Everyone’s looking for a good deal. Small business advertising is no exception. The good news is that you can tap free advertising sites to get your message out.
Whether your company is a business consultancy or a third-party reseller on Amazon, to keep operating successfully you need to market yourself. Here are 13 websites to consider:
Remember the days when your parents would say “advertise in the classifieds,” which meant in the local newspaper? Well, these days those classified ads are online and have a much wider reach than they did back in the day. Advertise your site for free on ClassifiedAds.com, which features well-defined categories and strong search functions.
You can post your ad and complete the account details later, so there’s no time wasted in getting the word out. The site also allows for Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) listings with a backlink to your site and offers a contact form you can use. Here’s what a free listing looks like on this site.
Consider marketing your small business with one of the top free viral advertising sites. Oodle’s compatibility with social media platforms means you can connect your account with your company’s Facebook page and post an update immediately when you run new Facebook ads.
This site has a partnership with Advertigo, which also is free to advertise. You can choose to feature your Oodle listing on Advertigo too (and vice versa), which gives you additional exposure for your services. It’s especially good for advertising products and services aimed at consumers, such as moving and storage, garden landscaping and maintenance and pet sitting and grooming services.
Most company owners know about Facebook’s advertising options, but what about the social media platform’s marketplace? At first glance, it might seem to be only for selling second-hand goods from person to person.
A closer look will show you multiple companies advertising their services to consumers, however, making it one of the best free advertising sites for small businesses. The best part? Users who have searched for a similar offering will get an alert that you’re advertising something they might be interested in.
Here’s an example of a provider of concrete services advertising on Facebook Marketplace. (Ignore the price of $7, that’s just to fill the field.)
EBay is still one of the best free high-traffic advertising sites you can post on if you want to reach a large number of potential clients. Operating in more than 30 countries, eBay is the platform to use if you’re able to supply customers in foreign markets.
Because of its sheer size and status, as well as good search engine optimization (SEO), eBay results come up in search more easily than a smaller, lesser-known website. Whether your product or service is business-to-business or business-to-consumer, you can’t go wrong advertising on eBay.
For example, here’s a posting for a commercial self-contained electronic air cleaner, which upon further examination clearly isn’t a private transaction.
When you’re looking to list on any free online advertising sites, it’s important not to overlook the most obvious one: Google. And no, we aren’t talking about paying per click or organic search rankings: We’re referring to the Google My Business option, which allows you to create a free profile where you can post photos and offer discounts to draw customers.
The platform enables users to search for the products or services and view results that include your business page in a prominent position. Users can connect with you right there on the same webpage, either by calling, messaging or leaving comments and reviews.
Another of the longstanding free business advertising sites, Craigslist has individual sections for different types of products. Despite the site having its share of controversy, it remains a popular destination for finding products and services for sale. Craigslist has an Alexa rank of 73, and although some may say site’s design needs updating, the functionality is still popular.
Here’s an example of a company advertising both business-to-consumer and business-to-business on Craigslist. (The secret sauce of this advertising post? The long list of key terms added to the bottom of the ad, which makes it impossible to ignore any user searching on those terms.)
Don’t be alarmed if you’ve never heard of Sales Spider until now. With an Alexa Rank of about 22,000, it isn’t one of the best-known sites. However, if you feel you can provide service and pricing on par with big names such as Walmart and Macy’s, it’s an ideal online location.
Customers searching for products and services from the big chains affiliated with it will have a chance to find your offerings — without you spending big bucks to play in that field. If you’ve been asking, “Where can I find free sites to advertise my business?” and getting less-than-helpful answers, Sales Spider might be the solution. It’s great for local marketing, too, as it offers a map to your location.
Positioned as a family-friendly version of Craigslist, Bookoo allows users to sell items individually or even announce their yard sales.
If you make a living selling wooden chainsaw sculptures from your front yard, you can probably swing this deal and make your advertising on Bookoo simple and stress-free.
This platform has been offering free classified ads since 1998 and is still going strong. Users must register to use the service, but this gives you an unlimited exposure on the free advertising site, in a wide range of categories. Whether you’re selling your small business products or offering services, you can reach a wide range of users who are loyal to the platform.
If you’re looking for free advertising sites that are easy to use, look no further than LetGo. This platform enables users to:
- Set up free classified ads,
- Take part in discussion forums for various categories
- Add images and video and share your listings on social media in the hopes of them going viral.
The site works on a simple drag-and-drop basis, as you can see from the image below.
All these free online advertising sites must be continuing to do well. Otherwise, we wouldn’t still be developing new tools such as Locanto. This modernized site allows you to post your business classified ads for free.
Features include the option to customize your ads with images, video or HTML codes that link back to your site. Locanto also provides analytics showing your performance to date, plus a state-specific search at your disposal.
If your business is focused on selling locally, then PennySaver USA is the kind of free high-traffic advertising site worth considering. The website states it is the “largest direct mail shopping publication in the U.S.” and reaches more than 11 million Americans every week.
After you register, your ads get exposure on PennySaver’s various affiliate and subsidiary sites in the appropriate categories.
Just in case you need any more free advertising sites, Geebo promotes itself as a “safe community classifieds” option. The company has a very active Facebook page with nearly 40,000 followers and publishes selective ads on its social media for wider reach.
Help draw attention to your company with these free business advertising sites. Each platform has different features and benefits. They cost you nothing but some of your time.