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#1 wonder371

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:23 PM

I searched but it doesn't look like it has been mentioned.

So I operate a real estate website and blog. A big part of our marketing is posting ads on craiglist.org Maybe 3-5 a week in the services section and 5-6 in the real estate for sale section. This gave me a steady 20+ links. I know this is a very small number but it kind of ticked me off to see they went no-follow. I still get good traffic from posting ads on their though.

Anyone else notice this?

#2 Jill

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:29 PM

Very, very smart of them. Surprised it took so long. Hopefully it will help keep out the junk stuff of people just posting for links instead of for what posting is intended for.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 03:40 PM

I agree Jill, not sure what the hold up was there considering the amount of SPAM they get.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:38 PM

good point but, I don't think it is going to clear up much spam on there.

Any other Realtors on here who couple up their internet listing advertisements with do-follow classifieds? Any other good classified sites?


By making your site no-follow does it give you more SEO credibility (give you better "page rank")?

#5 Jill

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:17 PM

wonder371 don't you get it? Classified sites aren't out there for you to get links.

End of story.

Stop abusing them as if they were there as your personal link building playground. You ruin it for those who actually use them as they should be used.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:09 PM

I'm actually amazed that an organization as big as Craigslist took this long. I would have thought they'd have been one of the first to jump on the nofollow bandwagon. It's a little disappointing that it took them this long, assuming of course it took them this long.

#7 incrediblehelp

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:10 PM

Craiglist pages really dont rank THAT well either, so I dont see it effecting their traffic much.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:48 PM

Sorry- not trying to pile on, but-
I do work for a good sized Real Estate company. They place a lot of Craig's ads. They never put a link in the ad.
And they never place "service" ads in a "for sale" category. The idea is to get phone traffic to the desk from a real offering.

Like any social media, drink responsibly.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:58 AM

They finally did it. That another lost option for internet marketing.

I hope another site would turn up soon. smile.gif

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 03:34 AM

I really dislike no-follow, but seeing conversations like this soften me to it somewhat, the short term view of using sites like this to get links, makes the long term strategy of driving targeted traffic to a site so much harder; Just think if everyone used sites like they are meant to be used, we might get rid of ad blindness, people would spend more time on sites like craigs list actually clicking on ads, and people might read unsolicited emails safe in the knowledge that it was probably relevant to them....well a girl can dream!

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:07 AM

QUOTE(vsl.online @ Mar 3 2009, 05:58 AM) View Post
They finally did it. That another lost option for internet marketing.

I hope another site would turn up soon. smile.gif

And what difference does it make for marketing?

REAL people don't have a nofollow check.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:04 AM

I don't think Craigslist uses the nofollow on links... I think this member means they nofollow in the meta robots tag. View source of this job listing http://newyork.craig...1058078844.html Links are fine, but the top says:

<meta name="robots" content="NOARCHIVE,NOFOLLOW">



#13 Jill

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 09:23 AM

Which essentially amounts to the same thing though, doesn't it, Barry?

#14 rustybrick

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:39 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Mar 3 2009, 11:23 AM) View Post
Which essentially amounts to the same thing though, doesn't it, Barry?

Yea, true. but all links are nofollowed, including internal links... same deal, as you said.

#15 MaryKrysia

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:54 PM

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I'm actually amazed that an organization as big as Craigslist took this long.

Craig's list made the change to "no follow" links some time last year.

This was another reminder of not depending entirely on SEO for success on the 'Net.









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