FAQ

Why do you offer free ads?

Free classified advertising is a convenient, fun, and easy way for people in similar areas to search, buy, and sell their items. It gives you the opportunity to find exactly what you’re looking for or sell to the right buyer in your area. It provides business owners with the exact target audience they need to promote their products or services. We are proud to say that we have offered this service to our community for over 21 years.

Where can I find a copy of Common Cents Magazine? Can I have a copy sent to my home?

To find a copy of Common Cents in your area or have a one sent to your home for $2.25 per issue, give us a call at 225-751-8510 or email our distribution department at distribution@ccfreeclassifieds.com.

How do I place a free classified ad?

There are three user-friendly ways to place a free classified ad:

  1. Call us at 225-751-8510 and we would be happy to take your ad over the phone.
  2. Email your ad to ccents@ccfreeclassifieds.com along with your name and phone number.
  3. Visit the 'Place an Ad' page located at the top of your browser and follow the simple instructions.
What’s the difference between a business ad and a private party ad?

Business ads are for business owners. They are not eligible for free advertising. Private party ads are for anyone who is a non-business owner. These ads are eligible for free classified advertising. If you are a private party trying to sell more than 3 of the same item, you will be considered a business.

What’s the difference between display advertising and classified advertising?

Display advertising appears throughout the paper adjacent to the classified ads. It refers to graphically designed ads, often with logos, photos, or colored artwork. These ads are typically for businesses. Classified advertising, often referred to as "want ads," is primarily text where all the ads are presented together in a categorized list. Classifieds can be for private parties or businesses.

How many free classified ads can I submit?

Private parties may submit up to 5 free classified ads. If you have other ads currently running, you must either cancel and replace those ads, or wait until they expire. You may choose to run more than 5 at a cost of $8 each additional ad.

How long will my free classifieds ads run?

Your free ads will run for 1 month. If you would like to continue to run your ads, please call to renew them.

How do I renew an expired ad?

Yes. To renew an old ad, please give us a call at 225-751-8510 or email us at ccents@ccfreeclassifieds.com. In your email, be sure to include your name, phone number, the specific item you want to remove, and if there are any changes you would like to make.

How do I write my free classified ad? What are some helpful hints?
  1. Start with key words. People skimming the classifieds will not notice your ad unless it grabs their attention within the first three words. Skip ambiguous phrases such as “For Sale”.
  2. Create a classified ad with urgency. You only need a few words, the price, and a phone number to gain the readers attention. Interest people enough to call you for more information.
  3. Be very descriptive with your 10-word limit. Explain all appropriate details. Consider year, size, and condition. Utilize hot-button terms like “Brand New”.
  4. Pay to get noticed. Of course you may choose to run a free private party ad, but why pass up the extra exposure you will get for having a photo above your ad for only $8? Or a border for $6? A very small price to pay for a more successful classified ad.

Here’s a good example to follow:

HONDA 2008 ACCORD: Leather, new tires, great condition, $13,000, 225-555-8510.

I have sold my item, but my ad is still running. What do I do next?

To remove your sold items from our current listings, please give us a call at 225-751-8510 or email us at ccents@ccfreeclassifieds.com. In your email, be sure to include your name, phone number and the specific item you want to remove.

Can my ad be placed in a certain category?

Yes. We have categories to fit almost any advertisement, however our most popular sections include automobiles, employment positions, and real estate. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a full list of category options.

Which categories are not considered free?

Pets, Cemetery Plots, Want To Buy, Rental Properties, Roommate Wanted, Personals and Business Equipment categories are all considered businesses and do not qualify for free ad placement. Please call 225-751-8510 for details and rates.

How can I make my free ad stand out?

There are many ways to make your ad stand out. With these low rates, we strongly encourage you to do so!

  • Additional words: 50¢ each
  • Additional bold words: 70¢ each
  • Headliner (large type, 15 characters): $4 per line per issue
  • Border: $6 per issue
  • Centering: $8 per issue
  • Scatter (ad placement in more than one category): $8 per issue
  • Photo/Logo/Graphic (black/white only): $8 per issue
  • Hotlink Website: $8 per issue
Can I see how my ad will look before it is published?

You will be able to see what your ad will generally look like before it is published in print. This does not guarantee that your print ad will look exactly like the example provided for you online.

What is the deadline for display ads and free classified ads?

Display ads are due 1 week prior to a Thursday issue. Classified ads are due the Monday before a Thursday issue. View our current deadlines under the 'Place An Ad' pages located at the top of your browser.

How do I know my ad will be seen?

Common Cents Magazine has been audited by the Circulation Verification Council. Our most recent audit credits us with 100% perfect delivery, 92% of papers picked up weekly, and 74% of readers purchase from our advertisers on a regular basis. As an advertiser, this ensures that you are reaching more potential customers with every ad. As a reader, this means that you will find the information you expect with each and every issue.

Still have questions? Call us at 225-751-8510 or email ccents@ccfreeclassifieds.com