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How To Post On Craigslist

Updated on January 3, 2011

If you intend to use craigslist to promote your business, be warned, it is NOT easy to post your ads on this highly traffic-ed website.

Using craigslist as an online marketing strategy can be very profitable, and as it is free to post ads on craigslist, it is also a very attractive one.

What is Craigslist?

Craigslist is a free classified ad and forum posting site that covers over 450 cities and 50 countries world wide. The site was founded in 1995, by Craig Newmark.

View the Craigslist fact sheet here.

Source alexa.com Traffic Graph for craigslist.org
Source alexa.com Traffic Graph for craigslist.org
How To Market Using Craigslist
How To Market Using Craigslist

Why Should You Market On Craigslist?

Right about now, your probably thinking...

"why is this supposed to be so hard?

It's just a free classified advertising site".....

Well here is where it gets tricky for the online marketer to

master posting ads on craigslist!

The Problem With Craigslist Marketing

Craigslist hates Internet marketers and does everything it can to KEEP YOU OUT. Well that might sound a little harsh, but it is true.

Craigslists creator started the site as a hobby and a service with the intention of providing free locality specific classified advertising.

The operation of craigslist includes a team of professional programmers who work on creating cookies, filters and ghosting protocol. This protocol is being constantly updated and enhanced to make it harder and harder for the online marketer to post on craigslist. This is the problem with marketing on cragislist.

I am not knocking it. Craig has every right to run his site exactly how he see's fit. This is a perfectly legal procedure and part of the terms of service. Plus, they do a heck of a good job at keeping the 'spammers' at bay.

Craigslist still runs today as a .org domain name, so it is considered a not for profit site, but if you can manage to get your ads to stay on craigslist, then it will definitely be to your business profits.

What You Need To Know Before You Use Craigslist

  • Even though craigslist is a free classified advertising site you will need to invest time and or money into your marketing campaign to see any results.
  • As the ghosting programs are being constantly updated, so to does your craigslist advertising routine. Be prepared for this.
  • The steps outlined for you in this hubpage are as accurate and detailed as possible. You may need to use a mix of the techniques and tips as explained below in order to stop your ads from ghosting.

Making Your Craigslist Marketing Childs Play
Making Your Craigslist Marketing Childs Play

How To Post On Craigslist

  1. The first thing to do in the, how to post on craigslist action steps, is to consider how many phone numbers you have access to. The current account creation process requires a valid phone number to be entered. Once you work through the sign up process you will receive a phone call or text message with a validation code.
  2. If you have access to 10 different phone numbers than you will need to set up 10 different emails. Go to http://www.gmail.com and setting up your free 10 email accounts here. Do not use any other free email accounts other than gmail. Once have 10 different email account that you use everyday to post from. You are essentially set up for 10 days or 2 weeks.
  3. Once you have set up your email accounts, go to Craigslist and create 10 accounts with Craigslist. Go to http://www.craigslist.org/. Click on my account on the left hand side. You will see a place where you can log in. Underneath that, it says don't have an account - Click on that. Follow the instructions. Once you get to a certain point, it will ask you to put a phone number in. Once you put that phone number in, you will receive either a phone call or text with the code you will need to enter into Craigslist in order to have a valid Craigslist account
  4. Fourth, you need to set up your ads. Never post the exact same ad twice - this includes your headline. Duplicate posts are NOT permitted on Craigslist. Try writing 10 ads and then sit down and try and get 10 different variations out of your original ads. This gets you 100 different ads! A common variation on the headline is to place a bunch of letters and numbers at the end. For example if your headline reads "Best Beef Jerky" alter it like so, "Best Beef Jerky________7r4f6FDe" & "Best Beef Jerky________Hw84HpF8"

Now here are some ideas if you don’t have access to a lot of phone numbers:

1. Use your work number.

2. Use your home number

3. Use your cell number

4. Use your significant other’s cell number

5. Use your significant other’s work number

6. Go to a payphone that accepts incoming calls and use that phone number.

You may need someone at your computer to put the number in but then you can stand there and wait for the phone to ring and get the phone number.

7. Ask a few close friends if you can use their number.

8. Partner up with someone in your industry and brainstorm other idea's. Perhaps one is willing go to a local train station of somewhere there's a heap of public phones, while the other does the online work. This might sound like a 'desperate' step, however it could turn out to be a very profitable partnership. Use your network and close business contacts.

Repeat the process 10 times. Remember, you will need to go to each email account that you have set up and click on the link that Craigslist sends to each email account to activate each individual Craigslist account.

How Many Ads Can I Post On Craigslist?

This is a topic for debate, but unless you are using auto posting software and are changing your IP address regularly (perhaphs every 3-5 ads) you should only post 3 ads every 48 hrs from one Craigslist account.

If you post 3 ads on the same day from the same Craigslist account, your last 2 ads will get ghosted.

