Oh well, Backpage is not online anymore and here are the best backpage alternative sites, that are currently online in 2019.
All these sites are quite the same, you can sell everything on these. From smartphones all the way to yachts and houses. You can even meet friends or even more, on sites like these. On most of these, you can post for free or even find free stuff on these sites. Or you can go with classified ads, which are laser targeted.
I loved Backpage, but this site is not online anymore. So you have to suffice with one of those sites. But don’t worry, some of those sites are not better as a whole, but in certain categories, I believe they are a lot better then Backpage was and that is coming from someone who almost cried when they shut down BP.
The best 18 Backpage Alternatives
I have listed those sites by my personal preference and my own experience.
This is the number one competitor of Backpage back in a day when both of these sites were functional. Now Craiglist is the standard and main dog in this industry. This website is used by ten or maybe even hundreds of millions of people per month.
Craigslist has these main categories:
All of these had at least 10-30 subcategories. Craigslist is also divided by each country and each state. This is one of the most sophisticated classified sites, even though it does not look like that, with website design from the early 90s.
Oodle was the second biggest competitor of backpage back in a day. Now it is the main competitor for craigslist. Since this is the second biggest website in this industry, you can bet that this site is visited at least 10 million people per month. The design again looks quite old. I would bet websites already looked like this in the early 2000s, but to be fair, the design is more user-friendly than the one from craigslist.
Main Categories on Oodle:
Again most of these have subcategories and also they are divided by location. Oodle is also made for Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and of course the United States, which is the main country for Oodle, Oodle have started out as class field website in the US.
Close5 was an amazing app, which let you buy and sell stuff based on your location. This was one of the best local classified app/websites. But they have been purchased by eBay.
Main Categories on eBay/Close5:
Health and Beauty
Home and Garden
Even though that close5 is not technically working anymore, you can still sell on eBay most of the things, you were able to sell on close5. They got rid of only a few things, there is no more close5 community and also “services and Resumes” category.
Hoobly is a well known classified ads website. It is quite unfortunate that they did not get an SSL certificate for their website. Because unlike their competitors, they have great design, which works also great on mobile phones, which is usually not the case.
Gumtree is the classifieds company in the United Kingdom. When you say classifieds site in the UK, this will be the number one answer and maybe even the only one. They have quite a monopoly within this niche in the UK. But not only the UK, but GumTree is also actually quite popular in Austalia or South Africa and of course the US. And unlike all the sites I have already mention, on GumTree you can advertise internationally if you want. I am so glad, that this website is getting also recognized in the United States because finally a classifieds website which looks like that was build in 2019, I truly like this one and not only for the nice design.
Main Categories on GumTree:
Even though they have only 7 main categories, you can sell almost anything here.
Locanto is one of the great websites, that went through big changes in the past few years. They have expanded not only to Australia but also to Austria, Canada, and South Africa mainly. The only downside to this website is that all posts have only 60 days, after that, they are getting permanently deleted from the Locanto.
Main Categories on Locanto:
But do not worry, they have over 100 subcategories, you can list here almost anything here, it reminds me of a lot of backpage, only with a horrible design.
Ad Post is currently working in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australie, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Hong Kong. They have also launched their Global Classifieds.
Main categories on Ad Post:
They have another 14 “main categories”, but this site is known only for four of those that I have listed.
USFreeAds is still alive only due to the community they have gathered over the years. I truly doubt that this website is still getting new “customers/users”. Maybe they do, but I would bet that everyone who is not tech savvy is not using this website. This site is in times even quite hard for me to use. And I spend all my time on a computer. Plus they have a horrible design, which truly looks like it was untouched since 1990. And they did not even bother to buy SSL certificate…
PennySaverUSA is great if you want to sell something truly fast and locally and you don’t mind spending a few dollars on a simple banner ad. Penny Saver USA has been around for quite a while and I still use it from time to time.
Main Categories Penny Saver USA:
Cars and Vehicles
The only downside to this website is that they do not have many subcategories, this website works only based on location. You can even set a radius for your location, which I find as a great feature and I wonder why more of these sites do not use this… Anyway, I used this website from time to time, but again, they have design from the 90s.
