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Tickifieds 2.0 Launched with Improved SEO and Site Speed

Tickifieds RedesignedIn case you haven’t noticed, we at Tickifieds are not timid when it comes to redesgining our website. This past weekend we officially launched the new look on our award winning event ticket classifieds. This time, however, we did much more than just make the site look a little prettier.  We’ve added some new features, made the site more user friendly, and most importantly we made some changes to make your ticket listing more search engine friendly.

We have been toying with the idea of using microformat data in an effort to help search engines find relevant information of each of our listings for several months.  However, after our site suffered a loss in traffic following the infamous Google “Penguin” update, we decided to finally get serious about it.  If you haven’t yet heard of microformats, it is essentially a standardized vocabulary of HTML tags that you can use tell search engines what the on page text actually is.  What is great about it is that they have entire schemas for events in which you can specify things like event name, event location, event date, event description, and offers.  By structuring our data this way it allows the major search engines to better understand our ticket listings and improve the display of search results.    Using microformats allows search engines to display rich snippets in the search results which has shown to increase the click rate.  For more information on the use of structure microformat data check out

In addition to some better on page search engine optimization, we have also made some improvements to the design.  Since social signals are increasingly being used by search engines to determine importance of a page, we have tweaked how we display the social sharing buttons.  Now on the right hand side of the page you will see a small vertical bar that scrolls with the page and allows users to quickly share and promote Tickifieds content.

We’ve also made several other enhancements and additions.  We have enhanced our User Control Panel which allows you to quickly login/logout, access you user profile, list of ads, and purchase history.  We’ve decreased the amount of code (javascript, CSS, and HTML) and employed the use of CloudFlare’s CDN and web optimization services so that the site loads even faster!

So if you have yet checked out Tickifieds 2.0 please do so and tell us what you think.  We owe a large part of our success to you so we certainly value your feedback.


Tickifieds Launches “Tickifieds Direct” Beta

Tickifieds Direct Beta Launch DayIn an effort to provide greater service to our loyal users, Glowfly Media LLC is excited to announce the official launch of Tickifieds Direct (Beta).  We have partnered with one of the largest sources of event tickets in an effort to provide visitors with more  choices when considering buying tickets and access to even more events.  While the primary mission of Tickifieds free ticket classifieds is, and continues to be, to provide an open and transparent marketplace where ticket owners can sell their tickets and compete to gain your business, we noticed that many events were not listed on our classifieds.  After careful analysis of our traffic and internal search data, we realized that as many as 25% of our visitors were searching for tickets that had not yet been listed.  Rolling out Tickifieds Direct is a way to keep ticket buyers from leaving the site without finding what they are looking for.  Afterall, the goal of Tickifieds is to become the defacto place to shop for tickets to sporting events, concerts, and theatre.

As mentioned above, Tickifieds Direct will help fill in the events that are missing from our classified listings.  With hundreds of events taking place everyday, it is unrealistic to think that users will post tickets for sale to each of these events.  What we find is that most people who list tickets on our classifieds are listing the more popular events.  For example, a simple query for a popular performer like country music star Jason Aldean will result in over 380 ads with nearly 950 tickets available.  However, a search for a less popular performer like pianist Stephen Hough and you will find just 2 tickets available. While this makes perfect sense for anyone selling tickets, it certainly doesn’t provide visitors to our site with an adequate amount of options for their entertainment dollar.

If you haven’t yet checked out Tickifieds Direct, please do.    Since we are in the Beta phase we are always looking to improve the site and make it more user friendly.  If you have any suggestions or tips on how we can improve the site please leave us a comment!


Tickifieds Gets a Facelift

TickifiedsThe world’s largest (and we think best) event ticket classifieds website just got a new look.  It’s been nearly two years since we last updated the look and feel of Tickifieds and we went all out his time making it cleaner, easier to navigate, faster and more search engine friendly.

One of the biggest enhancements is the addition of the search bar to the top of the page.  Roughly 60% of our visitors will perform a ticket search while visiting the site.  We’ve made it easier and more convenient by putting the search box front and center. This will help ticket buyers not only find tickets easier but also compare ticket prices and seat location for a particular event.

Perhaps what is most apparent is the cleaned up look of the site.  We’ve eliminated a lot of redundant links and extraneous code making it much easier to navigate the site.  This not only helps reduce the time it takes to load a page but also also will help the site be even more search engine friendly.  If you pay attention to the world of search engine optimization (SEO), page load times are becoming an increasingly important ranking factor.    The new design cut the page load time in half.  Previously, according to Pingdom Tools, Tickifieds was faster than only 20-25% of websites.  Now we are happy to report that the site is faster than 70-75% of all websites!

We’ve also fixed some minor bugs while updating the site.  One of the most noticeable is a fix for the sorting of columns in our custom lists (e.g. Recent Ads, Popular Ads, Search Results, etc.).  Now users have the ability to sort these list by popular fields like event date, price, views, responses, section, row, and many more.

What do you think of the new look?

Top 5 SEO Tips for Ticket Broker Websites

With the advent of massive online ticket exchanges (e.g. Ticket Network Direct) it is becoming increasingly difficult to optimize ticket broker and affiliate websites for search engines.   These ticket exchanges have many advantages in that it makes it possible for even the smallest of ticket brokers to supply their customers with tickets to nearly any of the 80,000+ events throughout the U.S.  However, as a result, nearly all of the ticket broker websites list the exact same tickets for sale often at the exact same price.  Anyone that knows a thing or two about search engine optimization (SEO) knows that duplicate content is a big no-no.  So what is a ticket broker to do to overcome the duplicate content issue?  In this post we discuss 5 easy things you can do to optimize your website for the search engines and build both traffic and sales.

