Sunday, January 31, 2010

Like Vintage Vinyl? So do we!

We love old music. We love 8 tracks, cassettes, CD's, MP3s,  and yes, we LOVE vintage vinyl most of all. Who can't love the old album covers and liner notes and the cool little crackle the needle always made just before the first wave of sound came off of your old AC/DC highway to hell album?

This stuff is Americana at its finest and we were more than adamant that sellfreeusa.com would have a complete category listing for those of you who love to buy, sell and trade those old tapes and records. So, if you know of any great old used record stores, make sure to tell them that they need to get their entire inventories listed for sale on sellfreeusa.com asap.... we may do some shopping and we don't buy from any other site.

Make sure to let us know when you DO list on there because we are serious. We love that old stuff.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Tired of 'slugging it out' ?

I had an email from someone who thanked us for building sellfreeusa.com because they were tired of 'slugging it out' to find room on craigslist and other sites. My only reply to her was that I am sure someday she will be slugging it out on our site as well, but we will try to keep finding ways to make more room and let everyone get their moment on our site.

Are you tired of slugging it out on craigslist and other ad sites all of the time? If so, we openly invite you to come and be a part of the sellfreeusa.com community and help us grow a big, stable, fun to work in free online site environment. If you like that idea, just keep telling others and keep posting new ads on our site. The rest will take care of itself.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

If You can fix it, they will come!

It doesn't matter whether you own a home repair company, Body Shop, Auto Repair, Towing, Mortgage Firm or whatever else you can even imagine... we want you to list on your local sellfreeusa.com page for completely FREE right now! Oh! And make sure to post your listing in nearby towns as well. Why? Because we want your ad on our site for population reasons and because it will find you customers that you didn't know you were missing.

Surely you have a photo of your shop, your office or something that you are proud of. Post it on with your ad, tell them the basics, Who you are, where you are, what you do, how to reach you and when you are available. Pretty simple. It will take 5 minutes and could gain you thousands of extra dollars in income over the next few months. Anytime you can trade FREE for thousands of bucks, it's a smart investment. It's just our way of keeping your thinking fresh. We hope it helps! 

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

What have you got to teach others?

Whether it's accounting, painting, guitar lessons, yoga, weight training or whatever, your local sellfreeusa.com page has a great stand alone listing section just for you. Make sure to throw an ad on today, because A: It's free, B: You never know who will be looking there an hour from now and C: Uh... it doesn't cost anything. (Here's a live link the the Learning/Lessons Classification in New Orleans, for an example.)

But, I digress. When posting your ad, be descriptive, informative about what exactly you offer. When and how long you are available and what the fee is. Also, always take a photo of yourself and post it as well as any materials that you may supply or that you recommend people have in order to work with you.

Think about it. Somewhere right around you today, someone is wishing they could learn what you could easily teach them. With a totally free and targeted local way to spread the word, what in the world would stop you from getting the word out?

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Why the next 10 years will be WONDERFUL

Years ago, I remembered commenting that it would have been a wonderful thing to be the guy that was standing on Wall Street in 1945 with $50,000 in cash to spend. Just being at the right place at the right time made many men literal multimillionaires between 1945 and 1955. I then said out loud, "I almost envy those guys. Man... if I could have been one of them."

Well kids, it's not 1945. It's 2010 and I don't have any money to spend, but I've got something that any man in 1945 would have KILLED to have. The great thing is that YOU have it as well. It's just not one thing, it is many things but here is a short list of why the next 10 years will make the economic boom from 1945-1955 look like kids play, when it comes to growth, the amassing of wealth and all around good living.

Just to put things in perspective, it took from 1929 until 1945 for the economy just to even get back to where it has already recovered in just one year today. Why? Think about all of the tools capitalism has at its disposal today. Like....

1. The Internet.
Never before in the history of mankind have so many people been completely, seamlessly and openly connected together for immediate exchanges of information without editing or dissemination by propagandists or those with an agenda. Not only can we exchange literally more information in a minute than people in 1945 could in a decade, but we can easily triangulate it by checking foreign news, snopes, chat rooms, newsgroups and even eye witnesses immediately, via twitter, facebook and other instant communications mediums. The upside of having the Internet is so valuable that no one can even value it. But, the internet also has a downside, in that when bad things happen financially, they happen much quicker as well.

It will take we as a society and as developing beings many years to fully adapt to the onslaught of information we receive and use it wisely, without resorting to our caveman 'fight or flight' reactions. The baser parts of our brains need a little more house training to keep us out of trouble in the future, but we will adapt. We always do.

2. Satellite Communications.
Almost as important as the internet is the mediums by which they operate. Without Stalin and Truman getting into their post war dueling match and the cold war that came afterward, satellites and the interconnection of the entire globe would never have happened. Its so incredibly wonderful that Mr. 1945 could never even have hoped to fully envision it.

3. Free online mediums to exchange information and do business.
Twitter, Craigslist, Facebook, Myspace, Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit (as well as our site!) and many more sites all rose to change the landscape of business as we know it. Who would have thought that a bunch of geeks in Callifornia would rise to literally wipe out the print news and classifieds industry in a matter of 15 years. It's a quantum leap ahead that no man before 1980 could have dreamed of, let alone 1945.

4. A world living in relative peace.
Yes, there is terrorism globally and conflicts. There are pirates in the seas and online. But, much of this has not separated us. Instead it is forcing like minded people together in a virtual new planet known as the world wide web. This new grouping of cultures makes them all much more powerful, more organized and more able to produce REAL change, not just virtual change. In 1945, the world just could not group together like they can today. Haiti and the superlative response by all nations proves this more than ever.

Now that I have lain these examples before you, maybe you can see why I am still so cheerful and wake up looking forward to the future of the world as we will soon know it. I wonder who will create the next technological jump in cheap bandwidth speed and what that will do to an already advanced technology like the web? I am sure that 20 years from now, we will all look back and consider 2010 the 'Model T' era of the Internet. It looks fast now, but you know that it's just going to get faster, more reliable and safer to use as time progresses.

Yes, you and I don't have enough money. We've got problems and we worry about things. That's the human condition. Cavemen had worries too, their problems just usually had teeth and hid in the dark outside the cave. They figured out how to beat their problems and we will too. So, cheer up and quit looking at the problems. Start thinking about the future and how you will fit into it.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Do YOU have the 3 traits of lucky people?

I know of a lot of smart people who have NO luck. They are always getting pounded down by one thing or another and just can't seem to grab a break. You probably know someone  like that as well. Why is it that some people seem to get lucky all the time and other, more qualified people just can't snag a ride on that same train? I think it boils down to three small differences you always see between lucky people and those who are not all that lucky most of the time. Now, this is just MY opinion, but hey... it's my blog :)

1. Lucky People Stay Positive.
I have never met a guy who is lucky that never has anything good to say about anything else. I believe that thinking positively about things is probably the most important thing anyone can do in their lives to improve it. Some call it 'positive energy', others call it 'faith'... I call it smiling. Now, don't get me wrong, I am probably one of the driest, wryest, curmudgeons that every walked this earth, but I still know when to give up and get cheerful.  

2. Lucky People Stay Busy.
I have never met a really lucky person that sat around and did nothing all day long. I have known crooks, drunks, thieves, con men, bankers, bakers and candlestick makers (really!) who all had one thing in common, no matter who they were, they stayed extremely busy at their chosen craft (or crime) and obtained levels of success that others in their field probably never would. Just because they simply outworked everyone else.  My grandmother's saying for this was that "God rewards effort and punishes laziness." Who knows, she may be right. All I know is that the busier I stay at something and the more I apply myself, the luckier I get.

