Now most of us who use the web a lot will probably have heard of the classified directory site called Craigslist. Despite it’s simple look the site is one of the most popular commerce sites on the internet. It’s not quite as pervasive in places like the UK but is certainly used a lot in metropolitan areas like London and Manchester. You may have used it to offload personal items or simply as a place to browse over in the evening.
What you may not be aware is that for many people, Craigslist is their primary source of income. We all have heard of professional Ebay sellers, but there’s arguably just as much money to be made on Craigslist. Certainly if you have any sort of goods or services to sell, Craigslist is possibly a better outlet than places like Amazon Marketplace or eBay. Millions of people use it every day and arguably people are more likely to buy than on many other sites.
Many marketers and businesses I know rely heavily on this site, many of them making huge amounts of money selling their products here. What’s more it’s not just American based businesses that do well on Craigslist, if you hide your internet connection properly your location is no restriction either.
The problem for global sellers is that Craigslist is meant to be a ‘local directory’ – allowing local people to buy and sell in their own region. Which means that an African business for example wanting to sell to the US market is basically locked out. If you just want to sell your car that’s probably ok. However if you want to sell digital products and services then your potentially blocked from millions of potential buyers.
How it’s supposed to work is that if you’re in New York then you can place adverts in the New York classified section. Anyone else is blocked, you can only use the area you are physically located in – as long as Craigslist covers your area of course.
This works fine for people selling their personal stuff, but if you’re trying to sell things like digital products or software then it’s heavily restrictive. However fortunately there is a way around this, so if you’ve got something to sell and would like to reach a bigger market then read on. There’s no reason to give up on the huge potential of Craigslist just because you happen to be located somewhere it’s not available.
Hiding Your Location with the Best Proxies for Craigslist Posting
So how does a retailer in the UK post adverts into all the US versions of Craigslist then? Well fortunately they don’t have to travel around the US posting adverts from their laptop, although this would work too! Like many geo-blocking sites the core focus is on your IP address and where it’s registered. This is pretty accurate so your location is determined from where you connect to the internet from.
To change this you need the ability to hide your real IP address and use one that is located in the right location. Now there’s a few different ways of doing this but all rely on one basic method – relaying your connection through another server. This hides your real location and gives you the ability to adopt a new one – i.e. that of the intermediate server you are using.
So someone wanting to place an advert on the US version of Craigslist based somewhere else would simply connect to a US server in the correct location before placing the advert. It sounds pretty easy and it is to some extent although there are some complications. Firstly you need to ensure you have access to lots of different locations which can be an issue. Most proxies and VPNs have different locations but often they’re simply in a specific country – for Craigslist access you need to be more specific.
Many people look around at VPNs and although they can function well, they are often restricted by locations. Making a decision on what’s the best VPN for Craiglist in 2019 depends mainly on whether they have servers in the right locations. If you want to cover the entire US most won’t simply because it’s very expensive to have VPN server set up in lots of different areas.
For serious coverage you’d be better looking at Craigslist proxies, set up pre-loaded with lots of different IP address in different areas. However remember also you have to co-ordinate between posting to the specific sites and the IP addresses you are using. So for example you can’t use a New York IP address to post to the Los Angeles Craigslist board. Providing this sort of functionality means that you need the following –
- Many IP addresses in Specific locations
- Ability to switch IP locations while you post to each board.
- Private access to the IP while posting
Much depends on how serious you take this, if you just want access to a few locations then using a VPN service like Identity Cloaker will work fine. They have servers in several major cities in most Western countries, however they don’t have blanket coverage of somewhere like the USA. It might be best using a VPN to test and evaluate your Craiglist activities before moving across to a specialist proxy provider if needed. Also remember that a VPN won’t allow dedicated access to IPs either so you’ll have to hope no-one is using Craigslist on the same IP, at the same time as you.
If you want proper, residential IP addresses with complete control and coverage of Craigslist locations then there’s only one serious option I’m afraid – Luminati.
They have the largest global coverage of IP addresses in the world and you can access any Craigslist site using them. Remember though, they will also track duplicate accounts in other ways as well as IP addresses so make sure you vary the adverts, landing pages and physical addresses too.