Cant Type Today
We are Progressing well In the 3 weeks we have been redesigned and moved back to the Classipress Theme.
Points we have noticed.
Simple Stupid,Stupid Simple Works. Users want fast posting with a lot choosing not to register.
To help achieve this we removed all Google map and Poster/Author from the sidebar, revealing the contact poster form Prominently. We had users that didn't even know we had a contact form and was using the facebook comments to reach ad owners. That's fine and dandy also. Just cant figure out why in the world out of the box Classipress hides the contact form like they do. That is a must Modification! Here are several Links that discuss this
First step MAKE A CHILD THEME!! If you already have skip this and go on the next links
<<<<------ This is the thread that was most helpful to me.
The feedback that we heard when we launched was that people didn't feel safe exposing their address, didn't want to list their address and pulled their ads after posting or abandoned their ads. This was a must fix for us to keep growing.
Now the next thing to do after that is take the street, state, and zip code off the ad listing form. Here is a tip.
Make a new form if you haven't and apply it to all categories that you want it to work with, Delete the Default Classipress form and now you can delete the street and city , state and zip fields from the ad submit form. Also a reminder, any new categories you add from this point on add that category to that form or it will default to the Classipress form and require the street city state and zip code fields. These are tips for those who may not have a lot of experience and time with working with Classipress. Not intended to insult anyone.
Now we have left the street city and state on the registration form in hope that people do add that info to our data base and in the future develop a direct mailing advertising list.
In our next site version release we will be working on the twilio sms notification system as soon as I get a developer reply as to why it isn't recognizing the number as a twilio valid number. We will also be expanding our footprint and coverage area though the use of our current 33k member FB Group buy sell and trade network. If you have not explored this new FaceBook feature and you rely on Social Media to promote your Classified Listings This is a MUST DO!! Here is a couple of reasons why. It will put your linked group and page as a recommended group on their group recommended Groups section! Highly Visible!. If you link a page also it will List your page on the group header image. It is highly noticeable and has driven member to join other groups in our network. If you are not working with buy sell and trade fb admins you are missing out! Below is The Fb Help page for linking groups and some other resources on the subject.
A Blog post about linking, not my writing just a quick resource.
Our Classified Business Page.
And Finally our Core Four Groups in our areas Buy Sell and Trade Community
Do not be offended if you ask to join the groups and get denied, I have moderators that approve new members and make sure they are the right locale for our network. The reason we do this is because we have it set up that if you are in one of our core groups and want to join another it is at that time an automatic process.
I wont list the groups we don't own but work Closely with and have given us the green light on posting our ad content into their group. If you haven't looked into this, It is a MUST!
Now since we use social media to provide us with ad content and then publish that content back into social media. We have changed our categories to reflect that. We found people usually don't go deeper than the parent category, At least on the Ad posting side. Resulting in abandoned ads if you force them to slow down and restrict posting in parent categories. We pulled most of our sub categories and all of our sub sub categories. It was time consuming because I had used the premade categories that Classipress allows you to bulk upload from a tutorial I had found. Our suggestion is limit your categories to basic parent categories and it will work a lot smoother and faster.
Our Local Site is https://www.cullmanyardsales.com/
If you would like to see our set up.
I am just using this thread to show our thought process and what we did to achieve to get there. Kind of a Progress report and History Of Cullman Yard Sales. Here are some quick numbers.
In !8 days we have networked a number of buy sell and trade group of over 35000 members.
We have Had fifty items listed, I had to remove 15 ads due to the mentioned address situation
We have had 774 users in 14 days with over 3500 page views. Onwards and upwards I hope!
Rural Area Solutions LLC
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