Why Am I Blocked from Craigslist?

22 May

An increasing number of people report having been blocked by Craigslist. As the matter of fact, each day we hear of more and more people getting blocked by this website for no obvious reason. Or at least, no reason that we can consider serious enough to get blocked.

When a website or a company is as big and powerful as Craigslist is, they can do whatever they want and you don’t really have a lot of options to prevent that.

However, there are a couple of important questions that you can ask yourself:

  • Why am I blocked from Craigslist?
  • What can I do to fix this and successfully post an ad?

After some research, we found out that, after all, there is a way to find out why you got blocked, as well as to circumvent the issue that got you blocked.

Why Am I Blocked from Craigslist?

When Craigslist blocked you, you probably thought: ‘Well, Craigslist blocked my IP for no reason’.

The first thing we are going to tell you is that there was a reason for getting blocked, it’s only that you didn’t know what it was.

That is why we are here ‒ to help you find out why you got blocked and how to avoid it next time. When you know why something happened, it is much easier to prevent it from happening again.

There are two reasons why Craigslist blocks people:


As we already said, Craigslist is a very powerful website and as such, it has a very powerful server which can prevent certain people from posting ads.

But how does it choose whom to block and whom to allow access?

One of the answers is your geographical location. Craigslist website server can identify the location of the server from which the request is being made. This is a usual practice of numerous websites around the world, so Craigslist is far from being the only website that does it.

However, most websites do this at a country level, while Craigslist does it on a country, state and even city level.

This means that other websites usually block a request coming from another country. For example, a U.S.-based website will block a request coming from a server located in India.

Craigslist will not only block a request coming from India but also the one coming from the city that doesn’t correspond to the location/section where the ad is being posted. In other words, you are not allowed to post an ad in a San Francisco section if you live in New Orleans.


The other way Craigslist blocks people is less obvious. As the matter of fact, we can’t even say it blocks them. It just lies to them, which is maybe even worse.

In some cases, Craigslist will tell you that your post has been allowed, giving you a post ID and a URL. When you click on the URL, it leads you to your post. However, you are the only person who can see the post as it will never appear as an actual ad.

This method is called ghosting because your post is like a ghost aimlessly wandering in the realm of Craigslist website. It is a rather intelligent yet arguably unethical way to get rid of unwanted posts.

But why does Craigslist do this?

When Craigslist thinks that your post is suspicious in any way, it will ghost it. This is understandable since this website has had a lot of troubles with people posting all kinds of sketchy ads. Therefore, they had to stop it and decided this was the way to do it.

Nevertheless, the criteria that they use when deciding which post to ghost (rhyme intended) remains unknown.

Unblock Craigslist Proxy

For both of these problems, there is one solution ‒ residential proxies will help you unblock Craigslist website.

Residential proxies are real computers that hide your real IP address and make it invisible to your target website server. When you connect to a residential proxy, your request will be recognized as coming from a different IP without any DNS leakage.

This will help you prevent geoblocking. For example, connecting to a proxy located in San Francisco will change your IP address transparently to be identified as a legitimate IP address from San Francisco.

Rotating residential proxies can be of great help for ghosting. They will remove any suspicion as rotational IPs can change with every request you make. Therefore, not only will your real IP remain unrecognized but no residential IP will be active long enough to be recognized as suspicious.

GeoSurf offers top-notch residential and rotational IPs. No matter where you live, we can find you a great IP plan for posting ads on Craigslist.

If you want to unblock Craigslist website and post your ads to your heart’s content, contact GeoSurf today.

  • Emilia Jazz
    Posted at 10:04h, 01 August Reply

    it’s still possible for websites to block residential IPs, as was the case when people found out that their IPs were blocked by Craigslist. So residential IPs are not completely ban-proof.

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