How to Look at Your Craigslist Post

By Melissa King

Effective advertising is the key to attracting attention to your business's products or services, but the cost for online ads on well-known websites can add up quickly. Craigslist, a global online marketplace for buyers and sellers, enables your business to advertise your services and products at no charge. Once you create a post, Craigslist allows you to view it at any time within its posting period. To ensure that the post is correct and to add any changes or edits, it's useful to revisit the post after it goes live.

Email Link

Open your Web browser and log in to the email account you used to create your Craigslist post.

Look for an email from Craigslist or [email protected]. The email's subject line is the title of your Craigslist post.

Click on the email, then click on the link under "Should now be viewable at the following URL:" to go directly to your post.

Browse for Post

Open a Web browser and go to the Craigslist website, then click on the city where you made your post.

Click the category or subcategory of your post. If you do not know or remember the category, check the email Craigslist sent you when you made the post, and find the category after the post title at the top of the email.

Enter your post's title, or keywords related to your post, in the "Search for" field. You can find the post title in the confirmation email you received from Craigslist. If you don't have this email and you cannot remember the title or keywords, search by date. Scroll down and find the date you made the post. If you can't find the date on the first page, click "Next 100 postings" to see earlier dates.

Click on your post title to view the listing; if at any point you wish to introduce edits or additional information, return to the link in your earlier Craigslist posting confirmation to log in to the post and make your changes.


Wait at least 15 minutes after creating your post to look for it in the listings; Craigslist updates the site in 15-minute time blocks.

If you cannot find your post, it may have expired. For major cities, such as New York or Chicago, most posts expire within 30 days. Posts for other cities expire in 45 days. If your post has expired, you can usually log in to your Craigslist account and renew it.


If your post doesn't comply with Craigslist's terms of use, it may be deleted. Read the terms of service carefully before posting.