Update: The Craigslist program that we were using ended up having some people issues so we’ve kicked them to the curb and I’m working with someone to see about a new software. Until then I’ve found a neat little program that I’ve been using to easily renew my Craigslist ads.
It’s a cool little script that enables you to auto-renew your posts (and also edit them in the process if you like). It saves you lots of work because you can easily recycle your ads with one click rather than re-creating them over and over. If you want to change some words or pictures s in the ad before you renew them, it lets you do that too (so you can reword things/reimage things and then post as new).
You can get the Craiglist script here (it’s only $20, well worth it) and I will keep you updated on the new Craiglist software.
Till next time!
If you have posted a Craigslist ad and it’s not showing up, even though the status is ‘published’, your ad has been “ghosted”.
Craigslist does this if its system labels you a spammer. This makes spammers think their ads have been posted but really they’re not. Most big-time spammers won’t take the time to actually look to see if their ad is listed.
I’ve seen several explanations for the algorithm used to determine someone is a spammer from the amount of html code used to the number of ad posted.
Now all of your ads are being ghosted. So how do you get your account out of this status? It’s not easy. There are a few things you need to do.
- go to your account and delete as many of your currently published ads as possible, particularly any posted within 48 hours of each other
- clear your browser cache, cookies, etc. – and do this each time or two you post ads from here on out
- wait at least 48 hours before posting again
I found that changing your ip address helps too. There are several ways to do this, one way is to unplug your modem for a while…the amount of time varies with your provider. Or you can do a release/renew of your ip address through the command box.
If you have run into this problem, then you’re probably posting a lot of ads or posting fairly frequently. My suggestion is to purchase Craigslist Marketing/Advertising Software. It’s totally worth the investment to keep your Craigslist ad campaigns running smoothly and to avoid trying to undo ghosted accounts.
This Craigslist Software does EVERYTHING and it makes it so those stupid flagging and ghosting problems don’t affect you anymore. It auto-creates account, auto rotates titles and pictures, lets you create and post nice HTML ads, lets you schedule ad posting, allows you to post across multiple cities and multiple categories, provides reports, helps you with IP changing and pretty much puts everything on ‘can’t touch me’ and auto-pilot status.
It makes it a lot easier to manage your ad campaigns and you can run tons of ads and campaigns easily and with a few clicks. This also helps immensely to avoid the dreaded Craigslist Ad Ghosting nonsense because you can use many different accounts.