Asking Price, Zipcode

This morning some of you may have noticed that we added asking price and zipcode fields to the form when placing an ad. The asking price is an optional field, but if you supply one, it will be included in the listing on searches and category browsing. I intend to also embed it in the ad as well, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. The zipcode field is required, and while I don’t have it displaying anywhere just yet, it should be soon.

Thanks again to those of you purchasing enhanced features and ads in premium categories. Your continued support allows us to continue offering the classifieds and to produce new features.
Thanks,
Chris

Mark’s Letter

Here’s a bit more about what we are doing with the classifieds, and why.
Thanks,
Chris

Dear Customer
You might not be aware that on average, 300,000 pennswoods.net ads are viewed daily.
Page views (or site hits) are running 1,800,000 per day.
We estimate more than $25,000,000 worth of goods and services have been sold on the pennswoods.net site.
The current run rate of sold items is $6,000,000.  This shows how effective our site is in selling your goods and services and how fast our classified section has grown.

Our upgraded classified site now includes enhancements to help you sell your goods and services.
Mark Stern
Pennswoods.net

Introduction of Premium Categories

A number of our categories were made into premium categories today. Generally they were categories with larger priced merchandise. There is a constant trade off involved, and ultimately we have employees that need to be paid. Premium categories now cost $1 to place an ad. They will be scrutinized far more closely, and it should be about impossible to get a scam ad in there.
Thanks,
Chris

Featured Ads

It’s been two days since we released our featured ads, and my thanks to those of you who have purchased them so far. Featured Ads stay on the front page of their category for the duration of the ad run, cost is $10.

The ‘Cars’ category was split a few days ago, and it looks like the older car category will get split again. New additions to ‘Cars’ were halted, as the two new car categories are replacing it.

The google search bar on the classifieds has been broken for a little while, probably since I did the tweaking to our internal search routines on the 29th, and overwrote the search.cgi file. The google search bar in the upper right should work once again.
Thanks,
Chris

Thanks for participating!

The free trial on the new bold and highlight features is ended. I hope that some of you will continue to find them useful. Thanks to everyone who tried them out!
No more updates today, my niece is celebrating her 7th birthday. We’re all off to grandma’s house to party. Happy Birthday, Gabriel!

Thanks,
Chris

New Look, Free Trials

In the early hours of the morning we unveiled a new look to the classifieds. Nothing too dramatic, but I think it looks a little cleaner.

We’re offering free trials on the new enhanced ads. Just select whether you want bold or highlighted listings, or both, and where we had a pay with amazon button, for right now there is a button to accept the free ad. I’m not sure how long we’re going to extend the offer.
Thanks,
Chris

Search Optimization

My apologies to followers of Pennswoods.net Classifieds. The Classifieds have been running a little slower lately during peak usage hours. Tonight with a lot of our coverage area having rainy weather, and more time to spend with us, things got pretty sluggish. I greatly appeciate your patience and continued support.

We’ve increased the speed of the ad searches, which appears to have been the major drain on the computers. I have high expectations that we should see better performance after tonight. If not, we will continue working to provide an improved experience.

I’d like to give a special thank you to those who have purchased enhanced ads in the last day and a half. Your patronage is greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Chris