Anyone making money on craigslist?

by princejerome2002 33 replies
I opened an online store selling home decoration items, and I tried out the whole craigslist advertising strategy. I pretty much put an ad on craigslist with the items i was selling and surprisingly enough within a few short minutes of posting, I would receive 5 or 6 visitors to that Item's web page. None of it ever converted into a sale, but its interesting and i wanted to learn more about ways of using that traffic "ethically" to get visitors to your info website.

another thing is that a lot of my ads were being taken down or flagged. Now i think i was following all the rules they had set out in the T & Cs, but i was still just hoping ads would stay up.

what's up with that?
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  • Craigslist is hit and miss. If your ads slip through, at the very least, it's a solid backlink.

    I've had some moderate success with it, but it's not the sort of thing I like doing. And the return on my time investment wasn't good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    CG advertising is getting tough. Your ads were probably taken down by competitors, automated "reporting" software or people that thought is was spammy.

    I'm not sure where the future of CG is, but they're definitely making it hard to keep ads alive.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author MommyEnterprises
      We have had good experiences selling automobiles on there!
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      • Profile picture of the author mdunn123
        The spam today is out of control on CL, and CL is taking steps to control it but automatically flagging certain types of posts. Also, didn't they start asking for phone verifications now on certain posts??

        Either way, it doesn't hurt to give it a go, you never know when those cusomters might come around to see your ad...but I wouldn't count on it as a stable and structured business model of course.
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        • Profile picture of the author SethDaley
          my success has been hit or miss... for me it's best for lead generation.
          CL should only be a portion of your marketing plan...
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          • One thing I forgot to mention is that Real Estate is pretty hot on there.

            If you can find real estate offers with commissions (big hint!) then you can post them for yourself.

            Arbitrage, if you will. Think about that...

            All the best,
            Matt
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          • Profile picture of the author kramerican
            I am just starting With Craigs List But have found it to be a good source of traffic. I have a "Boot strap" budget and his helping me to increase my Budget. Check out the Urban Cowboy. I am to lazy to give you the link but she has some good free guides to use.
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            • Profile picture of the author Tom Sheltraw
              CL has been a big disappointment for me. I’ve tried every trick pointed out in this forum for the last 6 months. Some worked, most didn’t. I bought a few WSOs and the information work for a week or so and things changed. CL is constantly changing how it works.

              I tried just 10 posts at a time. I used a graphic with the link on it. Problem was I needed a URL for the free hosting of my graphic. Some hosts were banned but I was using 10 different free hosting services and ALL 10 post were ghosted.

              I used different titles, different body content, different names on the photos, different hosting services, different logins, different IPs and ALL my post were banned. Now to be fair, one time all 10 ads stuck. Another time 2 stuck and 8 were ghosted, go figure.

              I’ve reverted to posting my ads with NO html and putting an email address right in the ad. That email address is setup as a vacation response. I still use different title and different body content. The photos still have different names but the bottom line is: almost no response. I figured a little work and maybe a response but it’s got to a point where I feel my time is spent on better, more productive things, like ANYTHING!

              Just my 2 cents worth!

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              • Profile picture of the author Adrianne_
                Are you paying $25 to have the ad up for 30 days or are you posting a free ad? When posting free ads, they give you a list of what kind of ads are not allowed before you click the "I agree" button and MLM is on that list.

                A couple days ago, I tested out a new ad I plan on using and it got flagged pretty quickly. The encouraging news is that I only received 4 click thrus and one person requested more info about my business, leaving a good phone number & email.

                I'm considering spending the $25 bucks but I would like to hear from people who have actually picked up some new enrollments at craigslist. The thing that concerns me is that I think these people are mostly looking for a job instead of a home business.
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                • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
                  A few years ago I was doing very well with CL. Even then you occasionally had to divert around some of their obstacles. But, it wasn;t a big deal. Now IMO it's gotten much much harder. Some categories are especially difficult.

                  In general, CL wants it to be a local free ad media for private parties wanting to sell a few items. As soon as professional marketers enter and especially if they spam, CL looks for ways to crack down.

