Craigslist ads being blocked?

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**NOTE** Craigslist states to use "html sparingly". The Craigslist community is known to frown upon posts that have too much HTML or look too commercial. Click Here to read about it at the Craigslist help desk. If your Craigslist posts look too commercial or have too much HTML they will have a higher chance of being flagged or blocked by the Craigslist community.

Are your Craigslist ads being blocked or ghosted without you even knowing it?  Craigslist has recently added new filters into their system that will ghost (hide) ads from the Craigslist search results that have too much html.  The scary thing is you may never even know this is happening because you are not informed of it.  You will get a Craigslist confirmation like normal but your ads will not appear anywhere in the search.  It isn't consistent either but more and more people are complaining that they are getting blocked from Craigslist due to this (see here).

So you should ask yourself - is it more important that you post full color html ads to Craigslist that may get ghosted or even worse get you blocked? Or would it be better to post a more Craigslist compliant ad with little HTML and have your ad actually show up in searches and lessen your chances of being blocked?

 

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Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
MOOERS REALTY
Less is more...the buy, sell, swap guides are simple, but mass readership.  You are average average guy kitten,check,craigslist,advertising,html,ad design,layoutand if too much glitz and shine, you lost the meat and potato readers.  Use box of 8 crayons...keep the 128 box for special occasions!
February 16, 2008 09:25 AM
Rainer
12,144
Max Douge
Exit Realty Enterprises
Misty... This is very useful information.  I invite you to join in the group, Marketing Using Craigslist, and share this blog there also.  Thanks.
March 04, 2008 10:25 AM
Rainer
192,539
Shannon & Keith French
www.KeithandShannonFrench.com

Wow! Was surprised to see how old this post was!  Just started having this problem and are working on the correction now.  Thanks for posting!

May 12, 2010 11:14 AM
Rainmaker
122,620
Lisa Coates
Residential Home Sales Specialist
Sutton Group Professionals Realty

Since this post was written in 2007. Has anyone figured out a way to become UnGhosted? If so, please share the love.

October 21, 2010 10:06 PM
Rainer
119,260
Erna Neal
A Knowledgable Central Florida & Seminole County,
The Viking Team, Realty
Wow, I just recently found out about ghosting, I thought it was a new thing. Great post, thank you!
September 20, 2011 10:58 AM
Rainer
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Misty Lackie

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