How to post on Craigslist

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Craigslist is a great place to advertise your services, products or offers in pretty much any category that you can think of. It is the most visited classified site on the web and is usually the first place someone will go when they are searching for a product or service. Another great thing about Craigslist is its ability to laser target your audience. They have hundreds of categories that you can choose from and thousands of cities for geo-targeting. If you have something to sell on Craigslist, you will quickly find out how difficult it is to make a large amount of posts. In general, Craigslist will limit the amount of posts to 1 per 2 days (with some wiggle room). If you want to post more often than that, you are going to need to know what footprints to avoid in your posting methods. That is what we will discuss in this article.

The main thing you will have to do is to vary your ad. If you know how to create spun content, making a 90% spun ad should be enough to get the job done for a large amount of posts. When you spin your ad, make sure you interchange the sentience or bullet positioning as well. If your ad is short or you do not want to go with the spinning route, you can also create an image ad. The good thing about an image ad is that Craigslist cannot read the content that the image displays. They can, however, read the file information of the image. To account for this, you will need to do 3 things. You will want to rename the image file each time. When you do this, just use a random string of text. The second thing you will need to do is to re-size the image. You will only need to make a small change; small enough that it is unnoticeable to a human so that it will not effect your conversion rates. The last thing you should do is alter the image slightly. If you are using a white background, add an off white pixel in one of the corners, for example. Making these three changes is usually enough to bypass the Craigslist duplicate checker for a large amount of posting.

Another thing that Craigslist checks for is proxies. Not just matching proxies but also location based proxies. If you are posting in Vermont from a California IP, for example,  your add is going to have a more difficult time getting through the filters. When you post in different locations try to use different proxies with each post and match the proxy based on it’s location. It may be hard to find proxies for specific areas, but it would be easier to get the proxies first and then post wherever those proxies are located on Craigslist. Make sure you buy your proxies from a variety of sources so you get a diverse geographical selection to work with.

That wraps up the first part of how to post on Craigslist. Spin your ads or images and match your proxies based on location. We will continue tomorrow and talk about a few more things to watch out for.

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