Craigslist named after its founder Craig Newmark, is an American online network consisting of vast advertising websites. It started initially in San Francisco in 1995. The network expanded over 70 countries by the year 2000. Craigslist is classified into different sections. Each section has its own set of information including for sale items, houses, jobs, resumes, services etc. there are various facilities provided by craigslist to its users. The user can take a look at all the classified ads for free. Payment is only required when the user wishes to post job advertisements. Posting ads on Craigslist is not difficult; however, the real struggle occurs when the user has to post ads without them being flagged. Flagging is referred to “ghosting” of the post which means that craigslist receives your post but due to some reason it is on posted on the website. . One of the main reasons for “flagged posts” is similar content. Craigslist does not allow same contents thus, the posts are removed.
Here are few tips for posting on Craigslist without getting flagged:
#1 Multiple Unique IP Addresses
If the user wishes to post multiple advertisements than it is advisable to use different IP addresses to avoid flagging. Craigslist recognizes the IP address and if a user is posting several inventories, craigslist cancels the post and they are flagged.
#2 Follow Terms and Conditions
It is best to follow the guidelines that are provided by the Craigslist to avoid flagged posts. Posts that contain prohibited content are flagged. Such as bidding, auction posts or posts selling drugs or other prohibited items.
#3 Provide valuable posts
To avoid flagging the user should use eye catching layout of the article. The title should be attractive and provided with different, unique images that adds value to the posts. More eyes catching are the post lesser is the chances of getting flagged.
#4 Avoid using special characters
While posting on Craigslist, the user should be careful in using special characters. Using such characters in post can cause flagging.
#5 posting in particular category
As craigslist is classified into different sections, the user should carefully post their items in particular category to avoid flagging.
There are some posts that are spam or may contain links of spam in post. These links are followed by craigslist and are immediately removed or flagged. Thus the user should avoid using any link in the ad as it might cause flagging.
#7 format and wording of post
The format and wording of content matter a lot. Using commercial formatting results in flagging thus the user should review the post content and format before posting on craigslist to avoid flagging.
#8 report flagging
Sometimes flagging might occur due to the fault of craigslist thus craigslist encourages its users to take advice from others or contact the company. Sometimes other ads competitors flag the ad thus it is useful to report flagging.
#9 timings for posting
The user should post at different times and randomly. To avoid flagging the user should not post at times or days when there is a lot of traffic on the website. The user should strategize according to its competitors to avoid flagging.
These strategies helps in decreasing the number of flagged post on Craigslist keeping the post live for more days. Thus making the site cost-effective for businessmen.