intitle:XXXXX needed inurl:YYY site:craigslist.org -"ZZ ZZZ"
Live Demo for "Computer Repairs" - adjust according to your specific talent
Explanation of How the Demo Works:
your keyword services that people are looking for. intitle limits the ad to only those that were focused enough to have it in the title. This limits to mostly buyers, as many sellers put hundreds of words in their ads to get keyword hits from many topics at once. I chose to add "needed" and "wanted" because they could be buyer keywords.
the craigslist category they are most likely to post in
cps for example, is computer services. by using the inurl tag, you are forcing only listings that have that code in the url. Go to craigslist, browse your category and look at the URL to get the code you want here.
things you want to remove from your search
remove ads that are OFFERING your service at some rate per hour.
-"at your service"
this is a seller, not a buyer, remove this ad too.
this is a seller, not a buyer, remove
These are mostly sellers, not buyers AND if they are a buyer I don't want them.
Please see if you can trump me with your craigs list tips; I throw down the gauntlet and challenge you!
I originally posted this article on my site:
How to Use Craigslist + Google Filters to Find Freelance Work