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Part 4: How to create a simple image ad on Craigslist.

1. Create multiple email accounts – CL is going to need a phone # for EACH email address so they can verify your not a fake. Again they only allow about three DIFFERENT postings per email address so if your posting the same ad (even in different cities) they will figure it out. I’ve tried changing the words to be creative in my ad but they seem to figure it out so having multiple emails just makes more sense.

 2. Create an image that you want people to see – this is self explanatory. If your going to add words to your add I would recommend embedding them within the photo or add image. It just looks more “pro” than typing them in CL. I wouldn’t recommend using the stock font that CL offers. It just doesn’t look professional.

3. Post your image somewhere on the net – your image has to live somewhere on the net. I would try photobucket.com. It’s free.

 4. Once uploaded get the direct link to the image – You can get this once the image has been uploaded.

 5. Enter your info here. RED = your web address, BLUE = your direct link to your image

<center><a href=”http://www.yoursite.com” target=”_blank”><img border=”0″ src=”http://www.yourwebsite.com/Banners/832659180_tqnnX-XL.jpg” ></a><center>

6. Input all your search words you want people to find you with on Craigslist in GREEN. Please just use the relevant words to photography and not the entire industry (i.g. wedding, wedding DJ, wedding cake). I personally hate it when I’m searching for something and other things pop up that’s un related to my search. If I feel that way I’m sure other people feel that way.

<h6><center>Portland event photographer, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, corporate event, Christmas party, Sacramento event photographer, birthday party photographer, Luau party, New years party, nightclub party, after party</span></center> <h6>

7. If you wish to ad bold icons here are some icons you can place before or after your subject. Don’t forget to add the semi-colon. WARNING: Craigslist, will (sometimes) block your ad from showing if you ad icons like this.

#9668;    #9733;    &hearts;      #9658;      &#9619;     #9608;

8. Location – Use an actual location (i.g. greater Bay Area, all of Portland, etc) because CL spiders will  eventually  figure it out if you don’t.

9. Make your “posting title” and “specific location” in capitol. It just stands out more.

10. My preference is to click “hide” in the Reply to option for one big reason. If you click, “show” or “anonymize” your ad will get SPAM mail. People can get your email on your website, but it’s up to you.

It should look like this (you can keep it all black in color if you wish). You can create different ones (with words mixed around). All you have to do is paste the whole thing in the “posting description” and just cut the things you need to move to the specific location and posting title. That way you don’t have to go back and forth from another window. FYI the “<br>” means break. It brings all the search words lower (just a personal preference).

&#9608;&#9658;MY NAME PHOTOGRAPHY&#9668;&#9608;   GREATER PORTLAND&hearts;

<center><a href=”http://www.yourwebsite.com” target=”_blank”><img border=”0″src=”http://www.yourwebsite.com/Banners/banners/CL-ad-events/832659180_tqnnX-XL.jpg” ></a><center> <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><html><h6><center>event photographer, Portland event photographer, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, my name photography, after party, corporate event, Christmas party, birthday party, Luau party, New years party, nightclub party</center>

 

NEXT WEEK MY INTERVIEW WITH NIKOLE LIM

 

 

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