3. Lucky People Take Chances.
Ever meet someone who never buys a lotto ticket on a whim, never gives a stranger a ride or throws two dollars into a bet just for the fun of it, yet everyone says that they are the luckiest person around? Nope and I don't believe you ever will. Success takes massive, gut clinching, sleep losing, 'my lord, what have i done now' kind of risks to accomplish. It's those who do it, fail at it and quit that never get lucky. Those who do it, fail, do it again, fail and just keep doing more anyway always eventually push down the giant steel door of success and storm the vault.

So, are you the lucky type? If not, you can always change your ways. You must believe in fate to be lucky as well. If you do believe in fate, then you know why you found my site, my blog, my twitter page or any of the other places that I jump around in daily. Maybe fate is trying to get you to take this little tidbit of fate and turn it into a positive thing, whether its money, love, employment or just getting in the loop on what's happening. You found me for some reason... now what are you going to do with it?

I will leave you with my favorite quote about chance, fate and whether they really exist from one of the most prolific scientific minds of the 20th century. ....

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” - Stephen Hawking.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Only 1999 more days to go.

Just like a freight train gaining speed, our little site is heading forward, moving faster incrementally every day. With only 191 days under its belt, it has come much further than even I had cheerfully predicted. We are nothing at this point but an empty shell all ready to fill up, as was planned. Now we just keep it warm and clean and well lit and let people like you come in and look around. Soon people will start dropping an ad in here and there and the slow, steady growth phase set for the long term will hit its second stage. 

What was our goal date where this site will benchmark and become something that a large amount of people won't be able to live without? 6 years... 2190 days. We surpassed 6 months on January 4th and like what we've seen so far. Sniffing and looking all over the place. Questions and comments coming in. It's all a good sign. It means that stage one is beginning and we can't wait to see what the next 191 days bring us.

Keep this in mind when you look at your sellfreeusa.com site and find yourself discussing it down the road. And you WILL be discussing it down the road. It's really kind of pre-destined to become a namesake site in its own right. Why? Because it is unique in too many ways, it is run by people who are dedicated to its long term success and we will not stop improving and enhancing the site constantly from here on out. Excellent product, perfect price, constant improvement and unsurpassed customer service are a combination that has yet to fail. So, yes, you will most likely hear us mentioned again and again over the next 5-10 years.

How big will sellfreeusa.com be in another 1999 days? It all starts with an ad here and an ad there. Pretty soon, they grow exponentially and twenty ads turn into two hundred, then two thousand, then two hundred thousand and two million before you hit critical mass and go straight past twenty million to two hundred million ads and beyond. It's the classic slow steady start with a frantic high speed growth rate down the line. Just like Harry Dent predicted in his book the great boom ahead.

With that in mind, keep remembering that sellfreeusa.com has only been alive for 191 days. We've come all of 8.7% of the way on our journey to critical mass. We like to think of it as an experiment known as the sellfree project and watch it with a somewhat scientific perspective on things. But, all science and seriousness aside, I personally can't wait to see what just the next 191 days bring! If they are anything like the last 191 days, it will be fun to watch.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Friday, January 29, 2010

How to build up your local Sellfreeusa.com page.

Okay, so you found out that your until-now-forgotten town has its very own operating sellfreeusa.com page. That's really cool, but there's nothing on it.

An empty ad site is as useful as a Ferrari with no gas. Great to look at but worthless otherwise, right?

So, how do we make YOUR local site a powerful local marketing, advertising and connection tool for you? Uh... we don't. In fact, we can't, really. It's too large a task for us to handle and that's why we left it for you each of you to take and build up for yourselves. So, how do you get your local sellfreeusa.com page pumped up and used? Here are some very easy steps that you can take to hasten the process.

NOTE: We've got years planned to wait for sellfreeusa.com to grow. The entire concept was to simply build up a great interconnected network of autonomous totally free ad sites and see if the world would see their value and grow them one at a time, one town at a time until the entire network was thriving. We built the fence and plowed the field, now lets see what grows in it, for lack of a better analogy.

Want your local site to grow so that YOU can benefit from it? Here are some VERY easy steps.

1. Tell your friends and neighbors about this new site that is sitting empty waiting for your town to grab on and fill it up. Don't over blow it... we don't want anyone putting false hope in this idea. It's only going to be as good as those who live there make it. It's a lot like the Internet itself. Pretty empty to start with, but now... well.. you get the idea.

Word of mouth from friend to friend is still the most unbeatable way to promote anything that there has ever been. What's in it for you? How about a really great local site to connect, buy and sell in down the road? What more motivation can we give you?

2. Twitter us. Once in while, just put... new local free ad site for (your towns name here) www.sellfreeusa.com. It's simple and effective. If you are twittering to local friends and contacts, the word will start to grow.

3. Facebook. Same thing. If you really want your local sellfreeusa.com page to start growing, just mention us once a week on your page... Hey, if you haven't seen our local sellfreeusa.com page, go check it out at www.sellfreeusa.com.

4. Share your city page with our share button. Just go to our site and click on any local ad within your city, then click the 'Share this' button to the top right of each ad... you'll soon be spreading the news and hopefully letting others know who have been searching for such a site.

5. Email your buddies about it.... Sure, why not. No reason to go gushing on and on about it, but if you liked this site, won't your friends like it too? We won't know until they find out.

Oh! and one more REALLY easy way of spreading the word... why not copy this pages URL and paste it into an email to four of your friends right now as well as onto your twitter page and facebook page.. do that about five times this month and you'll start to see things happen really quickly. 

The bottom line here is that if you keep your local sellfreeusa.com page a secret, it will be as worthless as 'teets on a boar' as my Dad used to say. It won't be a truly useful tool for you until everybody knows about it, so please... tell somebody! Today!

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Like Buried Treasure

I had a gentleman contact me the other day with a really great comment! He said that he stumbled upon sellfreeusa.com and when he clicked on his state, he was amazed to see his middle sized town with its own page. After clicking on his city's sellfreeusa.com page, he was overjoyed. His exact comment was 'it's like finding buried treasure in your back yard!'

Thank you very much. That's exactly why we built sellfreeusa.com and all of its city sites. We knew that others like us would love to have a totally free place to advertise and connect in THEIR home town, not just one of many towns forced to jostle for notice within another big cities ad spaces.

I think that many people are actually incredulous because they are like me. When something is to good to be true, there must be a catch. Not in this case. We built it, you use it for free and down the road when everybody knows about all of their local Sell Free USA pages and the hits are up and healthy, local businesses will spend $5 a month here and there to be page sponsors and it all just goes forward, grows and gets better.

It's a simple plan and one that more and more people every day are discovering. Are we a hidden treasure in YOUR back yard? We hope so. Have you seen YOUR local sellfreeusa.com page yet?

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

The Internet is still wide open, for now.

There is one constant that is proving itself true year after year and has been doing so for over 20 years. As a whole. the internet itself is truly impervious to the economy and nearly recession proof. Sure, the big money boys tuck in when recessions inevitably hit, but the net just keeps on growing, swelling. It gets smarter, faster, deeper and wider every day and I am unsure that it could be totally stopped at this point, which is a good thing.