Clearing Your Internet History, Cookies & Temporary Passwords

When you active or log into your Craigslist account the site places cookies on your computer. Now, if you don't know much about cookies, they basically read, record and track data while you are browsing. Cookies are used commonly online and are a natural part of online technology - there is no need to fear. Cookies are not like a virus so will not do damage to your computer.

So why information on cookies? Well all you need to know with regards to cookies and posting on Craigslist is that you must clear them after finishing with each account. You should also clear your browsing history, temp passwords and temp internet files.

Each operating system will be slightly different, so use these this as a guide. Open you computer's control panel. Go to network & internet. Internet options, then delete browsing history. Within that menu option you can select to delete your history and you want to check the box and clear all.

Sometimes the browser you are using is not the default for your computer. If this is the case try the following steps;

Instructions For Firefox

Menu option - tools, then clear private data (again you need to check all the box's to clear them all.

Instructions For IE

Menu option - tools, then internet options (clear everything!)

How To Get Your Ads To Stay On Craigslist

The common term used to describe the automatic removal of craigslist ads is, "ghosting."

If you have attempted to place an ad and are not able to see it visible on the live site, then you have had a visit from the green ghost.

Ghosted means that Craigslist will act like your ads are posted but when you go to look for them, they do not show up.

Stopping Your Craigslist Ads From Ghosting

Test, test and then TEST again. Post 3 ads in 3 different cities then stop. I takes anywhere from 15 - 20 minutes for you ads to go live. If you go to the specific city and category and can see you ad live on the site, then you know what you did worked & you can run with that for a while.

If your ads are not visible, you simply start the process again.

How To Test for Specific Flagging Aspects

If you think it may be your link that is causing the problem, post an ad with a different link and see if it goes live. Perhaps try an image ad instead or test running your ad without the link at all.

Craigslist Marketing Options

Time Poor

If you don't have much time to invest in your craigslist marketing then there are options. Some companies will manage your craigslist marketing for you and then there is also the option of a craigslist co-op.

Cash Poor

Do it all yourself, but be forewarned, it is going to take you a fair bit of time to get it right and maintain any level of consistency. At the very least you will need to invest in something that will hide your real IP address so your real IP doesn't get banned while you are working this out.

Time & Cash Poor

Perhaps craigslist should be left until you have some time and money to get your campaign off the ground. Whilst it is free to place ads on the site you will need to invest some money to see any real results.

Are you really going to give up that easily? No way!

Just post one ad every 3 days using your real IP address. You may end up having your IP address banned from craigslist. So in the long run you will need to work on this issue. Here is a hubpage on this topic that you may find useful.


For my first attempt with craigslist I posted manually for three days using software to hide my real IP. I didn't use an auto-poster I only managed to get three ads to stick for the entire time. Those ads produced over 100 hits to my website in the few days there were live. So let's just say that mastering craigslist is a step learning curve that never stops.

Craigslist is frustrating! That's exactly what Craig wants so deal with it.

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Craigslist Codes

Following is a suggestion for html coding when posting your craigslist ad....

....<p style="COLOR: #f5fff0"> enter the text that you want to be hidden here </font>

<font color="lightgoldenrodyellow"> enter visable ad text here </font>

<font color="honeydew"> enter visable ad text here </font>....

Remember that craigslist changes it's cookies and spam filtering rhythyms faster than I change my hair color, so what will work for you one day may not work the next.

The Real Secret To Mastering Successful Craigstlist Codes

Spend time viewing ads similar to yours that are active on craigslist. If the ad is sticking then you know that the current cookies and monitoring systems on craigslist have allowed that ad to remain active. You want to do the same with your ads. Learn from what successful ad posters are currently doing. This is KEY to your craigslist success and at the very least will save you time in the long run.

How To See The Codes For Active Craigslist Ads

Step 1

Click on the required ad and open it.

Step 2

Instructions for Firefox Browser

Select the menu option "view"

Scroll down to "page source" and click that option

A separate window will open up showing you the HTML coding for that entire page.

Instructions for IE

Select the menu option "view"

Scroll down to "source" and click that option

A separate window will open up showing you the HTML coding for that entire page.

If you are using another browser program the steps will be fairly similar, and there were just too many options to list in this 'how to post on craigslist hubpage'!

Obviously this option is only good for those who know how to read HTML. You need not be an expert at coding, so if you understand the basics - hyperlinks. image insert hyperlinks etc, you should be able to give this a go.

Watch for Redirections

When you first click on the required ad on craigslist, pay attention to the redirections occurring as the posted url is loaded. You will be able to see these at the botton of your Firefox Browser window. Where the term 'done' is displayed when a page is loaded, so does it show you where you are being moved amongst. These redirections will give you insight into the type of cloaking programs, url shorteners, domains, and subdomain types being successfully used on craigslist.

Using Image Ads & BlogSpot Redirects On Craigslist

Using image ads and BlogSpot redirects are another great option when it comes to getting your ads to stick on craigslist.

