Who would have thought an email distribution list created by a guy named Craig would become a million-dollar online classified service available in 70 countries? I’ll admit, I didn’t. To Craig, I say: well done. Translating what was once popular in print to a relevant website is no small feat. From men looking for a salsa dance partner to organizations hoping to hire writers like myself, Craigslist has a plethora of classified ads for you to choose from.
Here’s the catch: while Craigslist is a successful business in its own right, not everyone has an all-access pass to those area puppies up for immediate adoption. That’s why Craigslist proxies are your new best friend. In this blog, I’ll take you through what a Craigslist proxy is, why you might need it, and how you’ll use it. Take a chance! Hire that personal home chef; geographic restrictions certainly won’t stop you.
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What Is a Craigslist Proxy?
A proxy is a gateway between your computer and the internet. Each time you enter a word into a search bar or type a website into a tab, your computer makes a request to be sent where you’ve asked to go. When that happens, the website you’re sent to can see the IP address that’s made the request. Every computer has a personal IP address, unique to that device. But your IP address is only capable of operating within the rules created for that specific location. Herein lies the main reason for using a proxy.
A Craigslist proxy masks your real IP address, replacing it with a new number. In addition, a proxy is capable of sending all your web requests from a different location than where you physically are living. This new number shields the old one, thus making a website believe that your computer is located in whatever area the proxy server is housed. Getting a proxy for Craigslist allows you to bypass limitations placed on your location. For even more info on all that proxies are capable of, take a look at our comprehensive blog on the subject.
How to Use Craigslist Proxies for Scraping
With all the information available to us, gathering data by hand is not a realistic request. Local libraries with a handful of books on a certain subject still exist, but are second to the large databases full of research on the same subject. Enter the digital scraper. Scraping is the automated process of data collection. A scraper bot garbs online information so fast, we humans don’t even register it. That data is then compiled into a document for our convenience. Scraping the internet for data is an efficient, expedited way to collect the material you require about planes, trains, or just about anything.
Let’s say, for instance, you are in the market for a motorcycle. While you could spend hours and hours browsing through Craigslist listings, it would be much quicker to scrape the data and then go through the results. You could see if there any motorcycles meet your criteria. Since Craigslist has sites for every major city in the country, it just makes sense to scrape the data instead of searching from one city to the next.
From a Craigslist perspective, scraping makes it easier to find any relevant job posting you might want or personal add appropriate for you. Combining a Craigslist proxy with a data scraper keeps your IP address protected while scraping. If you were to scrape Craigslist without a proxy, the website would be able to detect your scraper faster. You’re left vulnerable. Scraping isn’t against the law; it just needs to be used with caution, as many websites advise against it. Shielding yourself with a proxy is the best way to get the most out of Craigslist and ensure your online safety.
Avoid Restrictions With Proxy for Craigslist
As mentioned above, your location can have a great effect on what websites you’re able to access. If you live in a place that has tight restrictions on what you can or cannot see online, a proxy is a fantastic way to bypass Craigslist IP block. Furthermore, if you travel as much as you use Craigslist, you might run into issues using the site. Can’t go without Craigslist while on that business trip to Beijing? Set up a proxy before you leave and have full use of Craigslist’s services no matter if you’re in China or a remote island (assuming that island has WiFi).
Is Craigslist blocked at work or school? Apply the same attitude you have towards geographic location as companies or institutions that pick and choose the websites you can access. We’ve all been in a situation where a school library stops you from scrolling Facebook. Their heart’s in the right place. Full internet access can be a distraction, but you use Craigslist for more than just play. Remember our discussion on scraping? Scraping can be used for marketing purposes, PR, or to help with research on that big final paper. If you find yourself screaming, “Hey, why can’t I access Craigslist” The answer could come straight from the top of a corporation. Make use of that Craigslist proxy and stop struggling to access your favorite website at work or school.
However, not all proxies were created equal. Free proxies are not as anonymous as they claim to be and are often scams. Free proxies are often fronts that give proxy owners access to your computer. Imagine having to explain to your boss how your work computer got hacked while on the clock. He probably won’t be too happy when he finds out that it all started because you were trying to use a proxy. Instead of taking a risk with a free proxy, go with a private proxy. These proxies are completely anonymous and safe, so you won’t have to worry about anyone hacking into your computer or your boss finding out what you were doing at work.
