To everyone: don't waste your time trying to get links from CraigsList hoping that they will push your site in rankings - take advantage of the traffic that CL is driving.
A food for thought:
Google counts links as votes (http://www.google.com/technology/) - would you count and article mentioning your professional opinion as vote? I think so. We can say that publication finds you as a trusted source, so it's a vote. Now, would your name count as a vote in a classified ad of the same paper?
I'll everyone to decide for themselves ;)
I have had success with Craigslist in the past, but today I find the mine field of spammers to be overwhelming. For my business model the ROI on my time is no longer there. Best in your efforts.
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Yes, I use Craiglist as CL Central Jersey is very popular on Craigslist. I wish they had a middlesex county subdivision...
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I've gotten good responses to Craigslist. I think it is because I don't just type it, I use Postlets and then copy the HTML in. I think it looks more professional than just text. I also use ALT codes on the subject line to make it stand out.
I know my listings get good hits, because of the virtual tour links I use. I can see where the virtual tour hits are coming from. 80% of my virtual tour viewings are coming from Craigslist, which is better than my company website or my personal website.
Quite a few people come to my open house because they saw it on Craigslist are interested and and wanted to see the house. Those are often times people without Realtors, so it works two ways - generate leads for the sellers as well as generate leads for agents.
Great Question, thou!
I agree craigslist is a great place to get leads if you are consistent and persistent. For my agents we post everyday to keep the phone ringing! Some free advice would be that you can never put enough links back to your website!
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I just went a neighbor;s house today. He said they (from Denver) saw this house (in Marin) , fell in love and ended up buying it.
I personally have two leads from my Craigslist, one bought a different property from me.
Contact me directly thru my website about your real estate marketing online goals, maybe I can help in the same way I have helped the rest of my clients.
I use Craigslist and have great response on my listings. A lot of people use craigslist and its a great tool for realtors. If you use vflyer they automatically post it with craigslist. I sold a home recently because someone seen it on craigslist and they wanted to know if any of the furniture was going to stay. I told the sellers this and they said tell the buyer to look at craigslist for the sale of their furniture (they posted all their furniture they did not want on craigslist and sold the lot.) Its a Good Thing.
I've had the most and the best responses from people who turn to craigslist for everthing. I've had very good luck with craigslist from both buyers and sellers alike. Some of them say that they've clicked on properties that sound interesting and they see my name frequently --- and that's why they called. Their perception is that I must be very good at what I do. Make sure your title is catchy to get thme to click on the ad.
To spice up my postings so that they look different (and I don't get flagged for posting the same property), I post three different ways using: (1) http://www.postlets.com (which other people have already mentioned; (2) http://www.vflyer.com and (3) from my website which is on http://www.point2agent.com
After all, variety is the spice of life!
Craigslist is a great tool for agents to use to market their properties, in most cases, for free. As many below have mentioned, it does work. Give it a try and please let us know how you do.
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I use Craigs list always, anything that is free and can get your name and properties out there is wonderful in my book. I see everyone has told you about postlets. Great tool! Also, I see all the other sites you can post on. Takes a little time, but well worth it.
alot of people don't bother reading the paper anymore- they use the internet....