How To Create An Image Ad On Craigslist

1. Post an image ad that is clickable (people can just click the image and go to your site…

<a href="http://yatuc.com/cgl-v7UC5q7n" rel="nofollow"><img

src="http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/photosoloutions/freead.jpg"

border="0"></a>

- Make sure you replace my info with yours

2. Posting a regular image ad…cannot be clicked

<img

src="http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/photosoloutions/freead.jpg" border="0"></a>

How To Create A Blogspot Redirect On Craigslist

1. Go to http://www.blogspot.com

2. Create a new acct…

3. Create a post on your blog with this code:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="0;URL=http://www.putyourwebsitehere.com">

Make sure you create 2 different posts with this same code.

At the end of your blogspot url, you can put random letters and numbers…

Ex) http://enteryourblogspotnamehere.blogspot.com/?PKxP4NLA

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Do Your Homework Before You Post
Do Your Homework Before You Post

How To Get Most Out Of Your Craigslist Ads

This tip can be obvious if you know about checking for site trends and traffic hits, but don't know anything about this, then pay attention. This technique and following links for research can be applied to any free classified ad posting you choose to do online. Plus you may also find a use for these in other elements of your business promotions.

I highly recommend doing locality research before you begin posting. We have already established that craigslist has a lot of traffic and readers, but which cities are the most popular? Where do people go when they visit craigslist.org?

If you visit alexa.com and find the traffic details for craigslist there is a ton of useful information.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/craigslist.com

When you scroll to the bottom of the page there is a heading...

Where people go on Craigslist.org

Listed in traffic volume you will find an up-to date summary of the most visited cities. It stands to reason that if you try to focus on these cities you are bound to get more visitors.

http://www.google.com/trends?q=Craigslist.org

To apply the above to other websites, simply substitute the extension =Craigslist.org for you desired website. eg =hubpages.com

More Craigslist Tips & Resources

IP's

  • Check what IP address your a using online at any given time, but most importantly for craigslist marketing, it is the location of the IP that is the most significant. Make your initial posts in the wrong city and you account will be flagged and you will never post a live ad to that account PERIOD. Once you account, IP, headline, content has been flagged...never try and use it again. Once flagged by the craigslist programs these resources are obsolete.

URL Shorteners

  • There are plenty online for you to choose from. Simply google the term. Don't bother trying to use the ones that are known for being popular with internet marketers, like, viralurl, tinyurl, yatu etc...

  • Try this one to get you started. Scroll down midway on the screen and you will see a list of "services not reviewed" - these links will take you to external URL shorteners that are less common with online marketers (well maybe until now - the flip side of sharing all your secrets!)

Buying Domain Names

For as little as a couple of dollar's you can purchase a domain name. (consider the cheapest options first) Set your domain up so that it frame redirects to another destination (your website or lead capture page for example). If you choose a unique name that has never been registered before this is better, cause then you know it isn't blacklisted on craigslist yet. This domain will do for craigslist posting for a while until it gets picked up by the bots. It doesn't matter what name you choose, but I wouldn't use words like 'make money' 'internet marketing' ....

Linking To Other Ads

Take the url for an ad you have posted on another website and use that url for your craigslist marketing. Sending people to a video link is another option.

How To Have Your URL Temporarly Whitelisted

So by now you understand a little more about how craigslist works and what types of things will get your ads ghosted.

Great! Let's work the system and use craigslists rules to our advantage.

How? Here is one of my best tips, but it requires a little more investment on your part. If you are already considering purchasing software, auto IP changing cards etc you can digg a little deeper and give your ads a better chance of sticking by adopting this trick.

  • Pay for an ad in one of the cities where craigslist is charging per post. Then you have a URL that is listed as safe on the craigslist system at least for the period that your payment covers. The prices vary from city to city so check around and find the cheapest city.

  • Using this domain, create multiple sub-domains to use for your bulk posting submissions. Too easy : )

  • Just be sure to check that your domain service provider allows unlimited sub-domains at no extra charge to you. If yours doesn't, simple, find one that does and use their service instead.

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      youwildman 5 years ago

      The easy way to go through and check for "ghosting" -- ads that appear on your account to be posted and active but are not, is to open your account page, click one, then click the link at the top of the ad that tells you to go here to look at it -- but then when you get to that ad, if it might be ghosted, go above and click the category in that city on the ad's page and go down the line and see if it appears under the date it says it was posted or renewed. I am finding lately that some renewed ads are not ghosted but ARE left in their original post date. In some smaller cities that ad is still on the first page if there are not many other posts, so those I leave alone and check later to see if they were bumped to the second CL page for that town and category. Hope this helps y'all!

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      car-insurance-pro 5 years ago

      Good hub! I have been using CL with good results since they have added the renewal option. However, I was not aware of "ghosting."

