The Best Craigslist Posting Service Options [compared]

Published: Nov 13, 2019 | Tyler Golberg | Last Updated: May 20, 2020

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A lot of companies seek out the help of a Craigslist posting service to help save time and be more effective at selling on the platform. While Craigslist still has a massive audience, the platform has done little to improve the selling experience for companies. If you need to post in multiple markets for several products, it can be a huge drain on team resources. Finding the best service for your company can make or break your sales efforts on the popular classifieds website.

When and Why You Need a Craigslist Posting Service

There are plenty of businesses that don’t need a 3rd party service to post for you on Craigslist. Most don’t in fact. If you’re only posting a handful of ads a month or don’t have product that fits the marketplace, there are better avenues for reaching an audience.

However, if you’re wanting post hundreds or thousands of times a month to reach the millions of users, there are three general options: posting service, freelancer, or a software platform. Before jumping into the options, here is a quick checklist to see if selling on Craigslist is right for you:

  • How many times will you need to post a month?
  • How many products do you want to advertise?
  • Do you want to post in multiple markets?
  • Will you be able to effectively ship your product?
  • How does your product pricing compare to similar products on Craigslist?

We’re not going to get into specific companies or solutions because this is more of a high-level overview. We recommend that you thoroughly vet whichever you like best to make sure it is a good fit for your objectives.

Hire a Posting Service

Most companies simply want to increase sales efficiently but it is unpredictable when using an overseas team to keep costs low. The toughest part of going this route is picking a reputable team. A lot of times you simply need to test drive a company to see if it is a waste of money or an effective marketing strategy.

Pros

  • Save a lot of time
  • Consistency in your posts
  • Save money from a more efficient process

Cons

  • These types of services are against Craigslist’s policy
  • No real guarantee of service
  • Spamming Craigslist to get around restrictions
  • Over posting in free ads that can lead to bans or restrictions
  • Language barriers as many of these teams are overseas

Unauthorized posting agents/services are prohibited.

Craigslist

Regardless of the promises these services make, it is can hurt your brand and product reputation if things going awry. Make sure to ask about the companies post policies, ad design, reporting, and refund policy for failed posts.

Use a Freelancer

If you’re not really digging hiring a company, another option could be to hire a freelancer. This could be a potentially cheaper option but you’ll need to invest more of your time. Most freelancers need a bit more guidance in terms of your strategy, goals, and guidelines to ensure quality service.

Pros

  • Save some time but have to put more time into training upfront
  • Can be the cheapest option

Cons

  • No backup if the freelancer leaves for another opportunity
  • No guarantees for posting
  • No analytics unless you set up analytics manually

Try searching on Upwork, Fivver, or Freelancer for relevant freelancers. A quick search on Upwork revealed a lot of different freelancers that specialize in Craigslist. Just make sure to be very clear in your requirements and objectives when working with a freelancer.

Use Posting Software

Craigslist posting software has probably the widest range of possibilities. There are a number of cheap options that try to constantly cheat the system and come with little to no support. Higher end options are more expensive but come with a lot more reliability and effectiveness.

There are two different buckets of software when it comes to Craigslist: black hat and white hat. Black hat platforms try to get around the rules of Craigslist to cut costs. The problem with these platforms is they are very unreliable, provide few features, and can cause more marketing problems than they solve.

Craigslist posting software

White hat platforms follow the rules of Craigslist and work with the system in place. They allow you to post in bulk without breaking the rules, which is worth it alone. These platforms can be more expensive but worth the investment if you’re a professional marketer or sales person. Also, when breaking down the time it takes to make a post, the cost of the service is typically less expensive than hiring someone to do it manually.

I’ve broken down the pros and cons of a reputable program that follows the Craigslist rules.

Pros

  • The most reliable option and most effective in regards to time
  • Helps to get you more prominent placing in the search results
  • Ability to format a Craigslist post easily
  • Lots of features, like formatted posts and analytics

Cons

  • Higher cost because Craigslist requires these to be posted in the paid ads only
  • Less flexibility if the platform doesn’t have a feature you need

Compare Service Options

Posting OptionPriceFeaturesCompliant?
Manual PostingMediumSome but very dependent on the
company
No
FreelancerLowAlmost none unless you give specific directionsMaybe
Posting SoftwareHighA lot depending on the platformMaybe

Questions About Craigslist Posting Services

Are businesses allowed to hire agencies to post Craigslist ads on their behalf?

The short answer is no. It is explicitly against the Craigslist policy.

Are software posting services allowed for Craigslist?

It depends on the platform. Some try to circumvent Craigslist spam measures to bulk post a lot of free ads, which is definitely not allowed. Other systems tie into the official Craigslist API, like Dealer Promoter Pro, in order to work with the platform and within the rules.

How much does it cost to hire a Craigslist posting service?

Services typically charge $1-10 per post plus the cost of the Craigslist fee, which ranges from $3-5 for most paid listings. Typically, the cheaper services try to cut corners and ignore the official post rules. Legitimate services will charge more but are very reliable.

Tyler Golberg

Tyler is a website strategist at CYBERsprout and one of the co-founders of Dealer Promoter Pro. When not writing about digital strategies, you can find Tyler hanging out with his kids, tinkering with robots, and playing hockey.

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Questions Other Users Asked

How to post a link on Craigslist 2020?

First, you need to make sure you are posting in a category that allows links. As of 2020, here are the categories that allow links: Job offered Gig Offered – I want to hire someone Resume or Job Wanted – I’m an individual seeking employment Resume or Job Wanted – I’m offering a job For…

Can I add links in Craigslist ads?

Yes and no. It depends on the category. We highlight which categories allow links in our Craigslist HTML guide.

Does your platform work for free or paid categories on Craigslist?

The Craigslist posting software only works with paid categories. We’d love to be able to post to the free categories but we have to follow the Craigslist guidelines in order to tie directly into their platform. And we’re kind of glad they don’t allow auto-posting to free categories or there would be a flood of…

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