I have written in the past about my luck with Craig's List. I am a fan of it not only for advertising properties but it is an awesome SEO tool if used correctly. The more popular sites link to your site, the higher your site will be ranked by the popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
Many know that I am not a fan of using Postlets, VFlyer and similar real estate fliers with Craig's List. The more information we give to viewers, the less likely they are to link to our sites, it is the basic rule of advertising that has never changed. I use Craig's List in many new ways that most have never thought of and one thing I always do is give limited photos and encourage the viewer to link to my site by having a link to it. This causes two things: First I get the SEO benefit of the viewer linking to my site and secondly, I encourage them to look at other listings and other valuable information I have posted on my site.
The data below was taken from my site tonight and shows that two Craig's List postings I posted early in the week rank directly behind Google in terms of attracting the most viewers to my site. It can't be any clearer than that. At one time when I tried using Postlet I had NO VIEWERS link to my site. As soon as I went back to the system I currently use the links to my website skyrocketed and I started getting sales.
Postlet, VFlyer and other real estate flyers look nice but they don't encourage visitors to link to your site and this in my opinion is a big mistake in the proper use of Craig's List or any other real estate portal. Don't give the farm away in advertising. Give visitors a reason to link to your site. The search engines will smile upon you and you will have viewers view other listings of yours they otherwise would not have done.
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