Tips and Guidelines for Posting Your Classified Ad

Our classified ads are a great way to reach your target market at an affordable price. And we want to help you to advertise your products and services as effectively as possible. With that in mind, we have put together some tips and guidelines for posting your classified ad and get your ad get noticed.

Writing a Strong Classified Ad

Your job as an online advertiser is to get the reader's attention with a compelling headline, get them interested in your offer, build their desire for more information and get them to take action.

Writing Headlines

Your headline is the most important part of your ad, as it will determine whether or not the rest of your ad is read. Ensure your headline is concise and to the point, a headline that is too long will lack impact and likely be difficult to read. The best headlines will grab a reader's attention and highlight a benefit to entice the reader to click on the ad to read more.


Now that you have a potential customers' attention, you need to get them interested in your product or service. Develop a mental picture of the people who will be reading your ad, and focus on the benefits of your product or service to them. International Living readers are educated, investment-savvy and adventurous individuals in search of a luxury retirement or a more relaxed and fulfilling lifestyle overseas. They are mostly from the U.S. with about 10% from Canada and on average they are between 50 and 70 years of age. So, try to describe the benefits of your product or service that are most likely to appeal to this group.

Be specific and give plenty of detail in your description. You never know what feature will appeal to the reader so ensure you highlight as many benefits as possible.

Don't forget to encourage the reader to take action. Do you want them to call you, email you or visit your website for more information? Then ask readers to do that at the bottom of your ad and give them some reason to take action today. You can create urgency with some kind of special offer or promotion or time limit, but make sure that your offer is genuine and not a gimmick. Readers can and will recognize "manufactured urgency," so ensure that your message is completely genuine and honest.


Images are a great way to attract attention and good photos can make a huge difference when selling a product or property. We provide all users with the ability to upload at least one photo with their ad at no additional cost. We recommend you upload a picture or image if possible, as it will make your ad more visibly appealing.

Please ensure your image is good quality and that you have permission to use the image. The maximum file size per image is 500KB.

Try to avoid wide panoramic images, or long, tall images. If your image is square, your ad will look better.

Spelling and Punctuation

Be sure to double check the spelling and punctuation in your ad before you post it.