In this day and age, government control of everything is the norm and yet the internet just keeps on going forward. One of the major reasons is that this is the last truly international, border-less place on the planet. By having its power structure spread over literally the entire globe, no single entity can quite get a stranglehold on it. Don't worry, though. They are trying every day to figure out a way to get it 'contained'. That's not conspiracy theory mumbo jumbo, it's just the facts about any governmental power.

Ronald Reagan once said that the scariest words you could ever hear are, "We're the Government and we're here to help." He may have been right. When Adam Smith conceived of capitalism, he also knew that it opened a doorway for crooked and greedy men to overshoot their share. He also knew that those people would be reigned in by their own greed and things would eventually always correct themselves. The only way it would worsen when recessions came was through to much regulatory intervention. Government control would not eliminate these economic swings, but instead cause a huge temporary dam against these swings, causing things to swell further than necessary, before bursting and creating an even more vicious swing in the economic cycle than before.

So, we now know what those feel like. We are in one right now. But the internet just keeps on humming and growing and developing itself into its own virtual world within a chaotic world. in my opinion, that is a wonderful thing. It means that no matter what is going on outside, you have one constant you can count on.

So, will net neutrality undo some of the magic of the internet? Yes it will and we must voice our opinions on this to elected officials, or better yet, vote out the current officials, demand term limits on the new ones and change things up dramatically! I got into this debate via email with Tom Harkin, who is my Iowa Senator, just last year. When I asked him why he was supporting net neutrality, he was adamant that without the U.S Government babysitting this crazy little cage of monkeys known as the internet, Anarchy will reign supreme.

My rebuttal was that the governments method of net neutrality was no different than passing a law that only red tomatoes could be sold in supermarkets or that only Ford automobiles could drive on highways. It was an opening to kill off one aspect of an equal competition system and therefore as undemocratic method of regulation that you could imagine. He never did reply to my email... hmmmmm.

For now, my dear reader, rest in the fact that the Internet is still free and wide open and fun to play and work in. Also, keep in mind that you may have to fire up the email flame thrower and toss a few squirts toward Washington to keep it that way. But, if you love it like I love it, that's a minor price to pay. 


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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Thursday, January 28, 2010

NEW! Auction/Sales on all sellfreeusa city sites.


Whether you are an Auction company, Bank, Owner, Attorney of an Estate or just love to go to sales and Auctions, it would be a good idea to bookmark the Auctions/Sales listing in your hometowns sellfreeusa.com city site.

Recently added at a users request (hint! we DO add new categories! Just email craig@sellfreeusa.com to add yours), this new section on each of our 2,000 plus city pages allows local sellers and auctioneers to quickly connect with buyers. Also, if you have multiple auctions and events, you will love the My Ads feature you get with your totally FREE sellfreeusa.com account. It allows you to go back and edit any aspect of a current ad, add or remove photos, change dates, times and pricing with a click of a button at any time.

 It's a great feature if you are like me and don't notice a major typo until you've already posted an ad. On our site, you can just log back in, go to my ads and fix the issue immediately from any internet connected PC, anywhere in the world. It also allows you to build ads in advance and cue them in your file as unpublished until the date you can release the info. We think you will be extremely hard pressed to find a better free online ad site that allows this much freedom and comes with this many features.

If you really want to expand your online presence with your auctions or sales, sellfreeusa.com can help in many ways, including the Share feature, where you can share a live link to your ad over 45 social networks with a click or two of your mouse. Seriously... this is a feature rich system and its all free. Get on there and start watching your online exposure climb!

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Need talent? We've got a listing for that!

On every sellfreeusa.com city page, we've got the Gigs/Temp Work listing just for those of you who seek an expert. Need a band for your party or reception? Post it here. Need a web pro to come spiff up your site? Post it here. Really, it doesn't matter who or what you are looking for, it fits in here quite nicely.


If you're looking for...
Local Bands, DJ's, temporary sales personnel or talent of any kind, we designed this section of your local sellfreeusa.com page so you could connect with who you need more efficiently than ever immediately.


We all need someone for something sometime and I'll bet either you, or someone you know needs to be posting an ad on your local sellfreeusa.com page today. It's there for you to connect with who your looking for, so go get to posting! Need a new category in your sellfreeusa.com page? Email craig@sellfreeusa.com and get your wish the same day.


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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Gamers have a new venue nationwide.


XBox360? PS1,2 or 3? Wii freak? We've got a listing on each of our 2,000 plus city sites just for you. Our listing, Video Games/Systems  is our gift to the gaming community by offering a place to buy and sell systems and games, spread the word on new games and you can always post your gaming shop in our business directory, publish upcoming tournaments or events in your local Entertainment section under upcoming events.

Plus with our ad share feature on every ad, you can quickly spread the word about that killer XBox360 for sale in Denver to your buddies in Altoona PA immediately! Really, it's a great system! Soon it will be a requirement on all free ad sites... but we have it now for free... right now!

If you want to get local and be found nationally, posting on sellfreeusa.com would be a great start.Spread the word, repost this blog at will and make sure to spread the word. We want to see what cool games, accessories and systems you guys put here nationwide soon!


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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Why pay to sell your boat? We do it for FREE!



On every one of our 2,000 plus city sites, you will find the following FREE ad listings...
Boating If you have a boat, accessory, water craft or anything boat related to sell, whether you are a business or just a person needing to sell, Sell Free USA gives you more totally FREE venues and options to sell than any other site on the internet. Show us a site that does more for free and I will eat my hat! Seriously!

If its time to move a boat, get your high quality digital photos on a sellfreeusa.com ad today. You can't sell it if nobody knows about it! It's all free for you to use and your potential buyers to locate. Also, with our new free ad sharing feature, you can throw your boat ad out to 45 different online social sites including facebook, myspace and twitter at no charge! Really... could we make it any easier? The only thing left to do would be to pay you to place the ad.. and that just seems wrong. Do we not have a listing that suits you? email craig@sellfreeusa.com and we'll make one for you! How about that for service?

Can't wait to see what YOUR boat looks like.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Getting on the road, or getting off?


 It doesn't matter whether you have been looking for a new RV, bus, travel trailer or if you are wanting to sell one. Sell Free USA is a great FREE local and national venue to advertise what you need or what you have for sale. Unlike many sites that specialize in RV's, we don't charge a penny, you can share your ad with the click of a few buttons across 45 social network sites and if you are a dealer, this site was made for you.

You can manage as many ads as you wish, re-edit them, store and publish them at will, all from your my ads folder in your FREE sellfreeusa.com account.Feature rich doesn't really describe all the free bells and whistles that come with being an advertiser on our site. You really just need to go register for free and play around with it yourself to really appreciate it all.

So, tell your friends. Spread the word and put your RV on sellfreeusa.com today, or post an ad telling the world which one you want. This is fast becoming the more friendly place for buyers and sellers to connect online for free.

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

The Grass WILL grow again..


Oh sure, its all snow drifts and ice outside now, but in about 10 weeks it will be spring and that means yard work. If you are in the business of taking care of lawns, landscaping or anything to do with outside maintenance, then you need to get yourself advertised VERY locally. That's why we built sellfreeusa.com! Grab some photos of your equipment, yourself and your staff and maybe a property or two you've maintained and throw on a totally FREE... NO COST... ad on your local sellfreeusa.com page, then link it to your facebook page, your twitter page, your myspace page and any others via our ad share feature.

