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How to: map your ads

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who contacted you through your local site was a serious buyer? You may get several calls or emails inquiring about your item, but buyers will sometimes flake out if they discover that you don’t live in their immediate area. To minimize the number of empty queries you receive, you may want to map your ads.

Your local site has the ability to pinpoint a location using a postal code and create a visual map of that location inside of your ad. This feature lets potential buyers know where your item is located and will help to narrow the number of responses you receive to buyers who are in your area and ready to pick up and purchase your item. This means that you will have fewer queries to respond to before completing your sale. Sounds pretty fantastic, right?

Step 1) To map your ad, click on the “Place Ads” tab on the top of the page.
Step 2) Then, choose the category that you want your item to be placed in.
Step 3) Once you have chosen a category, you will be asked to include a title, information about your item, and your contact information. Below these fields is an option to include a postal code. Type in your postal code and click on the “Place Ad” button on the bottom of the page.
Pro tip: If you’re not comfortable disclosing your address, consider using the postal code of a well-known public monument or building that is located near your home. This will have the effect of narrowing the number of responses you receive down to committed buyers without advertising your personal address.
Step 4) Once you’ve placed your ad, you will see a map similar to this below the description of your item.
Hope this feature helps you to sell faster!
– Michael

As the social media and community coordinator at, Michael is the voice you hear when you phone our 1-800 number and the text you read skim three days a week on our blog. Keep up with his antics on Twitter @MrConkin.

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