Know your competition. Before writing your ad, read similar ads currently running in the newspaper or online to get see how others are posting their ads.

Be Clear. Limit the use of excessive abbreviations not everyone knows what they mean.

Be specific. The more information you provide in your ad, the faster your item will sell.

If you chose to include a price in your ad, qualify it. Words and phrases like "or best offer", and "firm" give the reader your flexibility range. Using phrases like "first $25 takes it home," or "first come, first served" will create a sense of urgency.

Be unique. How is your item better/different than the other ads that will be running next to yours?

Add Photos! Photos will draw the attention of readers to see your ad before anyone else's.

Categorize your ad correctly. You are unlikely to sell a purebred Doberman in the automotive section, no matter how well written the ad is, or how many attention-getters you have included.

Contact information. Be sure to include your town, your phone number with area code, and the best time to call you. By adding your first name to the ad can also help potential buyers to contact you more easily.

Proofread your ad. A simple typo can render your ad useless. Remember, only one letter separates a Buick from a brick!

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Add Photos - a picture is worth a thousand words. People are more likely to contact you with a serious offer when they can see just how fantastic your stuff is.

Make sure that your text is as descriptive as possible - all ads on have a maximum of 750 words. Be sure to use clear and explicit language to describe your stuff. If people can't determine what you're selling, they'll be less likely to click on your ad.

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Include your ad in print - After all of these years, newspaper advertising is still king! Where else can you reach half a million readers on a daily basis?

The Columbus Dispatch - The Dispatch is the No. 1 source of information in central Ohio and the only daily newspaper serving all of the Columbus metropolitan market. The Dispatch delivers your print ad to nearly 500,000 readers during the week and 750,000 on Sunday. 1

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1(Source: Scarborough Research, 2006 (Release 1).

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