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      SHAID 5 years ago

      OH YEAH SUPERB TIPS ...GOOD POST..I AM GOING TO DO SOME OF UR TIPS WHICH U MENTIONED IN TIS SITE...TANK FOR UR GREAT IDEA

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      Squashylights 6 years ago from Mumbai

      I found you through Google and it was great :) Your hub is the one of the best thing I came across till now :) I am relatively new in this field but your resources are AWESOME :) Cheers and keep the good work going ;)

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      Frisco Plumber 6 years ago

      Great information. I got lucky and found your site from a random Google search. Fortunately for me, this topic just happens to be something that I've been trying to find more info on for research purposes. Keep up the great work and thanks a lot.

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      UnrealCity 6 years ago

      I agree with Jonno Norto. As a long-time Craigslist user for job searching, selling furniture, and so forth, it is against Craigslist culture to spam the site, whether it be in 'rants and raves' or jobs. It is really, REALLY annoying in the job section. Even those who are sneaky and disguise something as a real job but a person gets an auto-email trying to get them to a marketing site will get flagged/found out by users. No one wants to waste their time on spam. If you want to market, don't be sneaky. It doesn't make you look any better.

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      xwishmasterx 6 years ago from US

      This sounds like a lot of work. Is it really worth it just to get 10 ads on craiglist? I know it receives a lot of traffic but still.

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      Brian Sanders 6 years ago

      I'm really glad I found this page. I also read a book on

      Craigslist itself but I don't remember it mentioning anything about the number of ads that You should post per day. I know the maximum number of ads per e-mail is 7. This one has been tried and tested. I like ol Craiglist.

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      TroyM 6 years ago

      Used to like Craigslist a lot, but every time I post ads there now, I get spammed to death by horrendous adult offers.

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      Labor Lumpers 6 years ago

      That was very helpful, I use backpage too now. Craiglist is good, but hard to do for nationwide, becuause of the green ghost.

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      Kathy 6 years ago

      Thanks, good info.

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      Dale McCandless 6 years ago

      i have a dobberman that i need two get rid of,cant keep him.we are moveing and unable to keep him due to home owners insurance. his name is Rugger, two years old in four more months.

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      James 6 years ago

      Craigslist has been putting all of my accounts on hold. I think something new has changed.

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      Mickey 6 years ago

      Thanks for this, I have just set up my ticket site and Craigslist is a good resource for selling these tickets. I don't want to spam, but I will need to post often on there.

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      Cracker 7 years ago

      Thats been happining all day and most of the night tonight.

      It seems CL is making some more changes to there Tech.

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      Kelly 7 years ago

      Why do people have such a difficult time trying to log in to their account. Resetting password DOES NOT WORK. Any suggestions?

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      Dennis 7 years ago

      I have given up on Craigslist. Backpage and a couple of other sites do not roadblock honest business people such as I. I also pay for some offline (newspaper, etc.) advertising. Why? Because my time is worth it. For the literally hundreds of hours spanning several months that I have spent trying to post honest ads on Craiglist, I have not been successful even once.

      Good-bye, Craigslist, forever. To put it bluntly, Craigslist sucks.

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      Dan 7 years ago

      Hi everyone, Since craigslist has made all cars and trucks ads default to searching only titles my traffic went to almost nothing. Prospective customers now have to manually check the box that seaches the entire ad. I put most of my keywords in several different ads to make up for what originally would have been in one ad so I can fit them into the title. That works fine but has anyone ever tried to write a title and edit the ad later to be something totally different and then find that both the previous keywords and the current keywords will bring up the ad. I've seen this work but it doesn't seem to be consistent. I've been on craigslist for 10 years and yes, I do consider myself an expert but don't want to take the time to research this. Any craigslists pro's out there?

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      joe-on-the-net 7 years ago

      Looks like the old adage "there is no such thing as a free lunch" applies craislist. I will be giving it a miss.

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      Nathan 7 years ago

      It seems that craigslist has gotten more difficult.

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      macist 7 years ago

      I myself still don't believe about this free ads, as I have try to post lot of, and try to search my ads in the site, guess what ads will be appeared? all of them is paid ads! so they actually never post your free ads, they just doing this to grab visitor to visit their site(kejiji,craiglist).

      In some case for the grow classified site they show your ads as there are lot of people visit your ads ( may be auto tool) to keep you come back in other times.

      Just my experience, I do not know if someone will tell us the truth, as there are ton of their man ready to give positive review and rate 5 stars.

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      Realtor 7 years ago

      What is better than CraigsList to advertise in? CraigsList seems to have slown down. I have checked the competition out and nothing to exciting. I wanting to know for in other Large cities. Small town usually cannot benefit from CraigsList since the inventory is so small, etc.

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      James 7 years ago

      How do you stop ghosting?

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I think that the Craiglist administrators have done a really good job in controlling the spam / traffic in their site through the CL phone verified accounts.

