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For over 20 years now, I have been writing and placing ads, and selling things by mail! I've learned a few things along the way about advertising, and I'm happy to share them with you! A lady wrote me recently and said, "I can't understand what went wrong! I placed my classified ad in a local newspaper, in color, and only got one order!" I wrote and told her, "without seeing your ad or knowing it's wording, I can't say for sure what went wrong" but, I told her, there is ONE VERY BIG REASON why I place classified ads: I want people to read my ad and DO JUST ONE THING: Contact me for more info.. or ask me for the FREE item that I am offering to all who respond!

I don't try to sell anything from my ads! I just want to hear from people who saw and read the ad.. and want me to send them more information!

THAT IS ALL THAT YOUR AD SHOULD TRY TO DO: Interest people enough to write to you for more information!! That's all! Don't try to sell them something.. don't try to make them send you an order.. just make them WANT to contact you for more info.. or for the FREE item you're giving away.

If the ad you placed tried to do anything more than that, well maybe that was the problem! I've seen people soak a LOT of money into a ONE-SHOT ad.. hoping that the responses would pay for the ad, and bring in lots of orders and make them wealthy! Classified Ads are NOT designed to do that! All that your Ads were meant to do is to give a few details.. to entice the reader, to make them curious, so that they'll write to you for more info! That's all your ads should do! THAT'S IT! Nothing more!!

If your ad didn't work, I'd ask you some questions, like: Did you do any TESTING of your ad..first, in less costly magazines? Did you test a smaller ad IN THAT SAME magazine before? Did you ask about the kind of responses you could expect from that magazine? Did you write to any of the other advertisers, whose ads you saw there? Did they rave about the responses they got?

If you're planning on placing an ad in your local newspaper, which maybe

goes out to10,000 or more local residents, and even though the cost is low, and the circulation is high, do those copies go to Mailorder Buyers? Is that who you're trying to reach, MailOrder buyers? Maybe you'd be better off placing your Mailorder ad in a Mail Trade Magazine!!

Mail Order Buyers order LOTS of different products by mail, not just books on "How to make money at home by mail" but, the key (at least these days) is to use your ad to get the CURIOUS READER to write to you for more info! (Yes, I know, there I go again!) But, I keep hammering on that point.. so that it will stick.. that ADS ARE USED ONLY TO DRAW INQUIRIES, Nothing Else!

Your ad might be well written, and probably tells about your product (or book) and gives the price... but, a classified ad isn't meant to be used to sell your product, or copies of your book. Classified ads are MAINLY meant to make people drop you a line, and to ask about your product, or book.. and then you send them a flyer or salesletter or brochure to close the sale!

At least that is what I try to do.. and I might add, it works! I usually offer a FREE REPORT in my ads.. something like this:

FREE REPORT: "Best 20 States in which to Advertise!"
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( A postage stamp is helpful!) Christensen's, etc.

People see that ad (which is my latest, by the way) and they write for the free report! I send them a copy, FREE! I then have a new name of a hot prospect! If they wanted a copy of that report, they are at least partially interested.. they want to know where I place ads... because they are probably in business, too, and if they wanted ONE of my reports, maybe they will want the other 70 I sell as well! Or maybe they will be interested in buying one of my 9 books!

So.. that's what I do and it seems to pay off! If you want Mail Order Buyers, try placing a few more ads.. in maybe some MAIL TRADE Magazines, to reach those Mail Order Buyers! I have placed a Lot of ads that have never brought in one cent! But, I've learnedalong the way, and I've moved on, and I've placed some more ads! Some ads have brought in HUNDREDS of inquiries! Some are still doing well! But, I just keep at it! I keep placing ads and so should you! You won't find a better bargain than a Classified Ad, because they are still one of the GREATEST deals in todays world. If you can write an ad, send it in... and you could see your ad in print within a few weeks, and you can be getting responses to it within a day or two of its distribution! Why not give it a try?

Article written by Gary Chistensen. Gary has been Writing & Selling his Self-Published Reports by Mail since 1973; His latest is: "Over 40 All-Profit Ads & The Filler for Each One." Say where you saw this & a copy is yours for $2.00 postage and handling! Send your request to: Gary Christensen, 999 NW Sycamore Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330. Or contact him via e-mail.

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