How to market your business without getting flagged on craigslist

I have read comments online by network marketers who were getting flagged by Craig list for posting business opportunities. While it is true that most people are looking for jobs, there will always be a few people who are looking for a way out of the rat race.


There are many business programs that are not legitimate. These programs have no products to buy yet money is changing hands. The individuals responsible for the schemes are no where to be found nor can you landline and speak to them. Listings involving scams have made it difficult for serious business owners and marketers to advertise genuine products and services. Craig list will smell a scam a mile away and flag it so don’t get involved in scams and attempt to promote them on Craig list.

Inappropriate listings

Inappropriate listings are things that involve triple xxx rated, gambling and dating sites that have absolutely nothing to do with the business that we are in and are trying to help people improve the quality of their lives with. People have clicked on some of these ads posted on Craig list not knowing what they were, and were offended. An inappropriate website is a no-no and will get a red flag from Craig list.

“Buzz” words

I believe that about 50% of all network marketers including myself starting out used at least one buzz word in their campaigns. Buzz words such as “ground floor”, “amazing” “opportunity” and “recession proof” and other buzz words are actually trigger words. They trigger Craig list to flag your ads without even knowing what you have to offer. Eliminate buzz words and the chances of Craig list flagging your ads will be close to zero.

Income claims

Have you ever read an advertisement that says Learn how you can make $5,000 a month from your computer? Perhaps you read an ad that said I doubled my income in three days! You can too! These claims are true for many people but not all. If you make income claims in your ads Craig list will flag them because they feel that the ads are unethical, unprofessional and misleading. Craig list takes their credibility serious and do not want to be financially responsible for the individuals who do make false income claims. People who really generate high monthly incomes don’t promote their claims in their ads. Do not make income statements in your ads.

The un flagged ad

I feel that the type of ad that does not get flagged is one that is professionally written without hype or buzz words. This type of ad is straight forward and honest. If you cold call, you are sorting not selling. The same should apply when writing your ad.

Write your ad from a sorting prospective not a selling one. Eliminate grand claims. Besides, you already know that most of your prospects are going to say no because they have been burned in the past, don’t understand the business model and are skeptical.

I know this type of ad writing works because I have made sales on Craig list and supplied a demand. I simply looked at what other advertisers were posting and I did the opposite.

Much success,

Calvin Moss

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