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      Newowl 7 years ago

      Always amusing to see what the spammers...er...online marketers are up to. You spend so much time and make so little money it's hard to understand sometimes. The small numbers of programmers working for craigslist get paid VERY well and like their jobs---I guess you keep them employed. Keep up the good work.

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      Craigslist Ads Posting Service 7 years ago

      We are providing craigslist posting service for over 5 years successfully. In course of time craigslist upgraded its system several times. Each time We successfully adjusted our techniques of postings.

      If you want to post same ads in multiple cities you have to change your IP so that your ads must not be flagged/gosted.

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      tina king 7 years ago

      how do i put an add on craigs list

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      matt 7 years ago

      what is the hidden text trick?

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      Faylar 7 years ago

      I tried to use white color fonts, but Craigstlist automatically converts them to black. Thanks very much for the tip. The hidden text trick works great!

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      matt 7 years ago

      I was wondering if anyone is using www.hidemyip.com for IP changing purposes and if it is working currently or if the IP's are all banned. if anyone else is using other IP changing services that are convenient, cheap, and where you can choose which city or state the IP you are using is in I would interested to know about it also

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      website consultants 7 years ago

      I have never had good luck with craigslist myself

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      maxaffiliator 7 years ago

      Hello

      I have encountered many difficulties in posting on CL in the US, I'm not located there though. I am looking for solutions on how to place adds. I use different US IP addresses frequently, and different posts each time but most adds doesn't go pass the "phone authorization" filters, very common before even writing the post.

      Any advise would be appreciated, and willing to reward as well.

      Please contact me if you can help on any manner: maxaffiliator@gmail.com

      Great hub btw, looking forward to read your comment.

      Best,

      Jonathan

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      angelic_warrior 7 years ago from Albany, New York

      I'm not an Internet marketer - I'm a freelance writer. It seems that they are very cruel to location independent businesses. For about a month I wondered why I stopped giving out quotes and then I realized that they were pretending to post my ads, but none were showing up. This forced me to create an entirely new account and have my boyfriend post ads for my business from his computer. 90% of my private work was coming from there. I'm not about to give that up any time soon.

      A tip for writers and web designers: Don't be too descriptive of your business and always put the name of the city in the location box. Also, put a line in there like "catering to local businesses/students" or something so that you "look" local.

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      Thomas 7 years ago

      I just tried to post an ad ad CL yesterday. Got the initial response email and then never got anything again from them--no ad no nothing. My account shows there is an ad but it has an X in the fee box. I sent 3 different messages to tech support--no response. Finally after 4 hours sent one to billing and told them DO NOT bill me for an ad that is not there. I have not gotten a single email from CL--It's as if everyone left on vacation! I give up!

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      Adam Smith 7 years ago

      This page appropriately describes what most of us were searching. Why else would people stumble upon this article, at least for the majority. My only problem is the spamming of so many gmail accounts or any other email accounts and flooding CraigList with the same add on the same day with 30 adds of the same business. That in my opinion is not ethical or proper for the sanity of the internet. Yes you and I as individuals are minuscule in our ability to destroy the net, however we all know how annoying spam is, whether it is in the email or all those "erotic" massages adds on Craig List.

      Also why destory gmail so many times. The author indicated to create 10 gmail accounts or any other email account. That is a clear waste of a free service like gmail. If a million people choose to do this, that is 10 million emails that will never be used for its intent, but only to spam CraigList. I want to post just 2 adds per day on CL of the same service, but I dont believe in destroying 10 Gmail accounts or any other service for this. I seriously think there has to be a better more legit way that is not only useful for us to advertise, but keeps some sort of order and regulation on Craiglist as well. The problem with Craiglist, usually under "Services" is that it gets spammed by the same add, thus the overall search and browse value of that page get diminished as users get frustrated after the first few pages of search. Lets try to be a bit more innovative and profit in the right away instead of misusing Gmail or Hotmail or CraigList. Good luck to everyone.

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      Hide IP 7 years ago

      I have some problesm with ip and need to change ip.But last days everything its ok.Thanks for the info!

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      multimastery 7 years ago

      Hello HTH what a very well-written instructional guide about posting on Craigslist. It sounds like a hassle which is why I never messed around with that site too much, but if I ever decide to, this will be my reference guide for sure!

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      shan chen 7 years ago

      useful information!!

      thanks for sharing

      I do have a question, do people have to pay for ad when they

      post on the CRAIGSLIST? what happened is i post my ad and the system called me gives me the CODE, do i have to pay for it?

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      Jim E 7 years ago

      Joe, you are a whiny little baby. Why would you spend so much time reading this page if all you have to contribute is your negative comments. If you don't like people using Craigslist for profit, and you don't like all the ads, then just don't visit CL. If you are really looking to buy or sell something, then try using your local papers, like people have been doing for centuries.

      By the way, how is your job going at Craigslist?! Are you the official Craigslist Cop?

