Who Else Wants to Add Video to Craigslist Ads?

Some people might tell you that videos can’t be added to your Craigslist ads, luckily I’m not one of those people. In this post you’re gonna get one of the best strategies from The Craigslist Strategy Guide.

Over the last month I’ve been obsessed with Craigslist – not just teaching you how to do it, but actually using it in my business to advertise properties I have for rent.

My two most effective ads had 3 times the traffic the others did, take a look at these stats:

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What made these Craigslist Ads Stand out from the rest?

While I’ve tested many different types of ads over the past few weeks it seems the ones with the promise of a video tour seem to work the best.  The bad news is that Craigslist doesn’t allow you to embed videos in your posts.

But I found a work around, check this out:

What kind of magic tools do you need to do this?
The good news is you don’t need magic, but you will need a little knowledge and some patience to make it work.
All you need is:

  1. A video (hosted on You Tube – for “credibility purposes.”)
  2. Screen Capture Software (I like Jing)
  3. Hosting (you’re gonna need to host a picture online.)
  4. HTML editor (I just use my WordPress site)

If you’ve got all that, then you’re ready for the Magic (didn’t I say there was no Magic?)

Creating Video Ads on Craigslist.
Although Craigslist doesn’t allow you to embed video, I’m going to show you an old internet marketing trick that’ll get you tons of clicks with the “promise of video.”

  1. Using Jing, take a screenshot of your video player on You Tube.
  2. Add the image to your media files (on your wordpress site).
  3. Create a post where you will write your ad.
  4. In your post add the image of your video player.
  5. In the settings add a link to your landing page.

Alright, we’re gonna have to get a little geeky here to help you understand the “code” that makes this work.  If you’ve done everything correctly your code will have three parts:

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To see a LIVE example of how this would look on Your Craigslist Ad, just CLICK HERE.

Craigslist Training

I know Craigslist can be a real pain in the neck if you don’t know what you’re doing, that’s why I’ve gathered together some of my smartest friends to bring you the most up to date training on the market.

This post is just a sample of what’s in store for you in the “Craigslist Strategy Guide.”


  • Pretty Clever Stuff, Jon.  Will try really soon.  I have a great house I’ve yet o get an offer on.

  • Good thing I know html 🙂  Can’t you just link straight to the youtube video instead though?

  • of course you can. you can link any where you want, but why would you want to go to youtube? Taking them to youtube, makes it next to impossible to convert and then they will most likely get distracted by a bunch of other videos that are actually your competition.

  • Couldn’t of said it better than Darin. If you want to convert don’t send them to You Tube.

  • I just placed a craigslist video tour listing….I will let you know how it goes!  Thanks a bunch!  😉

  • Hey Priscilla, I can’t wait to hear how it works for you.  Thanks for ACTUALLY taking action – that’s the first step to success!

  • Well I got my first lead this morning!  Excellent tip!  Thank you so much!  I just went out on my own as a Real Estate Broker, my previous Broker offered me a sweet deal to come back, but with this, I really don’t need to!

  • I felt empowered too when I took control of my marketing.  That’s what keeps being an entrepreneur exciting to me.  Congrats on the new leads – and here’s to Many More 😉

  • Chris

    All of my ads are being ghosted now. 

  • What are you doing differently Chris?

  • This is fantastic Jonathan. I was just showing an agent friend of mine about video tours, QR codes and mobile. She had some questions about buying agenst vs listing agents as she said many in our city are more buying agents so  was not sure why they would want this.

  • Hestate8

    I have been using video tours of my apartments for rent for few years. It was much better than a regular craigs list add with a picture. I have been using utube to post my videos. It seems you re suggesting not using utube, correct? where else would you post it?
    Few years ago I started a pest control business I craigs list delivers good 30% of my business. I would like to “spruce up ” my adds with video and perhaps improve my tracking and conversion.
    Please tell me more …


  • You can use You Tube, that’s what I use combined with Craigslist and a good landing page.

    You can learn more about it here:

  • Carlos Naranjo

    This is great thank you. Is there a way to open the youtube video in a separate tab or window? 

  • AdSpruce

    Really helpful post you’ve written. Just shows the power video has for increasing attention in terms of advertising.

  • Tim

    no more text craigslist allow this. Do you have any suggestions.

  • Tim

    Craigslist no more allows me to put videos on there from Craigslist. they stopped all of my html an href. do you have any suggestions how to put a video on Craigslist. News suggestions ideas. Thank you very much Tim..
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  • Tim

    Craigslist has not allowed me to put videos on there recently anymore. I have been doing it for a long time but recently stopped how can I get videos back onCraigslist they are very important.
    I would be very thankful for any suggestions. Tim

  • Ron Starc

    Jing just has too many limitations. Instead, try My Screen Recorder. My Screen Recorder is one of the best screen recording software. It records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone – or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your website, uploaded to YouTube or used in your presentation. One thing often overlooked – It will record directly to standard compressed format that works with any video editor or any tool, no conversion required. And, the file sizes are small, making them easy to upload or distribute.

  • Rusty Intub