How to Set up a Craigslist Ad

by Brad Chacos
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One of Craigslist's major attractions is its openness. Creating an ad is simple, and anybody can do it. Although most posters use an anonymous email address automatically generated by Craigslist, the company doesn't allow you to post the ads without leaving a trail. To set up a Craigslist ad, you'll need to use a valid email address to create a Craigslist ID. After you register the ID, creating a Craigslist ad is simple, but it takes multiple steps.

Step 1

Open a browser to travel to Craigslist at The Craigslist options for your locality appears.

Step 2

Click "Post to Classifieds" in the upper-left corner of the screen, just beneath the Craigslist name.

Step 3

Log in to your Craigslist account, or sign up for a new one. You'll need a valid email address to create an account, and you'll need to be able to respond to a phone call or text message from the company.

Step 4

Click the radio button next to the type of posting you'd like to create. Options include "Jobs Offered," "Housing Offered," "For Sale," "Items Wanted" and more. Click "Continue" once you've made a selection.

Step 5

Click the radio button next to the specific category your post fits into. For example, you can choose between "Creative Services," "Writing/Editing/Translation" and more if you're creating a "Services Offered" posting. Click "Continue" afterward.

Step 6

Create the post on the next page. Include a title in the "Posting Title" field and the actual text for the ad in the "Posting Description" field. You can also include a specific location if the post is about an offering or request tied to a physical location. Click "Continue" when you're finished.

Proofread the preview of your ad. Click "Continue" to post the ad if everything looks good, or click "Edit Again" to make changes to the post. Craigslist sends you an email to confirm the posting once it goes live.


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About the Author

Brad Chacos started writing professionally in 2005, specializing in electronics and technology. His work has appeared in, Gizmodo, "PC Gamer," "Maximum PC,",, "Wired,", and more. Chacos is a frequent contributor to "PCWorld," "Laptop Magazine" and the Intuit Small Business Blog.

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