Soon, you'll be found, known and hopefully busy as all get out by the time those first few tender green blades of grass see the light of day this spring. It's a great place to do some test marketing for your company. As a registered member of sellfreeusa.com (which is also 100% FREE) you can go back in and edit your ad as much as you want, create multiple ads and choose when they are published on the site or simply stored in your sellfreeusa.com my ads file. It's so feature rich that it's hard to explain without trying it out for yourself.

Classifications to advertise in? Why not post in the Home & Garden section as well as Yard Work under local business directories in your towns Sell Free USA page, as well as nearby cities. It's all free and could really make or break things for you. We all know that the competition is going to be fiercer than ever going forward, so getting the most marketing for the least amount of expenditure is more vital than ever. You can spend less than FREE to advertise, so use your local Sell Free USA page and gain an advantage. Don't wait until the grass is already green... get a jump start on it. Your ads run for 90 days and that will get you in prime condition for the spring season if you start today. 

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Someone wants your bike!


It doesn't matter what year, make or model. It doesn't even matter what condition its in. I can assure you that SOMEONE wants your old motorcycle, dirtbike, scooter or moped. I'll bet that there are people out there just hunting for PARTS that you have. If you want to free up some storage space and make a little cash, get the digital camera out, polish those puppies up and start snapping photos!

Get your bikes listed on your area sellfreeusa.com pages under Motorcycles/Parts today. Don't worry about being found. Just by posting your ad, then linking it via our share button to your facebook, myspace and twitter accounts, it will be easily googled by tomorrow and the whole world will be able to find it. Right now, nobody but you knows about it and that is a bad way to make money, when you want to sell something.

What's it going to take? Maybe an hour. What will it do? It will make you money you don't have right now, it will free up space that I would wager could be used for something more valuable in your wife's mind and it will make some guy who has been looking for years very happy all at once. I don't want to overuse the word on this blog, but the term "Good Karma' does come to mind! Happy selling...

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Somebody wants your old Monitor!


You know that old CRT computer monitor you have laying around in a closet, or under a table? Somebody out there is looking for it right now. Old laptops, towers, keyboards and mice are always wanted by someone. You can either offer to sell them or just put them on your local sellfreeusa.com page and simply get them out of your life and let those parts and pieces go on and make someone else happy.

A simple digital photo or two and a few minutes on your local sellfreeusa.com page will post the ad and let those old items find a new life and a new home... and eliminate a few more things for you to have to clean around all the time. Do yourself a favor. Get up right now, go gather up your old unwanted computer stuff and shoot some photos, then post the ads on your local Sell Free USA page. You'll get rid of your junk, make a new friend and make more than two people happy today. It's good Karma, maybe will make you some spending money, if you're so inclined and most importantly, it will help someone else get a computer running. All good things.

So, where did you put that old 15" dell monitor?????

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Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Help them find a home..


We are real animal lovers around here. Dogs, Cats, Birds, Bunnies, Gerbals, Hamsters, Raccoons, even a coyote, two pet ground squirrels, a skunk (yes!) and a wild Owl have been part of our lives at times. We know that sometimes you get a little 'accident' and find yourself with a litter of pups overflowing out of a box in the corner of your kitchen and you don't know what to do about it. Hey, anyone who loves animals has had one that they just didn't spay or neuter on time and soon had more little paws running around the house than you could stand.

That's why we put our Pet listings on all 2,000+ sell free usa pages. On top of the Pet boarding/training and Pet Supplies categories, we also put in Pets for Sale and most importantly Pets for FREE categories to help those new little creatures find a new home where they can be loved and taken care of.

So, keep this in mind and when you see someone with a box of free kittens or puppies outside of a store somewhere, take out a pen and write sellfreeusa.com on the box, tell them that they can advertise them for free on their local page. You'll have done that person and more importantly all of the little critters in that box a big favor.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

You've got something worth paying for.


No! I'm not talking about THAT thing you've got, I'm talking about your personal talent, your experience in certain things and your ability to help people solve certain problems. Will Rogers once said, "You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is."

So, if you are like most people these days, you could use a little more cash. One way to do that is to offer your talent for hire. It's what lawyers and doctors and plumbers and mechanics do every day. Now, I have no clue what you would personally be good at. That's for you to find out. Maybe you are a really good book keeper. Then why not post an ad in your nearby sellfreeusa.com pages that you're available to do book keeping or light accounting on a fee basis. It's just one of many examples of what people could be doing to help themselves and others out on a daily basis.

Think hard about what you know. What you have learned over the years that could be beneficial to others near you. As far as a fee, that's up to you as well. If $15 an hour makes you happy, then fine. If you think that $40 an hour is more to your liking or maybe a retainer based system would work, then say so in your ad. One thing is for sure, always offer references, both personal and professional and be flexible about  everything, from the hours you can work to the rate of pay you need. The more flexible you are, the better you will be appreciated.

Just imagine what you could be doing a year from now with an extra couple of grand coming in now and then? What are you waiting for? You can't be found if you don't get out there and advertise! Work up your plan, your fees, hours and everything else and go post ads for free in our business directory today. If we don't have a classification for your particular trade, just email us and we'll pop one on for you.

It's all about getting ahead in this world and we're here to help you do just that.
 
Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

How can we help you?


I know we're really pounding this home lately but we are really dedicated to helping you get involved in the ongoing process of Sell Free USA and its growth in your town, your state and your area of the country. We've built the site and do hope that it is as user friendly as possible. We have put it wide open and completely free to use. We've even openly promised that whatever you need changed in order to make this site work better for you, we will do.

Now it's up to you. All of this effort is only as good as the people who use it and help it grow. How else can we help YOU love our site more? It's an honest and open question from us to you. Think about it, look over our site and email us with any questions or comments you may have. We want to hear from you.

Have a question? Email craig@sellfreeusa.com

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Can you put a price on true love?


Some websites spend literally tens of millions of dollars a year to tell you that you CAN put a price on true love. When you pay them their price, you can find true love. Oh my....

We are true believers in fate. The right one is out there and they are closer than you think. That's why the second thing we KNEW we had to put on every sellfreeusa.com site was a personals section in every town. What could be better than advertising that you are looking for a real relationship where you live? The only thing better than that is having someone who lives where you live posting an ad in the same town!

Think about it. If you like where you live, why not let the people in your area know that you are looking for a long term relationship? That's why we have created more than 2,000 VERY local places to advertise for that special someone, as well as look for that special someone as well.

Bottom line here? FREE online photo personals on your local sellfreeusa.com page are much, MUCH more valuable than their cost... post and ad, and you may find out that its worth the love of a lifetime.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Sharing is good... even with ads.


The one thing that we never really loved about other online free ad sites was that they were somewhat proprietary, meaning that you could post an ad and then that was it. With the advent of all the social media sites, and the popularity of being able to link and share things immediately on the web, we wanted to include this feature on all of our ads.

Now, whether you are just surfing sellfreeusa.com ads or have one posted yourself, you can easily click a button and share this ad as a link on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and over 40 other social media points on the web.

It's a lot like posting one ad and then with a few button clicks, posting the ad across the entire web spectrum! Kind of like being your own web publicist. Go check it out now. Just click on any ad and up in the right hand corner, you will see a share this button, which will pop up the following list of cool places to send this ad immediately. Cool, right?



That's not the end of things either..... we've got many more cool little tricks up our sleeve. Stay tuned and keep adding new posts to your local sellfreeusa.com page. This thing is just going to get better, bigger, more local and more national all at once. Trust us!


Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Monday, January 25, 2010

...on the kindness of strangers.


It always boils down to one thing in your life. Whether in your personal life, your educational pursuits, your dating and marriage or in your business. You completely and utterly must expose your hopes and dreams out in front of you and depend completely on the kindness of strangers to help you move forward and grow.

So, here we are, a brand new nationwide chain of interlinking free online classified sites. We think we've developed a pretty cool, fast loading and easy to use system and we've made it completely and totally 100% free to use.

So, it's pretty apparent that we are totally dependent on YOU, our user for our overall success. If you see an advantage to using sellfreeusa.com, GREAT! Pop us an email and tell us why. Don't like it, take a second and flame us a real smoking hot hate mail explaining why. We want ALL of your input, good or bad. We've got thick hide, we can take it.

But, regardless, if you do deem our site usable, do us a huge favor and just start posting adds. don't worry about someone giving you grief over having too many ads, right now, we just want ads, ads, ads.... and more ads. You hear it here! Get on with it.


Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com

Sunday, January 24, 2010

You're not stupid... we know that.


You've been to about a million sites on the web that offered the 'free access' come-on and then hit you with a credit card page about 90% of the way in. We despise that and we wouldn't do that to anyone else. the only things you can even pay for if you wanted to on our site is the option to feature your ad, which means that you can replicate the same ad in other cities (which just saves time on your part) for $2 a city or you can design your own 127x127 pixel button and pay $5 for a page sponsorship on any page in any city you choose.

Those are both optional and if you found yourself at the point where you had to pay for a free ad on our site, then we apologize... you need to tell us about it so we can label things more clearly. As it stands, you can go and post free ads in any city, in any section you want for completely ZERO money. If you want, you can go post over and over and over again, for free. We're not worried about the paid parts yet. We just want everyone to fall in love with our new site and fill it with ads.

Most importantly, we just want to repeat that we hate those online 'free' cons as much as you do. We know your smart and we hope that you choose to post your ads with us.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

There ARE things that you CAN control.


In this day and age, you sometimes feel like the world is just running along without you. No matter what you do to get things moving in your direction, you can't seem to get things swinging your way. It's a very  common feeling at times, because this IS a huge world and we can't always bend it to our will. But, remember that there are things you CAN control.

You can control your temper, your ability to feel for others, your God given talent for being able to look forward and visualize and plan ahead. These are all things that can totally change your life if you implement them like the tools they are. Feel like you need to find a new person in your life? Get online and start posting on dating sites. Need to free up some cash and bolster your bank account a little? Post some of your unused things online and find cash buyers. Need to network more and just interact with more people? Start a twitter account, get on facebook, post whatever services you offer online (at certain free online ad sites, that we could recommend). The bottom line here is that no matter what you are lacking, there is a pro-active way to affect change and you can implement much of it online in this day and age.

The worst thing you can do when you feel like you are in a rut is to just sit there. Sure, you don't know WHAT will happen if you try something, but you know that nothing will happen if you don't. So, get up, make a plan and start going at it. Life always gets better.... always.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

With a little help...


Its a long hard battle. I have no blinders on when it comes to the task at hand. To take a site from nothing and inject it into the fast flowing stream that is the internet world without expecting it to be a hard old fight would be silly. Our little boat is in a big big ocean of things for you to do, use, interact with and just spend your time and effort on. That's why we came into this projecting a time period of 5 years before sellfreeusa.com would even be a true contender in the free online ad market. We're only 10% of the way there timewise but, we're already on the two year benchmark we set. So good.

We love the hits we are getting and we know that many of our sellfreeusa city sites still lack ads in a ton of categories. That's Ok for now. Right now we just want you to look at it and tell us what you think about it. If you like the idea, tell others, if you don't tell us so we can fix whatever you see that you don't love. Simple.

Its David and Goliath all the way and we're looking for as many smooth shiny stones as we can find, before we go into the real battle. In the meantime, we could always use the help of those who appreciate a good idea and want to see a really serious alternative to what's available on the Internet come forward and grow.

If you get the concept of sell free usa and what we stand for, then just keep telling others about 'this site I saw'... that's all it'll take.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Will China buy a used couch in Omaha?

I know this is going to be a very unimpressive statement, but the Internet is huge. What I mean is that it is even bigger than most people can imagine and it’s growing at a total rate of about 100% per year.. Doubling every 12 months. Most of that new growth is in private networks, not public, but it’s still impressive to think of the bandwidth required to keep up with that type of expansion. Moore’s law keeps proving itself and processors get faster and cheaper. New people figure out how to stuff more information down longer, thinner wires and it all keeps on growing.

The problem is when you just want to tap into your local internet and be discovered, you sometimes end up in Hong Kong or Melbourne instead of Beatrice or Omaha. Why? Well... its because of the mass of the item at hand.

Some interesting new facts for 2010:
OVER 1 in 4 people in the world are on the internet.
Internet access via mobile phones will soon be twice as popular as wired internet connections.
According to http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm there are nearly 1.8 BILLION people using the Internet right now.
Estimates put total unique webistes at over 50 million… but we think that is quite low. There are a lot of people who have a page for their cat on there..

 These are all very interesting numbers, especially if you plan on getting found on the internet. In other words, it gets tougher and tougher to be found out there, because there are just more things for your website or information to get hidden behind or miscategorized into. One way you can hedge your bets is to not worry about the entire internet at first, but concentrate on the internet where you live. Make sure to have your web content found locally first, like posting on your local sellfreeusa.com page. It doesn’t get more local than that.

 Can sell free usa help you get found locally? Sure. As you and others post on your local site populate the page with ads, it will start popping up and growing and growing. It takes time, we know that, but in order for you and me to quit being found in China and start getting found in your home town, you and I need to start getting people to put some content on your local sellfreeusa.com page. Just a thought, but we've already built the site. It's now YOURS to use and grow, for free.

Is the Internet HUGE? Yes. Can you still get found on it, Yes. Just remember to not spend your time advertising in China, if you want to sell a couch in Omaha.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First, you build a road...



I love my mom. At the age of 77, she has decided that she will master facebook. Keep in mind that this is a woman who taught HERSELF how to play the guitar, the piano, organ, violin and accordion all quite well. She also obtained her instrument pilot’s license in her 40’s, is writing her SECOND book and is a listed Author on Amazon.com.

Not bad for a small farm girl from Missouri who raised three knuckleheaded sons and somehow kept them alive, no matter how hard they tried to kill themselves in their youth. Today, she was over at my office and asked what I was up to. I told her about sellfreeusa.com and, of course, she asked what it was. I explained it like I explain it here and everywhere, to which her response was, “If everything is free, how will it pay for itself?”

Fair question. I told her about voluntary page sponsorships and she didn’t quite grasp it. Then I explained it to her this way.

We’ve basically built this free highway that connects over 2,000 United States Cities. It's a million lanes wide and can take nearly unlimited traffic on it. It’s not a toll road, but completely free to use. In order to pay for it, we also put up some billboards along the road that we’ll rent out to businesses that want to advertise.

Since there is very little traffic on the road, because it’s new, we aren’t worried about the billboards yet, but some day, if we built the road wide enough and smooth enough and if it gets people to their destination better than the old road, then people will start using it a lot. Then, when traffic climbs, businesses will WANT to buy ad space on the billboards and in the long run it pays for itself.

