We at YGL recently spent a lot of time studying Craigslist deletion patterns. Here is a summarized list of the best practices we found. Hopefully this list will help you post more successfully.
First and foremost, keep separate Craigslist accounts when posting from home and the office. When posting from home, you are likely the only person posting from that location. While at the office, chances are multiple people are posting. You do not know how others are posting, what tools they use, and what boards they are posting to, and not to mention multiple people from one location will look very spammy to Craigslist. Keeping your accounts separate will make sure your home account (most likely to in good standing) does not get “polluted” by other people’s behaviors in the office.
Keep your ad content varied. Craigslist has an algorithm to detect spammy and duplicated ads. It is important to write good ad descriptions. We recommend writing multiple versions of ad descriptions for best results. Using one generic description for multiple ads is a NO NO.
DO NOT post to multiple boards with one Craigslist account. Sometimes you might have multiple listings in very far locations, which might need you to post to different boards (like Boston vs. North Shore). Posting many ads to multiple board is a NO NO.
DO NOT post simultaneously using one Craigslist account on multiple computers. Do not switch computers while using the same Craigslist account within 24 hours. To be safe, within 24 hours, only post from one location, with one computer, and one Craigslist account.
DO NOT switch between your Craigslist accounts in one location frequently. Switching between many Craigslist accounts in one location is a NO NO.
Post locally, this means do not use proxies and VPNs, particularly public ones. Each internet connection has an IP address, kind of like your mailing address, which is how others identify you on the Internet. You should post from a local location. For example, if you are posting from New York to the Boston board, Craigslist knows and will mark you as a spammer.
Don’t expect 100% go through rate. A 20% deletion rate is normal, particularly if you are posting every day. High deletion rate indicates something is wrong with either your location, your account or the ads you are posting.
If you are following these rules, yet still experiencing high rate of deletion, try these things:
- If you are using any posting tools, try without it.
- Make sure you are the only person posting at your location.
- Get a new IP, clear your browser’s cookies and cache, and register a new Craigslist account.
- If you are using an ad template (only available for NYC and Boston), try a different template that you have never used before. Better yet, do not use any template, just post some text ads.
If after everything you still can’t figure out what the issue is, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.