Craigslist Posting- How to Write a Responsive Ad

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Craigslist Posting Fear. You ‘ve heard about the many benefits, ease, scams, and rip-offs of posting an ad on Craigslist.  You’re interested in posting an ad on craigslist but lack the knowledge and skills that can succinctly deliver your message.  Moreover, would you like to achieve this without spammers and cybercriminals responding?

The 7 Top Elements to Posting a Killer Ad on Craigslist

Listen up as we uncover how to write an effective ad that will capture the attention of your target market. And protect you (as much as possible) from the spammers. 

 Unfortunately, the truth is Yes there are spammers and cyber- thieves on Craigslist; they’re everywhere. But you can’t let that stop you because posting on craigslist is one of the most cost-effective mediums to draw massive business exposure, find skilled helpers, and afford services, quick and on the cheap!

Posting to Craigslist is one of the most direct routes from the seller to the buyer or from you got, to we want, for business or personal. Who advertises on craigslist? From mom and pop to businesses of all sizes. Many times, larger corporations post incognito. They have the same need as medium and small companies do… they need …Help! 

If you’re looking for assistance, whether it’s to hire a VA, website designer, social media marketer, or professional services, you name it… Craig’s got it.

Keep reading as we walk you through how to set-up an effective Craigslist posting. The below-outlined steps are a sure-fire way to gain the attention of your target market, contractors, or employees. Additionally, we’ll cover a few housekeeping rules to keep you as safe as possible.

Lastly, we’ll answer a few top questions such as: (1) How to insert photos and how many can you post, (2) What is the safest way to accept payment on Craigslist, (3) Can I post in multiple cities on Craigslist, (4) How to stay anonymous, (5) Does it cost to post on Craigslist, (6) Should I post my phone number, and (7) Is it safe to reply to Craigslist email?

Let’s get started!

 How do I post an Ad on Craigslist?

 Step #1. set-up an account, if you don’t have one:

Step#2. Choose your location you would like to place your post. Craigslist prefers a local area.

Step#3. Pick one single area and category; example: job offer, for sale by owner etc. tick continue

Step#4. Tick the category from the list: example: general labor, admin/office, real estate, etc… pricing will be displayed. scroll down hit continue   

  Step#5. Complete Information Box:

Step #6. Driving Map request, remember your candidates will have some idea where you are based on the map. Click continue

Step#7. Add images, up to 24 photos. Be certain to size your photos. When trying to sell an item the more images the better. Keeping in mind, too large file sizes will create an error. If so, Google “free image resizer” and select one from the list. If you don’t have images or don’t want to add images, tick done with images.

Step #8. You’re ready to publish your listing. View your ad, you can edit, add more images or make any necessary changes. The cost is also on this page. Push the Publish button. 

Step #9. This is the 2-step authentication. Craigslist will send you an email to verify it’s you and you can pay over your email server. 

Step #10. Check your email for instructions, I.e., publish, edit, pay. You can expect your ad to be live within an hour or two.

Does it Cost to Post on Craigslist?

Yes and No… Craigslist does allow you to post for Free. However, for many business postings typically there will be a cost. It all depends on the category and geographical location. Metropolitan areas are more expensive than in rural areas.

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Can I Post in Multiple Cities on Craigslist?

There is a limit to Craigslist posts? According to Craigslist’s rules listed on their website, users may post in only one category in one geographical area once every 48 hours. Posting more often can potentially have your post blocked. 

How do I Change my Craigslist City Posting?

Go to the Craigslist website of the state and city where you want to post your first ad. Move your mouse to the right side of the Craigslist homepage, click “US States” then select the name of the state where you want to post. Click the name of the city where you want to post.

 How Many Pictures Can You Post on Craigslist?

According to Craigslist FAQ post, you can insert up to 24 images that must be sized correctly. 

Is it Safe to Post on Craigslist?

Just as safe as it is to post on any other online medium. Always practice caution when posting, selling or buying on Craigslist. Craigslist is notorious for spammers. We just can’t out-tech them. So safe operational usage is key. You may prefer to use Craigslist’s anonymous email follow-up system to respond to potential candidates. A Google voice number is widely used for posting. This limits the exposure of your personal data.  For added security, Craigslist uses a two-step authentication verification process. 

Is it Safe to Reply to the Craigslist Email?

Yes, there is a way to stay anonymous even when responding to an ad. There are 3 options including Craigslist’s relay system. That system is designed to respond anonymously which doesn’t reveal your actual email address. 

Should I Post my Phone Number on Craigslist?

That’s optional, however, chances are you may receive unwanted calls. Even advertisers and other businesses may try to pitch their deals. It may be easier to set-up a FREE Google Voice account. 

What is the Safest Way to accept payment on Craigslist?

  • 1. Never accept checks, cashier checks or money orders
  • 2. Avoid at all-cause sending green dot money cards. (I almost got spammed this way)
  • 3. If the deals sound Too Good and confusing; it may not be worth the risk. 
  • 4. Don’t deal with 3-party sellers.  Person to person only…this is a sign of spam!
  • 5. For local transaction CASH ONLY!!! Online PayPal or equivalent.

 Conclusion:  Craigslist posting is without a doubt worth its weight in gold. You can post an ad, reach interested candidates, and begin your onboarding process within hours. If you have safety concerns, there are ways to hide your email address and phone number.

 If you have a product to sell, there are a plethora of merchant account providers you can use.  I ‘ve used PayPal in the past, it’s super easy to set-up and very safe. Lastly, for an extra layer of phone protection, you can use Google Voice, it’s ideal because you can set it up so that the caller will have to state their name (multi-factor authentication) before being connected and it’s FREE! 

Deborah Pretty

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