I’ve heard a lot of agents having problems with Craigslist ghosting, and so I’d like to offer a couple insights from my experience
Why does Craigslist ghost? Craigslist has algorithms and also employees that ghost your posts. The algorithm looks for abuse such as someone posting from multiple Craigslist accounts from the same IP address or anyone posting too much from the same IP address. As a general rule of thumb, “too much” could mean “kinda sorta” posting more than 20 times a day. Why “kinda sorta”? The human element of Craigslist is based on human subjectivity, which basically means that there are no set rules as to why a Craigslist employee will ghost a post. That’s right! The joy of playing god and arbitrarily deciding which posts deem worthy or unworthy.
What’s the best way to tell if you are being ghosted? The hard way would be to check all of your posts, but that would waste a ton of time. The easier way is to use CraigslistAdTracker’s Link Tracker program for each post. When I do this, I look for posts with zero traffic and check to see if they are being ghosted.
How can you prevent ghosting? I could not tell you because this is a public forum. Wow! What a terrible answer! If you can search the solution on Google, then the Craigslist team will also be searching the same solution. Craigslist knows if you post from the same location by your IP address, and most of the solutions that prevent ghosting involve changing your IP address and clearing your cookies. But here’s the problem. Craigslist hires some pretty smart people who may also have a little knack for playing god.
So, let me tell you what doesn’t work. Two programs called “Hide My IP” and another one called “Hide My A**” do not work on Craigslist. Let me explain real quick what a proxy server is. Many companies prevent their employees from visiting certain “taboo” or unproductive sites like porn sites, eBay, Craigslist, Hulu, etc. and they often block access to certain IP address. The only to get through these blocks is by setting up a proxy server, which covers up the original IP address with an intermediary IP address. But here is the problem. Craigslist banned many proxy servers that are known for abuse.