How to Avoid Getting Flagged on Craigslist

Avoid the Frustrations of Getting Flagged on Craigslist

Part of what has made Craigslist so popular is the fact that it’s a community run website. Users are able to decide what should and shouldn’t be posted through a process called ‘flagging’. If a member of the Craigslist community thinks that your ads are spammy, or are posted in the wrong category, then they might flag your ad. According to Craigslist “Millions of ads are removed through flagging each month, of which the overwhelming majority are in violation of the Terms of Use and/or posting guidelines”. Here are a few tips to follow that will help you avoid getting flagged on Craigslist.

Flagging can be frustrating, but it is usually preventable. If you find that your ads are being flagged don’t ignore the warning signs. It takes more than 1 ‘flagging’ for an ad to be removed from Craigslist, so, chances are, if you’re ads are being removed there is probably something wrong with them. To avoid any further complications with your Craigslist account you should consider what might be getting your ads flagged and make changes as you see fit.

A million beautiful ads will do no good if they’re being flagged. It’s important to be compliant with Craigslist’s Terms of Use and try to blend in with other ads in order to keep your ads active and generate the most leads.

  • Do not post more than 3 ads every 15 minutes, 1 every 5 minutes – If you flood Craigslist with all of your ads in a short period of time there’s a good chance you will get flagged.
  • Do not use ALL CAPS for the title or description of your postings. – To some users, this makes the ads look computer generated or spammy. It’s also improper internet etiquette and could make you come across as less tech savvy.
  • Avoid using too many special characters in titles and descriptions (i.e. ***Look at this Great 3 Bedroom!!!***) – This also raises a red flag to Craigslist users and looks like a sales pitch (which Craigslist users don’t like). It’s better to be descriptive and concise with your title rather than flashy.
  • Avoid posting promo ads to For Sale categories – Craigslist users will flag an ad if they see that it’s in the ‘For Sale’ category and is promoting your business rather than a specific item. There is a separate section of Craigslist called ‘Services’ where it is OK to promote just your business.

Following the above tips will help you run a smooth Craigslist marketing campaign and will save you a ton of headaches.

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  • Mel Reifer says:

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you helped me.

  • Lina says:

    So that explains it. I was woinredng why the RSS feed was sending messages to my reader about new postings and then when I’d finally get around to clicking the link they’d be gone. Sheesh. If Craigslist wants to keep its users, they’re going to have to find a way to fight back.


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