Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities serving 570 cities in 50 countries, and has an average of 40 million new classified ads online per month and 10 million page views – in the sections dedicated to employment, housing, dating, sales, services, community forums, concerts, resumes, and discussion.
One of the complaints by a small minority of people is – why can not I search on all Craigslist?
Why Craigslist does not allow site-level search
Craigslist does not provide a function to search the entire site or to search through multiple cities and categories, as it is meant to be for local communities, only face to face.
Why would someone want to search for all Craigslist?
Andrew Payne, the creator of crazedlist.org says it best:
I know that your mission is to create community, and I love and respect it. The problem is that if I am looking for a WR250 with Yamaha CA dish I am willing to drive anywhere in CA to do so, or even u OR AZ. Research on 10 or more sites just tires. You did Craigslist because newspaper ads are limited, I did this research, because I thought of going to 10 different sites and returning the same search is what computers are made for.
Richard Collamore, the creator of allofcraigs.com adds:
Looking at everything Craigslist can be useful for a variety of reasons. And ‘good for people who do independent work, such as web design, programming, and writing – that can be easily done at home anywhere in the world. Having the ability to search for millions of Craigslist-Ings is great for hard-to-find and rare objects, and research as well. Maybe someone like to read their “reviews and comments” local class and want to see what other people around the world are losing their heads, or perhaps other popular categories, such as browsing all staff. Having the option to search around Craigslist is a very interesting niche with a lot of user demand.
How to Easily Search All of Craigslist:
Here is a list of websites and applications, advantages and disadvantages, which allow you to search for all Craigslist:
1) Third-party websites that use custom scripting programming that allow users to connect to all Craigslist sites simultaneously.
- Searchtempest – aka Craigshelper
Pro: the results in real time. Parameters of a complete search. There is no download.
Con: Perhaps against the terms of service of Craigslist and could be blocked or be served with an order of “cease and desist” of Craigslist, although unlikely. It might be difficult or confusing to use for a newbie, and it might not work with some web browsers.
2) from third-party websites that use Google Custom Search or Google itself. Google crawls and ads daily indexes of Craigslist to search them.
- Allofcraigs – has all of Google’s advanced search parameters with global parameters and results. Users can see Craigslist ads and the latest news posted by Twitter users.
- Searchallcraigs – simple search tool, without filters and the results of basic research
Pro: Ads are delayed, then most spam messages will be flagged before Google indexes them. Search results can include ads on Google that can help you find what you are looking for. Easy to use, does not require a download.
Con: ads are not real-time, so you can get expired or deleted ads.
3) Desktop and mobile applications. Some are free and others charge a fee.
- Craigslist Reader ( Free desktop application)
- Craigslist desktop ( Free desktop application)
- Craigslist ad Notifier (ads are sent to your desktop PC, SMS text message and/or email – Free demo, $ 9.95 after)
- Craigstoolbox (Preview image extension for Internet Explorer and Firefox – not revealed)
- CraigsPal (Similar to Ad Notifier – versions and premium of $ 29.99 to buy for free)
- Several applications for the iPhone dedicated to searching all Craigslist are appearing, like Craigsphone.
Pro: Very complete and useful for all users of the Power Craigslist.
Con: Commissions. You never know what you are going to download to your computer.
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