CAT | Ghosted
Craigslist+ integrates a new user user-friendly interface that internalizes the Craigslist functions and ultimately reduces the time necessary to manage your Craigslist advertisements.
Find the vehicle you want to post, hover over the Select an action menu, and select Post to Craigslist. This will open the ad preparation page.
From this page, you can do the following:
- Select your preferred template
- Click the Edit Details link to change the vehicle details
- Modify the Craigslist ad title
- Change the Craigslist market for the post
- Select preferred banner (works only for banner supported templates)
- Select photo count
To begin the actual posting process, Click the Post To Craigslist button.
The first time you post to Craigslist using this system, the application will prompt you for permission to run the java applet. Check the Always trust content and then click Run. By checking the “Always trust” box, it should bypass this prompt in the future and immediately begin the actual posting process.
Once the posting process begins, a yellow progress bar will appear. On the first post you attempt, if will ask you to login with your Craigslist account credentials. Enter that information and click Login.
At the end of this process, you will be prompted to enter in the captcha code to finalize the post.
When the post is complete, you will be returned to the main inventory page and will notice it says “Craigslist Post Successful“.
This weekend was full of Halloween tricks and treats and we thought it would be the perfect time to bring up ghosts – that is, ghosting on Craigslist. Ghosting is a term applied to Craigslist ads that appear to be posted but never show in the category pages. Craigslist will provide you a posting ID and a URL to view your post but no one else will ever be able to locate your listing because it doesn’t appear in the mix with all the other ads. Your post is essentially a ghost, unseen by the public.
So, why am I getting ghosted?
Craigslist is an online classifieds site and aims to keep it as simple as possible with independent posters submitting unique ads. They want to provide value through the classified advertisements and keep junk postings and spammers off the site. Let’s face it – there’s a reason why craigslist.org has a traffic rank of #10 in the United States and #34 worldwide and it’s because they strictly enforce their guidelines.
If you are posting too many ads in a short amount of time, re-posting the same ad multiple times, or not posting a unique enough ad you could be ghosted by Craigslist. The exact reason isn’t always obvious and can take some trail & error testing before you figure out why your ads aren’t being seen.
How do I avoid being ghosted?
There are a couple Craigslist best practice rules to follow in order to avoid being ghosted. If you suspect you’re already being ghosted by Craigslist don’t worry – we have a few tips & tricks to show to get you back in good standing. To learn more about ghosting on Craiglsist, see our article in the LotVantage Help Desk. You can also contact LotVantage support at 866-881-3229 ext. 2 with any questions concerning Craigslist.