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End of Craigslist?

written by Altit, Inc. -5/1/2009

written by Altit, Inc. -5/7/2009

With the recent trouble Craiglist has ran into with law enforcement from the incidents such as the massage therapist killing in Boston, MA, student assault, hit man ad., etc. etc,  it’s no surprised that law enforcement is going after part of the source, the once proclaimed non-profit, free ads-only website for mainly what it had started with-free listing for anyone, anywhere*.  With that, it is certainly many Craigslist haters would loves to see-an end of Craiglist.  Before we decide it’s a good thing-end of violence vs. bad-end of free ads. (well, free for 90%-95% of the ads according to Craig himself), it’s hard not to overlook why there’s such a push to bring-down Craigslist-a visit to the nation of Criag haters.

Change of Business Plan

Craigslist has started in 1995 proclaimed as a website of non-profit, free ads for apartment listing, etc. & had to change most of its business plan for ‘sustain/keep up with the economic condition as Craig call it back in 2007/2008.  But, Mr. Craig, from the Criag haters (not me), what is there to keep up in the business of “non-profit”?  In fact, Craig has repeated say Craigslist is aim to provide that free medium for programmers, ordinary people like you and me to freely list their services & products.  With the investment came in from ebay (about 10% of Craigslist revenue), it’s no surprise a lot of people (include the ‘special adult service’ ads contributors) has this love & hate relationship with Craigslist.  Love-probably for the anywhere, any time, any kind of people visit the site.  Hate for the $25+- charges for those special ads.

Hate of Internet-Marketer

Putting those hate aside for a min., I do have to come in with my netural postion & said Craigslist does initited some of the great check-up features such as a word verification, auto response block, spam blocks, flood IP blocks to fight for the ‘Evils’  (Evil as Mr. Craig himself calls).  With that, I really have to say Good/Evil is really in the eye of be-holder.  Internet-Marketer/On-line Opportunitist such as that prince from Nigiria probably hates Craig to death, but for majorty of people who just want to have a fair chance to buy ticket from ticketmaster, being left-alone from the spam does owe Craig a big, thank you note on his desk, and yet, that’s exactly why if you go to most of the forum of Internet-Marketer to see they lable Mr. Craig & his lovely site as evil, bad invention for Internet Marketer (see:

Rise of Blog/Blogger

As if not enough enemies for Craig already from just the ‘Special Service Provider’, Internet Marketer, the recent pouplarity of Blog, the growth of blogger population also be another population that is taking the Craigslist business away.  Blogers now can easily use the same medium/plateform to advertise a specfic product/services with text, imagine, flash, if not more, cross promot one another, AND get paid by Google and other blog promoters.  If I have to guess, this is really the part that Mr. Craig was really thinking & refering ‘the tough condition that Craiglist is experiencing’ when they change their business plan to sustain their business-from the rise of Blogs.

see example: WC Over Stock Site

As much as I, personally like the many items I got to sell thru. Craiglist without paying the heavy listing fee, commission to ebay, amazon, and others, I do have to say the bad experience of being stood up by buysers, flood by spamer for your listing, is also those frustration from Craiglist, not hate, that most of people really loves Craig, hates Craig, too.  But, for Craig now, maybe is for the fact being too famous, the white-the law enforcement, the black-the hit man, the ‘special service provider’, the ‘good/evil’ online marketer (prince from Nigiria), all going after Craig, I have to keep my finger cross for Mr. Craig-you maybe on the most-wanted list by Black & White.

*As of 2009, Craigslist serves to 570 Cities, 50 countries.


May 7, 2009 - Posted by | Online Marketing/SEO, Technology

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