The end of CraigsList Marketing?

Profile picture of the author SamG79 by SamG79 Posted: 04/26/2009
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?
#craigslist #end #marketing

  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    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
    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 SamG79
    SamG79
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    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.
    Well, you obviously care enough to put down the people who do use it... I don't really use it much myself, but i've read a lot from people talking about it and thought I'd get some feedback... Either way, you must feel like a real hero going into message boards and blurting out your notions of "Superiority" and all foreseen wisdom because you don't use CL and therefore anyone who markets there must be a scum bucket.


    So... if you really don't care... prove it by not saying anything.
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
    sbucciarel
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    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.
    lol ... that's putting it bluntly. I've never actually used it to try to send people to "offers". I have used it to offer web design services which is a legitimate use and it was pretty successful.
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    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
    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 sbucciarel
    sbucciarel
    Originally Posted by netmalls View Post

    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 think it's sad that many Internet marketers give the Make Money Online Niche such a bad name. It's pretty much a group that is despised on most social networks because they overrun it with spam. Craigslist used to be a dynamite site but when you can't use it for what it was intended ... like hiring people ... it's a real shame.

    Just about anything you put up there gets flagged in no time. They're very trigger happy there now and don't seem to care if it is a legitimate listing. What amazes me is that those "erotic" ads seem to live on without getting flagged. Maybe everyone is in the wrong business. lol
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Steven Wagenheim
    Originally Posted by SamG79 View Post



    So... if you really don't care... prove it by not saying anything.
    Last I heard, I think I'm still entitled to my opinion.

    Read their TOS and then contact them and ask them if their site was
    designed to be used the way IMers use it.

    Then come back and talk to me about superiority.

    Justifying breaking a site's TOS is just lame...period.
  • Profile picture of the author StevenSaliba
    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 lucasmurray
    lucasmurray
    Spammers have ruined the experience of craiglist. At one time craigslist was cutting edge but the fade has come back down to the ground and it is now just a digital version of a classified ad section. No more community.
  • Profile picture of the author mrmatt
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 DavidCarter
    DavidCarter
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post


    Internet marketers have ruined Craiglist
    Amongst many other things.......
  • Profile picture of the author mailco
    mailco
    I used it and it cost e $25, what a waste that was, never again
  • Profile picture of the author greenovni
    greenovni
    Aren't we all internet marketers?

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