Sarah’s Top 10 Tips for Posting on Craigslist
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The booming personals marketplace can get you everything from a high-paying gig to a dental advice to a date on Friday night. But there are often more readers than posters on the site, and competition among responses can be fierce. My advice is this: drop your fear of rejection, and learn to post on it yourself.Here’s how:

  1. Try to offer something of value (like a job, or a free couch) wherever possible, rather than ask for something. You’ll get much better results and very good karma.
  2. Be very specific about what you are offering, and more importantly, what it are not offering. Assume you will get way too many responses for this valuable offer, so narrow them down right at the get-go.
  3. Be very non-specific about what you are asking for. If you want something from someone else, leave it open for interpretation and negotiation. Assume you will get no responses at all if you ask for your ideal. Save specifics for when you have the interested parties in dialogue, and just show genuine interest instead.
  4. Make it interesting. Use lots of humor, especially if you’re asking for something (like a job, or a sale). Do not be average.
  5. Always use the anonymous email address, unless you’re selling something in a way that you already do publicly. You don’t need the spam.
  6. Do not respond to disrespectful emails. If the respondent isn’t acknowledging your full request, they don’t deserve your time, or your real email address. This includes people who are clearly sending you vague form letters. They don’t care about you — don’t spend time caring about them.
  7. Do respond ASAP to any emails you care about. Craigslisters will quickly move onto the next opportunity if you’re quiet for more than a day.
  8. Follow the rules. Don’t post in the wrong place. Don’t try to trick the spam detectors. Don’t pretend to be offering something when you’re really asking. The community will lay its wrath upon you if they don’t think you’re being respectful.
  9. Be okay with hate mail. A sad but true fact about Craigslist is there are a lot of bored people out there who want to yell at you for stupid stuff. If you’re not breaking any rules, take a minute to silently pity their boredom, and then move on.
  10. Take a chance. The beauty of Craiglist is that you don’t have to pay for most postings, and the community decides what’s worthwhile. If you’ve got an idea that you want to throw out into the universe, do it, and see what kind of response you get. If you don’t get anything, go back to the drawing board, revise your game plan, and start again.
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3 Responses to “Sarah’s Top 10 Tips for Posting on Craigslist”

  1. Rosale Says:

    I like and appreciate your advice. I have used Craigslist in the past and will continue to do so. I have been a victim of hate mail and at first it was pretty enraging. But then, like you suggest, just move on. Getting angry at people who have nothing better to do except create negative feelings on line is a waste of time. So thanks for confirming that hate mail shouldn’t get you down.

  2. Hector Herrera Says:

    Hi Sarah: Thanks for your advice. I have spent a lot of time and some money trying to learn how to place my affiliate links in Craig’s List. It has been very frustrating because 99% of the them has been banned. Yesterday I found the way to post my business opportunity and to my surprise it was accepted.
    I simply created a blog in Blogger with my business offer and use that url in Craig’s.
    I am happy to inform you that it was accepted.
    Will I get any visitors?
    Time will tell.

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