                  I expect it to continue to get tougher and tougher unfortunately.
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                • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
                  Originally Posted by Adrianne_ View Post


                  I'm considering spending the $25 bucks but I would like to hear from people who have actually picked up some new enrollments at craigslist. The thing that concerns me is that I think these people are mostly looking for a job instead of a home business.
                  That's WHY it's $25 or $50 to post a J.O.B. - defined as something that
                  pays a person to do work at no cost to him or her. Let me clue you in -
                  people who want a J.O.B. are not looking to invest their own money
                  in a business opportunity. You can get 10 bandit signs printed for
                  the same $25 and get better results.
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                  • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
                    Originally Posted by Matthew W. Rhodes View Post

                    One thing I forgot to mention is that Real Estate is pretty hot on there.

                    If you can find real estate offers with commissions (big hint!) then you can post them for yourself.

                    Arbitrage, if you will. Think about that...

                    All the best,
                    Matt
                    I agree. My friend makes good money selling RE there.

                    Making money on craigslist depends on what you are marketing and also your target group.
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                  • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
                    I've had good luck with CL but it's not for everyday. twice a week and I'm good. I post about 30 ad over a two day period.
                    I get traffic, I get sales and I get adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author braver55b
    I used to love craigslist and believe you can make some dough if you can get the ads to stick.

    They keep on flagging ads even if you place just one sometimes and now with the phone verification for certain categories its just not worth my time until these and other obstacles are effectively dealt with.
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    • Profile picture of the author ArTsYwRiTeR
      CL is not as good a site as it used to be. I do not understand their system anymore. I place ads there and they get flagged. That is...granting that they do get to go up in the first place. When I get the email to confirm the ad and publish it....they say it IS published but then I do not see it? Ghost ads I call `em lol.

      Try kijiji or other classified ad sites. Also...try other forums that have their own classified ads section. How lucky are you at EBAY?
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      • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
        Craig's list is actually perfect for exploiting markets. The key is understanding what you can and can't get away with......

        Also, unlike most, when a campaign falters, most people give up and say that it doesn't work. However, some markets don't do well largely in part to the demographics of who you are selling to. Once again, rather than give up, why not try to set up "dummy" campaigns to test the demographic?

        For instance, if you are selling strollers (something I have personally tried and failed on CL) and are getting the hits but no results, why not take a look at the type of person you are selling to and use other latent offers on the page? I have found some pretty good success from my failures on CL.
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        • Profile picture of the author fred67
          I thought I'd try out Craigslist after seeing all the 'How To Make Money On Craigslist' promo's, but it seems over here in the UK hardly anyone uses it. They've also made it virtually impossible, if NOT 'impossible' to advertise outside your own immediate area.

          Has this always been the case? And is it the case in the USA?

          Seems a bit daft to me.

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          • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
            It does help to leave out your URL, and just have people call and / or email you via CL. Then, send link info.

            We do this and have much more positive results this way. Heck, even send them to eBay this way. Then if you have an eBay store, you get part of the fees returned when they buy after coming in through your link. (That always rocks

            Plus do follow their CL rules. You only need 1 ad, using keywords. Do not post 10 ads that will get removed, etc. Follow their rules. People can Google-search "Craigslist + keywords" and turn up your ad, regardless of the category, city, etc.

            If it falls too low, delete it, then re-post, per the rules. Don't take unnecessary chances and think of this as your sole source of income, spamming it to death and gtting the ISP boot. Use several marketing means.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveMalton
    I do very well on Craigs List. I Sell Custom Ads to people who sell there and I advertise my web design services there as well. Its actually my bread and butter...
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  • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
    We do good by posting our items on ebay, then advertising them on Craigslist and telling them to email for more info. When they email, we point them to our eBay listings and have them make us an offer.

    Some of the most recent sales include:

    furniture in our area
    boxes of craft items in our area
    IM products & services in our area
    car & truck (these we did skip the eBay step due to high fees) in our area


    Note: "in our area" references, as we target locals. This works well. Don't try to focus on the world there, just your area. And have plenty of info on your sites to build trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    I have a home decor website, and I used to post frequently on CL. It got to be where every time I posted an ad, it would get flagged within a couple of hours, sometimes immediately.

