Craigslist, we all know it provides us huge amount of traffic, but how do you optimize it? How do you know you are getting the most traffic out of it? And how do you avoid being flagged down every time? This is where I started my journey on searching for traffic. I set up my website with Google Analytic so I can see where the traffic is coming from and where I need to work on.
1. You have to treat every visitor as customers, and the oldest form of sales is going through demographic, this way you'll have clear idea of which state is not generating traffic for you and specifically target that state's traffic with craigslist. I've gotten 242 hits from Alaska and over 1843 hits from California alone.
2. Go after the most populated Cities, I've basically did a wikipedia search on America's most populated city , and I’ve posted my ads from New York City all the way down to Witchta Kansas, this way I have a clear idea I am hitting the hardest part of the U.S population. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are a must. There are several cities in Ohio that have huge population and they are not on front page of craigslist, making separate posts on those cities will grant you a lot of traffic. And after you are done with U.S, go hit up Canada's top populated city such as Toronto.
3. Third, target the craigslist population user. States like Vermont, Rhode Island doesn't have a concentrated population in a city, but their internet users are huge, targeting those states itself will get you a lot of traffic. On the other hand, there are states like West Virginia which wouldn't generate traffic at all simply because of lack of population and lack of internet users, which I won’t bother to post. Going through cities of craigslist, if there are not posts that means there is no demand, don’t bother with it.
As you can see, this is how I got over 10,000 hits from craigslist within 2 weeks. My next post will talk about how to make craigslist posts effective and how to prevent getting flagged down. If you think this post is helpful please leave a comment.
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