How to Create Professional Craigslist Ads for Free

By Lynn Burbeck

Professional Craigslist ads

Craigslist can be an effective way to sell items, post job listings and sell real estate. But given the large amount of listings on the regional sites at any given time, it's important to make your listing stand out as much as possible. In addition to adding as much valuable information and images to your posting as possible, one way to make your ad stand out is by using a professional ad template. Many of these templates are available for free on the Internet.

Step 1

Determine precisely what the ad is for. To do this, ask yourself what the key features of the product or service are. You'll want to hit upon these key features in the ad to increase the response rate from your customer base.

Step 2

Find photographs you can use to increase the relevance and professionalism of the ad. If you don't currently have any photos, take a few high-quality images on your camera and upload them to your computer.

Step 3

Select a free professional Craigslist template from one of the many online template providers. A few websites that offer free templates include, and

Step 4

Select a template that matches the theme of your ad and fill out the relevant fields. This includes a posting description, price, images and links to outside resources.

Step 5

Preview the ad to make sure you're happy with the layout, content and overall look of the ad. Try different templates or make changes to the images and content as necessary until you're satisfied with the ad.

Step 6

Copy the HTML code for the professional ad you created. You will paste this code into the "Posting Details" box of the Craiglist ad to publish your professional ad on the website.