How to Make a Hyperlink in Your Craigslist Posts

By C. Taylor

Updated April 06, 2018

Craigslist supports links to external sites via HTML coding.
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Hyperlinks let you direct Craigslist users to your website or sources of additional information pertaining to your post. Although Craigslist's basic interface doesn't offer formatting commands to add links, it does support HTML tags that let you code hyperlinks to external pages. This simple code lets you specify two important components of the link: the URL and the linking text. The linking text lets you use descriptive text for the link, instead of only providing the Internet address.

Click "Post to Classifieds" from the Craigslist city page, and compose your ad as you normally would.

Click wherever you want the link to appear in the Posting Description box.

Type the following code, replacing the bracketed elements with the applicable data:

<a href="[URL]">[Linking Text]</a>

The URL should include the full address, including the "http://" prefix. As an example, the following code would display "Click Me" and link to the the website:

<a href="">Click Me</a>

Complete and submit your posting as you normally would. The HTML code will automatically be recognized and converted into the link.


Don't abuse Craigslist's support of external links. Some users have had their postings "ghosted," or unlinked from the category page, because of excessive links.