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How do I use Craigslist?

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Craigslist Basics

To get yourself started using Craigslist there are a few basics that you need to know. You will soon realise that it is very easy to use Craigslist and that you will be able to use it to your advantage in no time at all.

What is Craigslist?

Essentially Craigslist is a classified ads page that is based on the internet and you will be able to use this page to sell as well as look for things to buy. You can also use to search for job openings just as you would with any other classifieds system.  In fact there are many different uses for Craigslist. If you are looking for a relationship, for example, than you will be able to use it for that purpose. One of the main advantages of Craigslist is that it is almost entirely free which means that it is also very popular with many people who have used it in the past to their advantages.

Create an Account

Obviously the first thing to do when using Craigslist is to create an account. Like with most services on the internet you cannot use them unless you have created an account with that service. However, with Craigslist it is possible to view the various listings without an account. Most people would recommend that you do open account because, in the long run, it makes it easier for you to keep track of your listings and so on.  In the upper left corner of the Craigslist homepage there is a “My Account” link which you will need to click on to create an account. The steps that you will need to follow are very easy to understand so this should not take you long. If you are concerned about privacy, then it is important that you know that Craigslist will never give out your email address. They will create a ghost email account for you and all of the mail that is sent to you at that address will be automatically forwarded to your genuine email account.

Viewing Listings

In order to see what Craigslist ahs to offer you will need to start with the homepage. You will be able to do this whether or not you have taken the time to create an account or not. It is advised that you look first at the main page for your area as this is where you are most likely to find what you are looking for.  As with any other classifieds resource you will be able to see a variety of postings under many different headings. Click on whatever appeals to you. You will then be able to see a list of postings. In some cases the poster may provide their phone number or other personal information which will allow you to contact the poster directly. However, because one of the more attractive features of Craigslist is the fact that you contact people anonymously, most people will only have their Craigslist ghost email connected to their post. This means that you will be able to contact them, but not directly. This can be an advantage for you to as you will also be able to remain anonymous until you have found out more about the listing that the poster has made.

Posting Listings

Viewing listings is all very well if you are looking for something, but what if you want to use Craigslist to advertise something or sell something? It is equally important to know how to make Craigslist listings if you want to make the most of your membership with Craigslist. In order to post a Craigslist listing you will have to be on the Craigslist homepage. There will be a link in the upper left corner of the homepage of Craigslist. This link says “Post to Classifieds”. This is what you will need to click on in order to post something on Craigslist. Once you have clicked on this link you will have to decide on which category you should fall under. You will also have to select a subcategory after choosing a main category. Once you have chosen your categories, enter the information about the product you want to sell, the service you want to advertise or the thing you want to advertise. If you want to add pictures, and especially important thing to do if you are trying to sell or promote something, this is the stage at which you will do that too. Anyone who is interested in your listing will send an email to the account that you use, which will be your Craigslist ghost account. These emails form interested parties will then be forwarded to you and you will be able to decide from that whether or not you want to enter into business with the interested party.

Listing Rules

You need to be patient when you post a listing on Craigslist. This is because the listings take a little bit of time before they are actually visible on the website. The reason for this is that the listings have to be approved. They have to meet the various rules that Craigslist requires for the posting of listings on their site. If your post does not meet these rules, it will be deleted. If it does meet these rules it will appear after a few minutes. Your listing will be visible on Craigslist for about one week. After one week your listing will automatically be removed from Craigslist. One of the rules about Craigslist is that you cannot post duplicate listings at the same time, but once your old listing has been removed from the site, you are then free to post it again. This is to avoid visitors to the site being overwhelmed by duplicate listings that they are not interested in. Remember that the listings appear in the order that they are posted with the most recent ones appearing at the top. This means that the longer your listing is on Craigslist, the less likely you are to get responses to it. You will simply have to bear with this until your listing expires and you are allowed to repost it.

As you can see, using Craigslist is as easy as clicking on a few links and knowing how to type. It is a great resource for a variety of products and you can even use this great website to generate income for yourself and interest in your products.

  • tommy

    how do I post pictures of items for sale?

  • ron

    How can I get on to manage my account?

  • Connie Thoorsell

    I have an account. I just want to sign in