Flagged for removal

If your Craigslist ad has been flagged for removal means that a number of people have decided to click the “prohibited” flagged for removalbutton on the upper left corner of your ad. It might also mean that an individual has used our software to remove your ad(s) from the Craigslist listings. There are a variety of reasons people will manually flag your Craigslist ad or use our Craigslist Flagging Software to do so.

Unfortunately, all too often the main reason is greed. Your competitors would like to remove your ad so they can steal all the business for themselves. However, it is also just as likely that you may have been placing too many ads too frequently and from the same account. When you do this, your Craigslist account weakens. When you have a weakened Craigslist account, it is very easy to flag your ads because the ratio of visits : flags is decreased automatically. Every time you break one of Craigslist’s rules, they don’t send you a warning or disable your account, they penalize your account automatically and make it easier for others to send your ad to be flagged for removal. THis automated system is their idea of CL karma, or clarma.

You can just go create a new Craigslist account, but new accounts are also very weak for a time during a probationary period of about one month. As you use the account, Craigslist analyzes your ads, and people’s response to them and gives your account a grade which will determine how many individuals it will take to flag your ad for removal. In our Ghostbusters Members area we teach you how to create and season your Craigslist PVA (phone verified) accounts.

You first need to learn the rules if you intend to break them

the posting has been flagged for removalMost of you believe your craigslist post was wrongfully flagged for removal. However, you would be surprised to know that nearly every ad is in some way in violation of Craigslist’s community guidelines aka TOU (terms of use). For starters, Craigslist is not intended for commercial advertisers. This is strange given the nature of the website. Rather than worry about conforming to each of their lofty ideas about what should or should not be allowed to be posted for free within the Craigslist community, you need to learn how to make your ads stick despite the fact you are trying to make some money using their free platform. You need to begin by learning the rules, so you can understand how to get around them and not incur a softblock, hell ban, or get your Craigslist ads flagged for removal by their automated clarma system.

Our membership comes with any subscription and teaches you how to avoid the dreaded ” This posting has been flagged for removal” message. Our software can both flag craigslist ads, as well as reinforce your craigslist ads. Our Chrome extension Craigslist Ad Preview is a free CL software suite which we use to manage all of our Craigslist apps and features. It includes everything you will need to have a successful Craigslist experience.

Here is a partial list of goods, services, and content prohibited on Craigslist that can get you flagged for removal:

craigslist ad flagged for removal

  • weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc
  • ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials, gunpowder, fireworks, explosives
  • recalled items; hazardous materials; body parts/fluids; unsanitized bedding/clothing
  • prescription drugs, medical devices; controlled substances and related items
  • alcohol or tobacco; unpackaged or adulterated food or cosmetics
  • child pornography; bestiality; offers or solicitation of illegal prostitution
  • pet sales (re-homing with small adoption fee ok), animal parts, stud service
  • endangered, imperiled and/or protected species and any parts thereof, e.g. ivory
  • false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent content; bait and switch; keyword spam
  • offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or malicious postings or email
  • anyone’s personal, identifying, confidential or proprietary information
  • food stamps, WIC vouchers, SNAP or WIC goods, governmental assistance
  • stolen property, property with serial number removed/altered, burglary tools, etc
  • ID cards, licenses, police insignia, government documents, birth certificates, etc
  • US military items not demilitarized in accord with Defense Department policy
  • counterfeit, replica, or pirated items; tickets or gift cards that restrict transfer
  • lottery or raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries, slot machines, gambling items
  • spam; miscategorized, overposted, cross-posted, or nonlocal content
  • postings or email the primary purpose of which is to drive traffic to a website
  • postings or email offering, promoting, or linking to unsolicited products or services
  • affiliate marketing; network, or multi-level marketing; pyramid schemes
  • any good, service, or content that violates the law or legal rights of others