Post on Craigslist for rental AD

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Hello there,

I always have been using CL to post the rental AD. It usually works very well and I could expect the emails flying in few min after posting it. However, I got 0 responds after posting my AD for 3 days. I always post a new ad with slightly different message every day to ensure it goes to the top of the search results. I also tried to search for my AD from the different device and it looks fine. After carefully testing it, it looks like the call and text feature is not working when clicking the link on iPhone. However, the email is working fine but I also received no email....

I also have posted the same AD on Zillow and received 10+ inquiries in 3 days. It means there is nothing wrong about the content of the AD or pricing. 

Wondering if any landlord had the similar experience. I want to figure out what goes wrong and fix it. 

Thanks a lot!

I have two ads out that have brought me crickets on CL these past weeks.

@Hui Kiang If CL thinks you're spamming, they will "ghost" your posts.  You write a post and it looks good to you - but only you can see it.

I don't know what metrics they use to make that determination, but you can test for it by logging out and then browsing CL from a private window.

Wait a half hour as posting can take some time.  Then, if you can't find your post, it means that you're ghosted. 

You'll need to write an entirely new ad - and maybe create a new account.

Charlie MacPherson, Real Estate Agent in MA (#9532146)
781-412-4151

@Hui Kiang   Yes, CL is not producing the same  number of leads that it used to in the Bay Area.  It is hard to know if it is a permanent or temporary thing.  Regardless, I recommend posting in as many places as you can for maximum exposure.  

What you'll find is that the "hot" platform of yesterday may not be the same today.  That being said don't abandon the "cold" platform.  I recently leased a condo through a CL add even thought 95% of the inquiries were through different sources.

Chad Hale, Real Estate Agent in CA (#01878782)

Things are definitely slow on CL, but the responses I get to the "pushbutton" emails on Zillow/Trulia/Hotpads are crap quality. They don't pick up the phone or respond to emails back. I tried texting them with low response also.  I f-ing hate millenials, who refuse to actually talk on the phone!

Originally posted by @Grant Rothenburger :

@Hui Kiang Have you tried reaching out to craigslist support?

 Hi Grant, I tried to look for their support. It's really hard to get a hold of them...It looks like their little contact button is not working very well when I use phone# from Google voice. 

Originally posted by @Johann Jells :

Things are definitely slow on CL, but the responses I get to the "pushbutton" emails on Zillow/Trulia/Hotpads are crap quality. They don't pick up the phone or respond to emails back. I tried texting them with low response also.  I f-ing hate millenials, who refuse to actually talk on the phone!

 Hi Johann,

Agree. They don't answer email or text either.  Hard to get a hold of some prospects. Those will not be the good tenants anyway if they can't even be responsive to this. 

Originally posted by @Chad Hale :

@Hui Kiang  Yes, CL is not producing the same  number of leads that it used to in the Bay Area.  It is hard to know if it is a permanent or temporary thing.  Regardless, I recommend posting in as many places as you can for maximum exposure.  

What you'll find is that the "hot" platform of yesterday may not be the same today.  That being said don't abandon the "cold" platform.  I recently leased a condo through a CL add even thought 95% of the inquiries were through different sources.

Hi Chad, 

It's so sad to see CL is not working anymore. You're right about only 5% of the inquiries are from CL and the quality is not ideal either. 

Originally posted by @Charlie MacPherson :

@Hui Kiang If CL thinks you're spamming, they will "ghost" your posts.  You write a post and it looks good to you - but only you can see it.

I don't know what metrics they use to make that determination, but you can test for it by logging out and then browsing CL from a private window.

Wait a half hour as posting can take some time.  Then, if you can't find your post, it means that you're ghosted. 

You'll need to write an entirely new ad - and maybe create a new account.

Thanks for the advice. I was aware of that and tried to come up different content. There is still little responds. I also have tested and searched for it. It's posted. Guess CL is just not working that well anymore.  

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