She got it and I got a new way of explaining it, I think. Does that make sense? So, my totally computer illiterate mother now understands the concept of sellfreeusa.com and if I can explain it to her, then you can explain it to someone else. So tell somebody for me. We need to get this road busy.


Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Will we be a McDonalds or an also ran?


Once there was nothing... no chain restaurants, no nationwide franchises, just little independant places all over America. Then, in 1954, two owners of a 14 year old group of hamburger restaurants  in San Bernardino, Ca met Ray Kroc and things heated up. 4 years later, there were 100 McDonald’s in America, then 500 in 1963. But, the world as a whole had not grasped what was about to happen. Mom and Pop joints were still the rule, not the exception.

By 1967, they had McDonalds in Canada and Puerto Rico and the wave had begun. Soon, Burger Kings appeared, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, KFC and more and more came. The world was forever changed and things never would be the same again.

We believe that the same thing will happen to free online classifieds. First there was craiglist, then kijiji, oodle and others. Those who have superior product and profitability will live; the rest will be absorbed or will die. It’s natural selection in the business world. You can try to slow it, but you just can’t stop it. If someone comes up with a better way to doing something, sooner or later that way will rise to the top, until it is replaced by something even better.

We would not be here if we didn’t think that we had a superior product. Only you can say if we do. One thing’s for sure, we aren’t above improving, so tell us if you want our hamburgers to be changed and we will! Thanks for using us. We really do understand that you don’t have to. We hope that we'll be the McDonalds of online ads someday, we just hope that we don't end up down the line somewhere in the Whattaburger category (love their burgers!).

If we can't promise you anything else, we can promise you that we will do our best to make you love us. So.. as the line says...

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

We are who we are...


It bears mentioning again and again that we here at sellfreeusa.com really do want to welcome anyone who has been looking for a new classified advertising home. To make sure that we are all on the same page here, I thought that this would be a good time to really go over how we think and put it out there for you to read and understand. If you think like we do, you’re going to mesh right in. If you don’t, come on in and do your thing. As you’ll read, we are pretty easy to live with as people and as a website.

We believe that you should be able to do anything you want in America as long as it doesn’t harm or infringe the rights of others. We believe in the right to date who you want, marry who you want, smoke what you want, drink what you want, drive what you want, where you want, when you want to.

We think that the only regulation that really needs to be implemented in America is how much power those we elect can have over us. We are not T Bag Party members, but we understand why they are mad. We are not gay rights activists, but we can see their point. We are not green peacers, but we think we know where they are coming from and if they feel that strongly about anything, then more power to them. We are not gun toting anarchists, but the basis of most of their arguments seems correct, even if their implementation is a little extreme. We think that the sex trade has been crushed under the foot of Victorian style gilding for too long. For Pete’s sake, it’s how we all got here to begin with.. Sex. Yes, it happens. Get over it.

We don’t believe that the legalization of Marijuana will be the very end of civilization as we know it and that anyone who wants to get high in their own home should have the same rights as someone who wants to plow through part of a bottle of bourbon. If you are old enough, have the money and a domicile in which to engage in that activity, more power to you.

We believe that God is more than real, but do not expect anyone else to bend to our will on the subject. If God needs our help to convince you that he is real, then he’s got a poor marketing department. We also believe that socialism is misguided in its approach and that as long as people want more, it will never work. We love to travel when we can and we appreciate good sunsets, great art, cool things and music that are truly inspired. We are eclectic, non-confrontational and a little verbose about most things. This makes me think that I need to stop writing.

Do you agree with our way of thinking? Good. You don’t? Good. That’s what makes America so cool. Now go build your local sellfreeusa.com page up. We’ll support you.


Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Monday, January 18, 2010

Crushed under your own success.


I've done it, you've done it, in fact I doubt if you could find a person who hasn't always based the intrinsic value in nearly everything they've owned or trusted in, mostly, if not solely on what its price was. I mean, a $5,000 watch may not be 10 times better than a $500 watch, but you KNOW it's got to be significantly better, right? Maybe. The downside to that way of thinking is that we sometimes value things too much in either direction. If very expensive things are very worthwhile and effective, then free things are not. Right?

Wouldn't it be great if you could cast off that value system once in a while, stare directly at whatever it is and make a value decision based solely on the merits of what you're investigating at that moment? Sure it would. Many people did, when they discovered craigslist. All of a sudden, something free was nearly as good as those sites that charged for ads.

Then, as word of mouth spread, volume increased, bringing in more and more visitors and ad posters and it became even MORE valuable than the ones you had to pay for and the entire value system went careening off of the tracks, crashing into a massive train wreck of valuation dichotomy. In fact, it worked so well that pretty soon it worked TOO well. Then you couldn't squeeze your way on in most cities with a gun! Then it started running into a valuation wall. Suddenly poor Craig was paying so much in bandwidth bills that his site became nearly all free. Anybody who has had a plan and then had everything change can imagine what he went through over the period. He had to start charging for certain ads in certain cities to pay the bills. Then Ebay paid a huge chunk of cash for a piece of it and there were most likely connotations that from then on a solid profit would have to be maintained. Pretty soon it became a real company running under a .net address. The Jeanie was out of the bottle and the 'yippie-free-always-for-all' idea was crushed under the pile of bills on craigs desk. You can almost see the moment, can't you? I am serious here. Just to get through these periods means that Craig Newmark is a tough person.Kudos.. really.

When life hands you lemons, you setup a lemonade stand and make some money! Now, Craig has a MOSTLY free site that brought in an estimated $100 Million in 2009, according to the AIM Marketing Group. Imagine the surprise when the basic concept of an all free, no limits, community based online classified network proved that with a little tweaking, (AND making people pay out the nose for some ads, while others got theirs for free) you could make over $12,000 and HOUR? (note: that's about $200 per minute, or $3 and per second, 24/7/365)
Anyone who surfs that site for any time knows full well the woes of those who run afoul of the ad flaggers that prowl cities on craigslist. Even worse are when your ad gets ghosted. Ghosting is when some community watchdog (usually a direct competitor of yours) flags your ads, for any reason, more than once. Your IP address and other info will get recorded somewhere in the computers and ban you. If you call and complain hard enough, they will let you back on to post ads... but in most cases, you are just ghosting ads. The computer will log your ad as placed, but when you go to look at it on the site, it won't be there, like a Ghost. (get it) Read the story about a man who got ghosted on craigslist by clicking here. Hey, he's not kidding! Can you imagine having to work that hard to post a free ad? It's a sign that the system is OVERLOADED and maybe just broke. It's only life support system is running like a top right now, in that those who are paying $75 for an ad in some cities just don't have any other free ad sites that are as effective at the moment that charge less than $75 an ad? (I'm joking, but that really is what it is when you look at it.)

Couldn't you use a different place to post free ads? One that was a little more localized when you needed and still national when you didn't? One that just figured you could post ads until the cows came home and really didn't leave it up to third parties with their own agendas to decide who's ad was bad and who's was good. Or who's ads were free and who's weren't? On craigslist, your own local competitors ARE the community and can flag you off the site. Click here to read about one of many cases where it happened, and still happens every day on there.

In fact, this newsgroup discusses many of the problems CL is having anymore. It was one of the reasons why I decided to build sellfreeusa.com. If this many people were not happy with the current market offerings, it was time to build an alternative. So, here we are, wide eyed and innocent... waiting for all of you to come and make us grizzled veterans. If there were a better place to post free ads, get tons of hits and responses and sales, without all of the associated hassles, couldn't you see the value in it? Sure.. who couldn't?

