Tuesday, January 1, 2008

How To Create Hyperlinks on Craigslist

You have a couple of options when creating hyperlinks on Craigslist. First lets explain a couple of options that you have to get people to your website.
  1. Have people respond to your Reply To: address. Then send them an email with your web site address in there. This option is probably what Craigslist was intended for. However, it's the least likely of the scenarios that will get visitors to your site.

  2. You can write out your web site address like this www.MyCoolSite.com . It will not be clickable, but will most likely pass most, if not all, of Craigslist SPAM filters. Clickable hyperlinks are always prefered, but if you can't create one, this is probably the best way to go. Make sure you tell your readers what they are supposed to do:
    Cut-n-Paste this into your Web Browser => www.MyCoolSite.com

  3. Just type out, in plain text, your website address complete with the http:// like this http://www.MyCoolSite.com . By doing this, Craigslist will outomatically wrap your web site in the correct HTML to make it clickable. This works, and it works just fine. Infact, I've never been detected of flagged by Craigslist filters or the SPAM cops by using this technique. My only complaint, is that you cannot define your own anchor text. Your URL is your anchor text.

  4. A better alternative, if possible, is to create your own hyperlink using HTML. You can do this by typing this:
    <a href="http://mycoolsite.com/">Anchor Text</a>
    This works great, when Craiglist allows it. The Anchor Text can be any text you would like. This is the text that people see and you want them to click on. For instance, Anchor Text could be Click Here, Visit My Website, Make Money Today, or My Cool Site.

    This is preferred to the other methods mentioned above. With this method you have control of what people actually click on and what they see. However, in my experience, sometimes Craigslist does not allow this kind of link to be created without your entire ad being flagged or ghosted.

  5. The best possible way to create hyperlinkse would be using the method outlined in number 4 above, with a twist. That twist would be to actually hide your personal URL with a psudo or redirected URL. There are many service that allow you to do this. Probably the one most popular is TinyURL. There are many many of these services available for you to use. The only caveat to this is that most of the time, Craigslist will ghost your ad if you use one of these methods. If you can get your ads posting by using a redirector service, it is by far, the best way to post an ad.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm having a hard time posting hyperlinks with kijiji. Can you also activate a hyper link on the kijiji.com site.

thanks timw@nfmlending.com

Anonymous said...

so what I'm taking from your post is that, in your experience, no matter how well you disguise your hyperlink, it will more thaqn likley be flagged or ghosted. So what is the point of even posting. Is this something that makes it important to post everyday, just to avoid losing the post form the day before? Is there a certain time line that craigslist uses before it catches this, os is it instantanious the second it posts?

timw@nfmlending.com

Nanci said...

That was very helpful and I appreciate your descriptive direction on how to post links on CL.

capcaun said...

Don't think linking to a redirect site like tinyurl increases PageRank for your site.

A said...

Create an image file with your website address, with instructions to cut and paste the URL.

Anonymous said...

Just type http://(your site name w/out the www).com

This works great.

Anonymous said...

tim

Anonymous said...

tim

Anonymous said...

Thank you, now I know how to do this. Tim

R. Boruc said...

Thank for the info
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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your help!

Raju Sarkar said...

very very helpful post...Thanks bro

georgeserrano said...

yes worked great http://

Anonymous said...

very helpful. wondering also how to create a link that opens up a new page so that the existing page remains. thanks again!

Anonymous said...

None of these work now. I've just tried every one except with the tinyURL bec Craigs is ghosting the posts using this.

Mark said...

I don't seem to ever have problems with links in Craigslist ads when using an image or an "a href" tag like Square Inches of Love To the person who asked about opening in a separate tab, that may be accomplished adding target="_blank" to the a href. For those wanting to have a linked image, you want something like follew without space by and without the outside quotation marks that I am using to make this show up here... "< img src= "http://linktoyouronlineimage.jpg" border="0"> Use a source like Google's Picassa for your images.

Anonymous said...

thank you, your advice worked great!

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Ken Kalke said...

Thank You! Your recondation worked great.

Ken

Hschmeck said...

Awesome!!!! Worked perfect for me:)
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks worked great. I will use this at work.

Anonymous said...

Thank you...It works...very good advice

Anonymous said...

It works. I've only had one posting removed. The rest have all gone through without a hitch. Thanks so much for this advice!

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I just posted an ad with cl and they created a link for my website.No problems.Thank you to the person who said that cl would probably do that.

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I am flagged and ghosted on CL but enough get through that it is worth it to continue posting. The other free classifieds (Backpage, etc.) seldom produce any visits to my website.
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Bryan said...

I've tried all your suggestions but they all still only came up as straight text (not a clickable link). Have they made changes since you wrote this?

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Anonymous said...

"Note: A, IMG, FONT, TABLE, DIV, SPAN, CENTER are disallowed in for sale and housing." According to CL faq/help article here: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/html_in_craigslist_postings/details

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asm said...

How do I post a hyperlink on craigslist? I've tried <a href= etc. etc. and the link does not post properly thanks

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