Craigslist Alternatives

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Hi, Warriors, I wanted to share my list of Craigslist Alternative sites that I composed. I hope it would help some folks.


Cragslist.org is the original site and can be pretty good source of leads, if you know how to do it right. It has many limits and rules that are not easy to go around. There are some other sites that could be used for advertising. They are probably not as effective as Craigslist, but also can be a useful source of leads.

Craigslist Alternatives list

1) Backpage
It is very close with it's functionality to a Craigslist, it has a little bit smaller amount of people visiting it, and bigger amount of Spam and "Private offer" posts. It is still pretty big and powerful site that could be the biggest Cragslist alternative

2) Ebay Classifieds (Also known as Kijiji)
Ebay decided to do something with the competition (think Craigslist) and decided to get another similar site. US part of Kijiji was re-named to Ebay Classifieds

3) Oodle
This one can be integrated with Facebook and also has some traffic and could help somewhere if you are trying to promote your product or service.

4) Sell
It can be used as Ecommerce platform

5) USFreeads

6) Hoobly
It is not that big, but this site has about 30000 visitors a month

7) ClassifiedAds.com

8) BuySell Community

9) Gumtree (UK)
This one exists specifically for UK and is not available in other countries, but in UK this site is very important.
That is all for today.
If you know more or can get some tips about those sites, please make a comment.
#alternatives #craiglist
  • Profile picture of the author pluto1
    Thanks for the list. BTW, Gumtree is also owned by EBay, perhaps acquired for UK audience. Another one, I was forwarded was, Ezybits. Apparently, it's pretty new so there are no restrictions on what is being posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author gbarrows31
    Why would you want an alliterative to CL I don't understand .. That's like Diet Coke "I just don't taste the same"
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
      Originally Posted by gbarrows31 View Post

      Why would you want an alliterative to CL I don't understand .. That's like Diet Coke "I just don't taste the same"
      When you get ghosted for spamming or scamming
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    • Profile picture of the author Thomas
      Originally Posted by gbarrows31 View Post

      Why would you want an alliterative to CL I don't understand .. That's like Diet Coke "I just don't taste the same"
      I can think of two reasons:

      1. You don't target the United States; Craiglist is almost unknown outside of North America. With the exception of a few large international cities like London, almost every other (non-US) Craigslist site has nothing but tumbleweed blowing through them. In most countries, a domestic classified ads site is top dog.

      2. You do target the United States, but not one narrow, defined area.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Craigslist is the only thing that has worked for me. Everything else falls by the wayside, and i have no idea why usfreeads costs $10 a month to post a classified ad that will fall on deaf ears.
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    • Profile picture of the author minisitetycoon
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Craigslist is the only thing that has worked for me. Everything else falls by the wayside, and i have no idea why usfreeads costs $10 a month to post a classified ad that will fall on deaf ears.
      lmao, you are exactly right. It's clear as day to see what classified ad site gets the traffic, who would even go to those other ad sites?.. I think even newbies are smarter than that. Thank you, awsome point!
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      • Profile picture of the author Tessa Holmes
        Originally Posted by minisitetycoon View Post

        lmao, you are exactly right. It's clear as day to see what classified ad site gets the traffic, who would even go to those other ad sites?.. I think even newbies are smarter than that. Thank you, awsome point!
        People who got banned by Craigslist and want to test a water in other sites. According to the feedback on this thread, some people got positive results from other sites as well.
        I believe that Craigslist traffic would be the best and would give the best results, but I appreciate all comments that people left about alternative sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author cimsols
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Craigslist is the only thing that has worked for me. Everything else falls by the wayside, and i have no idea why usfreeads costs $10 a month to post a classified ad that will fall on deaf ears.
      really, usfreeads... what a waste of money
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  • Profile picture of the author iLuvCash
    Yea craigslist works great for me. I have ads placed and make money by renewing them. Every other day. You just need to find something simple and that works..vvv
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  • Profile picture of the author Tessa Holmes
    This question comes up pretty often on the forum. Some people are looking for it because the were 'blacklisted', some people just want to test the water and check if anything else would work. It is difficult to find something that provides opportunities that Craigslist offers.
    I would consider Backpage as another site to try, Ebay Classified (Kijiji) and maybe Gumtree if you are working with UK market. The rest of them are smaller and I did not try them personally, just was trying to come up with any other options except Craigslist. Craigslist is the best, of course.
    There are some ways you can work with Craigslist daily limits, but that would be a subject for a completely different story or thread...
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  • Profile picture of the author freeadstime
    What we normally do is to search for Free Ads in Google and hold the Ctrl and click on the first 10 searched and we go to the second page, do the same thing. The list gets updated unlike forum postings.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    You can get some pretty decent traffic from CL and Kijiji, I didn't know that Ebay classifieds is the US version of Kijiji. Thanks for the list!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I have used some of these places before.

    I know a lot of people do well with them but for me it has not worked with a few tests.

