How to Make Money on Craigslist

 Best Methods to Make Money on Craigslist

 Let's face it, to the average person, selling is a simple transaction in which goods are exchanged between buyer and seller. However, to markers, selling is much more than a simple transaction. Selling is a way of life! Therefore, it requires a certain type of mindset.

Craigslist has been a major resource for sellers since 95'. Across the globe internet entrepreneurs have earned thousands selling products through the classified ad site. Many people around the world use these basic techniques to sell items on Craigslist and so can you.

The sale of goods can be profitable nowadays. However, you must understand the basics if you want to successfully sell items on Craigslist. Fundamentals like don't post duplicate content, respond to buyers A.S.A.P., or don't meet people at nighttime. In addition, you must have a strategy. By strategizing, you can increase profits and sales. In other words, instead of earning $300 posts, you could earn $500.

Sales concept, with red tags.

Lastly, be sure to read the policies, terms of service and posting options before posting ads. The site currently allows you to repost ads every forty-eight hours per section. Posting more than you are allowed can get your post flagged or even worse your account can get banned. At any rate, below are effective marketing strategies that can help you maximize your profits:

Browse Though the Site

To begin you may want to browse around and get familiar with the site. Check out the pages or posts you're interested in. Even check out the content you are not interested in. Click through all the sections to get familiar with the site. It can be time-consuming contacting customer support for information that is already provided on the site.

Create a Craigslist Account

If you do not have an account, you should start by signing up for the site, the membership is free. It will benefit you to have an account. You can use more features and keep track of all your postings. This will help you identify titles and phrases that are effective.

Post Proffessional Photos

When a post has photos, buyers are more likely to click through. In addition, ads that look professional also attract more attention. It is highly recommended using a digital camera to take photos. For those who don’t own a digital camera consider purchasing one. It will pay off in the long run. Studies have shown low quality photos have a high bounce rate. Whereas high quality photos have a lower bounce rate. Maintaining a lower bounce rate is important. A lower bounce rate declares conversations with potential buyers are ensuing.

Valuable Customer Service

If your planning to make money from CL in the long haul, it's essential to keep customers happy. Customer satisfaction is a key fundamental of marketing. When it comes to business, customers are essential, without customers a business would not exist.

Find Free Items to Resell

The most profitable product you can sell is something you didn't buy. to sell are free products. Marketing products that are free yields one hundred percent return. Take advantage of the free section under the for sale column. You never know when you will get lucky. Junk to some people may not be junk to you. There are times when 42 inch Sony televisions are given away simply because owners upgrade their home entertainment system. You can turn around and sell anything that is free to you. It has been done in the past and still continues to be done.

Don't Post Duplicate Advertisements

Never duplicate the same advertisements. Members will flag your post and eventually CL will not post your ad if spiders detect duplicate content. It is important to keep your headlines fresh and attention grabbing. This will help you gain valuable visitors to your ad. It's vital to have beneficial customers opposed to non-beneficial customers. Valuable buyers will usually show up on time and give you the right contact information. Additionally, they come with the correct amount of money for the purchase, things of that nature. Your non valuable buyers are usually the ones that are hard to deal with. Always asking for a bargain, not showing up on time or not showing at all. In conclusion, by posting good material you can influence your audience, potentially leading to quality buyers.

Buy For Cheap, Sell For More

Buy products for cheap, then sell your products at a higher price. You can easily find places in your city that offer discounted goods. These are places like garage sales and flea markets. Here are a few other places you can browse; pawn shops, antique stores, discount stores, wholesale companies, and online drop shipping companies. It's highly recommended that you continue to research this particular step if you are looking to generate big money. The more resources you find, the more money you make.

Respond to Potential Buyers A.S.A.P

A great way to sell your products faster is by responding to potential buyers as soon as possible. Make sure you are reachable by both methods email and phone. You really want to be as convenient as you can for potential buyers. Some buyers who are looking for a purchase can be at work and would rather send an email than make a phone call. People who post ads saying do not contact them by email are losing potential buyers. Imagine the amount of people who may not even own a cell phone or landline. Cell-phones are important to have because nine times out of ten you will have to meet someone at a specific location to make a purchase.

Find Jobs Under Craiglist Gigs Section

If you have time on your hands, you can always find a job under the gigs section. There are opportunities available daily in most cities. You can find computer gigs, writing gigs, creative gigs along with a few others. 

Meet Buyers in Public

Last but not least, meet buyers in public places around crowds of people. Ordinarily it's safer to meet customers during the daytime. Not only for your safety but this gives buyers a sense of safety as well. In addition, if something were to go wrong it's more likely to be witnessed during the daytime. Safety is the number one when you are meeting strangers.

Start Trading Products (Paperclip to Farm House Story)

Have you ever heard of the story of (Kyle MacDonald) a man who began trading a paperclip and ended up with a farmhouse? Kyle MacDonald started with a red paperclip and ended up with a farmhouse. This was done in the course of fourteen transactions.

  1. The first transaction was trading a paperclip for a pen in Seattle.
  2. Next the pen got swapped for one doorknob in Seattle.
  3. The doorknob was traded for a camp-stove in Amherst.
  4. Then the camp-stove was exchanged for a Honda generator in California.
  5. Afterwards the Honda generator was bargained for an instant party, empty keg in N.Y.
  6. The Instant party was swapped for a ski-mobile in Quebec.
  7. At that point, the Ski-mobile got traded for a two person trip to B.C.
  8. A second spot for the trip, exchanged for a box truck.
  9. The box truck, bartered for a recording contract in Ontario.
  10. Then the contract with Jody Gnant was exchanged for a year's rent in Arizona.
  11. A year's rent in Arizona, traded for an afternoon with Alison Cooper.
  12. One afternoon with Alison Cooper, swapped for a motorized snow globe by the band KISS.
  13. The snow globe was traded to Corbin Berson for a film role (Donna on Demand).
  14. Lastly, the movie role got traded for a two story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan.

In conclusion CL can potentially be extremely profitable. Average people worldwide have the ability to start with nothing and end with everything. If you dedicate yourself to the task. Anything is possible, as long as you are willing to sacrifice your time and put forth effort.