Should it be so far fetched to actually have a better free classified ad site come along than craiglist? No, it shouldn't? Thus the entire, well thought out, planned far in advance model that is sellfreeusa.com. Built to be free always to the users and able to grow as big as you can grow it, always... AND designed so that it should support its own financial weight in page sponsorships as those server volumes rise. We make no bones about planning to profit off of sellfreeusa.com someday. It's designed to and no one should be shocked when and if it does.

More importantly... we WON'T hide the fact that we are profitable, if and when we do. I promise you that. In fact, whenever any page in any city is producing enough ad income to support itself, that page will be clearly marked as such, with a note that you should thank the sponsors on that page for making it happen. It's called capitalism, thought of by a guy named Adam Smith. Smith was an 18th Century educator and wrote The Theory of Morale Sentiments, which was the basis of what America's founding fathers used to create this Country's economic system. Look him up.

Sorry to put so much in one post. It was a lot of info, and I hope you stuck with me. Once again, though.. I want to say again that i am a fan of Craig Newmark and CL. Without his efforts, the internet would not even be the Internet we know today. So, sellfreeusa.com is free and free things have no value compared to things that cost alot, right? Not according to Craig Newmark.. and not according to us. So, if you love craiglist AND hate it too.. maybe you're the person we built this place for? Why not? You like free stuff like us too... right?

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Word of mouth wins round one.


When I changed direction and went from brick and mortar manufacturing, print marketing and sales to wholesalers and started sellfreeusa.com, it took me a little while to re-acclimate to the free for all world of unlimited production capacity (the entire globes ability to produce classified ads), no brick or mortar and no middle men. Though I have yet to earn enough to buy a cup of coffee, I like the virtual world much more. Less land taxes.

One big difference is that in order to be successful in a virtual marketplace, you have two choices. You can absolutely dump cubic lightyears (Yes, it is used as a measurement of distance and therefore mass) of cold hard cash at marketing and name recognition, or you can throw yourself at the mercy of the internet and see if they love you enough to tell someone else. So, far.. thankfully, you guys are telling someone else and that cheers us up around our little blue office space. That's a reference to the wall colors, not our mood.

As week 28 goes by since we finally took sellfreeusa.com onto the internet, we are impressed with just how blabbing about it will get the word out. And if people like it, they mention it in passing and so on. In other words, the internet is the rebirth of the oldest and most effective marketing method on Earth... word of mouth.

So, which is better? Neither. If you have a zillion dollars to blow on marketing, by all means do it! It just speeds up the process. But, if you want to know if your 'product', your content and your method of doing whatever you hope to do on your website is working. See if word of mouth won't always work better.

We're still in the first stages, but word of mouth is winning round one for us.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Change is good, when you're young.


About twice a week, we fiddle with new logos for this and that and the other thing. First, its going back to our simple block letter logo on the site, which I am growing to like. Then we color up the twitter logo and change the facebook logo. That's one fun thing about having any new business that requires a logo. In your initial stages you get to screw with it, mess it up, redo it and just play. Like Churchill once said...

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”

Of course, as your company hopefully gets established and the years creep by, logo monkeying can get you in trouble. Just look at the grief Pepsi is getting over trying to create a simple, non-type logo. Also, once people know what your logo looks like at a glance, by modifying it later, you run the risk them blowing right by you while shopping or web surfing.

Bottom line? If you are new, take advantage of all the great things about being new! Experiment, change things, swap it up and move it around. Because, once your secret sauce hits, you'll have to keep the formula just so in order to avoid the wrath of your customers.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
www.sellfreeusa.com

Oregon, we've got you covered with 49 city sites.


The list of towns and cities that made it on sellfreeusa.com are as wide and varied as the State of Oregon itself. Having had the pleasure of spending more than a few weeks in and around Portland and Tigard, I can say that it is beautiful country and doesn't seem to have a rude person out on display for easy discovery. We hope that all of you Oregonians who find your sell free usa page tell others and really turn this section of our internet site network into something truly your own. We just built the shell, you guys get to make it what you want inside.

The list... Albany, Ashland, Baker City, Beaverton, Bend, Canby, Central Point, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Dallas, Eugene, Florence, Forest Grove, Grants Pass, Gresham, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Keizer, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Medford, Milton-Freewater, Milwaukie, Molalla, Monmouth, Newberg, Newport, North Bay, Ontario, Oregon City, Pendleton, Portland, Princeville, Redmond, Roseburg, Salem, Silverton, Springfield, Stayton, Sutherlin, The Dalles, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville, Woodburn.

Did we miss YOUR town in Oregon? Email craig@sellfreeusa.com and tell me. I'll see what I can do to remedy the situation.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Can we save ALL the old couches?


We hope so. I love thinking about millions of people in 2,000 different towns all putting ads in the FREE section on their pages. All the old couches, fridges, spare wheels and tires, clothes, shoes and just plain junk that our site will give a new home to. Seriously! Don't you love it when someone thinks its junk and somebody else thinks they got a steal? It is fun to watch.

Just musing, but I bet you like the concept too. So, what have you got that's just junk in your mind? Snap a photos, put it on your local sellfreeusa.com page and make someone else happy while giving yourself some more storage room. Its good Karma and great for your junk to see the world.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

It's a long way up there..


We remind ourselves everyday, that no matter how far we've already come, there is still a LOOOOOONGG way to go. The climb from obscurity to recognition is a monster climb, but it pales in comparison to going from being known to actually being KNOWN. We thank everyone who is supporting sellfreeusa.com and just ask that you keep simply turning to someone every day and saying something like, "you use craigslist much? I found this site called sellfreeusa.com. Check it out." It's as simple as that. If everyone who went to our site and said that to one new person a day, our site is destined to climb on up and become a literal powerhouse on the internet!

But, we won't get that love if we're not really loved. Once again, if you see anything that you would like added or changed on our site, tell us. We are wide open to all input and will do our best to make sure that our users are the ones who decide what stays on our site and what goes.

"Craig, I like your site and I want to help you guys get big. What else can I do?"

Digg us, as digg.com, mention us on your twitter, facebook and myspace pages and become our fans and followers. Its really all we ask, other than posting a few ads on our site and mentioning us whenever you think about it to someone new. No matter what, anything you do to help spread the sellfreeusa.com gospel is appreciated.

Live local, date local, sell local... sellfreeusa.com

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Saturday, January 16, 2010

0 to 22,000 employees in 12 years?


You have to hand it to Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Google rose from an abstract idea to a company in 1998 and now in 2010, they have 22,000 full time employees world wide. If you started with two employees, being them, that still puts annual employment growth at a staggering 125% year after year. Overall growth has been 11,000%! Like I always say, an excellent idea, properly implemented on the Internet will produce amazing results.

Hey! I had hoped that years down the road, long after this thing was paying its own bandwidth bills, we'd see a few hundred employees. If for some freakish reason, sellfreeusa even started heading in this direction, I'm not so sure that I wouldn't throw the brakes on. No reason to screw up a good thing by letting it get so big that is stops being fun.

Will sellfreeusa.com ever see google numbers? I seriously doubt it. But, that's not what we are after here. We're after the simple goal of getting this thing going and helping make the interent a slightly better place... hold it.. that's what Larry & Sergey were after, wasn't it? (Oh Crap)

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

We grow by being trusted.


