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Ok now that I have your attention,

Is marketing via CraigsList/Backpage dead for a small business?
  • Having to post multiple times
  • Verified accounts
  • Time commitment

PPC's not cost effective for a grassroot/startup/no budget.

So what are other viable, working options?

Please be specific. Help me. Help Others. Pay It forward. The world is 6 billion strong....
#craigslist #craigslist marketing #dead #internet maketing #marketing
  • Profile picture of the author onera
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  • Profile picture of the author ADAMw3
    Craigslist/backpage are not dead... they just take a bit more effort to get your ads posted. Take a look around the forum and you might find some threads that help you out in this area.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Start putting up fliers and bandit signs. Make calls.
    Build relationships. Join your chamber of commerce.

    Why people feel entitled to free advertising is beyond me.
    Nobody says NO to free ads but then again, you get what
    you pay for - low perceived value, hassles and headaches.

    The SPAM from internet marketing people is about the
    worst thing that ever happened to Craigslist, which is
    a gem of a community site.

    Read the CL terms of service. It's for local usage only.
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    • Profile picture of the author 23hitman
      Who said "entitled"? Let me ask you, why do you feel entitled to belittle others for using CraigsList? I didnt see the latest poll results...you must have some right...
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      • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
        Originally Posted by 23hitman View Post

        Who said "entitled"? Let me ask you, why do you feel entitled to belittle others for using CraigsList? I didnt see the latest poll results...you must have some right...
        I don't think he meant any offense by that, marketers are being squeezed out of CL.

        I think you should learn a little from the forum, there is a world of advertising beyond CL, and it's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Wong
    In the small business category of CL, it depends on what you are advertising. If you are going to teach someone how to start a home based biz or generate income, then I'm pretty sure you would get some response.

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  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    I do really well with CraigsList.

    Your subject line leads me to believe that you can't be taught or are unlikely to succeed with CraigsList.

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  • Profile picture of the author AndyCamden
    Craigslist is just an art form, but if you can learn how to get past Ghosting and get your ads to stick, there is a huge opportunity to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    Nah I don't think it's dead yet. I still get leads plenty of leads from there.

    It sucks that they are becoming more strict though..
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  • Profile picture of the author imlogic
    no money... no honey.

    That means just do forum marketing.

    or set up an affiliate program and let others spend their money to sell your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author charless61
    Is there an alternative to craigslist that we can post instead? I really phone verification process a hassle


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  • Profile picture of the author SeanyG
    Originally Posted by 23hitman View Post

    PPC's not cost effective for a grassroot/startup/no budget.
    Limiting belief!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
      Originally Posted by SeanyG View Post

      Limiting belief!!!
      Not if you don't have any money, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedSynergy
    It's pretty dead if you are outside USA.

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  • Profile picture of the author lucas131
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    • Profile picture of the author bombdiggity
      I've never had much luck with Craigslist. There's always too many people there flagging posts, even if they're relevant to the category. I think some people just like to do it for fun. I wouldn't mind seeing a viable alternative to Craigslist in the near future.

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  • Profile picture of the author ahuddy
    When marketing on craigslist you really need to understand your targeted audience and if it even matches up with craigslist users. You also have to hope the competition doesn't flag your posts just to eliminate some competition on there. It's definitley not dead, but its no walk in the park either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amber_Writes
    Just thought I'd poke my head in here, but isn't Craigslist part owned by those dumb blokes over at eBay? You know they have a problem with having power over everything, so there might be a lot more bull crap lurking behind Craigslist than what has thus far been shown. And considering the way eBay is going, I wouldn't really be surprised if this Craigslist fad did eventually die.

    P.S. I use Craigslist, and I like it. Make a fair deal from it, too.

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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    why craigslist is so successful? one of the most important reasons, according to experts, is that craigslist keep fighting spam constantly. it makes average users feel the site is reallt providing values.

    so, if you provide values to it, it works. if you try to flood it with ads (assume the ads have values, not spam), yes, it is dead, because the ads will be removed quickly.

    I seldom post on craigslist, but I check it everyday. made some friends locally, and got businesses from local people too.

    use it, not work it, then, no, it is not dead, and actually, it works.

    just my own experience.

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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    I actually do use CL - to market services to my local market
    and to buy and sell stuff locally. I like it a lot and I have
    no problems running several ads on an ongoing basis.

    What I feel is not worth the trouble is trying to use CL as
    a mass-advertising and traffic machine. It's a lot of work,
    they are trying to prevent you from succeeding at it
    by changing it around at the time, and it clutters up the
    community so it's rude and (usually) deceptive and spammy
    from what I have seen.

    DO you want a walk-away traffic machine? Why do you think
    CL is the only way to build one? My argument is that there
    are several other free advertising options that could yield
    sustainable traffic for you in the long-term and not involve
    what is basically a black-hat, short-term mindset.
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