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Best Classified sites?

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    philiporchard Well-Known Member

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    We have the features built on our site for advertising jobs, motors, property, but the features have been broken for a while.

    At the same time as fixing I want to improve usability/features etc.

    Can anyone recommend any very simple / intuitive sites that include classified, that appear on sites that are similar to ours (i.e not niche, but general - i.e we can't hope to compete with Autotrader).

    i.e One thing we need to change is removing 'logging on' before completing the 'selling' forms, as this will be a barrier to users completing the form.

    Any ideas will be gratefully received!
     
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    Thanks Sean - yes, aggregating data is certainly one of the ways to go. Certainly thinking of doing this with local deals etc... Will have a look at what the possibilities are with property.
     
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    Lots of cash in classifieds if done properly.

    Get custom code, you will spend similar time and effort supporting intergrating etc third party software.

    In terms of publishing other peoples feeds eg zoopla , raises the question who are you building the site for.

    Would you look at a local site like that?

    If its google fodder then its not long term option IMHO.
     
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    Fair comment. We should have removed these parts from the site, as they don't work at present!
     
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    One thing I just noticed is some local papers integrating Exchange And Mart with their sites. They only display the local ads so it has relevance and avoids the empty restaurant syndrome, and the whole booking and payment system is ready made. Exactly who they offer this to I do not know however. Take a look at the Penarth Times as an example.

    If you are going to go with your own system - I would suggest you make it free to gain momentum, you can always then go freemium or paid only later.
     
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    On a related theme of "things that signal a lack of traffic" you may want to consider remodelling the reviews since it's painfully clear there aren't many of them nor are they very recent, because your system helpfully displays the top reviewers and most recent reviews on the front page.

    If you only had the reviews appear on individual business pages, it would be much harder for a casual visitor to notice the overall scarcity... and then once you've reached a "tipping point" in terms of numbers and new reviews, you can then reinstate the highlighted material on the FP.
     
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    Hi just thought I'd jump on philiporchard's thread as I'm looking to do a local classifieds site too for property, motors, jobs, etc. I'm aware of problems getting the ball rolling in terms of traffic and would probably put a little ad budgetting towards this if I were to start getting serious about developing the site I have in mind.

    What I'm really interested to know is if any one has been able to successfully implement classified plugins for Wordpress or Joomla (or perhaps another well used CMS / bought a script / coded it from scratch) and been able to handle the scaling as traffic has increased?

    I've already tried a proof of concept modifying a Joomla script for http://www.numberplates.im, but quickly found the script I was using was a bit flaky to start with.

    I've got a very limited budget for what would essentially be an experiment for me, so any experience I can get before gaining my own would be very useful at this stage!
     
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