The end of CraigsList Marketing?

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Once upon a time, craigslist was a hot ticket for anyone trying to promote an online opportunity, or even sneak in a little bit of spam to gain some extra exposure... However, it has been getting harder and harder to maintain a steady of flow of traffic on craigslist, due to all the techniques they are trying to use to prevent spammers, such as ghosting, auto-flagging, Phone-verified accounts, and account suspension due to over-active IP addys.

I figure one of two things is going to happen.... eventually it's gonna become such a pain in the butt to post on CL that most people are just going to say "screw it" and craigslist will lose a lot of it's users and general interest... or people are going to just continue finding more vigrous ways to crack the security... and because of it, more posting tools are going to be developed and eventually create even more spam on the site than ever before.

What do you think is going to come of the future of craigslist marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    I am 1 of those that got sick of CL but my 68 year old father in law loves it to sell all kinds of junk locally.
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Originally Posted by SamG79 View Post


    What do you think is going to come of the future of craigslist marketing?
    Who cares?

    Don't use it, never did, never will.

    Craigslist was NOT created for the Internet Marketer. It was created for
    Suzie Homemaker who has an old microwave she wants to sell because she's
    interested in that new super duper ramrod 5000.

    Internet marketers have ruined Craiglist, which is why they've had to do
    all the crap that they've done to keep you slime buckets out of their home
    with your spam and biz ops.

    One day, maybe with some luck, Craigslist will go back to being the site
    that it was meant to be.

    Either way, I could care less since I don't use it.
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    Yes,

    Craigslist has more than lost its luster among the targeted users.

    Spammers and flaggers have made it not worth while.

    Much of its demise is talked about in the forums on the site, with a very bad taste towards any one selling online.

    I tried to hire some people for my business, the listings get flagged within a few hours of posting.

    All it did was generate unwanted spam to the anonymous address that I was using.

    I found other methods to hire people, but it is sad that its gone the way of FFA pages.

    Mark Riddle
  • Profile picture of the author StageREM
    I have generated a small amount of local traffic....that being said I don't think CL is the marketplace for making any real money with internet marketing
  • Profile picture of the author StevenSaliba
    To be honest, Craigslist is not the same as it was 2-4 years ago. Before you could buy autoposting software and you could plaster hundreds of ads within minutes. Now Craigslist has made it so difficult that autoposting software needs to be updated everytime Craigslit makes a change. Stay far away from Craigslist. It is not worth your time, money and energy.
  • Profile picture of the author mrmatt
    I love Craigslist. But I only use it to generate leads for my local business. Sometimes my ads get flagged sometimes they don't. It really depends on which part of the state I am advertising in. I think the smaller areas are not as "Flag happy" as the big cities are.

    I guess it all really depends on how you use it.
  • Profile picture of the author SamG79
    I totally agree that spammers have ruined craigslist... and for anyone who is wondering or who might be on an "anti-spam" power trip... no, i'm not trying to justify spamming craigslist... I am merely trying to see what the general public thinks about it's usefulness at present time... me personally, I think craigslist has gone down the drain. I also used to use it to promote legit business service such as webapage design... but can't keep an ad live now.
  • Profile picture of the author eshannon
    Agree with the post above. CL is still a great site when you use it for what it's supposed to be used for.

    The people posting the "make money online" stuff are douchebags, the more they get cracked down on, the better.
  • Profile picture of the author LB
    What internet marketers have done to CL is the perfect example of biting the hand that feeds you.

    CL is still good at what it was designed to be- a local marketplace.
  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    I continue to get lots of mileage out of CL. I don't do foamy biz opp or crappy offers though; I use it in my own way and it remains fairly productive for me.
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    I can't keep a web design ad live either. At one time I got some very lucrative local projects from my ad. I don't bother posting anymore because it just gets flagged.
  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    The more security barriers they put up on CL, the more savvy programmers will find a way around them. IMHO, some marketing just isn't worth the hassle on CL - but some people do quite well. It just depends on what your niche is. If you're willing to put time and effort into getting to know the type of ads people respond to and the type of communities that respond well, I'm sure you can do well with CL.

    It's just like Twitter and many other web services and strategies - what you put into it determines what you get out.
  • Profile picture of the author mailco
    I used it and it cost e $25, what a waste that was, never again
  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    Aren't we all internet marketers?
  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Craigslist was NOT created for the Internet Marketer.
    MOST sites werent.

    So... if you really don't care... prove it by not saying anything.
    If you dont want opinion, dont ask for them.
  • Profile picture of the author Vivek Narayan
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  • Profile picture of the author W.P. Allen
    I was looking for an apartment the other day on CL and responded to an ad. What I received back was from a marketer claiming to own the apartment. He sent me a link to a "lease contract" and then another link to a credit report site.

    The owner/marketer said that in order for me to see the apartment I would need to fill out the "lease contract" (which was an obvious fake) and get my credit report from the site he sent me a link to. Well as you can see the marketer obviously made commissions from people who would pay to get their credit report in order to see the fake apartment.

    I spotted the scam offer because I'm aware of stuff like this but I'm sure most other people are not. I browsed a few more listings for apartments and found several more that were bogus listings posted by marketers. I wonder how many people fall for this stuff.

    CL needs to do everything they can to create a positive experience for the user.
  • Profile picture of the author Jdub2104
    I have been using Craigslist for about a year now, and I only use it to drive traffic to my new sites that I create. As we all know, it takes a while to get on googles search engine and during that period of time craigslist is great. Like the posts above, I get flagged a few times here and there but I only post one ad a day.
  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    I've been quite fond of Craig's List in the past. I don't market there, but I have had success in getting things at great discounts. Although, I don't think I'd ever hire a masseuse to come to my residence. I'm more the discounted electronics, coach purses type of gal.

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the future changes will be, but I'm sure it will have to do with tightening security.
  • Profile picture of the author Susan Hope
    Originally Posted by SamG79 View Post

    Once upon a time, craigslist was a hot ticket for anyone trying to promote an online opportunity, or even sneak in a little bit of spam to gain some extra exposure...
    "or even sneak in a little bit of spam to gain some extra exposure..."

    Well assuming, as you have posted that in your original post, that you have participated in that kind of activity in the past, isn't it that which has ruined CL for most people? Seems to be from what everyone is saying in this thread? So therefore, I am not surprised that a few people got a little, shall we say "irked" with you for your post.

    Just an observation..

    Sue

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