Classifieds Aggregator Oodle Launches in 23 New Markets
By Ina Steiner
Oodle, the "search engine for local classifieds," announced it has expanded into 23 new markets. With this expansion, Oodle now provides service to 49 metro areas, supporting more than 50 percent of the US population. The new areas served include Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Columbia, El Paso, Fort Meyers, Greensboro, Hartford, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Memphis, Nashville, Norfolk, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
Oodle's search index has over 4.5 million listings from thousands of sources. Oodle's press statement said it continues to rapidly add sources to its index, ranging from big sites to smaller community sources like local newspapers and specialized national sites such as MyKidsCloset and TruckerToTrucker.com.
After Craigslist told Oodle recently it was no longer welcome to include its listings in the Oodle service, Oodle made a point to add a line in its announcement, "classified publishers welcome the exposure that Oodle gives their advertisers," and quoted Apartments.com general manager saying Oodle sends qualified renters to Apartments.com.
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