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How I used to market through craigslist.

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by leonidt, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    (disclaimer, this is for noob marketers, if you're an experienced marketer, no need to waste your time reading this)
    First of all, I apologize if this is not new and has been discussed before. (Shit, its probably older than me) But I did a quick scan and didn't really see anyone mention it recently. Anyway, I see a lot of new marketers having problems with getting their ads to stick on CL, or needing PVAs and so on. Well, back when I did marketing, this is what I'd do.

    Post an ad in the "free" section for something relating to your niche. For example, if I'm pushing an ebook about "building muscles in 7 seconds a year" I'd post an ad for a free bowflex and treadmill, saying something like "I run a small fitness club, and just got new equipment, so I'm giving this away for free" You need to make it believable, but not a total piece of shit, find some appropriate pics of a used machine on egay or something.

    Now, turn on the auto responder on the email addy you used, and just say something like "Sorry, the machines are already gone."

    Now, make an official looking signature for your email, like;

    Personal Trainer; John Marketer, Fitness Club XYZ, 123 Fake Street Anystate USA. *CLICK HERE* to check out our latest professional fitness guide!
    *have an official looking picture of "you" or "your" fitness club here*

    ..or something like that. Don't make it too spammy, it has to look like a regular business email signature. Oh yeah, its better if your email is something like John.XYZclub@email.com

    Now, craigslisters LOVE free shit, and you will get hundreds of responds. The conversion rate is NOT great, I generally got 1 sale for every 3-5 posts in major cities (which = like 2k+ replies over 2 weeks). However, your ads look 100% legit and will practically NEVER get flagged, deleted, ghosted or anything. They will stay up forever. Also, no need for PVAs or anything to post in "free stuff", and the "free stuff" category isn't saturated with spam like everything else. The best part is, its all automated. You can set this up and at least try it in less than it took you to read this post.

    Obviously this is not for experienced marketers, and I'm not claiming to be one myself. I just see a lot of new guys all chasing the same nickel and getting all depressed because they have 0 sales. So, if you have 0 sales, and haven't tried this, spend the 5 minutes to give it a shot.
     
  2. Erik

    Erik Regular Member

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    I actually used something similar to this yesterday, but I got flagged pretty quickly. even still, I had a good conversion rate like 1 in 7. I think my problem was my Auto-responder did not look that legit and thus got flagged off once a few savvy users read it. So if you do try this make sure the Responder looks 100% Real or else the ad will be gone in a matter of minutes from the time it's posted.
     
  3. lostmkiv

    lostmkiv Registered Member

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    Yeah craigslist is getting pretty tough now..I used to run the same gig a few months back
     
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    Sanitarium Regular Member

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    Flaggers need a kick in the balls.
     
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    wish i seen a post like this a year ago. as such CL is too hard these days with all the Flagging nazis on there 24/7... :D
     
  6. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    Yes the ad and auto responder needs to look 100% real, the sales pitch needs to be subconscious. However, my conversion rates were 1 in 1000 not 1 in 7, but the ads stayed up. I haven't done marketing in about 6 months, are your guys' ads in "free stuff" seriously getting flagged? Maybe don't use an auto responder then, if your ad and reply look 100% legit than the only way flaggers can catch on is if they send 2 or 3 emails back to back and instantly get identical responses. Still, ~90% of my ads stayed up forever.
     
  7. leonidt

    leonidt Regular Member

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    So...instead of CL, post an ad in your local big city's newspaper. You guys need to think creatively, and incorporate shit outside of the internet sometimes.
     
  8. JelleVDB

    JelleVDB Newbie

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    Flagging on CL is a pain in the ass, it's caused me several headaches. I would kick those flaggers in the ass lol.
     
  9. chucklechuck

    chucklechuck Registered Member

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    Search the forums, you'll probably find the one's responsible
     
  10. josher

    josher Newbie

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    I have made decent money selling "how to make money on Craiglist" but not a whole actually selling on Craigslist.

    One way to make money without a PVA or a listing, is doing a search of "wanted ads" and pointing them toward your ebay aff site. This has been somewhat successful for me, but of course first you need an ebay aff site.
     
  11. chucklechuck

    chucklechuck Registered Member

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    Wow,heard about this a long time ago. Is it a good earner? I think i dismissed it because of the lack of automation in the method...i'm still too lazy to be rich but working on it :)