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Track Your Stats on Craigslist

Craigslist is one of the top online classified ad sites on the internet today.  With a worldwide audience of millions, it isn't just a place to sell your old Atari system or get rid of the junk you've collected over the years.  Real Estate Professionals are missing an amazing opportunity to promote their listings if they aren't doing so on Craigslist.  If you're using Craigslist for your listings, market reports and open house announcements, you're going to want to know how to track your stats.  The Craigslist Ad Tracker is definitely the tracking tool you need.

With your free Craigslist Ad Tracker tool, you can:

  • graphSee how many visitors click on your ad in real time (as soon as it happens).
  • Find out where they are clicking from around the world.
  • Separate stats into hourly, daily, weekly and monthly visitors, helping you determine when your ads receive the highest clicks.
  • Track which ads are getting the most clicks back to your website to show you which ads are working best with your audience.
  • Image hosting and tracking.
  • Create a lead and/or contact form for your ads.
  • Free hit counters.
  • Use a hidden tracker in your ads, if you would like.
  • Exclude any internal traffic that may skew your stats.

All you have to do after you create your account at the Craigslist Ad Tracker website is to create a tracking code by entering a short description of the ad you wish to track, insert the tracking code into your Craigslist ad and wait for the results.  You can set up your account to receive emails with new stats as often as you like.

If you are using Craigslist for your real estate business and want to see which ads are working, which ones aren't, what keywords your buyers and sellers are using to find you and even which ad titles are working the best, track your stats with the Craigslist Ad Tracker tool.  Simply advertising isn't enough.  You need to know what your real estate clients are looking for so that you can mold your advertising campaign into a much more successful one.  Let me know if you need any help!

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comment balloon 50 commentsPamela Cendejas • March 03 2011 05:45PM

Comments

Pamela, I use this tool for virtually all of my posts.  Adam with CraigslistAdTracker has been excellent in listening to and implementing suggestions and ideas.  I've invited him to become an ActiveRain member and hopefully he'll be joining our community soon.

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain about 9 years ago

I had great luck with Craig's List until word got out and now you won't stay page one for fifteen minutes. Like everything else in our world, if it works keep it quiet and enjoy the few minutes before it gets overwhelmed.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 9 years ago

Pamela,

 

Excellent information. I have bookmarked this for later. I'll put it to work as son as I can.

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Hi Rick - I love to learn about new opportunities to improve my marketing efforts.  This was a good one to share since it's not something that a lot of people know about.  It provides some really great information.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Randy - Here's a trick you might want to try.  Craigslist doesn't allow you to repost within a 48 hour period.  So, either create more than one post (5 to 7 per week) and rotate those posts or go into your Craigslist account and make a small tweek in your posting and repost it.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Brian - Thanks for stopping by.  I do a lot of marketing on Craigslist for my clients.  They want to know how my marketing efforts are paying off and which ads are working the best.  This tool helps.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Pamela,

This is very helpful information to have... thanks for sharing it with us.  I have used Craig's list to advertise my business but I am sorry to say not on a regular basis.  I will bookmark for reference.

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Wow! I never realized how useful Craigslist could be for a business. Thanks for the information.

Posted by Lynnel Townsend (LIFES) about 9 years ago

Hi Linda - A good tool for keeping track of what works and doesn't work in your Craigslist marketing efforts.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Lynnel - When you use Craigslist for business, you can expect to get a lot of spam.  But, if you are willing to dig through the junk, you could just find a pearl.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Pamela, I just discovered CraigsList Ad Tracker the other day and bookmarked their site (it's been a crazy week for me!) I am also going to bookmark your post for future reference. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 9 years ago

Pamela, this is great information.  I use Craigslist all the time to market my listings but never knew how to track that effectiveness.

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Long & Foster Hampden) almost 9 years ago

Hi Leilani - Glad you found it.  It's a great help for tracking your marketing results.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi June - Happy to help.  I use Craigslist for my clients - some of them hate because of the spam.  Others understand that you sometimes have to sift through the coal to find the diamond.  What's your take?

