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How to Cross-Post on Craigslist

by Jocelyn Kerr

Craigslist is an online local classified ads service, so your ad has to be relevant for the community to which you post. Cross-posting a general ad in multiple cities is considered spam and goes against Craigslist's terms of use, but it may be considered legitimate if you live near two cities and your ad is appropriate for both communities. In this case, wait at least 48 hours and remove the original ad before you post the second one. If you try to post two similar ads at the same time, you'll get a blocked message.

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Go to Craigslist and click "Post to classifieds" in the upper left menu bar.

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Follow the prompts to enter the type of ad, your email address and the text of your ad.

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Click the login button in the upper right area of the screen if you have a Craigslist account. Enter your username and password, then follow the prompts to select the category and add your text. Click the "post" button to immediately upload your ad to the Craigslist site.

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Check your email for the self-publish link if you don't have an account or chose not to log in. Follow the link to post your ad anonymously.

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Wait at least 48 hours. According to Craigslist's terms of use, you can post to one category in one city every two days. The rule is necessary to preserve server space and bandwidth.

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Log in to your account and click "Remove" to take down the original listing, or go to your self-publish email and click the link to remove the post. Craigslist ads stay on the servers for seven to 45 days, so you have to manually take the ad down if you want to post a similar one somewhere else.

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Go back to the "Post to classifieds" link and follow the process to create a new ad, this time in another category or city. Limit the number of times you do this; every ad costs Craigslist bandwidth and storage fees.

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Aubrey Kerr is a writer and photographer. With a B.A. in media arts and public relations, she has helped small business owners design and implement online marketing campaigns since 2004. Her work appears on several websites including Salon.com and the Houston Chronicle.

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