What is Craigslist Ghosting and How to Fix it in 2018


Did you notice sometimes you post an ad on craigslist and you get tons of responses? And sometimes you are just ignored? Well, there are too many reasons that you need to find out.  So here are some common problems that your ad didn’t get the traction you expected:-

  • You are posting ads quite often.
  • Your ad has been flagged by the community.
  • You are posting the ad at a wrong time. That’s not suitable for leads to convert.

What other problems you can think off?  Did you hear the term of ” Craigslist Ghosting”?  Lot of folks are getting down on their revenues and conversions from craigslist just by getting their ads “ghosted”  

So what is Craigslist Ghosting? 

when you post an ad Craigslist confirm that your post is successfully published by sending link and post ID to your email.

But Once you search craigslist in the category you posted, you won’t be able to see your ad. No one else will be able to see your ad because the system “hides” it from the front page. its called “Craigslist Ghosting “

how to check whether your ad is ghosted or live?

The easiest way is to copy your 10 digits post id from the bottom of your ad as shown in below screenshot. 

Now paste this post id in search in the search box of the category where you posted the ad.

If you cannot find that certain ad, big chance that your post is ghosted.

The other sign is when you did not get any response from your ad.  No phone call/ emails, nothing! Even the most un-interesting ads will get at least several views, so if your ads just up unnoticed, possibly it was just never there.

it is not a rocket science to make your ads Ghost-proof. I figured it out recently by doing some testing and tweaking. In this article, i am going to show you the main pain points that you can consider if you really want to avoid craigslist ghosting. 

Let’s get straight into this….

So these are main ghosting factors that can be triggered by craigslist and ghost your ad.

1) Your IP might be blacklisted. 

What is IP Blacklisting? It is a list of users or groups of website visitors regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and often marked down for punishment because of their spam activities.

 If you post too much spam, craigslist block your IP for an unknown period. And focus you more closely to learn the behavior of your ads which result in frequent flags and ghosting.

You might be a victim of a bad neighborhood. Someone else might be using the same shared IP address and spamming on craigslist which result in getting IP blacklisted.


  • Do not post ads from a public place. ( Cafe or Co-Working Spaces) 
  • Do not use any software for auto posting. 
  • Try to post 2-3 ads and increase gradually. 

If you think your IP is blacklisted. You can change your IP address quite easily using proxies. DO NOT use public proxies they are mostly spammed!  

I recommend StringProxies. They work like a charm with craigslist.  They are easy to use and never used on craigslist before.

You can download  FireFox Plugin or Chrome Plugin and just copy and paste the IP address! You do not have to mess up with your browser and carry complex settings. 

There is no rule of thumb. Do not game the system. Try to be natural.

2) Your Ad Title, Description, and Images

Most folks use the same title and description again and again. Do not spam the same content until death! Try to use unique ad titles, description, and even Images.  Your title should be unique every time you post a new ad. If you try too many duplicate ads, craigslist is going to slow you down by ghosting your ads. 


The most common reason is a similarity in ad title and description with an existing ad. When you sell the same product or services, you just repeat the same advertising tagline or catchphrase quite often.

You can use Craigslist Ad Title Generator which helps you to create unique titles on craigslist. Watch the video below and learn how it works.

Download Ad Title Generator

3) Outgoing Links

We have noticed that if you use a suspicious link in the ad content, you might get ghosted. I noticed this in service section a lot. Some overseas post ton of ads in small business to send traffic to their affiliate offers. These ads are considered as spam because they do not provide any value to the visitor. Instead of funneling their ad visitors through affiliate offers or a lead magnet using a click bait. 

Click bait soal purpose is to attract and encourage visitors to click on the link without providing any value.

How to fix?

  • Try to avoid posting URL’s in the ad description. 
  • If you really want to drive traffic to your website. Use a custom image and include your website in the image.
  • Do not use URL Shortening services like Bitly or google short URL

If can’t create images yourself can get this from People Per Hour for few bucks. 

4) Issue with a phone number

Craigslist algorithm is very smart when it comes to tracking phone numbers. Can’t you post ads on craigslist without a phone number right?  You might be asking, how my phone number can cause an issue with craigslist posting?

You can get ghosted based on our tests when:-

  • Phone Number in your Craigslist account and your Craigslist ad description was different.
  • Your Phone Number has been blacklisted. 


Verizon and Toll-Free numbers do not work on craigslist. It’s better to use your friend and family phone number. Or buy a new phone number that you can use for craigslist. 

Be careful once you are accepted with new phone number and do not break craigslist rules. Otherwise, you might be in trouble.  

Not Able to Figure out it Yourself? 

I outlined all the possible reasons that can cause your ad getting flagged or ghosted. But everyone’s case is unique. You can test and tweak at your end to figure it out.

 If you don’t have the time and expertise, you can use my service on People Per Hour.  I’ll take a look at your campaign and figure out the exact reason and consult you to make your craigslist ad flag-proof.


Conclusion and takeaways 

Based on our own testing, the above-mentioned reasons are most common for ghosting. So make sure you have a clean IP address, and you are not using duplicate image name, duplicate content ( Including title and description) and try not post the same ad in different cities again and again.

  1. Semi-Dedicated Proxies for your Craigslist Ads. ( Ask for USA proxies)
  2. Use this Firefox Plugin or Google Chrome Plugin for these proxies to avoid costume settings in your browser.
  3. Craigslist Ad Title Generator helps you to create thousands of unique headlines for your Craigslist ads instantly!
  4. Get a high quality Craigslist Flyer From People Per Hour. Check out Samples Here.