Top 10 Free Online Advertising Websites in South Africa [Updated 2023]
Online advertising websites, also known as classified ads websites are sites that allow a user to post an advertisement for free or offer paid options which help to get a better reach.
Most of these free online advertising sites have tons of categories to post your ad to. These categories can be anything from furniture, appliances, vehicles, electronics, and so on.
Creating free ads for your business can be an excellent resource for businesses that do not have a large advertising or marketing budget. It can also help to drive traffic to your business’ website, which is beneficial to your ranking on search engines. If you’re still on the fence and without a website, have a look at all the benefits a website can give your business.
Free online advertising websites work well to advertise on a low budget as there are loads of people visiting these types of websites on a daily basis.
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Let’s take Gumtree as an example… According to Alexa.com, Gumtree is currently (at the time of writing) the 19th most visited website in South Africa.
Furthermore, when looking at the engagement, you will see that they have a very low bounce rate, and visitors typically, on average, view around 6 pages on every visit and spend 7 minutes on the website.
List of The Best Free Classified Ads/Online Advertising Sites in South Africa
View our top 10 list of the best free online advertising websites in SA below. Please add in the comments section below if you know of more classified ads sites in SA.
Of course Gumtree is our number 1! This should come as no surprise as Gumtree is the most used and loved classified ads site in SA. If you don’t know about Gumtree, you have been living under a rock. Gumtree leads the way with an estimated 8.6 million visits a month.
2. Junk Mail
Junk Mail is probably one of the oldest classified sites in South Africa. They are mostly known for vehicle ads, but they have over 30 categories to post a new ad to. Junk Mail gets an estimated 1.5 million visits per month.
3. Locanto South Africa
Locanto is another great free classifieds website that is available in 58+ countries. Overall I enjoy using the Locanto South Africa site, but the only downside is that their users post a lot of spam ads which is a bit annoying for visitors looking for quality service providers in their area. Locanto SA gets an estimated 660 thousand visits per month.
4. Ads Africa
If you’re looking for a straightforward easy-to-use classifieds site to post ads to, Ads Africa will be a good choice! Ads Africa is available in 18+ other countries which show how popular their platform is. Ads Africa has an estimated 1.3 million visitors per month.
5. Public Ads
Public Ads is another great platform to use for posting Ads. They offer a free ad listing option that expires after 30 days and have premium options available to feature and show on the home page for up to 90 days. They get an estimated 60 thousand visits per month.
6. Class Ads
Post your ads in under a minute! Class Ads is very easy to use and offers free and premium/featured advertisements. Unfortunately, I was unable to get an estimated amount of monthly visitors for this website. If anyone knows, please leave a comment below.
Howzit is another great South African advertising website. They offer free listings and users can “bump” their ads every day to stay on top of the listing pages. Unfortunately, I was unable to get an estimated amount of monthly visitors for this website. If anyone knows, please leave a comment below.
Afribaba is a solid choice for posting free ads. They offer free and premium advertising options that help expose your ads even more. Unfortunately, I was unable to get an estimated amount of monthly visitors for this website. If anyone knows, please leave a comment below.
9. Booc South Africa
Booc South Africa is another great free ad posting site that also offers featured listing options. However, listings on their site look a bit spammy, which is why it is not one of our top choices. Unfortunately, I was unable to get an estimated amount of monthly visitors for this website. If anyone knows, please leave a comment below.
10. OLX (Closed)
Unfortunately, OLX has closed down in South Africa and is no longer accessible. Reports of the closure started emerging on Tuesday, 1 February 2022.
Do You Know of Any Free Online Advertising Sites Not Listed Here?
Please leave your recommendation in the comments section below for any free online advertising websites you would like to see on here and tell us why you think they deserve a spot on this list.
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