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  • Apr 14, 2009, 12:18 PM
    kitha76
    Small cleaning business
    I just started my own commercial cleanning business and it s kind of hard to get clients I have passed out business cards and flyers no response is it safe to say that maybe it would be a good idea to go through a contractor and get jobs from them to start and if so could I get some names of contractors. Thanks houston,tx
  • Apr 14, 2009, 12:42 PM
    Cheriedow2006

    I picked up some cleaning jobs by faxing businesses my brochure. You can get the fax numbers from the Chamber of Commerce. You can also search fax numbers from the Internet. Some people don't like receiving faxes but you can put a number on the bottom to call if they want to be removed from future faxes. Good Luck
  • Apr 15, 2009, 12:43 AM
    Clough

    Hi, kitha76!

    I have a number of small businesses that I run. Most of my new business comes from the free ads that I've placed on the Internet. If you would like to know how to do that effectively, please let me know.

    Thanks!
  • Apr 16, 2009, 11:18 AM
    kitha76

    Yes I would like to know how to do that
  • Apr 16, 2009, 11:21 AM
    Cheriedow2006

    I would like to know too!
  • Apr 16, 2009, 01:29 PM
    Clough

    I'll be glad to help both of you!

    Cheriedow2006, you should probably start a new thread about that since this thread is for kitha76. When you do that, the information on the thread will be specific to your particular needs.

    I can lead either of you to how to place ads so that you will come up on the first page in a Google search for what you do.

    I'm usually on here pretty late at night for me, if either of you are available late at night, so that we can try to be on here at about the same time.

    Thanks!
  • Apr 21, 2009, 07:57 PM
    maids2order4u
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clough View Post
    Hi, kitha76!

    I have a number of small businesses that I run. Most of my new business comes from the free ads that I've placed on the Internet. If you would like to know how to do that effectively, please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Yes I would love to know! I have a small cleaning business and pay for advertising, clicks, etc.
  • Apr 21, 2009, 08:19 PM
    maids2order4u
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clough View Post
    Hi, kitha76!

    I have a number of small businesses that I run. Most of my new business comes from the free ads that I've placed on the Internet. If you would like to know how to do that effectively, please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Yes I would love to know! I have a small cleaning business and pay for advertising, clicks, etc.
  • Apr 26, 2009, 06:20 PM
    Clough

    Okay, without working with anyone here, below is a standard answer that I've given a number of times on this site.

    I'll be happy to help anyone on this site with posting ads on the Internet and/or in starting websites.

    Thanks!

    Quote:

    You do need to advertise. One of things that I do for a living is that I am a house painter. I really don't get many calls from my Yellow Page ads. But, most of my new business is from ads that I place on the Internet. The following is from an answer that I have already placed elsewhere on this site.

    There are many places where you can have a free website or blog where you could advertise your business or anything else for that matter. Some of them can be found by clicking on the following searches.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=Free+Website

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Free+Blog

    Although I am in the Yellow Pages of the local phone book, most of my new business comes from the free ads that I have placed on the Internet in some way. It does take some time to set things up. But, once you have done it, you are set. You just need to keep track of when you might need to renew your ads. Some of them will let you know when it's time to renew, and most of them won't On some free advertising sites, your ads might not need to be renewed for years. For others, it ranges from maybe 14 days to 90 days.

    I copy and paste what I have advertised into a message in my Drafts folder in the email program that is my primary one, and that would be Outlook Express. I also have a file in my email program that is titled "Passwords." It includes all passwords used as well as user names. Not all sites are going to let you use the same password, and the user name that you select might not be available on a particular site.

    A really important thing to remember when doing online advertising is that it's not necessarily your name or the name of your business that people are going to be looking for, but what you do and where you are located. So, how you word your ad and the additional keywords that you use in it are very important. Google doesn't look for repeated words in site. However, some other search engines do.

    There are a host of free advertising sites available. Most of the best ones that get the best exposure are on the following list. I have been doing online advertising for over three years now. It has paid off...

    One time, someone found me looking for goats in Iowa. They are an animal rescue. They saw my ad on a site where one of my piano tuning ads was located and decided that they wanted to have their piano tuned.

    I love it when people find me by accident! It could happen for you too with your business!

    I do also frequently drive around and post my small advertising "shingle" with the pull-off tabs anyplace where I can find a free, public bulletin board where I can post them. These can be places like grocery stores, restaurants, bars, Laundromats, bowling alleys, public libraries, etc.

    Here is the list of free advertising websites that seem to get the best exposure when people are doing searches for what they want on the Internet. Some of them are even international as far as where the ads reach, in case there is someone who might read what I have posted who wants to advertise on an international level. There are sites that don't get good exposure and, I don't use them. A person would have to be a member of and frequent those particular sites in order to know what is listed on them. I even post on sites that are located in other countries because the exposure is so good!

    craigslist: san francisco bay area classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

    (To use Craigslist, you just find and post on the one that is near you.)

    http://www.hoobly.com/

    http://www.merchantcircle.com/corporate/

    USA - cliQs.com

    Everything from Everywhere

    DomesticSale - The Effective Free Classifieds

    Free Classifieds Ads - Internet Advertising to Sell Online

    Vast.com - Search All The Classifieds On The Web

    PennySaverUSA Classifieds Online: Local ads in California

    Free Classifieds - FinditClassifieds.com

    Oodle.com Classifieds - Search local online classifieds

    BuySellCommunity Classifieds - Buy & Sell Locally : Free Online Classifieds

    Free Classifieds @ Adpost.com

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    http://quadcities.kijiji.com/ You can change the country and city when you list there.

    http://www.evelez.net/ Although it might appear to be connected with the one above, it is different. You can also change country and city.

    http://www.livetray.com/

    http://www.vvnvv.com/index.asp

    http://www.alibaba.com/

    http://www.alibaba.com/

    http://www.hotfrog.com.au/

    http://www.kellysearch.com/

    http://www.kbclassifieds.com/

    http://www.oodle.com/

    http://www.olx.com/

    http://www.topix.com/

    http://www.isell.com/

    http://www.kutvclassifieds.com/Main.do

    http://www.gumtree.com/

    http://www.flugpo.com/
  • Apr 3, 2011, 06:59 AM
    Lostone8899
    Comment on Cheriedow2006's post
    I have done the free ads myself for my cleaning business and have not received hardly any responsed. So maybe I am doing something wrong.
  • Apr 3, 2011, 08:24 AM
    Stringer

    Lostone, you need to start your own thread asking questions in the 'small business' category. Then I/we will be happy to assist wherever we can.

    Ask away... :)

    Stringer
  • Sep 8, 2013, 12:16 PM
    MsBurgos
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Clough View Post
    Hi, kitha76!

    I have a number of small businesses that I run. Most of my new business comes from the free ads that I've placed on the Internet. If you would like to know how to do that effectively, please let me know.

    Thanks!

    Hi Clough,

    What websites other than craigslist allows free ad postings?

    Thanks

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