Aug 22 2007

Using Craigslist to Promote your Website

Not many bloggers utilize craigslist to promote their blogs. I have been using it for a few months now. I often publish several ads per week in different cities. Why should you use craigslist?

It’s Free

Free advertising is always good. It’s usually rare, but when you find it you should definitely take advantage of it. Creating an account takes only a few minutes. If you don’t already have one you definitely should register.

Sell Something

Whether you are selling a service or a product you should definitely post an ad. It’s hard to really promote a product besides blogging about it. Craigslist is like a super-forum. Whether you are offering your SEO services, website design, or something else you may just get a few more customers by listing a short ad.

Why should you post your craigslist ad?

By posting your ads there are many other ways to promote your website or blog. You can publish your ad in multiple city listings to get full optimization of your ad. I generally choose bigger U.S cities for the most results. Try San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, and Las Vegas.

Looking for Guest Bloggers?

This is the ad that I publish. Under “writing gigs” I ask for bloggers looking to publish work on our blog. I choose the “no pay” option and state that by posting with Blog about your Blog they can generate traffic and links to their own blogs. Each ad I publish generally get several hits, some even hundreds. This has resulted in dozens of inquiries.

If your traffic stats are stuck and you need a little boost you never know what results you can get with craigslist. Posting an ad weekly and especially daily can give you a nice steady flow of traffic.

Does anyone currently use Craigslist for website promotion?

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  1. Stefanie said:

    Wow, that is a great tip! Thanks for sharing. I don’t think I would have ever thought of that!

    August 22nd, 2007 at 8:17 am
  2. said:

    I dont currently use Craigs List for marketing my blog, but you make some good points. I think I might give it a try!

    August 22nd, 2007 at 11:30 am
  3. Gregory Schnese said:

    I found this page through Craig’s List. I’m interested in blogging here. I have my own blog at

    Please contact me at



    August 22nd, 2007 at 1:43 pm
  4. Tish said:

    Congratulations. There’s an award for you over on my blog. :)

    August 22nd, 2007 at 8:15 pm
  5. Emma said:

    Wow, what a great idea. I don’t mean to copy all of your ideas, but I might try that eventually. Plus, now you have me thinking outside the box.

    August 23rd, 2007 at 12:18 am
  6. Becky @ said:

    with the right copy you can get many hits, I have never analysed whether visitors from CraigsList are worth the effort though , i.e. adclicks and subscribers.

    But I guess if you throw enough dirt at a wall…. some of it will stick !

    August 23rd, 2007 at 1:06 am
  7. said:

    I am putting something together for Craigs List today. This is really going to be interesting…

    August 23rd, 2007 at 8:23 am
  8. Laurie said:

    Wow. I never thought of using that, but it’s a really good idea. Thanks!

    August 23rd, 2007 at 10:33 am
  9. Deb said:

    I have never even thought about this! I’m so glad I visited you today. I use Craig’s list all the time and it just never dawned on me.


    August 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 pm
  10. derek said:

    Great tip. I’d tried this once before but I don’t think I ever gave it enough effort to monitor how well it worked. I think I will have to try this again.

    August 23rd, 2007 at 2:44 pm
  11. Rose said:

    I think I’ll pass. According to an article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Craigslist is under attack by Alanta Mayor Shirley Franklin for its alleged role in promoting child prostitution.

    August 23rd, 2007 at 7:50 pm
  12. Matt said:

    Glad that you guys are gonna try this, let me know what you think, and your results

    I understand your point Rose, I dont see what it has to do with blog promotion though.

    August 23rd, 2007 at 8:06 pm
  13. Tay said:

    I’ve never tried this before but it’s something I’m looking into. In fact, I’m signing up and checking my email for the account activation link right now. Thanks for letting me know about this! :)

    August 24th, 2007 at 7:54 pm
  14. Lin said:

    I have used Craigs list, and I was removed! In the small print, it states if your site has google ads or affiliate ads, you can’t post! I was looking to sell a product I had. I was surprised. I am looking for more ways to increase site traffic too.

    August 24th, 2007 at 8:15 pm
  15. Matt said:

    wow lin thats crazy. Im surprised I havent been removed then! If your looking for more ways to increase website traffic you’ve come to the right place

    Good luck tay! :)

    August 24th, 2007 at 10:12 pm
  16. Walcott said:

    Nice tip there but i am surprised that they disallowed blogs with google ads.

    Matt, besides Craig’s list, do you use other free classifieds to promote?

