Using USFreeAds and CraigsList to Create Website Traffic

USFreeAds and Craigslist are great ways to get traffic to your site. You have to know how to use them, though. Let me explain.


USFreeAds is a great site that I’ve written about extensively in a number of venues. The site is basically an online classified ad site. What’s great is you can put the HTML for whatever you’re selling right in the ad, even the PayPal link.

As far as using USFreeAds to send traffic to your site, again it’s a great idea, but should not be the main focus of your efforts. It is a very effective way of testing ideas to see if they’re going to work, though.

How you would use USFreeAds depends on what your site is about and what you’re selling. If you actually have a product, I would try posting an ad that sent the prospect to my site, and also another ad that actually did all the advertising in the ad with a button in the ad so your prospect could do whatever it is you’re asking them to do with no further clicking.

Some strategies are going to work better for some markets than others. So, as usual, testing is the name of the game.

USFreeAds offers three levels of membership. Free, Gold, and Premium.

Free is…well, free! Gold costs $10 per year, and Premium is $9.99 a month.

I don’t really think you can test drive this thing with a free membership. Go for the Gold (sorry!) and see if it works for you.

One thing you want to do is to spend some time reading other people’s ads.

When you write your ad, the same rules apply that apply to all copywriting situations. The headline is king! The first sentence next-and make sure you actually ask for the order. That is, if you want someone to click and buy, then say it. If you want them to click through to your site, then say that. Selling from your heels never works very well.


A lot of people have made a lot of money using Craigslist to sell information from. Craigslist is not moderated, except through users. So, it’s easy to spam. The only problem is users get upset at spam and flag it and it gets removed.

Just like USFreeAds, you need to try several things with Craigslist to see if they work. I’ve listed stuff on Craigslist and had people actually email me months later to see if the item was still available.

One idea is to list what you’re selling with a description and a link to your site. Because of the huge volume Craigslist receives, you’ll have to redo your ad often.

Again, this is a secondary strategy, but I’ve actually been able to get a fair return on my time invested using Craigslist both to actually advertise products I’m selling and also to just get more traffic to one of my sites.

USFreeAds and Craigslist are secondary methods for getting traffic to your site. If you’re ready for some real traffic it’s time to learn some power techniques!