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How to use Postlets to Improve Your Craigslist Posts

by Justin McClelland on September 17, 2009 · 11 comments

  

There are quite a few features that Postlets offers, some fee-based and some free.  In this post I’m going to focus on the free features and show you how you can take your CraigsList posts from this:

To This:

Postlets Tutorial for Craigslist

In this tutorial postlets.com does most of the work for you.  However, in relation to my previous post, I’ll also show you how you can create the illusion of an embeded YouTube property video.  The procedure is as follows:

Step 1:

Go to www.postlets.com and sign-up for an account

Step 2:

Once you have your postlets account active, proceed through pages one through five, completing the pertinent information regarding your property.

Step 3:

Page 6 of the postlets process is where you can decide, how you want your postlet to appear, and grab the HTML markup for the post.

If you don’t have YouTube video footage, you can stop here and paste the HTML from postlets into CraigsList.

Also, if you choose, you may syndicate your post to various other sites automatically via postlets.  Postlets grants the option to post to:

Google Base
Oodle
HotPads
Trulia
DotHomes
Zillow
Backpage
Vast
Enormo

Step 4:

If you would like to take things a step further and incorporate your YouTube video into your CraigsList postlets post, first review the preceding blog-post for instructions on how to gather your YouTube screen-shot.

Step 5:

You may use an HTML editor to insert the HTML from the previous tutorial into the postlets HTML.  There are a plethora of WYSIWYG HTML editors available.  In this example, I’ll utilize a free web-based editor which exists at: http://htmledit.squarefree.com/

Step 6:

Insert the HTML below, into the CraigsList (postlet-generated) HTML.  If you’re familiar with HTML, you can customize this  so that things appear just the way you like it.  For those unfamiliar with HTML, I’ll make some decisions for you and tell you exactly what to do. Copy the HTML from below and insert your specifics shown in the red text.

<tr align=”center” valign=”middle”>
<td height=”53″ valign=”top”>
<div align=”left”>
<p style=”font-weight: bold;”>
<span style=”font-weight: bold;”>
<font size=”2″>PROPERTY VIDEO</font>
</span>
</p>
<hr size=”1″ noshade style=”border-top: 1px solid #ABB2C5;”>
<span style=”font-weight: bold;”><font size=”2″>
</font>
</span>
</div>
</td>
</tr>
<tr align=”center” valign=”middle”>
<td valign=”top”>
<a href=”http://www.YourYoutubeLink.com” rel=”nofollow”>
<img border=”0″ src=”http://www.YourImageLink.jpg” width=”480″ height=”295″>
</a>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
</td>
</tr>
</table>
</td>
</tr>

Step 7:

Using the website http://htmledit.squarefree.com you will first paste-in your CraigsList (postlets-generated) HTML in the upper area shaded in blue.  You’ll notice how you can see the page output the HTML produces in a split-screen fashion.

You will then need to find were the beginning of the “Additional Photos” table begins.  You will do this by using CTRL+F, to bring up the “Find” box and type in “Additional Photos”.   You will see all of the areas in the HTML and on the page that contain the phrase.  What you want to pay attention to is the last mention of the phrase in the HTML.

Preceding the phrase “Additional Photos” in the HTML you will see :
<table width=”100%” border=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”3″>

insert your cursor directly following it and paste in the HTML from Step 6 (including you custom links).

Step 8:

You can now, select all the text (CTRL+A) and copy (CTRL+C) your new HTML while at http://htmledit.squarefree.com.  Then go to CraigsList and paste it in the “Posting Description” area.

Your end product will look something like:

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Matthew September 19, 2009 at 10:17 am

We have been using Postlets for quite a while.

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Amy Larson September 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

That’s another awesome tutorial Justin.

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Christopher Wolfe September 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Justin, this is great!

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Winston Westbrook December 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

This post needs some clean up, lol!

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Sherry Seat February 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I have followed every part on here but when I look at my posted home for sale it does not show the video..lt only says property video but no video is displayed. Does it take a while to show up? It didn’t display it on the free html editor either. Please help.

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Robert February 25, 2010 at 6:32 am

Great information, thank you!
Here is how mine turned out: http://louisville.craigslist.org/reb/1615243464.html

How can I get my listing posted in a more recent date because in a few hours, my listing was already way down the list of postings. I know I can not be the very first one all the time but I would like to be able to repost mine at some point.
Thanks much!
Robert

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Devern Fleming April 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

How can you post more than 1postlet per day? Is it even possible?

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Flora Bursztyn November 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

Lately when I submit my listings the pictures don’t come up. Please let me know what I can do in order to fix this problem. Truly Flor Bursztyn

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Jack January 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

Thank you for the useful tutorial, Justin. Postlets.com is great but it is a bit limited. I’ve recently started using a new listings management web application from Realtywarp.com. The beauty of the application is that it allows a user to post/advertise an unlimited number of listings – unlimited photos and ability to manage clients. If you only 1 listing to advertise, Postlets.com is great, but if you are looking to advertise multiple listings then realtywarp.com works great. I have also tried VFLyer.com and found it to be too expensive.

Jack Franklin
Monroe Realty

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Pete Sabine November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I recommend using Vflyer to do everything you can do with Postlets only faster and easier. Video, too.

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