Buy 1 Cheap Print Ad – Get Free Online Ads

You can get free online advertising from some companies if you buy a small, inexpensive ad in their free printed editions. Pick up any free printed classifieds you see in your area. They are usually found in grocery stores, restaurants, and other local businesses.

Some you may wish to consider are:

Some print classifieds place only classified ads on their Web sites (not display ads). If you buy a small ad in one print edition that ad can be searched for and seen by anyone online. This can make it an inexpensive way to get free online advertising and sometimes links too.  Offerings vary so be sure to read the fine print.

We are seeking out research others have done on the best classified sites and especially lists of classified ads by location. If you have any you would like included just leave us a comment or contact us at Twitter.

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  1. Software Application Development says:

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  2. cheap advertising work well especially for small business like on a budget!
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  3. do it old school..use the pennysavers…it has great access and it’s cheap
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  4. Online classified ads are good for online marketing also good for Back links.

  5. Buying space in an e-newsletter can provide a permanent link very cost-effectively too!

  6. If you can’t get it for free then AdWords is another option

  7. Good information about the ads and this post is guidance tool for newbies.

  8. Wow that is great idea! I always pick up the thrifty nickel for some reason. Its addictive to pick up free ads I guess. I never thought about them being online as well.

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    Your tips will definitely come in handy. Thanks for writing a great article!

  10. online advertising says:

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  11. I always check to see if there’s a link in with the deal if I consider buying print ads paired with an online offer, otherwise i’m not usually interested.

  12. print designer toronto says:

    Thanks for free online ads.
    But i don’t think that it really works.

  13. Nice FREE advertising tip. I didn’t know you could do this.

  14. Dickies Scrubs says:

    well written free online advertising article in the blog.Cheers

  15. I’m all over this. It sounds like a great deal, and I’ve wanted to move into print for a while now. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Glad to be of assistance. These have been around long enough that many of their readers are already searching wider areas than the print versions reach. They have also gotten better at plugging their Web site in their issues so more and more of their readers will be going online.

      Have you listed your business in Local Search yet? I know it doesn’t seem necessary but those high traffic sites like Yahoo! Local and Google Maps provide quality incoming links and you will get some business from Internet users who find you in the listings near them.

      It also makes you easier to find if someone remembers you’re in Raleigh but can’t recall your URL or business name. Another good reason to get your listings in there is that they many of those sites have reviews and you WANT those reviews. See our post on The Importance of Online Reviews for why.

      Click on the Local Search and Special Offer tabs in the header for additional details and for a form that makes it easier to collect all the information you’ll need.

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  16. @Mark I have always found they worked best in the areas where I wish to advertise and also to locate products and services.

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  17. I use Thrifty Nickel Ads. The best :)

  18. @Matt I added Backpage and a link to your site from the body of this post.

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  19. Backpage is actually a free classified operated by Sacramento News & Review (SN&R), but I’m not sure if the links are do-follow any more.

  20. @Dennis I suspected it wasn’t commonly known as I have never seen anyone else recommend it. I use it all the time to find hay in a larger area and suggest it to local businesses.

    @Matt I’ll have to check that one out. No matter how much you research a subject there is always another resource out there you haven’t found yet.

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  21. Excellent find!

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