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      Joe M. 7 years ago

      This is a ridiculous page! How can you promote spamming on Craigslist? This information is scum and is encouraging people to go around the filters on craigslist to make sure people like you don't abuse it! Everyone should flag this as "other" and explain how wrong it is. Sorry to be a debbie the downer but nothing is more annoying than seeing the same ads everyday on craigslist from loser businesses who can't do things the right way and have to abuse a useful website. FLAG THIS "HUB"!

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      Paul 7 years ago

      Good stuff How to Hub. I have made many sales using craiglist. I only used craiglist for local advertising and it works extremely well. NO...I have not made millions but the sales are 100% ROI.

      BTW this is the first craiglist advice I've read period and I will use the advice you have us to further advance my marketing skills using craiglist.

      Paul

      http://www.goodcontentwebsites.com and http://www.guzmansgreenhouse.com

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      TheHowToHub, Great informative hub! Nice suggestions! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      ShadestoShoes 7 years ago

      wow! thats a lot of work but so worth it! ty for the info! and all the hard work you put in this hub! you got my vote! Cheers!

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      Kind Regards 7 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      The How To Hub, Very informative. Thank you for sharing so much. I'm a regular HubPages user, but found you through Google. I was searching for why Craigslist doesn't allow multiple posting and this article came up on the first page. You've hinted at it and it's all I can figure too. Since it's geared toward the local community, it would be natural to have just the one ad. It's not like you'd have 100 cats. Unfortunately, when you have a real service or project that is nationwide, it's very frustrating to get the word out. And since everyone looks at it on the city level, they'll never see your ad unless they happen to be in the one city where you placed it. That's a lot of cities (users) left out. Makes no sense to me. This also relates to the blurb on Craigslist about our users don't want to see the same ad. Again, makes absolutely no sense at all because how is anyone going to see the same ad unless they are going from city to city to city to city and so on. It would take a lot of going to each city for someone to get sick of an ad. I don't know how often users pull up more than one city. Maybe a few right around them, which is what I do, but most cities I never even see. I just learned tonight how to search all of Craigslist through www.searchtempest.com. Very cool site. It searches for whatever you want and wherever you want and includes eBay and a few other sites too. Gosh, this is the longest comment I've ever left! Thanks again, Kind Regards

      P.S. Just for clarification sake. This relates to a little gig I picked up posting ads for someone else. It's perfectly legit, in my opinion. They're hiring college students to place flyers advertising an LSAT study course. As we all know, colleges are in different cities and the college students are going to be looking at ads in their city related to their college. If you can only post one ad in one city, that leaves out all the other colleges. This whole thing just puzzles me! Is it just me?

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      docmartin 7 years ago

      Awesome Craigslist marketing lessons..I get new clients by doing just what is described on this hub. Great stuff. I learned a few cool things i was not aware of with this.

      Thanks for the great info!

      Dr. James Martin

      http://www.squidoo.com/chiropracticinternetmarketi...

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      Ninja Web Service 7 years ago from Lehigh Valley PA

      Thanks for the info! FYI, if you have a wifi enabled laptop, every time you post from a different physical location on a different wifi network you're on a different IP. Also, you can buy a skype phone number pretty cheaply. If I remember correctly, it's something like 8 bucks for three months. One thing I don't know is if you can have multiple instances of skype on your 'puter, but there may be a way around that by using that google voice thingie?

      I don't know about your area, but in mine every coffee house, every Mickey D's, every Panera Bread and many other places are all wired these days. :-) Might be tough on the waistline though. ;-)

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      al 7 years ago

      if you want to find some cry babies just get involved with Ebay. WOW

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You have some excellent hubs!.. Neil

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      Robert Scott 7 years ago from Scotland, UK

      great hub.

      very informative

      Robert

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      Newhealthytips.com 7 years ago

      Lots of great information here,I will save this url and visit again. thanks.

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      marie 7 years ago

      Yes thanks for this posting is very usefull to me

      marie,

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      email extractor

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      US Attorney 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your practical experiences with us. The article is very informative. I appreciate it.

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      gabea101 7 years ago

      I read this and wanted more information about this. The only post that craigslist charge are NY real estate, job postings and adult ads. I'm just selling classified stuff.

      Is there a category that requires payment for this area?

      what did you mean by this below?

      Using this domain, create multiple sub-domains to use for your bulk posting submissions. Too easy : )

      * Pay for an ad in one of the cities where craigslist is charging per post. Then you have a URL that is listed as safe on the craigslist system at least for the period that your payment covers. The prices vary from city to city so check around and find the cheapest city.

      * Using this domain, create multiple sub-domains to use for your bulk posting submissions. Too easy : )

      * Just be sure to check that your domain service provider allows unlimited sub-domains at no extra charge to you. If yours doesn't, simple, find one that does and use their service instead.

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Very thorough, informative and valuable. I am using your suggestions in posting real estate services and it works!

