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    Exclamation Razorloq Presents: Razorloq's Craigslist Journal (For All To See)

    Hello, Net Builders. I'm sure most of you have seen my posts, and realize that most, if not all of them are rather beneficial to the Net Builders' environment. It's time to continue on that track with a journal that I am creating for my Craigslist posting experiment.

    The idea is an initial goal of $100 per day simply from Craigslist posting and advertising, as well as responding to ads, which I will start doing manually. After I (hopefully) reach and surpass that goal, it will be my new goal to reach $1,000 per day. While loftier than the previous goal, it is certainly attainable, and once reached, I will work from there.

    This is big for me. I am forgoing and somewhat abandoning all of my other income streams that are not automatic to focus on the posting and the learning as a result of the posting. Risky, I know, but focus is necessary, and I have four focuses on my life right now (Fiancee, Family (mom is getting over cancer), School, and Internet Marketing). It's time for me to put a lot of my eggs in one basket and stop spreading myself so thin.

    I will be testing out advertisements/posts in many areas of Craigslist, in the sitewide sense and the geographic sense. I will track what ads do what for me, and post the results here on Net Builders. Hopefully, this will not only help you get a better grasp of what is going on, as well as the do's and don't's of Craigslist posting, but also aid me in organizing myself for this.

    I have a Mac computer, and I hate Bootcamping it (tried three times to no avail, I hate Windows), therefore my program assistance is going to be rather limited. As far as programs are concerned, I have Camino and Firefox for my browsers (Camino for simple surfing and posting on forums and such, and Firefox for more hardcore proxy-rich work). I had a program called MacMassMailer, which would have been ideal for this project. However, the trial ran out, and, as some of you know or have realized, I am completely against anything that is not open source (I don't buy programs). I also have Thunderbird, which will be connected to various Gmail accounts through the course of the experiment/journal.

    Thunderbird has a useful autoresponder (See my most recent blog post for more about setting up an autoresponder to work with Thunderbird and Craigslist) which I will be utilizing in my automatic responses, as compared to regular Gmail for my manual responses.

    As far as affiliates and networks are concerned, I will be using a hybrid combination of AdultFriendFinder and DatingGold, although I will be leaning more towards DatingGold with this, as compared to AdultFriendFinder with e-whoring. This is just for adult and dating leads, however. I will also be utilizing Clickbank, Commission Junction, and whatever CPA networks will accept me.

    Thusly, the journey begins.

    Razorloq

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    Created Gmail account under name Mary Watson. (marywatsonxxx@gmail.com)

    Verified identity by text message through Gmail (6-digit activation code) and deleted three initial Gmail messages from the Gmail Team.

    Started Craigslist account under Gmail address, agreed to terms of service, and got everything all set up as far as account validation is concerned.

    Linked Gmail account to Thunderbird program and cleared inbox of Craigslist activation message.

    Signed up to PrimaryAds.com CPA (Cost Per Action) affiliate network. It should take around 24 hours to get accepted (I was already accepted once six months ago, but it was the site of a botched cookie stuffing experiment, so I can't log in again with that account). Therefore, while I wait, I will form a reply message template to use as an autoresponder with Gmail/Thunderbird:

    Hey. Thanks for replying. I usually don't do this kind of thing. So listen, I've sorted through my replies and I think you may be the best fit for me. I enjoy being able to allow the public eye to see into my private life, so I hope that's alright with you. I have an interactive webcam at http://alturl.com/swbt that I've had up and online 24/7 for several months now. Give it a look see, check out my behaviors, see if you like it, then reply if you think you're interested, either on the site in my webcam area, or through my email. Oh, and don't worry, I'm not going to make you pay for anything. At least until we go out to eat! Thanks!

    Mary


    Set up the autoresponder using the steps taken that I outlined in the blog post I wrote recently.

    Now to make a legitimate-sounding advertisement to post in a random metropolitan area:

    Hey Craigslist. My name's Mary. I'm a down to earth girl who's never really had the time for anything as far as relationships go. I think I'm pretty great. I don't look horrible. I spent most of my time up til now on the computer so any tan I have is from a tanning bed, really, but hopefully skin color isn't that big of a deal for you. Anyways, I was hoping to meet someone to get to know on a friendly level. We can go out somewhere, get to know each other, and see what happens from there. I'm up for just about anything (if you couldn't tell, I'm pretty bored with my life at the moment). So hit me up, and I'll let you know what to do to meet up with me. Thanks, guys.

    Mary


    First post submitted, with two legitimate-enough looking photos. Now to wait for the replies to come in so that the autoresponder can do it's magic.

    Razorloq

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    Fixed mistake in Thunderbird forwarding by enabling POP and IMAP on the servers. Thunderbird connection is working perfectly now. I also changied it so that the mail is checked every 60 seconds instead of every 10 minutes.

    On a whim, I downloaded three applications from the Apple Downloads website. One is an email extractor, and two are mass mailers. I have a list of about 40,000 untargeted email addresses, so as a nice side project I'll send a message to the 40,000 to see if it works, as well as try to extract me personal address book with the extractor program.

    As a sidenote, I have received three responses already to my advertisement/post.

    Message filter not working properly. I'm going to delete the filter and respond to messages manually for now, as they are pouring in at a steady rate.

    Received and manually replied to 52 messages before the post was flagged, with the same reply, yet somewhat personalized. Didn't get any paid sign-ups, but I got a free one. Not too horrible for the first try in one city. And who knows, that free sign-up may turn into a paid sign-up netting me $50.

    Sent out two more similar posts in two different cities with different photos of the same girl. I used the same account and the same proxy, as an experiment on seeing how many ads can be flagged before an account is shut down.

    The email extractor was a trial. I can open the program, but not extract any email addresses from Gmails, text files, or CSV's. Since it was wasting space on the hard drive, I simply deleted the program.

    The mass mailers were also crap, trial offers, and didn't work whatsoever, therefore they, too, were deleted. I am focusing at the moment on manually responding to the emails through Thunderbird.

    Razorloq

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    Good luck, I'm not going to try this though since fees on sending emails to a lot of emails to persons you don't know are too high here in Belgium It's blackhat, but I don't want to risk those high fees..

    I'm staying tuned to read how everything goes though!
    |Nico Lawsons

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    Second ad instantly flagged and removed. A note to others, never post women for men in the San Francisco Bay Area! Since it is the number one Craigslist city, I'm sure there are "Craigslist police offers" online constantly, waiting for posts to flag.

    This time, for the one remaining city, I am giving manual response a try without the basic message. Just to give it a more personal feel for the guys. Who knows, this may lead to my first actual sale.

    No luck on the actual sale, but I did get three free sign-ups. That means nothing though. This is going to start being a casual thing, I can feel it.

    Just replied manually to 30 men for women posts in the Chicago area, just to see if anything happens. It's all about experimentation, ladies and gentlemen, all about experimentation.

    Razorloq

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    I just thanked everything on this thread because I love this idea! Keep us updated!

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