How to Make Money on Craigslist

Written By Alla Levin
April 13, 2008
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Simple Tricks on How to Make Money on Craigslist

By now you should understand the power behind one of the net’s 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 entrepreneur 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 on 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 the untold methods and procedures needed in order to be successful on Craigslist.

It doesn’t 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…

Learn How to Make Money on Craigslist

Simple Tricks on How to Make Money on Craigslist.

One of the most popular complaints from Craigslist users looking to make money on craigslist is that their postings don’t get published. Even after confirmation, some ads do not get posted and users 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 straightforward.

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 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 no one simple answer.

How to get your Ad to stick on Craigslist

Simple Tricks on How to Make Money on Craigslist.

So, let’s talk about one way to get your ad to stick on craigslist without being flagged by the 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, your goal is to make money on craigslist, not get your IP banned. Why would use 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 your ads.

Two, you can create multiple email addresses 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 of having your classified posts live and not deleted on 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.

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