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What if We Started a Classifieds Section?

     
2:41 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What if we started a Classifieds Ads Section of WebmasterWorld?

Paid or free?
Domains, and for websites?
Sponsored?
Jobs wanted?
Resume Posting?
General forsale?
What about an auction format?
2:46 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Paid for or free?
2:47 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I can see it becoming a little d1g1talpo1nty and damaging the WebmasterWorld brand in the long run.

Members come here for the free flow of information and advice not to by or sell domains and sites.... There are other places for that.

[edited by: conor at 2:50 pm (utc) on May 25, 2010]

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Superb idea. Although to differentiate it from other (generally poor quality) website sales classifieds, WW would need to introduce some hurdles for listing. Examples could be:
- Listing fee of more than a few dollars. That would weed out the chancers right away.
- Minimum traffic requirements for websites (or at least a section for well established sites with traffic). Clearly doesn't apply to domains.
- Minimum number of posts to be able to list?
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I gotta go with Zulu, On the minimum post idea. I think it may alienate some posters, but it would keep the riff-raff to a minimum.

it may just light a fire under those under-posters to contribute a bit more to the community.

Love all the changes coming down the road! It's been a long time coming!
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Please, yes!

I don't see me using such a system to advertise, but I'd like something this targetted to browse and buy.

My concern would be if I can buy and sell anonymously. i.e. I buy a domain with no connection to my username. that's just because I try to remain fairly anonymous online. I appreciate that's probably more in the idiosyncracy department because commonly the exact opposite would be the case.
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1)Paid or free?
2)Domains, and for websites?
3)Sponsored?
4)Jobs wanted?
5)Resume Posting?
6)General forsale?
7)What about an auction format?

1) paid. Not free.
2) both
3) no, charge for the listings.
4) Sure. Does me no good but it's always fun to read.
5) probably a good idea. Do this one free though.
6) It'll probably have to be general due to the diverse nature of the board. I'm all over SEO, but I know there are entire subcommunities here (foo, some of the css/html sections) that I never see and they'll have different wants.
7) whatever.
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+1 with everything wheel said except for 6&7. You get peeps from all around the world and I can't really see this working, if I want something general/auction style, I go to ebay. May be that's just my view from across the pond.
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I agree, not ebay. I was thinking more that I'd be interested in specific SEO services and maybe domains/websites. Conversely people who hang in the html sections may be interested in something else. What that is, who knows :).
5:16 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Here is what will happen: It will take 90 percent of your time and provide less than 10 percent of your income. And it will risk making WW tacky.
5:18 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Here is what will happen: It will take 90 percent of your time and provide less than 10 percent of your income. And it will risk making WW tacky.


This has been my experience as well. A big no vote here.
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I don't see it working for the masses unless you intend to fork the focus of WW. Make it supporters only to avoid the most common headaches.
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Doesn't seem to fit with the forums culture, but if you put it on another part of the website that might work but would attract more quality if it was a paid service.
5:33 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I like it. If it is going to be paid, then PLEASE offer Google Checkout or something other than PayPal for those of us who refuse to use PayPal.
5:48 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Why do this, is there a shortage of classified sites on the web?

BUT if you do it, charge enough to pay for as many FULL TIME support staff as are needed to ACTIVELY manage the program.

Please don't do it.
5:50 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Paid keeps it a bit more focused. Free makes it a spam magnet.

I see adverts reasonable as there are (I'm sure) significant costs to operation. That's adverts, not classifieds. Merely an opinion.
5:52 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Start a new site for this if you want, but keep it off of here. Do just one thing and be the best at it, not Jack of all trades.
6:38 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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NO. Waste of everybody's time.
7:14 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think that is important to keep this website clean... nevertheless a classifieds section can be useful for our community.... it should be a independent section... just with few links to the forum
8:41 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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maybe but is it doing the metoo that many other sites are already doing?
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I would be in favor of a business classified section, and even maybe break it down,
by types of businesses.
9:57 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I think this is a great idea. I see people here asking all the time where to find writers, and I imagine Webmasterworld could be a huge draw for people wanting well-qualified webmasters, web designers, and other provider types, too.

It could be part of a premium subscription (i.e., you need a premium subscription both to advertise and to access the classifieds). People could find webmasters, content writers, whatever, all with traceable reputations, all at their own risk. I suppose if bad experiences are had, this could rebound into ill-feeling, but if done with care, it might not be a problem.
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I can see it now. The first headlines for "Webmaster World <insert crime here>" where somebody posts an ad and gets in trouble.
10:15 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes do it and make it paid to keep out the spammers...
5:56 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Paid but symbolic fee like 1 usd
Domains, and websites
Sponsored - yes
Jobs wanted - yes
Resume Posting - yes
General for sale - yes
What about an auction format - yes

make it here - iam tired to look this this staff on the other forums
6:04 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Free with paid registration on classified

Domains, and for websites? - both

Sponsored? Yes

Jobs wanted? Yes

Resume Posting? Yes but in users public profile.

General forsale? No, it should not be general only Tech related.

What about an auction format? Yes.
6:38 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I for one would like to see a classifieds section.
7:24 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Paid or free? Paid
Domains, and for websites? Both
Sponsored? Why not?
Jobs wanted? Why not ?
Resume Posting? Yes
General forsale? General
What about an auction format? Why not ?
7:50 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Having advertising section premodarated will be fine. Offcourse paid. Topic which are relevent to theme of webmasterworld will be just fine. take an example of advertising forum of WHT(webhostingtalk)
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I think that classifieds may provide an alternative to mentioning URLs or products in posts.
 

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