We are making important changes
for 2007 ...
all classified ads will expire automatically after 3 months - unless
specifically renewed by email. There will be no reminders so in future it
will be up to you to manage your own advertising.
The need for
this has been forced on us by two things, a) the increasing abuse of our
free service with too many advertisers failing to keep us informed and b)
the increasing volumes of spam and the corresponding use of unmanaged spam
filters which effectively prevent adequate communication.
There will be a
real benefit for some of you though, because all renewed ads will be
promoted to the top of the list - so it will pay handsomely to keep us up to
date!! BUT ... to prevent unnecessary exploitation of this facility
and unnecessary work for us, renewals cannot be made more frequently than
is clear though - renew monthly and stay on top!!
the monthly renewed ads and the countdown to 3 month ad expiry will start on
1st March. Auto removal of old ads will start from April 07.
In brief: Bearing in mind that this is a
free service ...
Ads should be
sent to us by email in paragraph form and in plain text i.e. not laid out as
if for a poster. By all means make the ad informative but limit the text to
about 150-200 words. Ads of 200-300 words may be accepted at our discretion,
use more than that and your ad request will be ignored.
conventions you see on this page, i.e. Capitals at the beginning of a
sentence and full stop at the end with simple punctuation and spaces after
every word, comma and full stop. Please DO NOT type in CAPITALS! - this
causes further work and delays here - and anyway is considered SHOUTING in
should be sent as attachments in an industry standard format like jpg or tif
Don't over compress the file(s) but do try to send files of a 300K max.
Multi-megabyte files will be accepted but are subject to delays.
Make a note in
your electronic or paper diary to renew your ad once a month - in the first
week preferably - to enjoy the benefit of promotion to the top of the list
when we do our mid month revision. When renewing please be specific -
we need to know our ad reference (added to the end of every ad e.g.
(H567-0207)) or at the very least the exact first few words of the published
ad. We will try to update them promptly in small batches but there will be
delays from time to time.
remember to advise us promptly of sale.
yourself against the inevitable spam and scams by using a special email
address like 'firstname.lastname@example.org' (but do remember to check it frequently),
by disguising your address like myvan-at-hotmail-dot-com or by using a
decent spam filter (but remember to check it often for real enquiries
trapped as spam).
Use, not abuse,
and reap the rewards!