In the numerous blogs I've posted, you've read about who we are and how we really do want to become the number one most trusted place for people to place free local ads, date, connect, interact and just live on the web locally. Like I was always told though, make sure you say what you mean many times over, so there is never any doubt.

OUR PROMISE:
We promise that we will do everything in our power to keep sellfreeusa.com totally free to use forever. We promise to use any means possible to track down and KILL spammers and con artists as long as it takes to kill the very last one. We promise that we will never share ANY information you put in your private profile, nor will be gather any other data about you in anyway, ever. We promise that if you have a complaint, just email, twitter us or post on our facebook fan page and we WILL get on it as soon as is humanly possible. No matter what.

We also promise that 50 cents of every loose dollar we take in on this site will immediately be turned around and used for one of three things... First, we will google and yahoo ad word with every loose dime to get even more people to come find our site, and find your ad quicker and in increasingly larger volumes. Second: When revenues support, we will explore all other media to get the sellfreeusa name out to the entire world as quickly and efficiently as possible and Third, when we hit that magic number... we are going to take a serious hunk of change and start giving things away to our members. I can't go into every detail, but when I talk with others involved in sellfreeusa about my giveaway plans, they literally get pale and use words like 'crazy', 'excessive' and 'over the top' as descriptives. HA! That just means that it will be more impressive for you and for everyone else who helps this site grow.

Money isn't everything, but money does make the world go round, the lights turn on and the servers hum. So, here's to growing  a new online environment where YOU and I both can profit. I will do my best to keep all I've said here. I swear.... yes, I even pinkyswear.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Our Moms were right!


Our Mothers always told us that honesty was the best policy. Be truthful and try to be as open as possible at all times and good things will happen to you. When we founded sellfreeusa.com, we had two choices, we could have fired up the magic show, thrown on a TON of ads under false usernames and 'salted' our site with a bunch of classifieds gleaned from other sites. But, well that seemed dishonest. So we chose to just create an open, operating, yet totally empty free online ad universe and honestly say the following.

We're brand new. We are getting the name out to the world totally by word of mouth and if its a good site, people will come. Be honest, be open.. good things will happen. Well, we did the first two and by golly, the third thing is indeed happening! Good things are happening at sellfreeusa.com and we owe it all to YOU. Another thing that our Moms told us was that we should never try to offend anyone, but we'd never make everyone happy. I am sure that we will get a complaint about this and that and we will do our best to get along and please our users, but we are also prepared to stand our ground on what we believe to be true and right. We believe that everyone should have a place in the sellfreeusa network and they always will.

Though I am sure that my dear old grand mother would have a fit if she knew what 'alternative' dating was! She passed on over a decade ago, so I don't have to have THAT meeting at least.... for now. We know what it is and we want it to be there for the users that wish to use it. Just like adult services. We know that some people do not like the listing but it's an integral part of the online world and we exclude no-one as long as they are obeying the law.

One thing that we have ALWAYS wanted to add to our sites is a guns and ammo section. Why? Because I am an Iowa farm boy at heart and guns are a part of my life. They always have been and always will be. I am awaiting final decision on how to create a guns and ammo section on our sites and when i figure it out, you can be assured that it will have an adult area firewall and proper laws will be followed, but it WILL be on here, sooner or later.

The bottom line here is... we have been honest about who we are. We haven't pulled the wool over anyones eyes and planted ads. We just built the building and you are now filling it! It feels good to know that we were needed as bad as we thought.


Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Friday, January 15, 2010

We're seeing growth... thanks to you.


It's halfway through January, and we are climbing up in site rankings, seeing exponential site visit growth and people all over America are starting to get what sellfreeusa is all about. More importantly, they must be telling other people, because the site hits grow in multiple numbers daily. It's all very flattering stuff.

Sure, we're not getting 30 million hits a month or anything, but you have to understand that we just painted the walls and swept the floors on this new virtual mall just four or five weeks ago for the last time. At that point it was empty and wide open for growth. Now, people are coming to see what we are all about and we hope we're not dissapointing anyone.

First you throw a party, then some people show up.... then it either gets huge, or peters out. From our numbers, its going to be huge, but only if you keep talking about us, keep posting ads and keep linking sellfreeusa.com to your twitter, your facebook, your home site and just do us the favor of helping you in the long run. When you help us grow this monster, you'll have a new and better place to effectively market.

In short, keep doing whatever it is you've been doing... because it is working. And we appreciate it.

Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/

Foooood! Do YOU own a restaurant?


One of those fantastic things that we imagined for sellfreeusa.com was when all of those little restaurants around America would start shooting digital photos and posting photos of their dishes along with an online menu on their local sellfreeusa.com page. Yes, there is a stand alone listing in EVERY sellfreeusa.com town site under Local Restaurants. You should be in there and also in your neighboring towns pages as well.
Imagine a totally free venue to post multiple photos of your restaurant and what its all about. You can post photos of your food, staff, what the inside looks like, create a .jpg of the actual menu and then throw some specials in and maybe a coupon for free desert with a meal for coupon holders! If you are looking for a new way to gather business, we're here to help in any way we can.

Make sure to take the time to tell people about you and your restaurant. Talk about your staff and all the changes you've made over the years. If your restaurant sits where an old sporting goods store was, talk about how long that store had been there and how much fun it was changing the building over. Everyone wants to hear a good story and if you've got one, they will remember you ten times more often than the TGI Fridays down the street, because they will feel more personally linked to you.

Talk about getting some great free exposure! Plus you might want to do additional ads in the same section in nearby sellfreeusa towns as well, just to see who might drop in. It's just one of those things that people never stop looking for, a new restaurant. You might be satisifed with your car dealer, your lawn service, your mechanic and your accountant, but you would always run out and try a new place to eat.

Also, take really GOOD photos of your food. People eat with their mouths, but they taste with their eyes. Anyone who watches FOOD TV will tell you that they pig out after watching the show for 20 minutes, because we are all trained to see food.... then want to eat food. Paint a good verbal and personal picture of yourself and your restaurant and let the photos back up your story all the way. It will help others fall in love with your place and not only become customers, but rant and rave about you to others.


So, have YOU put any ads out for your restaurant? Have you advertised your restaurants website or facebook page or even twitter account anywhere lately? Why not? You don't like growing and making more money? Work on this tonight, after you close the doors and clean up. Make up a few sexy looking dishes, play with the lighting and shoot food photos, get your staff to smile and create a great shot of them serving others at a table with that fantastic food. Tell your story and your customers will come. And it's all free to do on our site. So... charge that camera battery. It's time to grow your business.

OH! And if you do catering and banquets, make sure to create ANOTHER free ad in our Catering/Banquets listing on each page as well. Also, if you have specials or events coming up... PLEASE take the time to create simple ads with your great photos in our upcoming events section under entertainment in each town. Maybe an hour of your time will paste you all over your own and nearby city listings and exposure is the first step to growth. So, go expose yourself on sellfreeusa.com.

One last thought, if you THINK that everyone knows who you are and where you are, remember that on our site, anyone in the entire planet who may be planning to visit your town might stop by your towns sellfreeusa.com site first to get an idea of what to do, where to stay and where they can eat while they are there. If they don't see you there, you may miss them. And remember, its all FREE.
Thanks for the ads
Craig and Melissa Hull
Founders
http://www.sellfreeusa.com/