Craigslist IP Blocked ? Here is what you need to do

There are several reasons craigslist block your IP address for a certain amount of time or forever! Its kind of a penalty if you spam craigslist you get in ” Craigslist Jail ” to help craigslist make their site clean and helpful.

Getting your IP Blacklisted can be a nightmare if your business solely depends on craigslist. This usually happens because a lot of folks do not bother to read Craigslist Term of Use and end up getting their IP blocked. 

Here are few actions that are worth considering to unblock your IP Address from craigslist.  This is not to game craigslist in any way, it is a little help for new users noticing this. In the second part of this post, I discussed how exactly you can avoid this.



Clear your Caches and cookies

If you unintentionally sent malware or anything else to craigslist from browser, you might end up getting your IP blocked. Simply clearing caches and cookies can help you to get rid of this issue. 

Follow these instructions to clear cache and cookies in  Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari

Once you clear your cache and cookies, re-open your browser and you’ll be able to visit

if your IP is still blocked after clearing your cache and cookies, keep reading. 

Unplug your Modem for few minutes

Craigslist track your public IP address. Use IP Chicken to check your IP address. Simply changing your IP address can fix the issue if you have a dynamic IP address. 

Because it changes after you re-connect with the internet. So just unplug your modem for few minutes and then plug it again. You’ll be able to change your IP address and unblock yourself from Craigslist.

If you have a static IP address, call your ISP and ask them to change your IP address or get a dedicated IP address which might cost you some money.

But it does not work for everyone. Unplugging your modem can only change your Class-D or Class-E digit in your IP address and if your suspension is for full IP address, you might not be able to unlock using this method. Keep reading, I am discussing other possible solution below.

Using Premium Proxy

If your problem is more severe. And the above soloutions aren’t working for you. You should use proxies to unblock craigslist. Lot of folks use FREE proxies for craigslist that never works, why? These free public proxies are banned by craigslist because they are abused by other users. So i’d suggest buying premium proxies for just $5.00

I’ve been recommending StringProxies to my readers and they work like a charm with craigslist. You can use them with one click. These proxies are easy to use, just download FireFox Plugin  or Chrome Plugin  and use these proxies with one click.

Precautions:- We discussed few possible solutions to get your IP Unblocked on Craigslist.  

But who is stopping you to be pre-emptive and try to be safe when we post ads on craigslist. Lets deep dive into how exactly you can post ads on craigslist without getting your IP Blocked. Below are few mains reasons for getting your IP Blocked on Craigslist.


Reason # 1:-  Over Posting

Craigslist has an algorithm which detects how many times you are posting ads from the same IP address. So if you post dozens of ads per day, it’s an unnatural pattern which triggers craigslist and they block your IP address.

Craigslist keep you in the sandbox to learn about your behavior, and if you keep doing what you’ve been caught, craigslist might strengthen the screws and gives you a huge penalty.  

Reason #2  Scraping data to quickly

Scraping data using a software or manual is prohibited on craigslist. They are putting different techniques in place to prevent their site from mass scrapers. If you try to scrap email address, phone number too quickly ( with software or manual) craigslist will block your IP address for certain amount of time assuming that you are using a software for mass scraping. 

Copying more than 20 phone no/email address per hour seems un-natural. Like who on earth would visit craigslist and copy Hundreds of email address and phone number?

Reason #3  Promoting illegal content

If you are promoting content that is illegal and shouldn’t be posted on Craigslist according to their Term of services, there are a lot of chances that you can get flagged quite quickly and your IP might be blocked for that reason as well. 

Please read the partial list of goods, services, and content prohibited on craigslist. If you break rules and continue posting, you’ll get flagged and eventually end up getting your IP Blacklisted. 


Reason #4 Someone else is spamming your IP Address

If you are posting from public IP (i.e office, coffee shop etc) you might be suffering from someone else shit. If someone else used the same IP for spamming craigslist and the IP blocked, you’ll be affected as well.

If you are posting from public IP address, stop doing it. And if you are posting from your home internet connection, Track down who is using your wifi connections. 

Wath the video to figure out who is using your wifi and how to block devices or other users.

Stop sharing your internet connection with anyone. Protect your IP Address and stay clean.


You can easily get your IP unblocked just by clearing your browser caches and cookies or changing your IP address as outlined above.

Do not game the system, play by the rules if you want to stay long term.

But the point is to be careful about what you post on craigslist and how you use the website. If you do anything that’s against their Term of services, you can get caught one day and will be banned/blocked. 

 Thoughts?  Let me know in the comments below.