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      MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Craigslist doesn't hate marketers. They are a classifieds site. The type of content people are trying to post on Craigslist in the name of "marketing" is simply not classifieds.

      If you have people coming to your site and trying to constantly comment and post non related items you might be unhappy about it too.

      I use Craigslist to sell things I don't want locally. And it's a shame, but I nearly almost always just get scam replies. The Nigerians are still scamming on Craigslist, tons of direct mail spams from supposed "affiliate marketers".

      You really have to question the ethics of people who continually violate personal rights and privileges in the name of profit.

      You don't have to do any tricks or gimmicks to post ethically on Craigslist.

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      wsp2469 7 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      Here I thought CL was for meeting transsexuals and cross-dressers for secret romantic rendezvous at the truck stop or "whores" too unsuccessful to afford real advertising or hiring a babysitter who would beat the crap out of my kids!

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      Make money34 7 years ago

      how do you post image ads on craigslist and not just words

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      turneral1963@ 7 years ago

      looking for free single/double axle trailer; For moving trash/junk clean/up details.

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      MarkBoabaca 8 years ago

      Thank you for this very detailed write-up.

      I followed your advice for creating a redirect on Blogspot and I received an error telling me that the specific code I used is not permitted.

      For those who need help changing their ip addresses without a lot of drama try this article: http://www.overclock.net/faqs/122708-how-change-yo...

      It details how to change your ip with a linksys router. I have done it more than a dozen times already, so I know it works. Always check your ip address before and after to make sure the change occurred.

      Good luck.

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      nancy 8 years ago

      I post daily 5 totally different ads from one account (email and phone number)and then post to another area of the state with a different account 5 more different ads. I just keep changing them so the exact same ad does not post any closer then every 10 days. I have NEVER been flagged or ghosted. Is that because my ads are so generic?

      nmuldowney@vandykgroup.com

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      Debbie 8 years ago

      What is your advice for changing IP address's? I'm in the US. I'm advertising rentals. CL is the go to place if you're looking for a rental in my area. I've had some ads flagged off, some ads ghost and some post. I'm not a techie. Thanks

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      Peter Marshal 8 years ago

      I was Watching the online software that is selling, that allows you to change ip every 2ndpost random ad selection etc does anyone have that

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      lamyde 8 years ago

      hello hubpages, i like what am seeing, it has really helped me a lot on craigslist. i want to ask you if i can add your site to my website so as to tell more people about this useful information. i deal with the sales of "MAKING MONEY (INCOME) ONLINE E-BOOKS" . And people are really gaining from it. so i want to do everything possible to help my clients.

      My URL is http://wwwfbcincorps.com

      info@fbcincorps.com

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      SistasExpress 8 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub!!! I have been thinking about using Criagslist, but I am broke and unemployed, so I think I will wait a long while before I try to tackle it.

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      Dana 8 years ago

      I'm put off by the lack of editing on this page. I didn't finish because it took too much work to understand the poor writing.

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      john 8 years ago

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      Nayon 8 years ago

      It's very helpful

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      Louidam1 8 years ago

      Great article. It is a pain in the butt posting ads on Craigslist. Also there are so many competitors on there flagging your ad. I left Craigslist alone for awhile and started back up using them yesterday.

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      online money 8 years ago

      craglist posting great i was searching for tips its really glad for this

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      photo restoration  8 years ago

      Great bit of information there

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      kas 8 years ago

      i TRIED POSTING AN ADS ON CRAIGSLIST BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW THERE.....wat m do please guide me what's is rite procedure to post ads on craiglist

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      Eric 8 years ago

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      Great post. I am also using very similar technique to post ads on craigslist for my website prundo.com. So far I have not been blacklisted!

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      Adept Data Services 8 years ago

      With a account I have posted an Ad and it is showing but with the same account when I posted another Ad it doesn't show me....Why???

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      dataoutsourcingindia 8 years ago

      wonderful detailed information, which is really helpful.

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      Matthew Blocker 8 years ago

      Not all ads on Craigslist are free, and it doesn't just operate as a .org, .net and .com also work.

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      TIM SIGLER 8 years ago

      I TRIED POSTING AN ADS ON CRAIGSLIST BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW THERE.....CANT I POST FROM OUTSIDE US?????????? IS THERE ANY IP CHANGER I CAN USE TO BE ABLE TO POST ON CL...PLEASE ANYONE WITH PROXY OR IP CHANGER SHOULD GIVE ME, I NEED MY BUSINESS TO GROW...YOU CAN EMAIL ME TO :timsigler101@gmail.com

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      czar 8 years ago

      i got already my bussiness this page contain a lot of information! is true but you need experience on it craigslist is very sensitive...and you need to know and learn some tips ...you dont need to invest for the software when you start this bussines..you can do manually until 100 posts daily ,once u get u people they willl pay for the software...if anyone wants my service as poster on craigslist let me know ;)also im selling a guide for the complete set up for make this job..contact to:info@advertiseposter.com no phone calls for the guide...check my website www.advertiseposter.com

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      mahfuz 8 years ago

      Hello,

      Can I post in CL from other city that cl support(450)?

