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Best way to create a flag proof post on CL?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by fabes, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. fabes

    fabes Newbie

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    Hello,

    I am not sure if this is the proper place, but the website looked very promising after reading through a few threads. I am being constantly harassed by a competitor when posting my ads on CL. Within minutes I am flagged and my post is taken down. I dont want to retaliate since I dont know who is flagging me. Instead I was hoping someone with the knowledge of how the flagging system works could guide me to hopefully make my posts as flag proof as possible. Ty in advance.
     
  2. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    How do you know it's a competitor? Maybe average CL Users hate your ads. There's a lot of bullshit when it comes to CL, meaning that stupid people believe things, and they repeat it often enough so that eventually people that aren't stupid accept it as reality. Which ultimately is stupid, if you think about it. After all, who is stupider? The stupid person that decides that something that's wrong is right, or the person that believes the stupid person?

    So, I'd take a few steps backwards and re-think the whole equation. If it really IS a competitor, that means they either monitor the section constantly, or they have auto-flagging software running.

    I have a method that may or may not work for protecting an ad vs. flagging, but I will not share it for obvious reasons. However, the best defense is a good offense, and so if you were to find a method to flag the competitor's ads, you might teach them that an eye for an eye means that everyone is blind. But you have to take their eyes in order to make this point. Bad people never respect diplomatic words or threats. All they understand is aggressive action, so taking a piece of rebar and violently fucking them in the ass with it 1st is a necessary stage in the peace process. Otherwise they have no reason to change what they are doing.

    After all, it's working, duh.

    Another thing to do is set up a timed macro to call their business line every "x" minutes, timed such that it leaves a voice mail of "y" minutes, with the intention of annoying the fuck out of them by the phone calls, and filling up their voice mail so they have to delete all the messages, and have no room for legit phone calls.

    Also, negative reviews on the business, optimized by business name AND phone number. On craigslist, because some people search the number to see if there are any negative reports connected to it, but also the other local platforms such as Yelp, G+, Merchant Circle, Kudzu, etc...

    The real question is where is the most efficient use of your time, and the 2nd question is, Why are you dependent on a half-assed advertising medium like craigslist, as the CL customer is a cheap, stingy and stupid tightwad that will wants as much as they can get and for nothing, and there's a good chance that the time & energy you spend screwing around with them & chasing their meager dollars would be better spent developing a website and Local SEO.
     
  3. fabes

    fabes Newbie

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    Fair point in the first paragraph.

    The very reason I cannot be 100% certain it is a competitor and at that, who it may be, derives me from wanting to actually take the offense. My philosophy is and eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. I for one am a sucker for karma so I wouldnt wish my troubles on someone who is undeserving.

    As for my choice on where I advertise, I would have to greatly credit that to the Google analytics that I run from my site. We advertise on over 20 different sites, and CL unfortunately brings in a whopping 85% of traffic... well it did anyway.

    I have read that opening up the ad on several tabs will prevent the ratio of views to flags from dropping below the threshold of it being removed. Whether or not thats true I dont know for sure. I would think there is 1 view per, IP or mac address or session cookie, however from what I have read it stated the opposite, that it was based solely on views.
     
  4. Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage BANNED BANNED

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    85% in traffic doesn't mean much if you don't do any other marketing.
     
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  5. fabes

    fabes Newbie

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    I agree with that statement whole-heartedly, that's why we post on 20 different sites, well 17 to be exact.