What Is Craigslist All About?


What Is Craigslist All About?- overview.

The act of people helping one another in a friendly and social manner on the Internet via the WELL, MindVox, and Usenet, and feeling isolated as a newcomer to San Francisco, Craig Newmark decided to start something similar for local events. In 1995, Craig Newmark initiated an email distribution list to friends. Notices of social events of interest to software and Internet developers living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly posted on this list by Craig Newmark.

Soon, The effort started to spread the word of mouth which led to rapid growth. In no time the number of postings and subscribers grew rapidly. Since there was no control over postings, Newmark was surprised when people started using the mailing list for non-event postings.  Then the jobs category was added. User requests for more categories led the list of categories to grow. Community members demanded a web interface, Newmark registered “craigslist.org”, and by 1996 the website was live.

There was a transition in 1998 when Newmark tried to change the name from Craiglist to List foundation thou he drops this after knowing about another organization called LIST FOUNDATION. By the time all these took place, Newmark realized that the site was growing rapidly so he stopped working as a software engineer and devoted all his effort to running Craiglist. He had employed nine employees by April 2000.

Jim Buckmaster joined the company as lead programmer in January 2000, He was promoted to CEO in November 2000. Buckmaster contributed the site’s flagging system, search engine, discussion forums, multi-city architecture,  self-posting process, homepage design, personals categories, and best-of-craigslist feature. 

The website expanded tremendously into more U.S. cities in 2000,  Craigslist began charging 25 dollars to post job openings on the New York and Los Angeles pages. On the same day, a new section called “Gigs” was added, where low-cost and unpaid jobs can be posted free. Craigslist gets more than 50 billion page views per month, You can post a free classified ad on Craigslist without having an account or logging in, but creating an account allows you to edit and repost more easily.

Financials and ownership

In December 2006, at the UBS Global Media Conference in New York, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster told Wall Street analysts that Craigslist had little interest in maximizing earnings and instead wanted to help users obtain cars, homes, jobs, and partners.

Craigslist’s central source of revenue is paid job ads in select American capitals. The company does not formally unveil financial or ownership data. Analysts and writers have stated differing values for their yearly income.

On August 13, 2004, Newmark published on his blog that sales giant eBay had bought a 25% stake in the company from a retired employee. Some supporters of Craigslist expressed concern that this development would affect the site’s longtime non-commercial environment. As of April 2012, there have been no substantive alterations to the usefulness, or the non-advertising nature of the site; neither banner ads, nor charges for a few services provided to businesses. The company was believed to be owned mainly by Newmark, Buckmaster, and eBay (the three board members). eBay owned approximately 25%, and Newmark is believed to own the biggest stake.

On June 19, 2015, eBay Inc. announced that it would divest its stake back to Craigslist for an undisclosed amount, and resolve its case with the company. The move came shortly before eBay’s planned spin-off of PayPal, and an effort to seize other units to focus on its core business.


Site features


Craigslist has a user flagging system to immediately recognize unlawful and unsuitable postings. Users may flag postings they consider to be in breaking of Craigslist guidelines. Flagging does not need account login or registration, and can be performed anonymously by anyone. Postings are subjected to automatic removal when a particular number of users flag them. The number of flags needed for a posting’s removal is dynamically variable and remains concealed to all but Craigslist staff. Some users allege that flagging may also occur as acts of demolition by groups of people at various ISPs, but no proof of this has ever been revealed. Flagging can also alert Craigslist staff to blocks ads requiring manual oversight or removal. Flagging is also done by Craigslist itself (Craigslist’s automated systems) and the posts will never appear on the search results.


Craigslist incorporates a barter option in its “for sale” section. This growing trade economy has been documented in the television program. 

In JulySince 2004, the Craigslist Foundation has hosted eight annual conventions called Boot Camp, an in-person event that focuses on abilities for connecting, stimulating and encouraging greater community involvement and impact.

The Craigslist Foundation is also the fiscal sponsor for Our Good Works, the organization that manages AllforGood.org, an application that distributes volunteer opportunities across the web and helps people get involved in their communities.

