Classifieds verticals have been around for a long time, yet the classifieds category has recently seen curiously strong traffic growth. Here are the traffic data from comScore:
Traffic Growth %
- Total Internet Audience 173,191 3
- Classifieds category 37,423 47
- CRAIGSLIST.ORG 13,804 99
- Trader Publishing Company 10,155 15
- AutoTrader 6,434 14
- CARS.COM 4,504 -3
- APARTMENTS.COM 2,858 24
- LIVEDEAL.COM 1,092 104
- HOMESCAPE.COM 1,002 7
- BACKPAGE.COM 1,001 N/A
- OODLE.COM 909 463
- RegionalHelpWanted.com Sites 863 -1
comScore’s definitions/categorization are strange because clearly sites like CareerBuilder and Move.com should be in here. Why are Apartments.com and RegionalHelpWanted.com but not Monster or MSN Real Estate? It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Here are the distribution of newspaper print classified revenues by category:
What should be driving online classifieds growth now (beyond the factors driving overall Internet usage)? Perhaps it’s the combination of Craigslists’ expansion and the entry of multiple new players into the market to build broader awareness of the category.
Obviously newspapers have to make some bold moves online (beyond their existing vertical relationships) to build their destination consumer traffic and/or find additional distribution for their classifieds advertisers. That’s notwithstanding the fact that they own all or part of three of comScore’s top classifieds sites.