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.

















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”

 if you don’t have access to a lot of phone numbers:


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.


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.




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 seperate 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 seperate 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 occuring 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&#8221; rel=”nofollow”><img



– Make sure you replace my info with yours

2. Posting a regular image ad…cannot be clicked


src=”http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn147/photosoloutions/freead.jpg&#8221; 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


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 alot 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.


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 and focus on these cities you are bound to get more visitors.


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

More Craigslist Tips & Resources


  • 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 a 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.Image


What is it and how to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist

Stop Ghosting on CraigslistHave you ever posted an ad on Craigslist, you log into your account and it shows green like the ad is being posted and live, but when you go to the listings in the category you posted in and it’s NOT there. This is what we call Ghosting. Stop Ghosting on Craigslist. This is a big problem that can afflict many people using Craigslist to advertise their products or services. I’m sure your thinking, How can I Stop Ghosting on Craigslist? How can I prevent my ads from being Ghosted on Craigslist? or is there anything I can do to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist? If you had the answers you would not be here reading this, so sit back and I will give you some tips on how to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist.

Stop Ghosting on Craigslist before it drives you crazy.


Don’t be sad, you will get all the answers you need right here on this site.Here are some thing you can use for now but remember, Craigslist changes things all the time so this information can be outdated in no time flat. We use Craigslist all day every day so we keep all the information fresh in our members area. Give some of this a try.

1- Don’t post to many ads on one account. if you want to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist

2- If you are going to post more than three ads a day on one account, or post in multiple locations, try using a proxy or change your IP. this works for some people and may Stop Ghosting on Craigslist.

3- Don’t use the same wording in your ads. Learn how to say something in different words and Stop Ghosting on Craigslist.

4- Don’t use HTML codes in your ads if you don’t know how what you are doing. Get expert help with this or read our blog on how to do it by clicking here.

5- If you are going to use images in your ads change the location of the image to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist.

6- Create multiple accounts and have Multiple emails, phone numers, accounts, to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist.

Have you ever wondered why some people have tons of ads up all day and don’t seem to have no problems? I was one of those guys until I figured it out. Now keep in mind, I learned a few things reading tons of articles and spent lots of time reading much of the same stuff over and over. The only real information that was helpful was the information I paid for. I bought a half dozen books online and tested it over and over until I had it completely figured out.

You will not Stop Ghosting on Craigslist if you SPAM

Do-Not-Spam- Craigslist


Craigslist has taken many steps to combat the CL “spammers.” Unfortunately “real” advertisers have to deal with all the road blocks Craigslist puts in place. Ghosting happens when your ads are flagged as well, all of this contains a common element. The elements include the URL, the IP address, and wording that you use. The only way to Stop Ghosting on Craigslist is to either follow the instructions above or get help from RealPVA. you will spend a few bucks at some point or deal with half of your ads going live. If you are getting ads flagged we can stop that too.

Tired of Craigslist Ghosting or Flagging your ads? Don’t let Craigslist stop you from making money! I will give you the tools and secrets needed to power post on Craigslist. Post multiple ads, in multiple locations and not get ghosted or flagged.


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In all the years we have been posting on Craigslist we have found that if you use html in the body of your ad you are less likely to be removed by the auto bots. Craigslist is ran by about 25 people and they couldnt possibly be after you deleting your ads so they have bots that cruise around looking for issues to remove the ad.  If you are a realestate agent or car sales person or a landlord then you know what im talking about. The solution is to create an image that people will click on and then be directed automatically to your website or anywhere you want the to end up.  


This is very simple but it does take a little bit of skill.  If you get lost you can call godaddy or who ever your hosting is with and ask them to help.



1. Find a picture and open it with window paint or any program to edit the picture and put the words “CLICK

    HERE”  at the very top left.  Then do whatever editing you would like.


2. If you havent downloaded an FTP then google filezilla and download it.  Once you have downloaded it then

    you are going to need some info about your website so that you can connect your desktop to the guts of

    your website.  You can call godaddy and they will help you.


3.  Open filezilla and enter your information at the top.  The program will run and when it stops the right side

     of the screen will be your website and the left side is your desktop. 


4.  On the right side under “file name” scroll down and look for the folder “images” then double click to open.


5. On the bottom left screen go to where you saved the picture you are going to use and double click it.   

     This will automatically drop and upload it to this folder of your website.


6.  Hard part is Over.   Now go to Craigslist and open your account up or buy some new account here  and

     if you need another phone number go here.


7.  Start a new ad and type in your title.  If you want to add some symbols or pictures in the title

     click here  for the codes.


8.  copy and paste this link into the body of your craigslist ad or you can even put it into your facebook and

     edit it so that it is your website name and the name of the picture you created.



<BR><BR><a href=”http://www.YOUR WEBSITE.com” rel=”nofollow”><img src=”http://www.YOUR WEBSITE.com/images/NAME OF PICTURE.jpg”></a>




10.  Click continue and BOOM YOUR DONE !!!!!!!!!!!



Good luck happy posting…. 












How To Create Symbols and characters in the title of craigslist ad


The name of these characters are called ASCII Symbol Codes in HTML. People use these codes in the titles of their Craigslist postings to catch peoples eye and possibly click on their ad hoping that you may look and then buy. The codes are very simple and easy to use.

Wikipedia definition:

The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII, pronunciation: /ˈæski/ ASS-kee;[3]) is a character-encoding scheme originally based on the English alphabet. ASCII codes represent text in computers, communications equipment, and other devices that use text. Most modern character-encoding schemes are based on ASCII, though they support many additional characters.

ASCII developed from telegraphic codes. Its first commercial use was as a seven-bit teleprinter code promoted by Bell data services. Work on the ASCII standard began on October 6, 1960, with the first meeting of the American Standards Association’s (ASA) X3.2 subcommittee. The first edition of the standard was published during 1963,[4][5] a major revision during 1967,[6] and the most recent update during 1986.[7] Compared to earlier telegraph codes, the proposed Bell code and ASCII were both ordered for more convenient sorting (i.e., alphabetization) of lists and added features for devices other than teleprinters.

Select the character you want to inset in the title and then look to the right of the symbol and type the exact code. Thats it very simple and easy to use.

To see a list of characters and symbols please visit… ASCII Symbol Codes in HTML.

Good Luck.



CLICK HERE for ASCII word docx

Phone verified accounts or “P.V.A.s”. You may have seen or heard the phrase “phone verified accounts” or as they are sometimes referred to, PVAs. As the internet continues to expand and grow, so some websites have felt it important to limit and control the amount of user activity on their websites- Craigslist is no different. Many heavily trafficked websites are taking measures to limit the amount of user activity through the implementation of phone verification. This means that many sites actually require members to validate their accounts with a phone call to a unique phone number before they can use the site at all.

Real Forwarding Phone Numbers for voice verifying social network accounts including craigslits, faecbook, google. Forwarding phone numbers will last for 60 days to so you can use them again and again to drive more people and traffic to you business, realestate postings, yard sales, MLM business or just getting into your account with out using your real number for safety.