    I still like pay per click, article marketing, videos, forums posting, blog commenting.
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  • Profile picture of the author ccsjohn
    I.'ve had some decent results using classifiedsforfree.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Hurricane Dan
    how do you find out the site's traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author Tessa Holmes
      Originally Posted by Hurricane Dan View Post

      how do you find out the site's traffic
      I am using couple different sites to check Site's Traffic.
      My favorites are w3spy.org and Compete.com

      To: Pluto1

      I took a look at Ezybits and it does not seem to have much traffic at all (about 500-600 visits a day? - that is not much to work with). I Would not advice it.

      To: eman2011
      Epage looks interesting. I would check it out.

      To: ccsjohn
      classifiedsforfree looks interesting and has some daily traffic (About 30k-80k daily), so it also can be a site to check.

      To: trnz
      I think most of those sites are for free. Some of them have have Paid Sections to post in (like Jobs), but they are mostly free. Correct me if I am wrong here.
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  • I've heard that some "moderators" on Craigslist are more strict than others. Each city has its own, and so a certain person may be responsible for certain categories. That's why you might hear of someone getting their ads ghosted on CL, whereas someone else posting the same, or similar ad, in another city on CL, may not have any problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author SoonSlim
    To answer Hurricane Dan's question:

    statscrop.com.visualizetraffic.com - to peek at daily traffic for any site

    statscrop.com - for (any) web page analysis

    I use these frequently.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Silvey
      backpage is working for me so far. Last week I read a post here on WF about using classified ads and one user posted a very useful video. Right now I just have a few ads posted in the St. Louis area, but it has already generated a sale and I am getting a lot more traffic. I am still waiting for my fiverr gigs to be completed for multiple listings. At any rate when I made that first sale it was at 2% conversion. 53 clicks on the first day just from St. Louis which isn't bad when you think about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman2011
    I have used these classified sites with some success. I like to add another one that is worth posting on, EPage.com
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  • Profile picture of the author trnz
    Are any of these free?
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  • Profile picture of the author missmystery
    The thing I hate about CL is the fact you can't post outside your area.
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    • Originally Posted by missmystery View Post

      The thing I hate about CL is the fact you can't post outside your area.
      Maybe you could hire someone on Fiverr.com to post your ad for you in their area. Since a Fiverr gig is only $5, and a CL ad should stay up for at least 45 days, it seems like a pretty good deal - as long as at least one sale will cover your $5.

      Also, posting on all of those others, like OLX, backpage, etc, are a good idea. Not so much that people will be browsing those sites and come across your ad, but Google could index those ads and they'll show up in the search results. And if you put your phone number or URL in the headline, people could still see it even after the ad expires, because the search results are still showing the cached ad. It may take a few weeks for it to fall off the search results. And by then, you'll have a new ad up and running.
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  • Profile picture of the author webproishere
    It is damn hard now to market CL
    Phone verification
    People reporting
    etc...
    Don't know if i'll continue into this venture
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    I noticed that both ebayclassifieds as well as classifiedads.com shows up frequently in google adwords so it looks like they would be getting traffic from that. Probably best to check one's niche and see what is showing up organically to see which classified sites are doing well in the engines.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshster
    I posted some speakers and other items I had for sale on eBay Classifieds...Repeatedly.
    And got zero bites, and these were high demand name brands.

    And I got Google exposure on a few of the ads. I think it's just a matter of effective targeting, perhaps other types of items like info products would do better/worse?
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Backpage receive a good deal of traffic aside from CL, its a good place for marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author edctechglobal
    There is no alternatives required...if you can get into CL. It's not easy to get into CL, but possible. We are posting our ads, they are not ghosting or not getting flagged. The thing is you need to know some technique that's it..................


    Anyway thanks for sharing the other site....
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  • Profile picture of the author Genesis1
    CL is dead nowadays. I know way better sources of traffic and promotion
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    My understaning is that after CL the next best is supposed to be Backpage. But from my experience when I check my traffic staats CL has always sent more traffic that Backpage, by far.
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  • Profile picture of the author vjboc
    Trying to find an alternative to Craigslist is like trying to find an alternative to Google Adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWaters
    Personally I would like to find a good alternative to Adsense - one that would accept ads for sites with affiliate links.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshuaLauniu
    Backpage is a great alternative...

    But with alternatives always comes CONS

    the cons to any Craigslist alternative is obvious - Less Traffic

    Craigslist sees over 10 million people daily where as other alternative classifieds may not see even half that audience.

    here are a few alternatives that I have used in the past

    -Kijiji
    -Oodle
    -Backpage

    These classifieds are ranked high on alexa but also rank high with garbage. Tons of Affiliate marketers and Merchants promoting their products.

    Hope this was a help
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    • Profile picture of the author heavysm
      Eh...it's just craiglist for me. Tried backpage and though it is second best, craigslist traffic is just massive, so it's worth putting the extra effort into. I wouldn't even look at alternatives.

      I mean, if you find youtube finicky do you jump to other video sites? You might but you'll also be missing out on the tremendous traffic and other perks youtube offers.

      I'm just saying you have to make it work. Tweak your style to fit the site, then scale. If you do it right it's worth the extra effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author cimsols
    Thanks for the list Tessa
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