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Unread 28th September 2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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I was searching around for a free & easy way to track my Craigslist ad views and wasn't really having the best of luck. After looking for a while, I decided to come up with my own way. This got my thinking, so here is what I came up with. Essentially, the idea is to place a transparent image in the ad to keep track of the ad views.

1) Create or Download a transparent .png file. (Rick Click and Save Image -->) I use a 10 x 10 square so it isn't noticeable in the ad.

2)Create an imgur account. The only reason I say use imgur is because I know they track views on uploaded images. If you know of another image hosting site, feel free to use them.

3. Upload the transparent image to your imgur account.

4. Once the image is uploaded, click on the thumbnail.

5. Copy the snippet of code under the "HTML Image (websites / blogs)" section.


6. At the bottom of your ad, post the snippet of code. **be sure to either change or erase the title attribute**


7. Now every time the image is loaded (when someone views the ad) it will be tracked by imgur. Just log into your account. Go to your images page. Click the thumbnail of the image. Along the top you will see where it says "Views".



This isn't "up-to-the-minute" tracking, but it's seemed to work out pretty well for me for tracking day to day. It gives you a good idea of how many views you're getting. If I want to track multiple ads, I just upload the image again but with a different name. I hope this helped someone out.

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Default Re: Tracking Ads On Craigslist

I think this can be a great possibility for those who makes money with craigslist. But will the image load be counted when the page is accessed by bots, saying google bot?

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I think this can be a great possibility for those who makes money with craigslist. But will the image load be counted when the page is accessed by bots, saying google bot?
That's a great question jekis4sv. As of now, I'm not real sure. I will have to look into it. Like I said, this was just a "quick-n-dirty" solution I used that I thought I would share.

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That's good I didn't know imagur tracked views.

Usually image tracking uses a 1 px by 1px size. Even Gimp can resize it for free. Less obtrusive and less bandwidth. Not that it is a much bw, but I like to be as efficient as I can be.

PS as far as the Google bots go, don't worry about them. Last time I was doing searches on Craigs list for LA, G didn't have a clue what was on them. They are moving so quickly, G doesn't bother keeping up.

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You don't need an image, just use fire-pixel code. Simply re-place image url with the tracking url and set height/width to 1px, border 0. There's plenty of free tracking services. You can also use url shortners that track like bit.ly and use the fire-pixel code as I mentioned. All visits will be tracked and with the right service you'll also know how many are bots, real visits and uniques.

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There is no use in tracking views, I would track conversion instead. Use Google Analytics for this (set goals). Traffic without conversion is useless. No return on investment.

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There is no use in tracking views, I would track conversion instead. Use Google Analytics for this (set goals). Traffic without conversion is useless. No return on investment.
There is a link in the ads that lead to page with analytics on it. I was tracking the views to see how many people viewed the ad and how many people actually followed the link.

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Have you heard of Craigslist Tracker? They have a free and premium subscription. I think you will find what you need there. It is slick. You can at least try the free version and see how it goes.

Also, if you have a Wordpress blog, you might want to try pretty link. You can upload your image then give it a pretty link URL. Pretty link is free but there is also a paid version that offers more features and analytics.

I have used both methods.

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Thats a good free way to track Craigslist ads.
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this won't work too much longer as craigslist is banning img tags in the for sale section.
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this won't work too much longer as craigslist is banning img tags in the for sale section.
I don't believe you.

I just did a search and couldn't find 1 thing that confirms what you're saying.

Please tell me where you heard that?

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See the screen shot. Every time you post in the for sale section it shows a warning (in yellow on the image) that you will soon not be able to use externally hosted images but must upload directly instead.

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I've accomplished something similar with an image and a PHP code that counts how many times the image loads. Works like a charm but you would need to link the image and have your own server.
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