By: Robert Greco
By now you should understand the power behind one the nets most powerful classified ad sites around; Craigslist. It makes no difference; buying or selling or running an online business, craigslist is a must for any netreprenuer looking to make money on craigslist. Before you decide to go out and make money on craigslist, understand that having a solid foundation in what makes craigslist tick takes priority.
If not, you may get blacklisted or receive a nasty letter from the good folks at craigslist. What you are about to learn, in order to make money on craigslist, is to be used at your own discretion.
Remember, there is no secret weapon or loophole to be found in order to make money on craigslist. However you are about to learn untold methods and procedures needed in order to be successful on craigslist.It doesnt matter what you sell or promote in order to make money on craigslist. It’s the marketing methods and procedures that will turn $1.00 into $1,000.00 right before your eyes! So let’s get started…
Simply Trick to Make Money on CraigslistOne of the most popular complaints from Craigslist users looking to make money on craigslist is that their posting(s) doesnt get published. Even after confirmation, some ads do not get posted and user end up getting very frustrated. There are many reasons these ads do not get published. Rather than overwhelming your brain with details, let’s look at a basic fact of craigslist that gets users banned on a routine basis.First, we must understand Craigslist guidelines. Posting guidelines set by Craigslist are pretty straight forward.
As far as posting time-frames are concerned, Craigslist specifies that you can only post one (1) ad per 48 hours. Number One Rule: Don’t Over-Post… “Over-posting” is a huge problem that leads to ads not being published. But why is it that “over-posting” causes ads from not being published?Simply enough, “over-posting” creates a spam. If you are serious and want to make money on craigslist, then don’t spam!
Think about it for a second….why was Craigslist created? Craigslist was created to connect people on a LOCAL basis. If you were to post the same ad to 35 cities in 35 different states you are no longer using Craigslist in the way it was meant for and therefore you are spamming.Keep in mind that Craigslist software is very intelligent. Their software notices that multiple ads (similar, if not the same) have been posted multiple times. When this happens the “Spam Flag” (as I call it) pops up and your ad (even after confirmation) is labeled “spam” and removed from the classifieds. How can you make money on craigslist if all your ads get flagged as spam?The bigger question remains. How can multiple listings be published without Craigslist removing the ad? This question has a really long answer because there is not one simple answer.
So, let’s talk about one way to get your ad to stick on craigslist without be flagged by user or flagged as spam by craigslist.If you want to make money on craigslist, you need to use different email addresses. A simple task that is overlooked by many can be the difference between getting an ad posted on Craigslist and not getting an ad posted on Craigslist.
Remember, you goal is to make money on craigslist, not get you IP banned.Why would using different email addresses change anything and/or improve your posting success rate? If you have 10 ads or 10 items for sale that you would like to post a classified for these items you can do one of two things. One, you can post all 10 ads with the same email address and probably get 75% of your ads deleted by the Craigslist software robot within seconds of posting you ads.
Two, you can create multiple email address giving each of your ads its own identity. The best scenario in this situation in order to make money on craiglist would be for you to create 10 different accounts. In turn, this creates 10 different postings as Craigslist looks for similar/identical posting including everything from email addresses to page links. FYI – Just because you have 10 different email addresses does not mean that all 10 ads will get posted.
This technique does however greatly increase your odds in having your classified posts live and not deleted by Craigslist. Remember, in order to make money on craigslist you want all your ads to be different. It does not matter if the difference is a word or a number. At this current point in time the best provider you can use is Gmail.
Craigslist has the power to block IP addresses, block IP providers, block mail providers and so forth. Google is an internet god (not to be confused with the real “God”) it would not be in Craigslist’s best interest to block Gmail accounts. Craigslist would lose tons of revenue and visitors if they did so. For the time being, use Gmail as your primary source.You can create a Gmail login name in under three minutes; it’s fast, easy and free. Personally I can create over 400 email accounts per hour!
Keep in mind I would use a personal hosting account. And yes, I have created over 400 accounts in one hour… Creating hundreds of mail accounts is highly encouraged if you plan to make money on craigslist.
A Silicon Valley company run by a 12-year-old CEO has just raised $6.5 million in venture capital.
PlaySpan, based in Santa Clara, Calif. says it offers game publishers a technology that lets users make payments and shop for other items. It calls itself the first “publisher-sponsored in-game commerce network.”
Arjun Mehta, a 6th grader, says on his Web site that he is passionate about software that can make the game experience more “rewarding,” and that he started the company last year in his garage. He paid for it from earnings made from selling online game items he won from quests he fought.
This has got to be downright depressing for most budding entrepreneurs, most of whom strike out while pitching investors for funds, even in their 30s or 40s.
This is the second company led by a middle-schooler of south Asian heritage. In May we wrote about 13-year old founder and chief executive, Anshul Samar, who runs an educational gaming company.
The difference is that PlaySpan is making all the sounds of a traditional silicon valley company, right down to the slick web site and a press release manufactured by a PR firm that is barely decipherable. Mehta will probably learn to write his own press releases within a year
New York based Easton Capital led the funding round, along with Silicon Valley based Menlo Ventures, South Korea based STIC International and Hong Kong based Novel TMT Ventures.
The release said the market for “in-game commerce” has surpassed $2 billion this year and continues its rapid growth as more publishers adopt micro-transaction based revenue models.
Shawn Carolan,of Menlo Ventures, has some experience with gaming, as a board member of virtual world game, IMVU. The young Mehta even knows how to pick his VCs.
Yahoo has acquired online ad exchange company, Right Media, for $680 million, a move that shows Yahoo is not resting in the wake of Google’s purchase of banner ad company Doubleclick earlier this month.
