February 7, 2017 in Investing In Real Estate
Are you using Craig's List to get free leads?
Whether you are a seasoned investor or you're brand new, everyone should take advantage of some free lead generation strategies. One of those is Craig's List. Today I want to talk to you about using Craig's list to get free leads.
There are a couple of different ways to use Craig's to get free leads.
One way is for you to post ads on the site. The other way is to use a program to scrape the site for leads. I would recommend that you do both. I also have some free ad templates for you to use for posting ads on the site.
2 Reasons I Think You Should Be Using Craig's List
The first reason is that it's free! It doesn't get any better than that. People say to me all the time, “I don't get a lot of leads from Craig's List” and that is true for some people. It works better in some areas than others.
Here's how I look at it.
If it only takes you a few minutes a day to put this strategy in place using Craig's List, why wouldn't you use it even if you only got a deal or two each year from this site? Let's look at this for just a minute. What if you only got one or two wholesale deals at $5,000-$10,000 each? Who wouldn't like that?
Just one good deal a year would probably pay for marketing for a whole year for a lot of folks. Not too shabby.
Craig's List Strategy #1
Strategy #1 involves you posting ads that tell people you are looking to buy houses.
You don't want to post more than 3 ads per day. This will prevent you from getting marked as a spammer. Another tip for posting ads is to always add pictures. This makes your ads stand out.
Rather than “reinvent the wheel”, I have some nice ad templates from my friends over at Oncarrot.
You can get yours buy clicking here: I Want My Free Craig's List Ad Templates!
Strategy #2 for Using Craig's List
Strategy #2 involves you looking for deals in the ads that have been posted by others. You can go in and do this manually but that takes a lot of time.
Here's what I recommend. Use “If This Then That” (which is also completely free) to do the searching for you. You will need to go in once and set it up. After that IFTTT does all the work for you. Each day you will get an email in your inbox with the new houses posted that meet your criteria. That's it.
Take a few minutes to look them over then go on with your day. I did an article a while back on just how to do this. You can click on the link below to check out that article and video:
Here's Your Video
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I have made a short “how to” video for you on using “If This Then That” for finding motivated sellers and deals for your business. Take a look.
*** It appears that IFTTT has changed their site. I will make an updated video for you.
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