Q. What is The Road Code?
A. TheRoadCode.com is a FREE online listing and classified site with a special feature that sets us apart from all other classified sites…”Road Codes”.
Q. What is a "Road Code"?
A. A Road Code is a unique, 4 – 6 character alpha numeric code that is assigned to every classified listing on our website. When you create and post an ad on TheRoadCode.com, your ad will be assigned its own unique Road Code.
Q. What CAN and CAN'T be listed on The Road Code?
A. You can list almost anything, but we don't allow the promotion or listing of the following
- "Spam" listings.
- Duplicate listings for the same item, message, or service.
- Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) businesses, "home based" businesses, or get rich quick type sites/businesses. This includes any products or services offered by MLM type businesses or their associates.
- 3rd party listings / listings created by posting agents.
- "Click Through Affiliate" type listings.
- Any illegal items.
- Drugs or drug paraphernalia (syringes, bongs, rolling papers, etc...)
The following classified listings are also prohibited (sorry to be party poopers, but this is what our attorneys advised)
- Any sexual / adult related items or services including, but not limited to - Solicitation of sex, escort services, sex toys, pornography, pornographic websites.
- Tobacco or tobacco products. This includes electronic cigarettes.
- Any weapons or weapon accessories including, but not limited to - firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, swords, knives & other edged weapons, brass knuckles, mace, pepper spray.
For more information read our Legal Stuff
Q. Can businesses put listings on The Road Code?
A. Businesses may create a listing in the Businesses & Services category to promote the business.
Businesses can create listings for items and place them in other categories ONLY if they are unique, individual items.
For example - A real estate company may create listings for each property they are selling since those are unique or an art dealer may create listings for each unique painting they are selling.
Businesses MAY NOT create individual listings for regular items in their general inventory.
For example – A hardware store can’t create a listing for each different type of screw and washer they stock.
Q. How will people find and see my Road Code classified listing?
A. Your Road Code classified listing will have great exposure because there are lots of ways for people to find and see your listing. Here are some examples:
- Our website and our smartphone apps.
- Physically displaying your listing’s unique “Road Code” on a sign in the real world.
- Sharing via Facebook, Twitter, email, etc…
Q. The Road Code touts a tough anti-scam and spam policy. Does this mean the site is scam and spam free?
A. While we do monitor our classified listings for obvious scams and spam, TheRoadCode.com CAN NOT GUARANTEE
the validity of any classified listing posted on our site. Some scam and spam listings may not be obvious and slip through our filters and human listing screeners. It's still up to YOU, the end user, to make the judgement call as to whether or not to answer a listing, purchase an item, etc...
The content on the site is posted by all different people from all walks of life. When dealing with any person or business found through a classified listing on TheRoadCode.com, make sure you follow our safety tips. You can read our safety tips here.
Q. How do people see my listing when my Road Code is displayed on a sign?
A. By entering the "Road Code" you have displayed into the Road Code website or FREE Smartphone app and clicking/tapping "Go". They will immediately be brought to your Road Code Detail Page where all the information (including Photos, Web links, contact info, etc...) is displayed for the world to see!
Q. How do I Create a Road Code classified listing?
A. Easy...On the Home Page of www.theroadcode.com
choose your category and fill in a few simple fields. It’s a user friendly and quick process!
Q. What does it cost to get my own Road Code classified listing?
A. Zip-Nothing-Nada- A.K.A FREE
Q. “Your listing is not currently published...” - What does this mean?
A. Sometimes a listing may be flagged by our system for further review and you’ll see the message, “Your listing is not currently published. Please excuse us while our site administrators review your listing.”
In this case, your classified listing will not be visible on the site until a human screener can further look at it.
- If everything’s OK, your listing will be published and you need take no further action.
- If the listing violates our rules, it will be deleted.
Q. How long does my Road Code classified listing last?
A. Road Code classified listings last 90 days (unlike other sites we don’t have old or abandoned posts) You’ll get an email a few days before its expiration letting you know it’s about to expire unless you renew it. If a Road Code classified listing is not renewed before expiration, the listing and its unique Road Code disappear.
Q. What are listing “Upgrades”?
A. While your Road Code listing is completely free of charge, we do offer some additional features to enhance your listing’s exposure for a nominal cost.
- Economy Package - Listing is BOLD & Highlighted in search results + Bigger Thumbnail in search results.
- Sport Package - Listing is BOLD Highlighted in search results + Bigger Thumbnail in search results + Listing is shown towards Top of search results.
- Luxury Package - Listing is BOLD & Highlighted in search results + Bigger Thumbnail in search results + Listing is shown towards Top of search results + Listing is featured on our Home Page.
Q. How do I upgrade my listing?
A. After you create a listing, there will be a green “Promote Your Listing!” button at the top of your listing. Click that button to view your options.
You can also upgrade existing listings from the “My Listings” page and clicking the green “Upgrade” button for the appropriate listing. A grayed out "upgrade" button means you’ve already upgraded that listing.
Q. How long do paid upgrades last?
A. Paid upgrades last for 90 days from time of purchase.
- If you delete your listing or it expires before 90 days, the upgrades expire, too.