AdLand Pro has been here since early 1998 and it looks like, that they did not change the design since. To be able to list on AdLand Pro you have to get an account first. This is probably why this website is still around. Most people prefer it because of this because they feel safer when buying or selling something. Also, this was one of the first websites in this industry, which had the report feature. And it works till today, even though nowadays there are a lot more scammers on this website.
Geebo is mainly used in the United States and it is separated by locations. They have been rumors for quite some time, that they will release a mobile app. But so far, we still have to use Geebo’s website. Hopefully, they will release a mobile app this year.
Main Categories on Geebo:
Geebo is truly a backpage alternative. Because they have almost the same categories and subcategories as backpage had back in a day. Especially the Roommates category is only on a few sites!
You might be wondering what News website is doing in this list. Over 10 years ago they have created a classifieds website on a subdomain of USA today website. I am not a fan of their news sites, but the classifieds website is actually quite good. And since they receive millions of visitors each day, you will see a lot of traffic on this site as well.
Well, this one is pretty self-explanatory. This 10 years ago one of the main competitors of craigslist and package, but for some reason, they are not as popular anymore. I truly do not know what has happened. But they are still around since they are available to post worldwide, based on location and in certain countries, they are still numbered 2,3,4 or 5 as the classified site. Which is weird to me, since they did not even bother to buy SSL certificate… If there was a competition was the single worst website in this industry, they would be definitely a runner up.
CityNews serves people in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and then they have 3 weird categories: Europe, Asia, and World. I believe they could have done a better job of narrowing these down just a bit, but I get it. The main market is the US for them and they did this just to look internationally. This website looks like, they straight up copied the design from craigslist, but they just made it even worse.
Main Categories on City News:
Official website of city news is: www.citynews.com (They do not have an SSL certificate on their website, but I still think that this website could be trusted, but then again, I have no idea where they have their main servers, I hope they are at least in the US and not China.)
15. 10 Day Ads
Ten Day Ads is a website that is on the uprise I believe in this industry. Not only that they have a nice design, but they also have a mobile responsive website! Which is not common in this niche. 10 Day Ads have over 50 main categories and over 300 subcategories.
Also what is great about their platform is, that you can post a video, photo or even both within your ad. Sellers and even buyers can be rated. Which eliminates the scammers fro this platform. Next time I need to sell something I will definitely try their ads first! I have big hopes for them.
For some reason, I have never really enjoyed this website. But I have heard many good things about Ad-to-ad. But they have a bad design, they do not have an SSL certificate and you have to have an account to post something, which I find useless since there is no rating system.
Free Ads Time is one of the largest classifieds websites. They are mainly oriented for the US market because they have a subcategory for each state and almost every city! Which is unheard of, creating this website must have cost hundreds of thousand dollars, but it looks like the site was never touched after they have created it. They have one of the worst designs I saw in my whole life.
But they have also categories for Canada. Also for Europe, where they have at least almost all the countries and the main city. They have several categories for Asia, South America and also Africa and Oceania.
I can’t tell you which of these websites is the best. Because that depends not only on what category you are mainly looking for. But also on your location. What I am trying to say, is that you have to find out for yourself, which one serves your purpose the best. For me, it is craigslist, because I was looking for people to hire, but for you, it might be locally or something else.
Pieces of Advice before posting ads on Backpage alternative sites
If you want to sell anything on classified sites, please make sure that you are following these rules, it will improve your success rate:
Create clickbait titles, you need to catch their attention within seconds because everyone now a day is used to scrolling down fast like it was a facebook feed.
Do not share personal details if you do not have to. If you want to stay safe, be cautious where and when you are sharing this information and most importantly to who.
If you ever come in contact with a scammer on one of those sites, just report them. You will make the site better!
Write all the details about your items, if you can post several photos do that. When you are taking the photos, prepare the item for “photo shoot” and also do it on perfect light. The better the photo, the more money you will get and it will be easier to sell, trust me!
Anyway, thank you for reading this article. If you know about any other website which is just like Backpage, where you can offer or buy things or even trade, just send me a comment below this article and I will add the website to the list of Backpage alternatives.