Tip #51

Add HTML Symbols To Your Craigslist Ad Titles

Written on May 12, 2015 by

Craigslist HTML SymbolsWith 50 billion page views per month, it’s no surprise that Craigslist is still one of the best places to find tenants.

However, Craigslist has one of the most restrictive posting policies on the planet. In summary, they only allow basic text characters and 15 types of html tags.

This restriction makes for a fairly boring post, and to the reader, they all start to blur together:

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So, how do you make your ad stand out?

First, download and read my free guide: The Landlord’s Guide to Marketing With Craigslist.  Then experiment with using symbols in your ad titles!

Use Symbols in the Title

By adding some HTML or ASCII symbols to the post’s title, you help it to stand out from the crowd, and you’ll potentially attract more applicants.

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Notice the difference?  Your eye is draw to the listing in the middle, because of the arrows! This is accomplished by adding some code to the title block in Craigslist.

For example:

Actual Titles found on Craigslist:

  1. ♛♛♛ Live like Royalty. Penthouse with Amazing View, Master Suite ✓
  2. ✚ ATTN: Doctors and Nurses. 5 minute drive to local hospital ✚
  3. ❤❤❤ Our most desirable unit – won’t last long! You’ll ❤ it!
  4. ✓ Big bedrooms ✓ Near downtown ✓ SS appliances ✓ Free Parking ✓

While I can’t promise that this technique will improve the response rate in every city, it’s worth a try.

Give it a shot and see if you notice a difference.

Other Techniques

While using HTML or ASCII symbols is a fun and creative, you can also use CAPITALIZATION, or unique characters from your keyboard, like ***, ____, +++, or $$$, which require no coding knowledge.

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My Favorite Symbols

While there are plenty of symbols to choose from, here are my favorite:


▶

◀

✓

♛

❤

★

Negative Effects

Though these symbols will certainly draw the eye to your listing, and help separate it from other listings, some people believe that the tenant will be less likely to click on it because of the symbols.

In many markets, this technique has been over used by aggressive property managers who post 10x a day and saturate the market. As a result, renters in that area have learned to ignore ads with these symbols.

In cities where it’s use is less common, when used with other tactics, these symbols can give you a marketing advantage.

Other Symbols

Copy the code below each symbol and paste it in to your Craigslist title.

¥
¥
£
£
¢
¢

✿

╳

★

▶

◀

▼

▲

☰

⋗
®
®
©
©

∏

∑

∂

∫
ɾ
ɾ

〈

⎞
Ο
Ο

☺
о
о
ت
ت

✦

✪

☼

☛

✤
Ʒ
Ʒ

☞
Ρ
Ρ

⎷

⎛

➝

◕

✚

☯
˙
˙

■

‼
О
О

☠
Т
Т
М
М
İ
İ

➣
Ŝ
Ŝ
Ғ
Ғ

∞

∑

☂

▐

❥

≋

▀

▄

☎

▬

☮



घ

❀

र

➨

░

〓

❶

✖

➽

╰

‿
з
з

⎲

,

√

❍

†

‡

◊

↑

↓

←

→

❂

⨀

▸

✉

⁢

♬

♩

♭

♯

♪

⇒

⎬

。

♫

;

⋐

⌒

❈

✲

❁

✓

✭

✜

中

❑

文

服

務

の

♛

☑

∞

▒

✈

┉

☻

◙

&#149

☜

●
ن
ن

▷

☲

☵

☢

○

❏

❤

☚
°
°
ɼ
ɼ

⋕
Α
Α

➠

◤

◥

☗

♞

✫

♔

┊
ق
ق

↔

◘

✛

♻

□

➲

▓

✰
¬
¬

⎯

⎰

✔
Ʈ
Ʈ

☁

▣

⋘

提
§
§

╠

╬

➪

█

➔
µ
µ
Ŀ
Ŀ

╊

⎨

♣

♨
Ѕ
Ѕ

✱

⤎
ـ
ـ
·
&#183

☓

❖
ε
ε

↻

☏

☆
¤
¤
Ƹ
Ƹ

Ằ

◆

☀

♦

⋙
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19 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Michelle Landry

    Awesome list! Thank you!

  • Roni

    Hi Lucas,

    Enjoying your podcasts so much I came to wander around your blog. What a wonderful resource! The idea of using symbols in Craigslist ads really appeals to me. I’ve always loved emoticons:) < see? and I look forward to trying your suggestion!

  • howard

    i am copying and pasting and just one is working, and all the others no matter what i try are not working, what am i doing wrong, thank you

  • shahroz

    its amaizing!it is more easily used for working.

  • Tina

    That’s a sensible answer to a chaeglnling question

  • pothik

    what is the html code to hide the body without main body accept or ?

  • Sandy

    Hi Lucas,

    These a fabulous!

    Wondering if you have advice for sprucing up a posting for a job or business on Craigslist?

    Also, is there code for an airplane pointing left?

    Thanks
    Sandy

  • Melissa Navarrete

    This really needs to be updated!! I post for a company and I use colorful things on my titles. Email me if you would like me to show you.

    • Allen

      Hi Melissa, would you possibly Update me with some colorful symbols I can ad to my Craigslist postings, please. I run a painting company, so colors would be awesome. Thanks

      • Melissa Navarrete

        I use a windows 10 computer.. I copy and paste emojis. I post about 80 new ads per day for an apartment management company which are about 10 different apartments. I need to make every single tittle different so I don’t get blocked so I usually keep about 50 ads live per Craigslist account and I delete the oldest, repost it making changes to the tittle, update the date etc.. I use getemojis.com just copy and paste emojis..

    • cristina

      Please email me the colorful ones… Thanks

      • Melissa Navarrete

        I use a windows 10 computer.. I copy and paste emojis. I post about 80 new ads per day for an apartment management company which are about 10 different apartments. I need to make every single tittle different so I don’t get blocked so I usually keep about 50 ads live per Craigslist account and I delete the oldest, repost it making changes to the tittle, update the date etc.. I use getemojis.com just copy and paste emojis..

  • Peggy Ramsey

    I’ve recently tried using your HTML symbols and they aren’t showing up in my AD TITLE.

    Do I just enter ➠

    I’ve done that and it doesn’t show up in my AD title

    HELP

  • Ginger Smith

    I am glad I ran across your website as I am trying to get more attention to my Craigslist ads. When I copy and past the codes from the symbols that you show they appear in black and white instead of color as shown on your page? Why is that? Thank you

  • canny

    pls i need good ssimblos to post my add pls pls!!!

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