- If you upgrade a free listing a while after creating the listing, then extend your listing before it expires, your paid upgrades will still be good for their remaining balance of time.
Example - You create a free listing (good for 90 days). You upgrade your listing 10 days later. Just before your listing expires, you extend it for 90 more days (for free). Your paid upgrades will still be applied to your listing for a further ten days.
Q. How do I display my Road Code?
A. Any way you like! When you create a Road Code, you have the ability to download a FREE PDF file that has YOUR unique Road Code and our eye catching logo & colors.
The files are currently available in 3 sizes
8.5" H x 11" W (perfect for a home printer),
12" H x 18" W (good for vehicles, yard, and general display)
6" H x 30" W (great for real estate rider signs).
The PDF file can be brought to your favorite local print shop or uploaded to an online printer for easy printing. You can display your Road Code sign anywhere and on anything you please.
Q. PDF sign files - Where do I find mine?
A. The .pdf sign files containing your listing's unique Road Code are located toward the bottom of your listing. Simply click on the thumbnail picture of the sign file you wish to download.
(You must be logged in to your account to see the .pdf sign files. )
Q. Is there a limit to the amount of classified listings you can create?
A. No. You can create as many Road Code listings as you like. However, you may not create more than one listing for the same item, service, website, etc. (Example: If you are selling one car, you may only create one listing. If you're selling five different cars, you may create a listing for each one and each one will receive its own unique Road Code.)
Q. How is a Road Code Created?
A. A Road Code is created by taking the first three letters or numbers from the Title, Address, or Make/Model fields in each relevant category. The last character is randomly generated. For example...If you inputted Elm Street in the address field of the Real Estate Category, your code could be ELM7
. We do this to give the codes a sense of familiarity.
Q. What if I don’t like the Road Code that was generated for my classified listing?
A. Should our system's filter inadvertently allow an offensive or inappropriate Code to be generated, contact us at ChangeRoadCode@theroadcode.com
and we can alter the code to something harmless so there won't be a need to re-create your Road Code listing.
Q. I created a Road Code listing and it disappeared. What happened?
A. If your classified listing is no longer visible in the "Manage Your Road Codes" page and you did not delete it yourself, there could be several reasons:
- the listing expired
- the listing content duplicated one of your already existing listings and was deleted by our system
- it was flagged as spam or a scam by our community and deleted
Q. What does the Smartphone App do?
A. Our initial release version allows you to look up any Road Code and view all its listing's details including photos, video and contact information. You also have the ability to save all The Road Codes that you searched for previously for future reference. Visit www.roadcodeapp.com
for more info and screenshots.
Q. How much do the Mobile Apps Cost?
A. Zip Nothing Nada. A.K.A. FREE...do you see a trend here?
Q. Where can I get the Mobile Apps?
A. You can link to your favorite app stores from our Home Page (www.theroadcode.com
) or go directly to your App Store on your mobile device. The mobile app is available for the iPad, iPhone, Android OS and Blackberry OS.
Q. I don’t see a category for what I want to promote...what do I do?
A. Use the "Other" sub-category. Each category (Real Estate, Vehicles, & General) has specific sub-categories. There is also an "other" sub-category for the 3 main categories. This is where listings that don't fit into the specific sub-categories can go. We will add additional specific sub-categories categories if we find user demand for them to be strong enough, so let us hear from you!
Q. I already have a website. Can I still use The Road Code and get a code?
A. Absolutely! This is one of our coolest features that we’re really proud of. Just choose our ‘Website Linking” category, enter a title, enter your URL link and BAM!!! In just three steps, you created a Road Code shortcut to the awesome website that you worked hard to create. Now display your Road Code and give people a shortcut to your site instead of punching in those long website addresses.
Q. Oops... I made a mistake when I created my classified listing. Now what?!
A. No problem just log into your account, click “My Listings” and edit the content or completely delete the listing.
Q. Is your site secure?
A. Yes! Our site incorporates a 256 BIT SSL certificate and site security is a major priority of ours.
Q. I saw a classified listing that looks like a scam. How do I report it?
A. If you see a listing that may be a scam, contains something illegal that shouldn’t be posted, or is obvious spamming you can report it by clicking the red “Flag as Spam” link on the top, right-hand side of the listing.
You can also email us at email@example.com.
We take spam and fraud very seriously and appreciate your help in fighting it.
Q. So Road Codes are similar to those strange QR Codes I’ve been seeing right?
A. Only in the sense that they both represent information. That’s where the similarity ends. QR codes are an image that looks like a square of squiggles. They can be hard to use and not always accurate. You also need an existing website or web page in order to create one.
Road Codes are alpha-numeric. You can easily remember them. They have a sense of familiarity and personality that QR codes don’t. You don’t have to focus and take a picture of them like QR codes require you to do. Unlike QR codes, Road Codes can be viewed on the web in case you don’t have a smart phone.
The Road Code provides you not only with a unique code to use, but the complete system to list and promote your business, product, service, information, existing website, etc...completely for FREE!
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