Best Time To Post Ads On Craigslist

Thought you guys might like to see this data on the best time to post ads on Craigslist. The blue graph represents when the ads on Craigslist get the most views. The orange dots are when ads are posted on Craigslist. The takeaway is that supply and demand are reversed which is huge to know. This is based on a sample of 800,000 ads by a sweet company called Rent Juice. Is this what you thought? Looks like Saturday and Sunday are by far the best days to post on Craigslist. Makes sense, just like the newspaper!Best Time To Post Ads On Craigslist

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  1. Debbie Harris January 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks – this is a big help.

  2. Nick Carpenter January 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    That makes total sense although I imagine most agents that are using Craigslist have a team that does it and they usually work M-F.

  3. Dawn January 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Again some excellent information. I do this weekly, and now I know when to concentrate my efforts.

  4. Patrick Harfst January 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Makes sense! I sold a car in 60 minutes on a Saturday afternoon last summer. Posted at 6PM, and gone by 7PM… Gotta like that!

  5. Ben Goheen January 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I’m not surprised at all. My email campaigns have the best open rates when sent on the weekend.

  6. Tom Day January 23, 2011 at 2:38 am - Reply

    I think this could be taken one step further. I am sure there are certain times of the day that are better than others too.

  7. San Diego Real Estate Agent January 25, 2011 at 5:34 am - Reply

    @Tom On weekdays, the mornings before work, the afternoons during lunch hours and then evening hours after dinner time.

    On weekends, the mornings after breakfast.

  8. Rich January 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Great Post! I’ve been posing my ads on all the wrong days. Thank you.

  9. Sichermove January 27, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I think it goes natural, As on weekend people tends to complete there off work jobs.

  10. Jim Simmons March 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I’ve found, for real estate ads, I get the most response to ads posted on Monday mornings. Maybe people are out looking for a home over the weekend, don’t find what they want and start searching Craigslist on Monday mornings. Whatever the reason, that seems to be the best day for me.

  11. Billie April 1, 2011 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I have tracked mine for several years and I have found Mon – Thu have the most traffic for my city.

    Others I have tracked through my real estate marketing firm, had consistent results that were different.

    GetClicky.com is a great way to track your own and figure out which days and times are best for your area.

  12. Stephen Young April 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks very much for the tips. They will be well-utilized.

  13. Wesley Jones May 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    This will be great for my real estate business. What about best times of the day to post ads?

  14. Brett Cairns June 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Intuitive but it is always good to have the stats to back up one’s own intuition

  15. Khan June 20, 2011 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Amazing and i thought that my yzf would never sell. posted it today and WALLAH, just like that it was gone. Thanks man.

  16. Donnell September 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I think it depends on what your posting. If you’re selling it would make sense to put it up on the weekend. But I have found when I advertise my service my site gets more traffic from Craigslist between Tuesday and Thursday.

  17. Ben September 30, 2011 at 2:09 am - Reply

    I think a lot of this will be based on what kind of ads you are posting. For example, If you are selling something, or trying to rent a property, then maybe weekends will be best.

    On the other side of the coin, if you are posting under jobs, my stats show that not many people are looking to get a fresh start on life or start a new career on a weekend. I rarely post on the weekends (under jobs) but from my experience, I never got much.

    I am thinking I should give it another run though and see how I do!

    Nice Article

  18. Dustin October 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I have posted throughout the weekend and week days. Saturday and Sunday do get quite a few hits, but its really Monday in our area that sees the biggest incline (at least for real estate). Now I’m trying to track which times specifically are the best.

  19. Chris October 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Posting ads at peak times on high traffic days shows we’re refining our ad skills. This can be done through tracking ad views and ad clicks. A good investment and time well spent.

    …After all working smarter, more efficiently, and leveraging technology is the name of the game.

  20. John December 28, 2011 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Man, this is great information to know. I have always posted during the week and slept on the weekends. This report has really opened my eyes. Thanks

  21. ROTHSCHILD January 28, 2012 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Thanks, everyone, for the great information, makes sense actually; Will try it out!

  22. ROTHSCHILD January 28, 2012 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Not sure why I never thought of researching days/times before, am eager to see what happens when I follow advice in this column.

  23. Julita Jaworski May 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you, very useful information.

  24. Clint June 20, 2012 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Hi, I have created a free application that anyone can use to create a custom Craigslist Add for free. Go to http://www.akrontech.net/CLG.html and download it if you want to start making better ads for free without any computer skills needed. All you need are your pictures and some text you want to use for your description.

  25. Joshua Lindsey July 13, 2012 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Thanks for the information about The Best Time To Post Ads On Craigslist. Saturday and Sunday makes sense

  26. Rob August 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    This is amazing! Why? Because I have ALWAYS gotten the best response on tuesday and had no idea why.

    Even when I post ads on thursday or friday I don’t tend to get responses till tues-wednesday of the following week.

  27. Al December 15, 2012 at 4:24 am - Reply

    I think it is important to take into consideration what type of ad you are posting. Real Estate is good on weekends when people look for rentals and so forth.

  28. TINA SAMARCO August 30, 2013 at 3:36 am - Reply

    I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW
    WHEN AND WHAT ARE THE BEST TIMES TO POST}
    REGARDING MY WEBSITES!

  29. Mike@truelifefitness.ca December 30, 2013 at 1:15 am - Reply

    This helps. What about the best time during the day?

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