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Introduction to Craigslist

Craigslist is a U.S based website (they have local classifieds for 450 cities though). It's a fast growing website and is ranked within the top 100 sites in the world. Over 20 million people visit Craigslist monthly resulting in over 7 billion page views per month (how would you like to capture a portion of that traffic?).

Craigslist's stats should excite you if you are looking for ways to increase your website traffic. Craigslist is the best place to post free classified ads (bar none) to gain maximum exposure (we'll look at alternatives later on). There are a variety of categories to choose from to assist you in reaching your target audience and you should pick the appropriate ones to get the most targeted traffic you can get.

Craigslist Classifieds

Probably the most important thing you should bear in mind is the headline to your ad. Body of the ad is important too, but in order for anyone to see the content of your ad, you must first intrigue them with your headline (once again, we talk about copywriting as something very important). A catchy creative and specific headline will call CraigsList users to action, they will click and read your post if you capture their attention.

Do not post too many links and pictures in your ad. Get straight to the point and provide relevant details (the usual who, what, etc). Make sure that your post is informative but not spammy. Craigslist users are very particular and will have your ad flagged (they call this "ghosted") and taken down if they perceive your ad to be spam. Include your website link in your ads to increase your website traffic and to build backlinks which will help enhance your page ranking (this is absolutely golden because these backlinks help with rankings).

Sample of Craigslists' Classified Ad Listings:

Craigslist listings

Create and test multiple ads in multiple cities to see what works best for you. Once you discover which of your ads works best post frequently as ads will expire after a few days.

Start posting today and watch your website traffic dramatically increase.

Best Tips For Craigslist Classifieds :

1) Keep Your Headlines Very Short and Attractive (yeah ... much like a girl's skirt)

2) Include the word "ebay" whenever appropriate. Many say it helps to capture attention

3) Keep Your Ads Short

4) Use Images Whenever possible (Fact: Ads with images get more attention and CLICKS!)

Hottest Cities To Post In (Shh ... this is gold!):

- New York City

- Las Vegas

- Los Angeles

- Denver

- Seattle

- SF Bayarea

Alternatives to Craigslist:

1) Gumtree (U.K based)