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Craigslist: No More Clickable Links Or Images

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Craigslist has stopped allowing people clickable links and images in their posts. This has hurt everyone especially those in the Real Estate business. The Craigslist changes are having a dramatic effect, because images and links posted using HTML code or the use of images to link to external pages are not allowed. Your ad will be blocked before you can even post it.

This is the only HTML code now allow:

The HTML elements, attributes, and values below are otherwise generally supported. Unsupported HTML will be removed.

Element Attributes / Values
<b><u><i><big><small> none
<font> size=[2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
color=[black, blue, fuchsia, green, maroon, navy, olive, purple, red, teal]
<p> align=[left,right,justify]
<br> clear=[left, all, right, none]
<blockquote> none
<hr> align=[left, center, right]
size=[<pixels>]
width=[<pixels>]
<h1><h2><h3><h4><h5><h6> align=[left, center, right]
<ul><ol><li> none
<dl><dd><dt> none
<a> href=[<uri>]
target=[<target window>]
<img> src=[]
<pre> none
<table> border=[<pixels>]
<tr> none
<th><td> colspan=[]
rowspan=[]

Some say Craigslist has made this move to level the playing field for everyone.  Having a professional landing page to drive traffic to is more important than ever and free services like Power Lead System become even more important to your business.

Why no more external links or images allowed on Craigslist ?

I don’t understand Craigslist’s logic in making these changes. It makes the user experience worse, not being able to click through to websites for more information. I can’t think of any reason for these changes. It certainly isn’t going to stop any of the illegitimate job postings that are prevalent on their website. In the meantime many businesses will be hurt by this move and will probably move their ads elsewhere.

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