Right Media is notable because it is an ad exchange, where buyers of Internet ads (publishers) and sellers (advertisers) can find each other and negotiate prices with the efficiency created by a large marketplace. This is significant because it is more transparent than Google’s platform for publishers, Adsense — and could therefore give Yahoo a small advantage in its battle against the Google juggernaut. See coverage of Right Media, when it got a $45 million cash infusion from Yahoo and Redpoint Ventures in October. Right Media had previously raised an additional $7.5 million from Redpoint (see the coverage).
It is growing quickly, and in October boasted two billion ad impressions a day being bought on it. Chief executive Mike Walrath told us at the time it is the largest such marketplace. It takes “less than 10 percent cut” as middleman from each transaction, which is not enough to scare customers away, but still enough to generate a healthy income. Walrath said at the time his biggest competitors are Microsoft and Google.
The $680 million acquisition represents a major home-run for Walrath, who started Right Media in 2003. It is also a relief for venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures, which has been searching for its first major win ever since the young firm opened its doors at the height of the boom in late 1999.
The deal lets Google purchase the remaining 80% of New York-based Right Media Inc doesn’t already own.
Google announced late on Friday that it would purchase online advertising firm DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash from its two primary owners, the private equity firms of Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity.
In addition to picking up a second form of advertising to compliment its AdSense technology, Google gets demographic data and the tools to gather such information, plus DoubleClick’s clients.
The combination of Google , which was also in talks to acquire DoubleClick. The Wall Street Journal reported of the talk in late March, saying DoubleClick was talking to the Redmond company “and other potential suitors.” Other suitors were believed to be Yahoo and AOL.
If the deal is approved, it should close by the end of the year. The DoubleClick acquisition comes just six months after Google paid $1.65 billion for YouTube.
DoubleClick was an early pioneer in online advertising and one of the few dot com success stories to survive the dot com implosion earlier in the decade. The company was taken private in 2005 for by the two private equity firms for $1.1 billion.
Last year, DoubleClick acquired Klipmart, the US’s largest provider of online video advertising and management solutions for Web publishers.
Google declined to give financial details on DoubleClick. According to the New York Times, DoubleClick generated about $300 million in revenue last year.
Google AdSense is probably one of the most popular revenue generators in the Web. We hear the stories about bloggers-genies, who manage to turn their blogs into cash machines overnight. However, it’s not that simple to find the actual tips, which stick to Google policies, might increase your revenues and don’t try to trick out the readers of your weblog.
Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz spent several hours, trying to find out, what might increase your Google AdSense income and which tools you can use to observe and track your revenues. They selected the key-points of successful stories and useful tips as well as Google AdSense sites and services you can use on a daily basis.
1. Text Link Ads (aff) – the team at TLA have gradually built a loyal publisher list over the past few months but providing an ad system that may not be as flashy or spectacular as AdSense in some senses but which works. Interestingly – I’ve chatted with a number of smaller bloggers over the past few weeks who say that TLA actually is their biggest earner. This is because it is not reliant upon clicks or traffic at all and is a very passive income for a blog that over time grows as more advertisers buy links. I spoke to an owner of a lesser known blog network recently and he told me that his network is earning five figures a month with TLA.
2. Amazon Associates – some publishers laugh off Amazon as not being worth the effort because the payouts are so small (4-6% in post cases) but I’ve chatted with a few publishers this week who are doing very well from Amazon. The advantage of Amazon over many affiliate programs is that they are a trusted brand. If you pick the right products to promote you can actually do quite well from them. I chatted with a publisher this week who is promoting lawn mowers and power tools on Amazon. Sell a $2000 tractor/mower a few times a week and it certainly adds up.
3. Chitika (aff) – as unpopular as they became with some publishers in their early days of launching they continue to be a big earner for some bloggers. They continue to be neck and neck with AdSense for me in the earnings they bring in. They continue to improve their products and expand what they offer in terms of channels, their recent launch of shoplinc etc and I know of a few product oriented bloggers who make more from them than anything else.
4. YPN – Yahoo’s contextual advertising system is still in beta (it has been a longer process than many expected) and is yet to fully compete with AdSense. I’ve given it a go (via b5′s account) and wasn’t too impressed with how it converted here at ProBlogger but do know of some bloggers who continue to find that it does well for them. I think it’s a blog by blog proposition but is definitely an ad network to consider if you can get into the beta test.
5. Direct Ad Sales – another emerging trend among bloggers (and networks of them) is the increased focus upon direct deals that are being done between bloggers and advertisers (and their representatives). This month I had a sponsorship with Canon on one of my blogs that has been well worth while and I know at b5media we are finding more and more advertisers willing to do deals as the word gets out that blogs are online real estate that converts pretty well for them. It’s not always easy to negotiate these deals as a single blogger with a relatively small readership but we’re now seeing networks of bloggers banding together which makes it much easier to negotiate such deals.
6. Product Bloggers – while there are not a lot of examples of this yet I suspect that 2007 will be a year that quite a few bloggers will launch products in their niches. Bloggers are starting to switch onto the fact that after a year or two of blogging on a topic that they are sitting upon a goldmine of information and expertise that can be reused in other forums. While this past year saw a number of bloggers release books I know of quite a few who are working up to releasing online information products, membership sites and coaching services in their areas of expertise. Whether they succeed or not is yet to be seen but it’s a logical next step for many bloggers.
Of course there are many other AdSense Alternatives out there for publishers also. The variety of systems open to publishers surely is having some impact upon AdSense and what people are earning with it.
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