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List of countries for a classifieds site?

     
4:27 am on Jun 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi All

I have a list of all 195 world's countries. I am making a classifieds site in English. I want it to be international not local. But I need to reduce the list. 195 countries is to much .. I want to put 90 to 100 countries maximum. The countries I want to ignore are the countries that drive less traffic for classifieds. I don’t know the criterion. I thought maybe I should exclude poor countries and focus more on rich ones, but again, who knows!, cos some poor countries might need to see and post ads more than rich countries!

I would much appreciate an expert's help, or anyone who can edit the list below and give me an abridged version of it, which contain the most important 90-100 country in regards to classifieds and free ads.

Thanks in advance!

List of world’s 195 countries:
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Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Deps
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Rep
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Congo {Democratic Rep}
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland {Republic}
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea North
Korea South
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar, {Burma}
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Rwanda
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

6:49 am on June 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld papa_mia.

Why not start with the full list, test which countries send you the least business, and then decide for yourself?

9:01 am on June 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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An easier route would be to select only those countries were English is the national language. Should reduce the list significantly.
12:44 pm on June 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It is difficult to build up a critical mass to get a site like that accepted. If your fist 90 ads are 90 single ads from 90 different countries it will not do much to encourage visitors from any one of those countries. Concentrate your efforts on a specific region such as Eurozone or North America and get that established before expanding.
4:58 am on June 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The general wisdom is that success with classifieds is more likely within a niche. However a worldwide niche, eg Lear jets, might work.
12:55 pm on June 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Concentrate your efforts on a specific region such as Eurozone or North America and get that established before expanding.
Yes, I agree. My first site was actually online classifieds and its not going to be easy posting yourself for each country individually. Classifieds just like forums need to start with some content (usually initially posted by the webmaster/admin).

Start small then expand; unless you have another strategy that you think will most likely work for your market.

good luck.

7:41 pm on June 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Those where not just comments but very usful insights.
I am honestly happy that I became a member in webmasterworld.
Your replys made me think of a totally different startegy for that website.
Thanks a lot to each and every one who replied!
9:07 am on June 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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