Do you use Craigslist to generate traffic to your site? If not, you’re missing out on some free qualified visitors. What I’m going to talk about here is totally white hat SEO. It will not improve your SEO rankings. It will just bring some extra visitors to your site for a short period of time.
First, let’s see what’s good about Craigslist. To me Craigslist has 4 major benefits: it’s free; it’s a well known website; it is a trusted site; and most importantly, it is one of the most visited websites in the US.
Many internet marketers use Craigslist to make a quick buck. If you’ve been on Craigslist before, you’ve probably seen all these ads such as “Make $12,000 in 3 days”, or “Earn 2K residual for life”. These are ads made up to advertise affiliate programs. From an affiliate marketer standpoint, these ads have very little value because they will most likely be removed in a matter of minutes.
The real deal is to create ads that will stick (which means not be removed) to generate traffic to your site, not from Craigslist visitors, but from Google visitors.
Let me explain to you something you probably know… Google loves Craigslist and it crawls the site many many times a day. When you post an ad on Craigslist, Google will find it in a matter of minutes, index it, and give it much more importance than it actually deserves, putting it on the first page of Google for a given keyword. If one of your keywords shows up on the first page of the SERP, you’re gold! You will get good qualified traffic from this.
Let’s cut the crap. Here is what I recommend to do in order to get your Craigslist ad on the first page of Google:
- Your ad title should be your main keyword/keyphrase
- Choose your ad title wisely. If your website sells warts removal cures, don’t just name your ad “warts removal”. There is too much competition for this keyword, so be more specific: “Natural Warts Removal” would be good.
- Write a very short post description. Just a few words are enough. You’re not trying to sell the people right here; you’re trying to get them to come to your site! A good description for our warts removal site would be: “Our natural warts removal cure will help you get rid of warts naturally without drugs or cream”.
- Make sure to include your main keyphrase in the description.
- Include your URL and make it clickable. Not good: www.SebastienPage.com – Good: www.SebastienPage.com
- That’s it!
Now here is what you shouldn’t do:
- Do not repeat the same process over and over again with the same keywords. I don’t even recommend doing this over and over again with various titles as the Craigslist community will get back at you by flagging your posts. Just do it a couple times a week, switching ad titles and ad descriptions. Note that ads show up quickly on Google, but they don’t stay for more than 2-3 days.
- Do not use broad titles!!! As I mentioned above, do not use competitive keyphrases but go after the long tail.
I use this trick on the 3 of my money making sites and I get great traffic for free. Since you’re targeting the long tail, you’re most likely not gonna get thousands of visits. But as we say in French, “10 grams of fine patisseries are better than 10 pounds of potatoes”.
Here is a screenie of my fake ad posted on Craigslist for “Natural Warts Removal” ranking #1 for this search! Note that I posted this ad on Craigslist on 1/16/09. This screenshot was taken on 1/17/09. So by the time you see this, the results will most likely have changed.
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