Oodle Classified Ads Aggregator Review

Scour the Web for Free Local Classified Ads with Oodle

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Oodle is a search engine dedicated solely to scouring the Web for classified ads -- auto classifieds, pet classifieds, house classifieds, etc.; from different metro areas across the country as well as a number of colleges. It's easy to use, and the results are relevant and plentiful. In addition to using Oodle to find items for sale in your local area, you can also use it to post ads for things you might want to get rid of. Use Oodle for the next time you're looking to buy and/or sell something in your local area, and see what kind of hidden treasures you're able to unearth there. 

How to Search Classified Ads with Oodle

Simply type in your search, using as much specific information as you'd like to initially start out with, and Oodle will return relevant results mostly based around the geographical area from which you're searching from. For example, if you search for "garage sale", Oodle will return results based around your local area by using the information contained in your presence on the site (IP address, any sort of geo-tagging, etc.) and "cookies", small pieces of software that most websites use in order to make searches more personalized. This makes Oodle quite easy to use and will help searchers find what they are looking for without a lot of churn.

Here's an example of an Oodle search. A quick query for "Portland dog walker" returned search results with quite a few fun customizable options available. From a drop-down menu, searchers will be able to sort their results by best match, price, or date. You can also subscribe to your search results using RSS, a very convenient way to keep track of results without having to come back and refresh the search. Search refinements intrinsically linked to the search results are available as well; these are filters that can help you further narrow or widen your search.

Searchers are also given the option to create an alert for any search they might want to keep track of; this is a great timesaver so users don't have to keep coming back and searching. Last but not least, Oodle maps your classified ads results so you can see how close a potential classified ad is to you, a very useful feature.

Whatever city you initially choose to search in, that city will be the default until you go all the way back to the home page of Oodle, or choose the text link option -- "undo your search."

Oodle Search Tabs

There are a variety of different things that Oodle offers in order for you to find the best classified ads on the Web, and the tabs on top of the main search query bar are some of the best features. These tabs include Home, For Sale, Cars, Housing, Jobs, Services, and Give Locally, a way to find organizations where you can donate various items.

Click on any of these tabs and you're going to get a huge return of results, but you can narrow this down quickly by using the drop-down menu of cities. For whatever you're looking for, whether it's a new truck or a new house or a new pet, Oodle gives you plenty of excellent search parameters that you can use to make your search effective.

Oodle College Classified Ads

Search through Oodle's college classified ads, for example, the University of Chicago at Illinois, and you'll be able to search through ads for textbooks, roommates, jobs, and more.