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.