Unformatted text preview: s incorporated as a for-profit site (despite it’s .org name). However,
many users of the site are very anti-commercial. They prefer to see one person
selling one product to another person and they report any posts that look more
commercialized than that.
Example: If you post an ad to sell your car, that’s great. If a dealer posts an ad
to sell a car, some of the long-time CraigsList users will cry spam and “flag” the
ad for abuse.
Does that mean commercial posts will get removed?
Not necessarily. But because some people are a little too eager to click the “flag this
ad” button, you might get reported (and your ad might possibly be removed) if it
looks too commercial.
To avoid this, be sensible.
That means you should only post a few ads in a couple regions each day. Before
posting anything, find the most appropriate category, look at what else is being
posted (especially those ads that are at least 24-48 hours old), and follow suit.
In other words, model your ads after the types of ads that seem to be working on the
You would also want to cloak your affiliate links so they are not blatantly obvious.
This is done by using a meta refresh redirect or a php redirect. The second option is
better as roving eyes won't be able to check out the source code and see if it is an
To create a php redirect, simply create a plain .php file on your server and insert this
html text into it:
?> © Copyright Fabian Tan, All Rights Reserved Worldwide Page | 11 12 Lazy Traffic Blueprints 2 Don't worry if all this is a bit confusing. You can always use the other traffic
generation methods or classified ad sites other than Craigslist.
Here's how to write profit-pulling classified ads:
1. Have a compelling headline. This is the first thing targeted visitors will see. It will
decide whether your advertisements get seen or not. So spend a lot of time writing a
quality headline. Use benefit-driven words in your headline such as "secrets",
"discount", "limited time only". These words are proven to get the click throughs.
2. Provide quality photographs and pictures in your copy. If you sign up for US Free
Ad's premium service, you are allowed to add pictures to your ad. Good pictures
make your ad more appealing and attractive.
3. Use bullet points in your ads. Internet surfers tend to skim over content on
websites, so bullet points help the reader to read your copy easily. If you post long
paragraphs on your ad, people won't bother to read it and will click away.
4. Use a "call-to-action". This tells a visitor to take an action that you want him to
take, such as to click through to your website, to buy your product, or to sign up for
Writing a classified ad is really easy once you get a grasp of it. Once you have a
profitable copy, you only need to spend a few minutes each day reposting it to the
classified ads sites.
2. Network with other CraigsList users by joining the discussion forums.
CraigsList has a huge network of discussion forums across topics ranging from
adoption to yoga and everything in between – including adult-oriented forums.
Treat the CraigsList forums as you would any other niche forum or social network
site. Specifically, don’t spam the forums with your offers. Instead, post thoughtfully to
build your good reputation and establish yourself as an expert in the niche. After
you’ve spent some time doing that, you can begin to use your signature link.
For more tips on how to use the CraigsList forums, refer back to the Forum
Marketing section earlier.
Here is my my personal list of classified ads sites:
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2013 for the course BUSINESS 2111 taught by Professor White during the Spring '12 term at Georgia Southern University .
- Spring '12