Probably one of the most cost-effective and underrated online marketing tactics for online marketers is Craigslist.org. According to compete.com, Craigslist possesses over 50 million unique visitors a month. So how much does all this exposure cost? Nothing, it’s free to post in most states, although it surely requires an investment of time and some finesse. Here’s how to get the most out of your listings:


Are you or wishing to use Craigslist to advertise for your home business? If so you are not going to achieve the results you are looking for unless you have a proper understanding of how craigslist works. Yes, Craigslist does have high Alexa ranking and its true that Craigslist does get boatloads of traffic to its site. But advertising on Craigslist may not be worth your time and if you are paying 25 bucks to advertise in certain capitals, I will show you why it may not be worth your money. With that being said if you are going to post your home business ads on free classified ad sites, Craigslist is the best. You shouldn’t even bother to post to any other free classified ad sites besides Craigslist, that is if you are going to post on free classified ad sites. There are many other ways to effectively market for your home business. One other thing to think about, if you are only using Craigslist as a means to advertise your home business, the chances of you building a successful home business are slim to none.

I am contradicting myself? Don’t mind read on.

First off, most people posting on Craigslist in the small biz section are just posting their own business ads. They are not looking to join up with any other home business owners. So yes posting an ad on Craigslist is very easy but it is also very unproductive. Your ad will most likely not end up helping you build your business. In order to be effective on Craigslist, you must post your ads massively and to every capital possible. Is that a solution, no Craigslist has spiders that hunt for spammers and these spiders ban and flag the ads. What are some of the circumstances which can get you flagged on Craigslist? Well post the same ad to multiple cities can and will get your ads flagged and removed. posting various ads with the identical IP address will get you banned forever. Meaning any ad you post on Craigslist will get flagged before it even goes up. This occurs if you spam with the same IP address, that IP address is banned for life. And it’s hard to know if the Craigslist spiders rate your ads to be spam but if they do you are done. Extra problem you will have to deal with when posting to Craigslist is other local business owners flagging your ads for no reason. Somewhere in their erroneous minds, they think more people will see their ads if they flag and remove other home business owner’s ads.

 It’s true that posting an ad on Craigslist in many sections is easy but it is not effective. And if you are posting ads like “Earn 6 Figures Overnight”, most people are turning those types of advertisements out. Now what?  Why not create your own website and learn how to market it effectively online, this will take more work but the payoff will be 100 times than what you could ever think of, instead of posting a couple of ads to Craigslist. Imagine having your website ranked at the top of the search engines for a keyword like “home business”. How powerful would your business be if you could land that spot? Very powerful. There are plenty of keywords to go around. That is just one powerful way of developing your home business besides posting on Craigslist. Here is one thing I can guarantee you. Most people making over 6 figure incomes from their home businesses are not using Craigslist to market their business.


If you feel craigslist is the best option for you then the following tips will help you out.


 1: Avoid duplicate posts.
Posting duplicate posts will do nothing for you but get your ads taken down. Yes, it is easy to just copy and paste, and makeover 100 ads within seconds, but it won’t do you anything great.

 2: Use Distinctive IP addresses!
Using different IPs is another method to bypass making your ad flagged. One way Craigslist will recognize to flag your posts is by examining the IP you are using. If they notice many ads from the same IP, they will most hopeful flag your ad, thus your earnings will suffer. (Wait, you won’t have any.) One way you can
swap your IP is by using a proxy. If you need a list of them, check out proxy.org. They have thousands of them.

3: Catch the Interest of the reader!
This is one of the most important tips of all. By catching the interest of the reader you have extremely higher chances of getting an email from them or getting a click on your link. Also, make sure to keep your ad short – this will help catch their curiosity.

That’s it, DON’T GIVE UP. Giving up is the easiest way to not make money online. To make money you must stick with it. I know it will be hard, but when you finally do get that first sale or that first lead, it’s the greatest feeling ever. If you can do it once, you can do it a million times.

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