How fast can you post on Craigslist

How to use Craigslist booking software without being marked or deleted

Do a quick search of your favorite search engine for "Craigslist Posting Software" and you will see hundreds of products that are on offer to make posting on the world's largest classified ads website a breeze. But do they work? Are they worth the money and will they avoid being flagged, ghosted, or deleted? Let's find out.

Craigslist posting software alone will not help you sell anything. It will also not be possible to avoid marking or deleting. It's just a tool that makes it easy to post multiple ads in multiple locations. The rest depends on how you create your ad and how much effort you put in to look right. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can accomplish all of these things.

Craigslist booking software

There are hundreds of programs that make it easy to post on Craigslist. Some are better than others. Here are a few options when you are in the Craigslist booking software market.

CL automatic booking tool

Once you ignore the over-hyped website and get to the tool itself, the CL Auto Posting Tool is actually pretty good. It has a very simple user interface that breaks the ad process down into different steps so that you can place multiple ads in multiple places. You can choose as many cities as you want, choose multiple categories, add HTML and rich text, images and more.

The tool will then send to all selected locations with one or more email addresses.

Craigslist booking software

Craigslist Posting Software does exactly what it says on the tin. It's free, easy to use, and it helps you build multiple Craigslist ads. Originally designed for the real estate poster, you can post in any category in any city. You can even re-submit ads that have been flagged, which is very useful.

It's not as comprehensive or as easy to use as the CL Auto Posting Tool, but it's free and does a good job.

Craigslist Classified Ads Ad Posting Utility

Craigslist Classified Ads Ad Posting Utility is similar to the other two in the list in that it allows you to post in multiple categories in multiple cities. It also allows HTML code to make your ads a little more attractive. The user interface is simple and based on Microsoft Office, but it works. The program will let you publish to other classified websites too if you want, something I don't think the other two apps allow.

I've only played with Craigslist Classified Ads Ad Posting Utility for a few minutes, but seems to be working fine.


Of the four applications I've listed here, Crayzilla has the best reputation. It was suggested by a marketing buddy of mine who uses it to release cars for customers. It has a clean interface with logical navigation, it can create Craigslist accounts, as well as post multiple ads in multiple categories, and do pretty much anything you need to do that.

It also allows you to post to multiple websites, Craigslist, eBay Classifieds, and Backpage. There's also a useful scheduling feature that allows you to trickle feed ads to avoid getting flagged.

This will prevent your Craigslist ads from being flagged or deleted

Craigslist ads can be flagged or deleted for a variety of reasons. Some we can do something, others we can't. For example, we can avoid automated flags with a few techniques, but those techniques won't stop competitors from tagging your ads to clear the way for their own.

This happens especially in the more competitive categories on Craigslist. I can certainly help you avoid getting figured out by Craigslist itself, I can't help you avoid reckless competitors.

In general, you can tell if Craigslist systems are displaying your ad or a competitor by looking at how long the ad stays live. If your ad goes live and exceeds two hours, it's been reviewed automatically. If it is then marked for removal, it was a competitor. Unfortunately, there are so many programs out there that tag ads the way they need to be created. This is just a cost of doing business on Craigslist.

Tools of trade

If you plan to use Craigslist publishing software, you will also need other tools to help you succeed. You either need a VPN with multiple locations in the US or a proxy provider offering the same thing. One of the criteria by which all ads are checked is your IP address.

Craigslist will check the IP address that the ad is posting to see if it is in an area that is local to the city in which the ad is shown. It also checks your Craigslist account (if you have one) to check the cities you post in. If you've verified this account over the phone, the number will also be verified as being local to that city. That's a whole series of checks!

However, these reviews are not foolproof as anyone who stays on the site for more than five minutes can see.

Crayzilla, for example, uses IP rotation to work with these exams. It works in conjunction with proxies to post from local IP addresses to the city you are posting in. You'll need to sort the proxies, but once you've entered the IP address (es) for the city they will be rotated to keep them local and avoid being tagged for multiple posts.

The rest is up to you, however. You still need to purchase local phone numbers and set everything up.

Using Craigslist Publishing Software

While all of the Craigslist posting software listed above are different, they all work in much the same way. I am now going to show you how to set everything up and publish it to multiple cities at once, with minimal risk of being tagged or deleted by Craigslist itself.

  1. Download and install your Craigslist posting software of your choice.
  2. Sign up with a free or premium proxy provider that has proxies in the cities you want to post.
  3. Acquire phone numbers from each local city. There are providers who offer this type of service.
  4. Load the proxies into the Craigslist booking software and bind them to their own local account. For existing accounts, make sure they are using a local proxy for their location. This is very important.
  5. Assign a local phone number to each account.

The most common reason for seeing Craigslist ads is when the IP or phone number is not local to the city. Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to account creation, phone number, and proxy assignment. They should all correspond to locality and should all be usable. Craigslist doesn't always want to verify over the phone, but you never know which advertisement will be selected for it to meet the requirements.

If you have existing accounts, you'll need to assign them a local proxy and phone number. For example, if you previously booked a specific account in LA, the proxy and phone number you assigned must both be LA based. Otherwise, Craigslist will detect the discrepancy and may flag your ad.

Schedule your ads

According to Craigslist ToS, you can post one ad every 48 hours per city. If your Craigslist publishing software has a scheduler, you need to follow these rules to avoid flagging them as much as possible.

The 48-hour rule is not specifically specified, as an IP address could be part of a WiFi network in a café or an external company address. However, it takes trial and error to see how many times you can post in a city before the tag begins.

Write your ads

You'll need to create five or six variations of an ad with images but no URLs. You should make each ad as different as possible without losing the core message. You should also make sure that they look like they were hand made. If necessary, add pictures.

Keep the ad length appropriate for your category and avoid using any words Craigslist doesn't like. These change regularly, so be sure to double-check the tasks before posting. Some Craigslist posting software contain spinners that will help randomize your ad, but these are seldom good. The more versions of the ad you can create manually, the more changes you will leave alone.

Do not specify URLs These are usually marked immediately and have the lowest chance of success. If you need to add a URL, split it up so it doesn't act as a URL.

Sum up

There is no doubt that Craigslist posting software makes website marketing easier, but there is still a lot to be done to pay for it. You'll need to set up the software, configure multiple proxies and phone numbers, create multiple versions of your ad, and have competitors report you.

It takes time, patience, and trial and error to get that balance right. But once you do, you have a reach of millions exposed to the product or service you are selling. If you can get through all of this and still feel like it, you deserve it!