Craigslist, anyone?

So I’ve decided to start sharing the ABCs of Salvation on Craigslist.

I’m posting this picture to the Free section, since God’s gift of eternal life is FREE to those who believe in Jesus. Now folks looking to snag deals can snag the best deal ever!

I’m also posting to the Rants & Raves section, because I’m sure I’ll get rants . . . and raves.

Not sure how long before my posts get yanked, but I thought I would give it a try!

Anybody want to join me? :slight_smile:

Thanks to fluidicice for sharing your designs, which I’ve used here with some web resources. Praying that the Lord will bring the eyes He is calling to see these.

UPDATE: If someone e-mails you and you reply to their e-mail, your e-mail service provider may show them your first and last name – even if Craigslist is hiding your e-mail address. You don’t want anybody stalking you! You have two options:
(1) Don’t reply to ANY messages you receive, or
(2) Post from a dummy e-mail account with an e-mail provider that does NOT know your name if you plan to be responding to e-mails. You may also want to use a VPN as an extra layer of anonymity.

Be safe out there!

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That’s a great idea!

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Love it!! Keep us posted on the longevity. I may ponder on posting at a local venue.

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That’s so cool!!:sunglasses:

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Well, in one city, it was deleted from the Free section, but not from the Rants & Raves. In another city in a different state, it was deleted from the Rants & Raves, but is still showing in the Free section. So, go figure!

I’d say just post it where you can and see what sticks. Next week, I plan to post to the adjacent area (if the Lord doesn’t call us home before then). I think if you do too many cities at once, the system will think it is spam and auto delete. So I will try to space them out and only do 1 or 2 cities a week. But if more of us post from different e-mail addresses, we can get the message out without being flagged as spam. :slight_smile:

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You are clever!! Good to know. Still mustering up courage!

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You don’t need to be brave, just go for it! You can hide your e-mail address and post totally anonymously. No one will know it’s you. There is an option for that called Craigslist Mail Relay where people can’t see your e-mail address, only a Craigslist generated address. Make sure the CL Mail Relay feature is on.

BUT . . . if someone e-mails you and you e-mail them back, then your name will show to them if your e-mail service provider puts your name on your messages by default. Even using Craigslist Mail Relay, your name could show to anyone you reply to. SO – just don’t respond to any e-mail messages you may receive. Problem solved. (I doubt you will get any e-mails anyways.) And definitely do NOT put your phone number on there. A phone number is not needed to post anyhow

If you are still nervous, you could even set up a dummy e-mail account to do Craigslist postings from (making sure you don’t give your real name when you set up the dummy e-mail account). If you want an extra layer of protection on top of that, you could even use a VPN (while posting to CL and while setting up your dummy e-mail account). Most people won’t find these extreme measures necessary, but those are extra layers of caution you might take (for example, if you were concerned about the “powers that be” instead of just individual people in your town who might read your post).

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Great idea! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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What a fabulous idea! So simple, easy, and no cost! Thank you for sharing I will join in your efforts here. :heart: :dove:

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Thank you, @WatchingAndLookingUp !

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Yeah! So excited to have you Craigslisting with me! :smiley:

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Nice one! I’ve never thought of doing that before.
As J.D. sometimes says, I love the ingenuity of people getting the ABCs out there in different ways!

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I think this is a great idea! I am going to try and do it too

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So after posting on Craigslist for a few days, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1.) The Rants & Raves have been getting deleted almost immediately, but the Free section posts are (mostly) still going strong. I would’ve expected it to be the other way around, so that is a surprise.

2.) You will receive some people e-mailing you encouragement and some people e-mailing you obscenities. Some people pretend to be encouraging so you will open the message, and then when you read down further, they are cussing at you. You will need to have a thick skin. Don’t get discouraged!!! Pray before you post each one, that the Lord will bring it before the eyes that HE wants to see it. I’ve turned it into a game: Each time I get a nasty gram, I post to a new city in a different part of the country.
REMEMBER: If you respond to any messages, your e-mail service provider will show them your name, even if Craigslist has anonymized your e-mail address. So you will want to either use a dummy e-mail account with a service provider that does NOT have your name, or just don’t respond to any messages at all.

3.) Ads posted in smaller towns seem to stay up for a long time. Ads posted in big cities will get flagged and removed by angry people almost immediately. A couple thoughts on how to have the most impact:

-You might want to post in the small towns first and maybe post in the larger city a week or two later. That way, your post has a chance to be seen by more people. If you post to the big city first, you can expect it to be deleted almost immediately, and then the angry person(s) will go hunting for your ad in the surrounding smaller areas. Beat them to the punch by covering the small towns first. (Yes, I got angry e-mails from the same person from two different post locations.)

-As I mentioned, the big city posts get removed almost instantly. If you want more people to see it, consider posting on a Friday evening. That’s when a lot of serious deal-seekers are searching for neat stuff to pick up over the weekend. If you post on a Friday or even on a weekend, it will likely get more eyes before being deleted.

-Your experience with big cities might be different from mine. I posted in a pretty hostile part of the country. So maybe unbelievers in other geographic locations might be less angry?

4.) I was able to post to 20-something cities, spread out across 3 different states under the “Free” section without the system thinking it is spam. So you might be able to get the word out faster than I originally thought. But . . . these were not major metropolitan areas (except for 2 of them, which were removed quickly). So if you went after several major metro cities all at once, I’m not sure if the system would flag it as spam. If you’ve tried this, let us know!

Hope this helps. Happy posting!

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Yeah! So glad to have other people Craigslisting with me! :slight_smile:

I chuckled!:laughing:

What a great idea. Perhaps I’ll do this too on an online market place in my country.

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Yeah! So exciting! Let us know how it works out. :slight_smile:

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Pray for a lost soul named Tommy. Sometimes the hardest hearts are the ones easiest to crack for God. They are not satisfied with this world and still searching for something to fill the void. Oh Tommy! Taste and see!

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Please be sure to use a dummy e-mail address if you are going to reply to people. Otherwise, your e-mail service provider may show them your first and last name, even if Craigslist hides your e-mail address. You don’t want anybody stalking you!

I will join you in praying for Tommy.

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Thanks for the warning. However, there is no other document in all the world that I would rather have my name on than this.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

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