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 the site clean and helpful.

Here are few things you need to unblock your IP Address. 


Clear your Caches and cookies

If you unintentionally sent malware or anything else to craigslist from your browser. They might block your IP Address. If that is the case you can un-block your IP Address, just by clearing your cache and cookies of your browser. 

Here are simple instructions on how you can 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. Just open IP Chicken and you’ll be able to know exactly what you IP is. 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.

Use FREE VPN to Access Craigslist From Different IP

VPN stands for a virtual private network it kind of spoof your IP address and you can search the internet with totally different IP address. 

Download Zenmate Chrome Extension.  Change your IP address with just a click and you’ll be able to access craigslist. 

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

But why not 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. If you can 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 dozens of phone number and email addresses.

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. 

Read Craigslist Posting rules,  and make sure you are playing within the rules, otherwise, you might be in trouble.


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

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.