              • #22
                That is so strange! So craigslist doesn't want users to link to commercial websites?
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                • #23
                  CL is a pain in the butt...however, it can be effective.

                  One unfortunate problem is you receive all kinds of spam from advertisers trying to sell you stuff. This is a reason I have stopped using CL.

                  I know how to make full color ads for CL using your website and an editor. It is simple.

                  On a side note: charging $12.50 an hour anywhere in the US is a tragedy. You should really consider raising your prices. It ultimately hurts you and your industry. It makes us all look like we don't know what we are doing. You should get at least $20 at the minimum.

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                  • #24
                    Nice flyer, but craigslist is where the cheapskates shop. You should think about different ways to reach your customers and you should charge an amount that a legitimate business would charge. I'm pretty sure the amounts you're charging would not show a profit for an above board insured landscape maintenance firm.

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                    • #25
                      Which of you guys are running this ad on the Bowling Green Kentucky Craigslist? Glad I'm not close to there the market must really be bad. Here it is.

                      New landscaping business looking to win some new customers. Priced to be competitive, I guarantee satisfaction. Free estimate.

                      Services offered:

                      Mowing $12/acre, 5 acres for $50, less than 3/4 acres $10. Monthly, twice monthly, and weekly service contracts available.
                      Landscape Design/installation
                      Landscape maintenance (bush trimming, edging, weeding, etc.)
                      Tree and brush removal (away from structures only)
                      Spring and fall clean up
                      Storm Clean up
                      Forest clearing
                      Irrigation design/installation/maintenance and troubleshooting
                      sod installation
                      Seeding/fertilizing lawn

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                      • #26
                        Nice flyer, but craigslist is where the cheapskates shop. You should think about different ways to reach your customers and you should charge an amount that a legitimate business would charge. I'm pretty sure the amounts you're charging would not show a profit for an above board insured landscape maintenance firm.
                        I thought that would be the case (cheapskates), but it hasn't turned out to be that way at all for me.
                        Out of about 30 regular clients, I only had one that was obviously "cheap" up front, and ultimately, I dropped her. The rest of my clients who I've gotten via CL run the gamut from low income, to rather well-off, but none of them have scoffed at my quotes, or have tried to screw me over.

                        As for the rates - yeah, charge what you think you should be getting, not what your illegal competition is charging.

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