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What is HouseboatTrader.com?
HouseboatTrader.com offers you a singular resource to help connect houseboat enthusiasts with products and services that go  hand-in-hand with the houseboat lifestyle.

Does HouseboatTrader.com charge for classified listings?
NO, HouseboatTrader.com is designed to service every user so basic ad listings are FREE. Our classified ads run for 90 days. Ad listers may choose to increase their ad exposure for their ads by FEATURING their listings at the time their ads are placed.

How many pictures can I have with my listings?
You can have up to 10 pictures with each of your listings.

What size should pictures be for best results?
Pictures should be at least 200×200 pixels and can be larger. Sizes above 400 pixels and below 800 pixels are ideal. If your pictures are too large, you may change the size to a smaller one with several free online resources. PicMonkey.com is one that seems to work well for our users.

What does it cost to FEATURE my listings?
You can feature any listing you place for just $24.95 for 3 months (about 27 cents a day for maximum exposure!). FEATURED ADS display at the top of their respective categories ahead of free ads and also run randomly across the top of the home page of  HouseboatTrader.com.

How do I pay for a FEATURED Ad?
Simple! During the ad placement process, you will be asked if you would like to feature your ad. Simply click the box and you will be taken to PayPal for secure checkout of the Featured Listing at just $24.95.

Can I pay for an item through HouseboatTrader.com with my credit card?
NO. HouseboatTrader.com is a third party platform that provides a place to list your items and services. According to our terms of service, HouseboatTrader.com is not involved in any third-party transactions.

How do I know that all ads are safe for my entire family?
HouseboatTrader.com is proud to be COMPLETELY “G-RATED”  All ads are reviewed by the administrator before they become public. This helps ensure that our website is safe for all members of your family.

If I feature my ad and it sells before the 3 month mark, do I receive a refund for the remaining balance of time?
Featured ads are designed to maximize your ad exposure and help result in a faster transaction for the lister. You are paying to activate the feature. No daily charge applies so there is no refund if the item sells/rents/etc. sooner than 3 months.

How soon does my posting expire?
Ad postings are active for 90 days unless taken down by the author. If an item is sold or no longer relevant, the ad poster may remove the ad with his control panel.

Can I delete my posting at any time?
YES, simply log into your account and delete the listing. It’s really just that simple!

I work for a houseboat dealer. Can I post ads for free too?
Of course! You may place as many ads as you like for FREE and have prospects contact you directly. You may FEATURE YOUR ADS for $24.95 each for the entire 90 day listing for extra exposure and best results.

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I want to reach shoppers interested in houseboats on HouseboatTrader.com. How do I purchase banner ad space on the website?
Simply click here to see our banner advertising information or click on the banner ad space you would like your ad to be and follow the prompts.

Do I get a discount for advertising for consecutive months?
Yes, HouseboatTrader.com has special rates available for advertisers who sign up for multiple months.

Do I provide my own banner ad?
If you provide your own ad and it needs no modification to fit into our system, HouseboatTrader.com will run it for the prices in affect at the time of your order. If your ad requires modifications to meet our system, a fee is applied to your order. We can also design your banner ad for you for a nominal fee.

What types of ads are prohibited?
HouseboatTrader.com is G-RATED. We only allow “family friendly” advertisements. There are no exceptions.

Can my banner ad link to my company’s website?
YES, if you choose, when your banner ad is clicked then your website automatically opens in a fresh viewing window. You can also track the performance of clicks to your website if you have access to incoming traffic stats. We can also email you a monthly performance report with pertinent stats for your review.

Can I change my banner ad at any time?
YES, if you provide a different ad we will change it at any time if requested. If you would like us to design another ad for you,  we request 7 days for production. Reasonable set up fees are required any time a banner is changed or a new one created.

Can I buy multiple banner ads in a specific banner section?
YES, you can buy multiple banner ads while spaces are available. We also provide a discount for multiple banner purchases so please contact us for direct bulk volume pricing.

If my advertisement agreement is up, do I have first refusal to continue my ad in that specific location?
YES, all current advertisers have first refusal to renew their ad contract; however, if the contract is not renewed within 7 days the ad space will be sold at a first come first serve basis.

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