First it was Craigslist asking for your phone number to verify your account. Today while trying to set up a Flickr account using a new Yahoo email address, they wanted my cell phone number to authenticate my account. I would have no problem giving them my business phone number, but I don’t care to give Yahoo my cell phone number to verify my email account. I had already given them my recovery email address. So now, I will need to find a work-around possibly purchasing a disposable phone just so I can verify a new Yahoo email address for business use.
So this begs the question…why does Yahoo only want a mobile number vs. any other number?
See Craigslist Phone Verification for conversation regarding CL’s requiring a phone number for verification
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It’s March 31st, 2010 and my stats indicate that nearly 40% of all my inbound traffic this month is related to craigslist phone authentication not working. It’s amazing how many Internet marketers or Craigslist users are trying to figure out to work around the phone authentication issue.
I’d like to propose one thought on why this is such a big issue right now; Too many online marketers put all their eggs in one basket. Lots of folks discovered that Craigslist was a good marketing alternative to understanding how to use Google or some of the other major search engines, directories, blogs, classified ads, or other marketing tools.
Now, Craigslist has implemented phone authentication which for many does not appear to be working at all and I have not seen one valid work-around or a post that would indicate someone has figured out how to get around Craigslist phone authentication.
So where does that leave the folks that have staked their entire online business model with Craigslist? Time to try something different. I’m guessing that some creative folks out there will develop a Craiglist alternative or develop a list of really good classified ad sites.
It’s never good to put all your eggs in one basket, just as many marketers discovered when Google turned off their Adwords account for no understandable reason.
Marketers used numerous classified ad sites before Craigslist so why would they have stopped? Craigslist was too easy. If online marketing was easy, everyone would be doing it. Online marketing takes time, effort, and some good old fashioned hard work from time to time.
Here’s my advice if your business is crashing because you can’t authenticate your Craigslist account. Try something different. Don’t stand by and watch your business tank, and what ever you do in the future plan on being more diversified in your traffic sources.
See my original article and thread here: Craigslist Phone Authentication
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It appears that Craigslist is now collecting phone data on its users. I wanted to follow up on my previous domain name post by trying to see if Craigslist would let me place a domain name for sale ad. When I logged into my account which I’ve had for more than 12 months, Craigslist asked me to authenticate my account by providing a phone number:
(Here’s the text from Craigslist)
We need you to provide a valid, working phone number so that we can verify your account.
After entering your phone number below, you will receive an automated call or SMS and an authorization code will be provided to you.
Enter this authorization code on the next page, and your account will be verified.
While being able to post or offer domain names for sale on Craigslist is a completely different topic, I’m wondering how the requirement for authenticating an account via phone will affect users. Will new user sign-ups drop? Will existing users stop using Craigslist due to the apparently recent requirement for phone authentication?
While Craigslist says only “certain categories” require authentication for posting, I could not find a single category that would allow me to post an ad without giving up my phone number. OK, I tried to authenticate my phone number and this is what I get instantly:
Not sure what is going on at Craiglist, but after entering my valid phone number, I am asked to start over with another number.
What has your experience been with this new requirement? Did you provide Craigslist with your phone number? Did you run into any issues when trying to enter or provide your legit phone?
I have to give the folks at Sell-My.com some cred for their post (post appears to be deleted or moved as of 1/1/2010). As a buyer, seller, developer of domains for over 10 years I’m still surprised at some of the wrongfully placed ill-will still out there for folks that buy and sell domain names.
Apparently, Craigslist considers Erotic services less of an evil to society than some entrepreneur trying to sell a domain name. While i’ve been able to successfully sell a couple of geo domains on Craigslist, nearly all of my ads of lately have been flagged for immediate deletion.
So, if you if you provide erotic services and have a credit card, you can do business on Craigslist under a “special” category. The Craigslist police have stated in several posts that domain names are not tangible and you cannot touch them. I guess erotic services are OK because you see and touch the merchandise.
CEO Jim Buckmaster: You are missing an opportunity to earn some additional revenue. Set up a special category for domain name sales and let those of us who are legit pay… or aren’t domain name sales erotic enough?