How To Find The Right Craigslist Categories

Craigslist is the most popular classified ads site in America (as far as I know). If you plan to sell on Craigslist it would help to know what categories are hot, what categories are stale, and what categories are over-saturated with sellers. For example, if you have a dresser that you are trying to sell it logically would go in the "Furniture" category, right? Well maybe, maybe not. It could go in the "Household" category, the "General" category, maybe the "Antiques" category, or even the "Garage Sales" category. You might even try to put it in all of those categories.

http://realbrokerservices.com/herpes A little research will help you make the decision. It is pretty easy to get an idea of sales volume per category on Craigslist. Just go to the Craigslist site for your area or the area you are trying to sell in and click the category you want to research. If you are on a computer and not a tablet or phone the screen should look something like this image.

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http://tuv.cd.gov.mn/11758-dte87120-best-christian-dating-sites-new-york.html On the left you will see the available filters - check the "posted today" option. Make note of the number of listings in the list. In our example it is displaying results 1 through 120 out of a total of 187 results. So, almost 200 posts in one day.

The other filter to pay attention to is the option to show all results, listings by owners (private parties), or listings by dealers. In some categories and regions Craigslist allows businesses (AKA dealers) to post freely and in some cases these businesses take advantage of that and hire people to post for them or they do it themselves all day. It can be next to impossible to get your listing seen in these categories for two reasons 1) the businesses are constantly posting and pushing your listings down and 2) regular users of Craigslist have started ignoring the category due to the spam postings. Craigslist has cracked down on this and now charges dealers for posting in some categories depending on the geographic region. You will see the difference when you change the filter from "All" to "Owner." Most people will search Craigslist from the front page and might then filter the results. By default all listings are shown so if there are a lot of dealer listings, your listing could get pushed down.

A good category to list in is one with 50-80 listings per day. Other factors have an impact on your listing. Craigslist lets you renew your listing after a few days so it shows up at the top of the list again even though it is not "new today." Also, remember people are searching from the front page so use terms that you would use to find your item if you were searching for it. Your listing should be well written and descriptive with a few different descriptions. For example if you are selling a dresser, you might describe a dresser but also describe it as a chest of drawers. If your item is from the 1950's describe it as "vintage" as well as "mid century modern" if it fits the style. What may be "farmhouse chic" to you may appeal to someone looking for a "French Provincial" piece.

What success or failures have you had on Craigslist? Comment to share your experiences.