Tag: Craigslist


Craigslist ghosting: now you see it, now they don’t

Craigslist ghosting: now you see it, now they don’t

By Sharon HillMost classified advertisers know well that multiple posts of the same listings to Craigslist can lead to the ad's being removed, and can even lead to an IP block. What many may not know is that Craigslist practices a technique called ghosting...This content is available free to Classified Intelligence Report clients. 



November prostitution-ad revenue higher than year ago

November revenue from prostitution advertising in 23 U.S. cities increased 18.7 percent to $3 million compared with the same month in 2010, but the total was down 3.1 percent compared with the previous month. Even Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media, saw a dip in escort and body-rub advertising in November to $2.1 million, down 1.6 percent from a record high $2.14 million in October, acco


LundList Classifieds: handy tools, poor oversight and functionality

LundList Classifieds: handy tools, poor oversight and functionality

By Sharon HillThe new Las Vegas, Nevada-based Lund List Classifieds has several things to recommend it - features that differentiate it from the typical YACLW. Unfortunately, many features are not working, or at least not working this morning when we tried to use them. We also found a really offensive ad which, given the scarcity of ads in the system, should have been discover



Backpage.com prostitution-ad revenue hits monthly high

Backpage.com, the classified advertising site owned by Village Voice Media, set new records in October for revenue from online prostitution advertising and for the number of prostitution ads on its site.Ads on Backpage for escort services and body rubs -– both euphemisms for prostitution -- generated at least $2.1 million in October, according to the AIM Group. That’s 3.8 percent hi


EggDrop: free mobile classifieds app

EggDrop: free mobile classifieds app

By Sharon HillSan Francisco, Calif.-based startup EggCartel, Inc. launched its mobile classified platform EggDrop in June. Many, including TechCrunch and All Things



NY Times columnist: Escort advertising a free speech issue?

New York Times writer David Carr, who covers pop culture and writes the Media Equation column for The New York Times, presents a defense of Village Voice Media, which is under siege by attorneys general and clergy for the online publication of escort advertising on Backpage.com.


Prostitution-ad revenue down slightly in September

Monthly revenue from online prostitution advertising in the U.S. dipped 2.9 percent in September to $2.95 million compared to $3 million the previous month, based on analysis of five leading websites that publish sex-for-sale listings.At the same time, the number of listings tracked on those sites plus two others was 224,000, roughly flat compared with August listings. The number of unique visit


Backpage vs. clergy re adult ads

Backpage vs. clergy re adult ads

Clergy vs. Backpage has stepped clearly into the public eye with yesterday's full page ad in the print version of The New York Times. The advertisement, paid for by a new coalition of 36 multifaith religious leaders, called on Backpage owner Village Voice Media to stop accepting adult services ads. The group of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Humanists and other denomination clergy published the



Backpage sees 50 percent annual gain in online escort-ad revenue

Backpage.com generated $2.1 million in revenue from online prostitution advertising in August, a 50 percent increase from the $1.4 million it generated in the same month in 2010, according to AIM Group estimates. The August revenue, however, was off about 1 percent from July. It’s just the third time monthly escort-advertising revenue dipped in the 12 months since online classifieds pow



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