    August 26th, 2007 at 3:10 am
  17. Matt said:

    I HAVE used some in the past but none that I regularly use.

    August 26th, 2007 at 11:04 am
  18. How to Promote On Craigslist said:

    Usually it takes a user on the site to flag you as spam or anti-tos. I donlt think they police themselves to much since I have done a lot of posting there,

    September 3rd, 2007 at 1:58 pm
  19. anna hackman said:

    Hi. Actually a company who I did a PR piece for from my blog posted an ad using a link to my article. This article has been read about 500 times and alot of it was through craig’s list. I tried doing it too but somehow I could never get it to post. I have no idea why. (I actually have sold and bought items on craig’s list, and could be considered addicted to craig’s list…) anna

    September 8th, 2007 at 2:42 pm
  20. Nate Balcom said:

    I’ve never considered this. Though I’ve never used Craigslist for anything aside from house hunting. Good idea. I’m adding this one to my bookmarks.


    October 5th, 2007 at 11:30 am
  21. Matt said:

    glad you like it nate. it would be interesting to see if anyone else whos read this article has had success

    October 5th, 2007 at 11:37 am
  22. EelKat said:

    I checked out Craigeslist the otherday, and the site is so confused and cluttered I couldn’t find anything… everybody kept saying how great it was, but when I looked at it all I saw was an unorganized jumbled mess. It looked so unprofessional. I didn’t like it

    October 8th, 2007 at 11:43 pm
  23. harleyblues said:

    lol I’m not sellin anything besides myself lol my blog that is what about us bloggers that do not have a slaes pitch? lol

    November 25th, 2007 at 11:37 am
  24. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Harley, come up with one. Thats the best advice I can give you. Even if it’s not the most original thing you can still put something up and test what works.

    Put a link to a free ebook or something like that

    November 25th, 2007 at 11:41 am
  25. Navin said:

    looks like a good tip but
    could you please show me the link of your ADs on

    December 15th, 2007 at 7:52 pm
  26. Link007 said:

    To promote your site DO NOT place a link on craigslist, instead use a photo editor and place the URL (Example: ON THE PHOTO and upload it! Always use different descriptions. Another great tip: Get a Dynamic IP address, this way every time you sign onto your computer your IP address changes so Craigs List can’t ban you. And change your email address frequently. Craiglist has to understand they are the only way for many small businesses to stay in business, while we understand that a few people may get annoyed by my world famous thousands of postings it’s worth it to save the lives of starving children (I give much of my revenue to the Feed The Children program). So the next time you flag a posting you JUST KILLED A STARVING CHILD!

    THis way you can’t get banned as quickly.

    March 10th, 2008 at 8:25 pm
  27. perfumer said:

    When you promote a website, do you use the same techniques described here to promote a blog?

    April 24th, 2008 at 3:29 am
  28. Mitoman said:

    posting in every city get you banned pretty quickly….

    June 16th, 2008 at 9:54 am
  29. Alisha said:

    Awesome idea! I never thought of using craigslist to promote my blog. Do you have a sample of an ad that you’ve ran? Just curious.

    Alishas last blog post..The Answer?

    August 5th, 2008 at 6:45 pm
  30. Skate Guy said:

    Great idea! Now you’ve got me thinking about some creative ways to promote for free.

    August 10th, 2008 at 1:50 pm
  31. classicalgeek said:

    That’s an amazing tip–thanks. I would never in a million years have thought of this on my own as I have used Craigslist only twice (for non-blogging purposes) and didn’t get good results from it.

    classicalgeeks last blog post..Sunday, July 6, 2008

    August 21st, 2008 at 5:38 am
  32. Raina said:

    Haven’t they become more strict about ad postings from the time this post was made? I think for some categories they have added phone verification too, since early this year.

    Rainas last blog post..Monetize using Photrade

    September 13th, 2008 at 6:59 am
  33. John said:

    I will try that! My website is only 2 days old. I need more traffic.

    April 15th, 2009 at 7:34 am
  34. Link Degisimi said:

    I dont currently use Craigs List for marketing my blog, but you make some good points. I think I might give it a try!

    July 25th, 2009 at 1:33 am
  35. Webpage Lottery said:

    The thing is which category should I post my ad at? Any suggestions?

    September 14th, 2009 at 2:34 am
  36. kish said:

    I just found this social networking website, you can post classifieds as well as directory listing to promote your site

    I think it’s new to the web. here is the link

    November 30th, 2009 at 9:51 am


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