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Craigslist change... Have you been affected

Discussion in 'Online Dealership Marketing Best Practices' started by flosho, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. flosho

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    Just wondering if anyone else is having issues with their software posting to CL. Apparently last Friday CL made some significant changes to their system that has stopped the use of posting software, for now.

    Any input, guys or gals?
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    I submit via vauto so no real changes. It appears to be quicker though.
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    Looks like Cargigi glitched on Friday... but all is well again.
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    We use eBizAutos' copy-and-paste Craigslist system, so the only change was in the method of starting the post. I used to be able to use a bookmark to jump straight to the posting page for Cars and Trucks - By Dealer, but now I have to start at the account page and click through a few extra layers. A little tedious, but it's all good...it's greatly reduced the number of posting-too-fast errors!
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    I've been using AutoRevo but they are still not back up to speed...

    vAuto keeps calling my name..
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    I heard about quite a few posting tools having problems since the changes last week. Most of the auto-posting tools violate the CL terms of use, which I assume is why they made their changes. This is precisely the reason we handle CL the way we do, with the copy/paste method rather than auto-posting. It's within the CL terms of use and although it may take 10 seconds longer than an auto-poster, we don't have to explain to our clients why our tool doesn't work right now, because it does. I suspect more of our competitors will revert back to the way we're doing things, because CL will continuously try to prevent people from taking shortcuts with auto-posters, and from a development standpoint, it's much better to stick with a way that works (and is OK by CL) than to keep up the cat-and-mouse stuff.

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    Jake - I know this is waaaaay off topic, but when I see higher turnover I think of "turnover" in regards to employment. I know that's not what is meant, but that's all I can think of. It is kind of ironic in regards to the industry you serve :lol:
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    Curious to know how many PVA's other dealers are having to use in order to post their entire inventory. I've always been under the impression that more is better, but obviouosly limited total of phone numbers comes into play. It seems like after 20 postings the show rate begins to decrease, and for a dealer thats trying to post their inventory of over 100 cars, it seems like having 5 PVA's or more would be more effective.
    Does anyone out there share this same opinion?
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  9. stevenwarrensr

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    I do notice when CL is doing a lot of maintenance that Ghosting and the amount of time that it takes for ads actually go live increases dramatically. Also during Peek times on CL there servers do run slower which causes Delays. Having a fast and effective tool helps!
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    If your Ip is fine, you will be ok with 1 PVA and 250 cars....If you get stuck PM or call me anytime
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    So you are posting on one account 250 per day or that's how much you are putting on 1 pva period? I have been able to put up to 500 per day with no issues but still using the 1 ip. I think keeping the PVA on the same IP is key to keeping the PVA Strong. My 2 cents.
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    100% correct...but how long did it take you to post the 500 cars? Is why we do 250 per ip /pva, for speed.

    Ip = PVA is important.
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    In 12 hours I can get up 598 postings with a 98% show rate but again that's with 1 PC and 1 Verified account.... :lol::lol:
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    Are you using Clad genius?
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    Clad Genius is an autoposter. Autoposters not only violate the TOU but also do that by using a software to break the security measured that CL has in place. That is commonly referred as hacking.

    Everything we do is done manually. We just created a tool and makes the process as easy as humanly possible.

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