Craigslist has always been a great place to buy and sell items, but real estate agents have also used it to find leads because it’s a great place to link to your website and showcase pictures of properties.
Here’s what we know. As of today, in all area’s as far as we’ve been able to see, Craigslist has removed all embedded images and links. Ads can still be posted and images can still be sought out and uploaded, but all hyperlinks are turned into non active text links. This means when the consumer clicks on the link, it doesn’t go anywhere. They stay ON Cragislist.
Here’s what we don’t know. Are links coming back? Will they come back with a pay per link or pay per ad feature? We think so. Craigslist watches, learns, and is probably already on the path to charge for housing ads as well. It would just make sense, according to our Source.
So What Are Real Estate Agent’s Supposed to Do if They’ve Been Counting on Links and Adds from Craigslist?
We can always go back to the drawing board and use old-school techniques. Simply providing valuable information for our buyers and sellers can work wonders. We can offer calls to action such as a free listing brochure or a list of foreclosures in the Bonita Bay community, etc. You can always use naked links like www.bonitabayfloridahomes.com and let the person copy and paste the URL into their own address bar.