What makes Craigslist ghosting a post? And how you can fix it ?
The term “ghosting” refers to when an ad appears successfully posted, while actually it was never published to the public. Whenever a user tries to post an ad, Craigslist system will confirm that your post is successfully published by sending link and post ID to your email. However, no one else will be able to see your ad because the system “hides” it from the front page. Those ads will just wander on the back halls of the site just like a ghost, hence the term “ghosting” is created. The worst part is that, unlike being flagged, you even will not receive any notification from the system that your ad just got ghosted.
Once you search craigslist in the category you posted, you won’t be able to see your ad.
In order to fix your Craigslist Ghosting issue you must deeply research about your craigslist ad content, and other lot of things that we are going to discuss in this article. In theory, the only post with potential aspect to become trouble will be ghosted by the system. This can happen if your account already had several ads that are flagged and deleted by the system. However, sometimes your ad is being ghosted without a specific reason, even when what you have posted is totally innocent. Sending a complaint report to the staff is not really helping and if you try to pull something funny, the site admin will just ban your account forever. Even if you are really careful not to post too many ads and strictly following all regulations, remember those competitors are trying their best to get you post removed.
However, there are several issues besides system error that can get you ghosted, such as a problem with the location, number of posts, ad description and ad links. The most common reason is a similarity in ad title and description with an existing ad. When you sell the same item, it is quite often you just repeat the same advertising tagline or catchphrase. Putting the suspicious link in your ad can also trigger the system sensitive algorithm to read trouble in your post. Since the staff will not really check user’s post one by one, any direct link that you put on your ad might be considered as click bait even if it only shows your product catalog.
So how to check whether your ad is really published by Craigslist? The easiest way is to search your ad’s ID on the site search button. 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. It means no flags, no phone call, no notification, no view, nothing! Even the most uninteresting ads will get at least several views and one or two flags from a passerby user, so if your ads just up unnoticed, possibly it was just never there.
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