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Craigslist deleted all my ads...?

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by swaptrex, May 3, 2017.

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  1. swaptrex

    swaptrex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I've been posting on CL for roughly 1.5 years, and have acquired almost half of my customers using this method. I post 6 ad's per day (because people spam and the ad's get buried quickly), spread out throughout the day. Between two accounts I had roughly 160 ad's that I use to renew daily, which took months. One morning this week I woke up to renew an ad, and all my ad's were flagged. Now, when I create new ad's, one account they get flagged immediately, the other account, sometimes they stick sometimes they don't. Has anyone experienced this? Thanks in advance.
  2. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,515

    It's most likely competition flagging your ads. Craigslist employees wouldn't take your ads down, try post under a new email address with different wording for your ads and see what happens. I don't know if you violate their terms if you can shut you down somehow but I doubt it, because many companies post several of the same ads.
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  3. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sorry just re read, 160 ads is extremely excessive, how do you have so many? im still guessing your competition though
  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,977

    I'd shut you down just because your ads would be annoying as hell. One ad is enough. Just saying.
  5. Mitty87

    Mitty87 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,515

    I would try to not rely on Craigslist too much, it's nice and I get a few calls a week from it too but when you have to make 6 ads a day I'd rather focus on something else.
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  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,444

    It's your competition, CL doesn't censor ads. I've not ever used CL for advertising but there's no policing of it from CL employees for the most part. That's what keeps it free or cheap compared to other avenues but with user policing it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to this.
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  7. OP

    swaptrex LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    160 ad's is over a few month period, I'm not saying I post 160 per day. CL only let's each account create 3 new ad's per day. I create 3 per day per account, then on the days I don't have time to create new ones in the morning I renew the old ad's.


    I've gotten over 100 accounts in 1.5 years from Craigslist, what would you recommend?
    ltdlawn likes this.
  8. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 16,668

    You say you post 6 times a day to avoid spammers, but posting 6 ads a day is spamming. The limit is 1 ad in each category every 48 hours. It probably is competition that is tired of seeing other companies post more than they can/do. Nothing wrong with them doing that it's how CL works.

    I cut and pasted this from CL FAQ's:
    "How often can I post?
    You may post to one category and in one city, no more than once every 48 hours.

    If you try to post something similar to an active post of yours on the site, you may get a blocked message. Removing the similar active post should help, unless it is less than 48 hours old."
  9. OP

    swaptrex LawnSite Member
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    Unfortunately, in my area of south FL, if I were to post once every 48hr, that specific ad would be on page 100 by the 48th hr.
    Steve likes this.
  10. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,767

    I use craigslist to advertise apartments for rent, and when I do, I always flag all multiple listings no matter how long it takes me.
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