Backpage Now Charging for Job & Rental Listings

Backpage.com announced at the end of last month that they will be charging for job and rental listings now.

The transition to pay-per-listing on the classified site was predicated on the idea that paying for listings reduces the amount of spam. From their press release:

“We now charge $1 per post in some larger cities for Jobs and Apartments/Homes for Rent postings. We are doing this to combat spam and scam postings… [Advertisers] tell us they get much better response and that it is well worth the $1 to keep their ads near the top of the listings.”

The pay-per-listing structure is also expected to be adopted by the classified-listing giant Craigslist.org sometime in the coming year.

How will this affect the rental market in Seattle? Does this change the way you plan on advertising? Tell us your thoughts below, on Facebook or through Twitter!

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