Step-By-Step Guide How To Post A Craigslist Ad 2022
Whatever you’re looking to sell, Craigslist is the place to sell it. Whether it’s your house or an old dress, not only will people buy it, but the process of posting an ad will become easier than ever before.
Craigslist is a well-known classified and online forum site. Much like your Facebook Marketplace and e-Bay, Craigslist caters to locals more than any other large marketplace has ever done.
But, if you’re hesitant because you’re not sure how to post a Craigslist ad or how to do so in multiple locations, here is the perfect article for you!
How Do I Post a Craigslist Ad?
You can sell almost anything your heart fancies on Craigslist if you create the right ad for it. The website caters to a user-friendly ad format which you should keep in mind when creating your ad.
But the question of how to post an ad on Craigslist isn’t answered yet.
Through the Website
When you’re using their website, you’ll have to follow the given steps.
Step 1: Go to the Craigslist website. When you reach the website, you’re automatically directed to the classifieds of the city they think you’re suited to.
Step 2: If you’re not in your preferred city, use the column on the right side of the page to navigate and click on the place you prefer.
Step 3: Once you’re in your preferred city, click on the post classifieds button in the upper left corner.
Step 4: Select the category that describes what you’re selling the best. At this point, you can also log in to Craigslist, but it’s not mandatory when posting an ad.
Step 5: Once you’ve chosen your category and possibly logged in, click continue.
Step 6: Choose your subcategory and choose the one that’s the closest descriptor, and click continue.
Step 7: You’ll be redirected to the posting page, where you have to enter all the details. Choose a posting title, write the body, and add smaller details like postal code and other important information.
Step 8: Click to continue once you’re done to go to the map.
Step 9: When on the map, drag and drop your location or enter it into the box. This is the location your buyers will use to find you.
Step 10: Continue onto the images part of the post. Click the ‘add images’ button to add pictures from your device.
Step 11: Once you’ve added pictures, you can either ‘Publish’ or go back to edit the post.
Step 12: Once you’ve hit publish, go to your email (that you’ve linked to the post) and click the “publish link” button to go live!
Paid and Free Ads
Craigslist does allow you to post free ads, but some of the categories are paid. Especially when you’re looking into job postings, gigs or any for sale by dealer or broker section. You’ll need to be careful of being charged.
Here are the paid categories:
- Job postings in the USA
- Apartment rentals in Boston, Chicago, and NYC
- Commercial real estate
- For Sale By Dealer Categories in the USA
- Cars, trucks, RV’s, and motorcycles by-owner in the US
- Gigs in the USA and select CA areas
- Services in the USA and CA
If you wish to post a job ad on Craigslist for free, unfortunately, it’s not possible in the USA.
Tips on Posting a Craigslist Ad
When posting a Craigslist ad, there’s a big chance your ad will get overlooked among the thousands of other ads. To make it stand out and gain traction, here are some tips.
- Make every picture high quality (A size between 500 and 800 pixels wide is sufficient)
- Use all four picture options on the website. (Optional)
- If it’s a job posting, put up a picture of the business logo at the least.
- Make the pictures well-lit.
- Bold and center titles.
- List all the top amenities of a service or job.
- Link back to your website if you’re a dealer or a business.
- Don’t forget to add extra information about the service, item, or job.
- Don’t over-post.
- Don’t reuse old ads.
- Don’t use spammed language.
- Add the reason for a sale; it makes it seem less like a scam.
- Post ads in multiple cities if you’re not gaining traction in your city.
Why Choose Craigslist?
If you’re looking into posting an ad on Craigslist, you’re probably wondering what the upsides are in the process. After all, Craigslist isn’t magic; it still takes time. Well, here are some reasons to choose Craigslist!
For most ads, you don’t have to pay a hefty fee or anything; you can list for free! It’s not the same on several other platforms. It’s beneficial if you want to sell something small or you’re trying to save money.