1.  Create Unique and Useful Content

Anyone that pays attention to the best management practices recommended by the many search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) knows that content is king.  With literally 10,000+ ticket broker websites in the U.S. alone it is not enough to simply list ticketed events on your website.  Everyone already does that.  In order to get premium placement in the search results you must provide additional details for the events you have for sale.  Many ticket broker websites make the mistake of only adding some copy and pasted text (usually from Wikipedia) to the performer or team page.  While this does provide the page with additional keywords, it will not help you as it is not unique nor useful content.  Simply put, don’t bother wasting your time.  If you are not going to take the time to write your own original and unique content that will benefit your users (which is highly recommended) , a more efficient method is to utilize RSS feeds to display relevant content on each performer and/or team page.  There are many websites that can provide syndicated content free of charge.  While original content is best, syndicated content can help your website visitors find relevant information and boost the amount of text on each of your pages.

Some good feeds to use can be found at:

CBS Sports RSS Feeds


Ticket RSS Feeds

You can also build a custom news feeds at Google News.  To make you own feed simply put your search terms where it says “MYSEARCHTERM” in the following URL:

2. Build backlinks

While search engines use complicated algorithms that are constantly evolving to rank the pages that are displayed on the search results, the biggest ranking factor seems to be the quality and number of backlinks.  In the eyes of the search engines, each link to a page is considered a vote for that page.  A vote from a highly respected website is weighted over a vote from a not so respectable website.

Backlinks are not easy to get for a commercial ticket website.  The best way to get free backlinks are to list tickets for sale at various classifieds websites.  However, classifieds websites like Craigslist and Backpage will delete your ads after a short period of time, thus, negating any long terms benefits.  Perhaps the best classifieds site to post ticket ads is at Tickifieds as the ads are permanent and never deleted.

Another way to build backlinks to engaging in discussions on various blogs.  Most blogs commenting systems will allow participants to leave a link to your website.  You will want to find blogs related to the content your are looking to promote and leave a thoughtful comment.  There is an art to this as a generic or unrelated comments can come across as spam and will prevent your comment (and link) from being approved.  Probably one of the best blogs to comment on is the very one you are reading as it is directly related to the ticket industry.  So, feel free to comment on this article and get a free and easy backlink to your website.

3. Encourage Sharing on Social Media Websites

Many search engines are looking towards social media as indicators of quality content.  Webpages shared on social media sites are treated much like backlinks- a virtual vote for your webpage.  Encouraging sharing on social media site is pretty easy and straight forward.  Place buttons to various social networking sites to encourage sharing of your content.  Some of the top services include Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  You can either get a snippet of code from each of those services or you can integrate all of them via a service like AddThis or ShareThis.

To make this even more effective, be sure to created branded pages on each of these services.  For example check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages.

4. Start a Blog

Blogs are a great way to accomplish many of the other items on the list.  A blog can be used to create unique content, build backlinks, and encourage visitors to engage with you via social media.  You can either create a blog on a subdomain of your ticket website or simply use a free hosted solution like WordPress or Blogger.  While creating a blog is free and easy to do, remember not to underestimate the time and dedication need to reap the immense benefits of blogging.  If you are going to start a blog you will need to frequently write fresh content (at minimum 2-3 articles a week).

5. List your Tickets at

While we have already mentioned the benefits or using to enhance the visibility of your ticket website in the search engines, we thought we would expand upon that statement a bit further.  Tickifieds is really a unique service in that it provide as highly visible platform to promote your service and/or tickets.  The volume of ticket listing we receive everyday ensure that the search engine spiders frequently crawl our website.  When they do so they note any links to outside websites.  By making a listing you get a quick, easy, and free “vote” for your webpage from a highly respected website.  Tickifieds is one of the top websites in the world (see our Alexa rank) and consistently appears at the top of the search results for many event ticket terms.  So even if you are failing at SEO for you own website you can easily get search engine visibility through Tickifieds.

You can even further the benefits of using Tickifieds by checking out some of our ticket classifieds tips.  Of particular interest is our article on using your personalized RSS feed.  Your personal RSS feed contains only ads you posted and is a tool to build viral backlinks to your ads and website.  To learn more about this be sure to check out “Promoting Ticket Sales With RSS Feeds“.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback so please leave a comment!




Free Ticket Classifieds now Tickifieds.Com

In order to sustain the unprecedented growth of the world’s largest event ticket classifieds website, we have decide to pack up and move to a new location –  While our service will remain the same (ahem Free), this strategic move will allow us to spread our wings and a build a better community of buyers and sellers of event tickets with a much more memorable and marketable name. We hope that the new Tickifieds brand name will become the defacto place to buy and sell tickets to any event in North America.

Tickifieds Logo

While the migration went live today, we are planning some major upgrades, new features, and a massive marketing campaign to build upon the success we have achieved over the past 3 plus years.  Although we have done our job to ensure no links will be left un-redirected, we thought we’d provide you with a list of some of more common links so that you can check out what the new Tickifieds has to offer.

Sports Tickets:  MLB Tickets, MLS Tickets, NASCAR Tickets, NBA Tickets, NCAA Tickets, NFL Tickets, NHL Tickets

Concert Tickets (Select popular States): Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin

We’d love to hear from all our loyal users about our big move. As always, feel free to suggest any design or features you would like to see as we work towards making Tickifieds the #1 destination for event tickets in the world!