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Where can you post ads online for free?

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Websites such as Craigslist, Oodle and Locanto allow people to post advertisements for free. They act as online classified ads for jobs, merchandise, events and housing. Revenue is typically generated by the websites charging for premium paid ads.

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Craigslist got its beginnings in 1995 as a local email list for San Francisco-area events. Since then, it has grown into a recognized name for local classifieds and forums. It incorporated as a for-profit company in 1999, although it maintains a public-service mission of providing free online space for people to connect for a variety of purposes. As of 2015, there are over 700 localized versions of the website in 70 countries throughout the world.

Oodle, a free classified ad website, is operated by California Voices, a subsidiary acquisition of QVC. The website provides local consumers with an online marketplace featuring over 15 million unique visitors. Oodle coordinates information sharing with Facebook Marketplace to create a social media aspect to posted advertisements.

Locanto is a similar online classified website to Craigslist and Oodle. It focuses on establishing local trading nodes throughout the world, reaching 50 countries as diverse as Malaysia, South Africa and Jamaica. The website is available in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch.

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