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Post on Craigslist

Posting listings on Craigslist can help you promote your listings, drive visitors to your website, and ultimately get more contacts. It is important that you follow these steps and guidelines; Craigslist will delete your posts and block you for spamming if you do not. Remember the goal of your post on Craigslist is not just to promote the listing, but also to get people to visit your website and sign up.

To post a listing

  1. In the left navigation click Manage Listings.
  2. Under the Post on Craigslist tab, in the Actions column, click New Post.
  3. Read through the instructions, and then click the Open Craigslist to Post button.
    NOTE: Do not close the Vision system window. You need to switch between the two windows as you post.
  4. When the Craigslist window opens, you will see the appropriate form to post, or else a page in Craigslist to select the area.
  5. To log in to your Craigslist account, click log in to your account and enter your login credentials. If you do not have an account, in the top right, click Apply for Account.
  6. The process of filling out the form on Craigslist is simple. Just copy everything in a field on the Craigslist Posts tab in Vision, and then paste the content in the corresponding field on the Craigslist form. For example, copy (clicking in the field will automatically copy the information in that field) everything in the price field in Vision, then click the price field in the Craigslist window, and then paste (right-click and click Paste) the date.
  7. Repeat this process for all the other listing fields: Post Title, Description, Street, City, and State. You can use the same information for Specific Location and City. Remember to enter the locations and price accurately so people can search and find your listings.
  8. After filling out the fields in Craigslist, for your Reply to options, select the Do not show any email address check box every time.
  9. Click the Continue button at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to read and enter a verification word. Once you do this, you will receive confirmation that the listing is posted. You can then close this Craigslist window.
  10. On the Craigslist page in Vision, click the Mark as Posted in List button. This sets the timer so you will know when to post this listing again.

(warning) Keep an eye on your account. When you're logged in to your Craigslist account, you can check your listings to see which have expired or been deleted. Contact Customer Support if you notice your listings being deleted (pink listings).

(lightbulb) First post any listing you have not already posted. Next, post listings that you posted over 30 days ago. You can see this in the Days Posted column.

Craigslist Guidelines

  • Use the content provided

    Do not change the link code that is in the body of the post. Without this code, the post will not drive people to your website. The system auto-generates parts of the content, such as the title and parts of the body text, to help avoid repetitive/spam-like content that deters visitors. Experience has shown that the simple posts provided by the system are effective. They do not use complicated HTML, do not provide full home information, and do not add all pictures. Omitting some details encourages people to visit your website and sign up to get this information. You may make slight changes occasionally and make sure the content and wording are appropriate, but we strongly recommend using the structure provided because it has been proven to work.

  • Do not over-post your listings

    If you post the same listings repeatedly, or post too many listings in a row, Craigslist will delete your posts and block you for spamming. Craigslist automatically deletes your posts after a certain number of days. When you fill out the form to post on Craigslist, you will be notified, "Your ad will expire in X days." Plan to re-post your listings in X days to ensure you keep getting traffic from Craiglist but not more often. If Craigslist sees that you repeatedly post the same house, they may delete the listing and block you from making additional posts.

  • Make sure you post in the right Craigslist area

    The Open Craigslist to Post button takes you to the appropriate Craigslist page. If for some reason this button leads to an incorrect area or is not working, contact the Customer Support listed on your website. Only post in "Real Estate for Sale" in the proper geographic area.

  • Fill out the form properly

    Make sure you put the price in the "Price" field, the city in the "City" field, etc. Craigslist uses the fields to match posts to searches. People can only find your post if the fields contain the correct information.

  • Do not show any email address

    If you neglect to select the Do not show any email address check box, visitors on Craigslist will contact you directly instead of signing up as a contact on your website. Vision cannot track the success of Craigslist posts unless contacts visit your website from the post.