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 Craigslist Idea
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Sat, May 12th, 2007 4:28 pm

Trying to make Craigslist postings easier to do as well as add elements to make the posts look more attractive (i.e. HTML design elements).

So I created a simple HTML template in Dreamweaver then cut and pasted it into a Word Document to use as a template.

I then took the text areas that are unique to each property and isolated it with extra space (Craigslist ignores extra space thankfully), then I made the editable areas a large, red font that says "Place X Here" (see sample below).

Then all I need to do when I want to create a new listing is:

1) Cut and copy the template into a new Word file.

2) Replace the Large Red Text by cutting and pasting the text I need out of our MLS.  Ignore all the black text so it's unchanged.

3) Save the finished document so I can use it again later.

4) Cut and paste the entire document into Craigslist.

Now in a few minutes I can have a Craigslist posting online that utilizes my IVR!

I'll attach my template in a Word format if anyone wants to use it.

SAMPLE:

When you're looking at my template it looks like this below...

 

</b></font><font color="#990000"><br></font><br></p></div>

<div align="left"><p><font size="-1" face="Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif">

 

 

Place Body Description from MLS Profile Here- Edit if needed.

 

 

 

</font></p><p></p><div align="center">

<p><font face="Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif"><b>For up-to-the-minute pricing and availability please call</b></font><br>

Download Craigslist-Postings-Template.doc
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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in tech sales which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director. In 2011, he launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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