    As far as I know, I wasn't doing anything wrong either. But it got to be where it just wasn't worth my time, so I stopped.

    Maybe you can find a way to keep your ads from getting flagged - Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author AdamHolland
      I was getting a TON of leads before Phone Verification.. now I spend a bunch of time setting up PV accounts (VERY time consuming)...

      I'm using a Verizon Wireless aircard to change my IP, posting software, and I'm posting clickable images w/ redirected urls/links. It was a total PAIN to set everything up, but most (if not ALL) of my ads go up because I made sure I don't overpost and EVERYTHING about my ads are VERY random. (hidden text, 100+ different headlines all w/ different symbols before AND after w/ a random # string)...

      BLAH!

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      • Profile picture of the author Todd Lamb
        Depends on what you want to do there...
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    • Profile picture of the author lakelover
      I have heard from several reliable sources that if you post in SF Bay area and Orange County you get alot of traffic, is this true?
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      • Profile picture of the author Fox30
        Originally Posted by lakelover View Post

        I have heard from several reliable sources that if you post in SF Bay area and Orange County you get alot of traffic, is this true?
        yes it is true...check out alexa.com and look up craigslist. you will be able to see the top rated cities on CL for traffic.
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        • Profile picture of the author lakelover
          thanks for the tip, I learn something new everyday
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  • Profile picture of the author Dick Doe
    Originally Posted by princejerome2002 View Post

    I opened an online store selling home decoration items, and I tried out the whole craigslist advertising strategy. I pretty much put an ad on craigslist with the items i was selling and surprisingly enough within a few short minutes of posting, I would receive 5 or 6 visitors to that Item's web page. None of it ever converted into a sale, but its interesting and i wanted to learn more about ways of using that traffic "ethically" to get visitors to your info website.

    another thing is that a lot of my ads were being taken down or flagged. Now i think i was following all the rules they had set out in the T & Cs, but i was still just hoping ads would stay up.

    what's up with that?
    I am sorry to hear CL didn't do well for you. I haven't done it myself yet, only because I am wary of their 'flagging' rules.

    Have you tested it by putting up an optin form on your website? Just a thought, however!
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    • Profile picture of the author jstover77
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      If you can post successfully on Craigslist you can do very well. I mean they get 12 billion page views a month, and 50 million users a month, 40 million in the State alone. If you can put up with all the filters and roadblocks they put up then you can definitely get lots of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author nikhilg
    Hello,

    I live in India. I am thinking of putting up a website selling an ebook and driving traffic to it through Craigslist.

    But what I have read on this thread has caused me to pause. There is no question of my being able to clear the phone verification as I live in India. Also the Craigslist spiders will be able to know that my IP address is from India and if they permit only ads from locals in each city then it is possible that my ads will be flagged for that reason alone (because I am posting from India).

    Is there any way around this or is it best to ignore craigslist as a marketing method for driving traffic?

    Also I would like aa opinion of softwares to post ads such as Admaster and Craygo that enable you to post hundreds of ads per day.

    Thanks

    Nikhil
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    • Profile picture of the author Emailrevealer
      THe CL here in Nevada has a limit on daily posts now. I think it will be all over soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveMalton
      Originally Posted by nikhilg View Post

      Hello,

      I live in India. I am thinking of putting up a website selling an ebook and driving traffic to it through Craigslist.

      But what I have read on this thread has caused me to pause. There is no question of my being able to clear the phone verification as I live in India. Also the Craigslist spiders will be able to know that my IP address is from India and if they permit only ads from locals in each city then it is possible that my ads will be flagged for that reason alone (because I am posting from India).

      Is there any way around this or is it best to ignore craigslist as a marketing method for driving traffic?

      Also I would like aa opinion of softwares to post ads such as Admaster and Craygo that enable you to post hundreds of ads per day.

      Thanks

      Nikhil
      Find a Proxy Service here in the states that CL has not blocked. This is the only thing I can think of, next to paying someone to post your ads for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anna Thomas
    I've had great success on Craigslist using software like Easy Living Software. Otherwise, there are too many filters in place that prevent you from doing a whole lot
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    There is cool software called Craygo. It has a lot of reputation.
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