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Craigslist Post using Wolfnet IDX

Craigslist Post using Wolfnet IDX

ATTN: As of November 2013, Craigslist is no longer allowing the use of html code in its “for sale” and “housing” categories. As such, most of the information in this video is no longer applicable. We will keep you posted if Craigslist makes any further changes or allows html and links in posts again.

We will walk you through a step by step procedure to create a Craigslist post using a property listing from your Wolfnet IDX solution.

To get started, open 2 browser windows.

In one window, log in to Craigslist.  Decide on the type of post you will be creating and the city you will be posting in. I am making a new post that will appear in Fort Myers / SW Florida. You will be asked what type of post it is. Next, click on “Housing Offered.” Choose the category, “Real Estate by Broker.” Choose the location of the property, e.g. Collier County.

Now before we write the post, open window number 2. I will now do a property search in my eAgentc website for the MLS number of the property I wish to post. When you have the listing in front of you, you can decide what to write in your post.

In the Craigslist window, start with Posting Title, for example – “Stunning views from Pelican Bay.” Enter your specific location, e.g. Naples, Florida.

Now add a posting description for your property. You can simply copy what you have written in the MLS listing or create a new description. In the description, make sure you add a link to your website and a photo of the listing! Here’s how:

Still typing in the description box – type the following:

“To see complete property details click here”

Now for the link copy the next line of code and paste it in your description:

<a href=”http://www.mlsfinder.com/fl_mlsn/garykusher/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&amp;property_id=213007481“>http://www.mlsfinder.com/fl_mlsn/garykusher/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&amp;property_id=213007481</a>

Now you need to replace my listing with your listing and to do this we go back to the browser with the listing and copy the URL that will start with www.mlsfinder.com and replace it 2 times with the text in red above.

**If you’d like your Craigslist post to also include a link directly to your website homepage, you may create it in the same manner as above by replacing the red text (twice) with your website home page instead of the listing page.**

Now we want to add a photo, so let’s add some text like what I have below.

“Click on photo to see more photos!”

Now to add a photo we need to add a little more code and make changes to display your photo. Copy and paste the following text.
The line I highlighted in red needs to be the same URL that you just pasted above a few minutes ago. This will allow a customer to click on the photo and be directed to the listing. The code in green below needs to be the location of the image you want to display. The way we find that code is as follows; go to your listing and right click on the photo and then click “view image info” in Firefox or “properties” in Internet Explorer. Copy the URL of the image and paste it where I have the green lettering below.
<a href=”http://www.mlsfinder.com/fl_mlsn/garykusher/index.cfm?action=listing_detail&amp;property_id=213007481“><img src=”http://images.kw.com/listings/6/1/2/6123045/1366566966176__kwipfn01_0_.jpg” alt=”” border=”0″ hspace=”5″ /></a>

We are almost done, I suggest that you add a listing courtesy and contact information section like shown below.

“Listing Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty, Naples

Contact: Gary Kusher – Broker Associate”

Now we add the price, beds, bath, sqft, etc.

In the Craigslist window, click continue,

You can now add up to 8 images to the posting, I already added my photo using code so I will skip this area, click done with images.

You are done, if you need to edit the text or images you can or click publish.

You will now receive an email with a link to confirm the posting of the listing, once you accept it your listing will appear live within hours.

Your new Craigslist post will run for either 7 or 45 days depending upon where you are located, for details on length of post click here: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/posting_lifespans

To view the Craigslist post referenced in the youtube tutorial and  created on 7/9/2013 click here: http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/reb/3924673020.html

To view the post created during the youtube tutorial click here: http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/reb/3932081666.html

Gary Kusher