Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Couple Of Ways To Take Advantage Of Craigs List

I have become a Craigs List junkie over the last month or so as I used it to find an exercise bike. I have had some health problems the last couple of months and although I am not over weight, my doctor wanted to see me get a little more exercise. I knew an exercise bike would be right up my alley, but no way was I going to buy a brand new one, when a used one would fit the bill. 6 months after the New Year is a perfect time to sniff these out as well. People have lost their motivation by then. lol

Any how, I have also used Craigslist to do keyword research using the SEO Quake tip I gave a few days ago. Now you might try a few cities for a specific niche starter phrase or go wide open category by category in search of a niche or starting point. Does not matter. You can filter it down to 3 and 4 word phrases using the keyword density tool on SEO Quake then export it out and remove everything not relevant. Then run these through Micro Niche Finder or Market Samurai in bulk fashion and see what comes out the other end. With a good hour work, you should be able to find some good niches or phrases.

In addition to that tip, I have been experimenting with the Craigs list RSS feeds as well. They are in the bottom right corner of any page or search. I use the RSS Shortcode Wordpress plugin from Joost de Valk to make a few feeds from some big cities of a keyword phrase or product name search and then grab the feed and burn it with Feedburner. I then display that feed on pages of my niche website down at the bottom as aggregated Google food. Plus you are linking out in to a reputable site not using an affiliate link and adding to your surfers experience. Good for everyone. Get the picture? You can bury this in a tab using the Post Tabs plugin as well so the surfer has to dig to get to it, but the SERPS see it straight on. This works by category or search in Craigslist. Give it a try on a page or two and test it out. Pretty cool, huh?

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Jack said...

Dave, That is an excellent tip with the RSS feed. I am off to give it a go right now. It is so obvious. Why do you have to burn it with Feedburner?

soggy on July 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM said...

@Jack The feed would not show using it directly. Could be that Craigslist blocks certain servers because of abuse as well. It seems I remember reading something about this. You can try without it and see if it shows or not. If not, it takes just a few seconds to burn it with Feedburner. Also try multiple big cities with about 3-5 results each for 9-20 listings.


Anonymous said...

This is great, Soggy. Can't wait to try out the feeds. Can you do this in the sidebar as well?

soggy on July 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM said...

@Anonymous Yes, you can just implement the feeds wherever you want, sidebar included.



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