How to Bypass Craigslist Phone Verification
You only have one wish in this world. That wish is to post on Craigslist without phone verification. But you post a lot and that’s not about to change. Unfortunately, posting under the same address on Craigslist is a sure-fire way to get a flag on your account. Entering personal information online feels scary each time it’s done, pile on all the times you post on Craigslist and that translates into verifying your phone number more often than you’re comfortable. Plus, if you’re using Craigslist from different locations at once, that verification will pop up again. But we know better at this point. A proxy can bypass the Craigslist phone verification with ease. Rotate your proxies on a regular basis and avoid getting identified. If your account happens to get flagged still, simply change proxies and begin again with a new IP address. Beginning again with a new IP will also help bypass a Craigslist IP block.
One note I want to make about the constant use of proxies, take care and pay attention. Using proxies on a regular basis can result in your account getting banned from Craigslist. Some people use proxies to gain access to people’s personal information and other nefarious schemes. You’re an upstanding citizen and just want to use Craigslist for personal reasons. Remembering why you love the site will stop you from ever having to ask, “wait, why did Craigslist block my IP address?”
Use Proxies for Craigslist Posting
Craigslist is big on fighting spam. In most cases, that’s fine. After all, you don’t need to sell your Dodge Ram 100 times, do you? One listing is enough. However, if you need to post a large number of ads that reach more than one location, a proxy is your solution. Because a single post is confined to the place your IP address is located, that post won’t reach a wide audience. Using a proxy to make multiple posts is particularly useful if you’re looking to make money fast.
I mentioned staying safe when bypassing phone verification, the same goes for using a Craigslist posting proxy. First, don’t make all of the posts at the same time. That will put a huge red flag on your account. Space out your posts accordingly, or Craigslist might think something untoward is happening and ban you. If you use a bot to put all of the posts up at once, Craigslist will go into overdrive and take them down. Second, add variation to your posts. Switch up the exact language you use in order to prevent suspicion. This can be done by hand or with the help of an article spinning tool. These tools rewrite text fast. Perhaps a task you can tackle while waiting to make your next post. Consider the precautions above and stay smart when posting.
The Best Proxy for Craigslist Posting
With all the talk about how to use a Craigslist proxy and how to bypass Craigslist IP block, you might be wondering where you can find the best IPs for a Craigslist posting. The internet is filled with companies that offer proxies. Some with more bells, some with lots of whistles. But there are a few considerations to keep in mind before purchasing the best proxy for you.
Browse the locations the proxy service offers. The more locations they offer, the more variety you’ll have between IP addresses. Variety in proxies makes it less likely for you to be recognized and flagged. Another big consideration to make before choosing a proxy provider is whether or not they offer dedicated proxies. Dedicated proxies are proxies exclusive to you and you alone. Other kinds of proxies, like semi-dedicated, are shared between three people. While cost-effective, semi-dedicated proxies are less secure and the more people using the IP address, the more chance for lag. Dedicated Craigslist proxies are recommended when making multiple posts and scraping online. Also, take notice of how large the proxy pool is. The larger a company’s pool of proxies, the greater the variation. And remember how crucial variation is when using Craigslist proxies?
Let these tips fuel your proxy choices and you’ll remain anonymous, stay safe, and get the most out of Craigslist.
Craigslist knows a thing or two about customer loyalty. Think about it. Between used cars and potential dates, almost all that Craigslist offers can be found on other sites and apps. But it’s their old school mentality that keeps returning consumers coming back to their favorite digital classifieds. Craigslist is a reminder of the past. The simplicity of posting an ad in a newspaper and getting a speedy response from a member of your local community. Craigslist taps into nostalgia for the way goods and services were once sold in print.
This nostalgia has led to a love affair with Craigslist that’s far from over. But the more you use Craigslist, the more you want to use it. A Craigslist proxy will change the way you look at the uber-popular site. Try your hand at scraping, post multiple ads at once, or do both on a regular basis. Craigslist proxies lift limitations off of locations and IP restrictions, all while shielding your identity. Set up a high-quality proxy today and see a whole new side of Craigslist.