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      GOOGLE MONEY 8 years ago

      hey buddy tnx

      i was searching and i got your post its really amazing and very good

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      pvrust 8 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

      Absolutely great hub, Step by step and to the point. As you pointed out it's not and exact science and like everything has its bumps. Just keep plugging along and you will find success!

      Thanks Gary Rust - Pura Vida!

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      Stacy 8 years ago

      Chris - If you need a CL posting tool go to www.troopal.com that is what I use it works well.

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      Chris 8 years ago

      I am looking for some software to assist in my Craigs List market. Any idea's????

      Thanks

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      @ Mohammad Afaq &amp; @ cratfy-d Your comments are appreciated. Thanks for taking the time.

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      craftyd 8 years ago

      I know of several job listing sites where there are people who will pay people to post on craigslist for the. I have been considering doing this to earn a little extra money, thinking "how hard could it be". Before I did this I wanted to do a little research into craigslist. With your extremely helpful hints I think I can pull this off. Thank your for sharing this info with everyone. I am going to re-read it several times and learn your techniques. I am also going to share this info with some friends who get frustrated with trying to post on craigslist.

      Again MUCHO thanks for this!!!!

      crafty-d

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      Mohammad Afaq 8 years ago

      Loved this page, thanks.

      Mohammad Afaq

      http://afaqtrafficblog.blogspot.com

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      @ craigslist posting - lol ;) I spent a lot of time banging my head against the brick wall with craigslist before I realised there was alot more too it than simply creating ads &amp; posting away. After months of learning, testing and re-testing it started to come together.

      @ norm - thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. Will see what I can put together for you.

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      NORM KING 8 years ago

      YOUR HUB IS EXCELLENT! COULD YOU PLEASE SUGGEST SOME GOOD CRAIGS LIST AUTO POSTERS AND EMAIL TO ME AT NORM123@SHAW.CA

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      Craiglist posting 8 years ago

      What are you doing man? Im trying make a living here and you're giving out all the secrets! JK, this is great information here for anyone interested in CL posting. This must have taken you quite awhile to put together! Thanks!

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      I can appreciate where you are coming from Sallie! It certainly can be a pain .... :) I guess at the end of the day when you weigh up the time and effort v's results you simply have to do what's best for you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Sallie 8 years ago

      Except for a couple of locations, Craigslist is no longer worth the hassle for me. It's such a PITA that I've turned to another free classified service.

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      @ Patrick - categories is pretty important when you want to post on craigslist, I do agree. Choosing a category that suits your ad is important when posting. While to main intent of my hubpage was to share information on how to post on craigslist - how people choose to use that information is up to them. Some of the feedback I've had by comments and emails was to tell me about how people trying to sell everyday household items, like secondhand furniture, have their ads flagged! Despite posting just one ad in the right category their ads disappeared. This would be an example of the auto spam filter going too far &amp; someone like that would find my information very helpful.

      @ Jeremiah - that's great of you to share information for free, thumbs up.

      @ontheway - thanks...will do :)

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      ontheway 8 years ago

      How To Post On Craigslist

      very good, I support you, come on , welcome to my hub!

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      Jeremiah 8 years ago

      Great, very helpful information, i use these tricks, i also give away a free e-book on this topic called Craigslist exposed at my website, some people charge for this book i give it away as a thank you for visiting my site.

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      Patrick 8 years ago

      There are categories to post free ads on graiglist. Like business but other categories like real estate ads are purchased in single ads or blocks. This is how graislist is maintained. Ads are free in other categories but you must post only what is intended for that specific category. Like pets you post pets not laptops or TV. That would be considered spam! Any over post is considered spam and will be flagged buy existing users or staff. Companies that over post in all categories are spammers and if you like using graigsist they become very annoying. Although I find your post very informative I use graiglsit everyday as a valuable resource to find deals and business ideas. But by you teaching people how to spam graigslist it only makes graiglist less attractive. We could all do without all that spam in our mail box and you have to admitt it is pretty annoying.

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      I appreciate all your comments, they help me improve my writing and encourage me to keep on going ;)

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      Lewis 8 years ago

      Wow!!! Best Craiglist article I've ever seen! Great job!

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      linjingjing 8 years ago

      How To Post On Craigslist

      This article is very helpful to me

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      RickyDLV 8 years ago from USA and occasionally other countries.

      Wow, great hub and smile. Keep up the good work.

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      lol nancy :) Thanks for the laugh.

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      nancy 8 years ago

      This was so great!! Thank you...I love you...I want to marry you...well, but I am a girl, and I am already married... But this helped me so much. I just could not figure out how to post an image. Now I know so THANKS again.