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Thank you for the information!

Posted by Janet Naisbitt-Bagley (ERA Realty Center) almost 9 years ago

Pamela~ THX for this useful INFO!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 9 years ago

We have been using it for quite a few months - good useful info realized.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

You're quite welcome Janet and Janeanne. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, this is a a terrific piece! 

Brian L. Sirota, Esq., Broker/Attorney, Bristar Realty, Orange County, California

 

Posted by Brian L. Sirota, Esq., For Solutions: (714) 501-7660 (Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney)) almost 9 years ago

Hi Mel - It's always good to know if our marketing efforts are paying off. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Thank you, Brian.  I appreciate your comments.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, this is great stuff - thanks!

Posted by Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales (Real Estate Places) almost 9 years ago

Thank you, Terkel.  Hope it helps you with your Craigslist marketing efforts.  Enjoy your day!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Can't wait to try this - definitely bookmarked it to refer to! Thanks

Posted by Julie Cendejas, Associate Broker (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, I love craigslist. I've been buying and selling there for years! Thanks for great info - love the fact that the tracking is free :)

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Be careful that the hit counters do not violate CL terms of service.  I inserted one and got repeated flagged posts.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the post today.   I enjoyed the read.

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing, I am going to implement tomorrow!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. I was searching for some Craigs list info and came across this great post. I am definitely going to reblog this to help others too.  Much appreciated.

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, very nicely compiled information. In fact, I have been using CraigsListAdTracker for a while - and am amazed at the statistics! (I used to use another tool - StatCounter - but CraigsList cracked on it and does not allow this code into the postings any more.)

Your post is featured but I think, it surely deserves to be re-blogged.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 9 years ago

Pamela. I have not been using Craigslist as much these past few months, but if I start to use it again, I will give this a try.

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Pamela - This information will help me derive more benefits out of using Craigslist.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Thanks Pamela! I just added this to my current posts! SO COOL

Posted by Sinead McAllister, Broker - McAllister Homes Real Estate, Oceanside, (McAllister Homes Real Estate) almost 9 years ago
This was a reblog for me. Now I need to test it and see the stats!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Pamela,  Craig List is one that I have not gotten involved with, but after your post, it is on my TO DO LIST.  thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) almost 9 years ago

This is extremely useful for me. . .thank you for the tip! 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 9 years ago

I just used and posted a new ad. . .can't wait to see the results!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Pamella, I didn't know about this.  Will definitely use it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 9 years ago

Hi Julie - First of all, are we related?  Our last name is the same.  Since it's an unusual name and since it's spelled the same as mine, there's a good chance we are.  At any rate, I hope you find this tool helpful.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Wallace - Thank you for the heads up.  I know Craigslist flags some accounts so I appreciate the info and reminder  about Craigslist terms of service.  Good point!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Thank you, Dick and Dixie, for the reblog.  So happy you found what you were looking for.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Praful - Sounds like you could have written a very good post about the ad tracker tool.  Thanks for the reblog.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Anna - Some people are hesitant to use Craigslist ads because of the spam.  Glad to see you have had success.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Patricia - Christine - Aaron - Marc - Sinead - Gabe - Thanks for your responses.  I hope you find much success using Craigslist and its Ad Tracker tool.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ronald - The best thing about a To Do list is getting to check it off.  Much success!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Hi Fernando - I'll be looking for your follow-up to let us know how successful you were.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, I just started to use this and it is awsome!!! Thanks so much, I did a re-blog too !

 

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) almost 9 years ago

Hi Christine - YAY!  Thanks for the re-blog.  Passing around the love. ;o)

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

Pamela, great information on Craig's List Ad Tracker. I will not be using it - did not know it existed. Thanks,

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 9 years ago

Hi Teri - Thanks for your response.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 9 years ago

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