Best Products Software How to Use Oodle Free local classified ads search engine By Stacy Fisher Stacy is a freelancer with over 18 years experience writing about technology and personal finance. She has published hundreds of articles and co-authored a book. our editorial process Stacy Fisher Updated January 27, 2020 Marianne Purdie / Getty Images Software Apps Tweet Share Email Oodle is a search engine dedicated solely to scouring the web for classified ads. Start from any city to find everything from vehicles and jobs to merchandise, pets, real estate, and rentals. You get to choose how far from the city you want to search, and there are tons of subcategories to break down the listings into manageable pages for you to sift through. Oodle can also be used to sell your own products or services within the community. Supported countries include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. What You Can Find on Oodle These are all the classified ads you can find on this site: MerchandiseCarsMotorcyclesBoatsRVsApartmentsOffice SpacesVacation RentalsReal EstateJobsDogsCatsHorsesTicketsServicesRelationships Within those areas of the site are other sections to separate the items. When you're looking for merchandise on Oodle, for example, there are subcategories for antiques, bags, furniture, baby stuff, phones, tools, bikes, magazines, appliances, clothes, and lots more. The same goes for the other classified ads, such as Oodle services, which include everything from cleaning and elderly care to pet services, lawn and garden services, tech help, and entertainment. How to Search Classified Ads With Oodle After choosing one of the marketplace items from above, you're taken to a different part of the website made especially for those classifieds. For example, if you're browsing through rentals, you can filter the results to show only the two-bedroom apartments with a washer and dryer where cats are allowed. However, if you're browsing classified ads for furniture, you're given filtering options like the type of item (desk, chair, bed, etc.), the year it was made, the price, and the color. All of these advanced options let you narrow down the results to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Find Local Classifieds in Other Cities When you first open Oodle, you should be taken to the local classifieds in your area based on your device's location. However, you can change the distance from your location to find classifieds nearby, or even change your location entirely to see what's for sale in other cities. Adjust the city you're viewing the items from by selecting the city name at the top of the page and entering a new location. This is also how you find classifieds in other countries. Use the SET LOCATION area of the website to change the radius of your classified ads search. You can choose the city itself or anywhere from five miles to 250 miles away. Move the setting all the way to country to see all the items for sale in the country. Email Alerts for Local Classified Ads Oodle lets you receive email alerts for any search you perform on the site. This makes it easy to stay updated on any new local deals without having to search the site every day. To do that, search for something or open a category that you're interested in. Scroll to the very bottom and enter your email address into the text box under Email Alerts. You can choose instant, hourly, or daily alerts depending on how often you want email updates on classifieds.