Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to request a Craigslist for Kearney! (Step-by-step instructions)

It takes a lot of requests to get Craigslist's attention, so if you are in Kearney or around the area that shops in Kearney, here are the steps to make your voice heard. We suggest that you send the link to this page to as many friends and family in the Kearney shopping area as possible so that our voices will make a "loud shout".
(If you are not sure what Craigslist is, or why we need one in Kearney, see this post.)

Following is a step-by-step set of instructions for how to ask for a Craigslist for Kearney.
Be forewarned that Craigslist makes this a wee bit tedious. For example, if you do not already have a Craigslist log-in and handle, you can create one but will have to wait 7 days before posting your request regarding a Craigslist for Kearney.

The good news is, that if you have had a Craiglist log-in for longer than 7 days you can do the following steps right now! I have taken screenshots to illustrate each step of the way and even give you a suggested Thread Title and Body message to designed to get Craigslist's attention.

Let's get started with:

Step 1: Creating a Craiglist account and handle.
(If you already have one, then log-in and skip to Step 5, below)

Click this link to create your Craigslist account. You will see the following page:

Fill out the fields as shown in the instructions on the screenshot, above.

Step 2: ACTIVATE your registration.
After you click the "create account" button you will see the following screen:

So now log-in to the email account (that you registered with) and you will see the message waiting from Craigslist. Here is what the Subject line looks like in my Gmail account:

When you open the email it looks like this:

Click that link to go to the Craiglist "create a password" page (which we will do in the next step).

Step 3: Create a password for your Craigslist account

When you click the activation link in the email that Craiglist sent you, you will next see a page that looks like this:
Enter you choice of passwords (twice) and click the "Submit Password and Log In" button.

Congratulations, you now have a valid Craiglist log-in and handle!

Step 4: Wait 7 days or more.

Why? Because to create a new thread on the forum where you request a new city for Craigslist, that is what they require! If you try to create a thread before that time, you will see this:

Step 5: If you have had your Craigslist log-in and handle for more than 7 days, start a new thread in the "Request a Craigslist for Your City" forum.

Click the following link to go to the proper Craigslist forum to request your city:

You will now see the following page:

(If you are not already logged-in to Craigslist, hit the "log-in" link and do so.)

Now click the "compose new thread" link on that page (as shown in the screenshot above). The right side of the page you are on will change and you will see a page like the one below where you can enter your message to request a Craigslist for Kearney. (The page below has already been filled with my suggested Title & Body text.)

After you are happy with the Title and Body text you have entered, click the "preview" button.

Step 6: Preview your message and subject line.

After you click the "preview" button, here is what you will see:

Click the "edit again" button if you want to correct or change something in your Title or Body text.
Click the "commit" button if you are happy with everything and wish to submit it.

Step 7: You Did IT. Now tell more people to do the same!
When you hit the "commit" button, you will see a message telling you to click the "reload" link on the left hand side of the page. When you do, you will see your message (at or near the very top of the list) like this:

What IS Craigslist?

Chances are, you have heard of Craigslist by now. But if not, here is the short answer:

Craigslist is a free classified ads site that is localized to a particular area. It is a great FREE way to place ads and find stuff, events, and even jobs in your area. If you have a message to get out, items to sell, places to rent, or "help wanted" or "garage sale" ads to place, Craigslist is a wonderful (did I mention "FREE"?) way to get the word out. And if you love bargains, then Craigslist is the place to find them.

Craigslists Currently in Nebraska: 
Currently there are only Craigslists for:
Omaha, Grand Island, North Platte, and Scottsbluff areas.
The Sioux City, IA Craigslist may be useful for those in extreme northeast Nebraska.

Craigslist is designed to facilitate face-to-face transactions, and has an email anonymizer available so that you do not need to expose your actual email address to spammers, etc. (People see a craigslist-specific email address that Craigslist then forwards on to your actual email.). Some common sense is suggested when placing Craigslist ads. Do not put your actual street address or phone number in the ad unless you want that information available (to anyone) on the internet. You are in total control of your ad and can edit or delete it at any time. You can upload photos to your ad to make it more appealing to potential buyers.