How to Have a City Added to Craigslist
By Kevin Lee
Craigslist, the online classifieds website, reports that you can avoid 99 percent of all scam attempts by dealing with local buyers and sellers you can meet face to face. Do that by buying or selling to Internet users who live in your city or area. Craigslist does not contain listings for every city in the country. However, you can request that Craigslist add a city. You need is a Craigslist account and a Craigslist forum handle to make the request. After posting your request for a new city in the forum, other users vote on your town. Acquire enough votes, and Craigslist may add your city to the website.
Launch your browser and navigate to Craigslist's Help and Feedback Web page. Click the "Cities/Sites" link. The Craigslist Cities/Sites page opens and displays a list of forum posts on the left side of the page. These posts contain requests by others users who wish to add their cities to Craigslist.
Click the "Login" link at the top of the page. The Account Log In" page opens. Type your Craigslist login information in the login box and click "Log in."
Click the "Compose New Thread" link near the top of the page if you already have a Craigslist account. If you do not have a Craigslist account, click the link labeled "Sign up For an Account" and follow the instructions. The site prompts you to create a new account.
Return to the Craigslist Cities/Sites page that contains the forum posts. The right side of the page contains a "Lookup" text box that allows you to look up your forum handle name. Type your handle name in the text box and then click "Lookup." The site will display your handle name. If you do not have a forum handle name, the Create New Forum Handle page opens. Type a name you would like to use as your forum handle in the "New Forum Handle" text box and retype it in the "Re-type Handle" text box.
Click one of the "Email Privacy" options to select it and click "Submit New Handle." The site creates a new handle.
Click "Return to the Forums" to return to the forum. Your handle name appears. Click that name and then click "Compose New Thread." A "Compose New Thread" panel appears on the right side of the page.
Think of a title that describes your request. For instance, if you would like to add a city in Utah named "Blue Lake City" to Craigslist, consider using a title such as "Please add Blue Lake City Utah."
Type your title in the "Title" text box, and then type a short message in the "Body" text box that explains why your city needs to be on Craigslist. Click "Preview" to preview your post.
Review the post and click the check box next to "Email Me All New Replies to This Thread" if you would like to receive email messages when someone replies to your post. Click "Commit" when satisfied with your post. The site posts your forum post.
- Before creating a new Craigslist forum post request, review some of the existing requests by other Craigslist users. Viewing these may give you good ideas on how to compose your request.
- Verify that the post is exactly the way you want it before clicking "Commit." Craigslist cannot change your post after you submit it.
After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.