Craigslist Requiring Phone Authentication

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)craigslist-phone-authentication

We need you to provide a valid, working phone number so that we can verify your account.

To help enforce our terms of use, craigslist requires an account, verified by phone, for posting in certain categories. Terms of use violations will be subject to account suspension and blacklisting of the phone number used to verify the 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-verified

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?

Why Good Domain Names Are Critical To Your Business

We all know that good domain names are important to your business. I’ll take it a step further and say it’s even critical.

While there is much debate on search engine marketing tactics, SEO, PPC strategies or Pay Per Click strategies for those of you still learning the acronyms; One thing is clear. The industry has sort of leveled off with respect to tools and information. We all know how to spy one another’s Adword campaigns, we can scrape sites for keywords. So from that perspective, the folks that do this professionally understand most of the tools and tricks of the trade.

So where does that leave us? With a level playing field, I believe at the end of the day it comes back down to the domain or domain names you choose to represent your business. If  you’ve got two competing Google Adword ads and one has a display URL / Landing page URL of somereallygoofylongdomainname.info vs. mypowerdomain.com ultimately ads and marketing with winning domain names will play a key role in having that slight advantage in a day when everything is visible when it comes to online marketing.

What are your thoughts? Have you secured the perfect domain name for your product or service? Share with our visitors

Selling A Domain Name On Craigslist: NOT

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?

Domain Names For Sale

The following domain names are for sale: Make An Offer

  • Alaska-Real-Estate.net
  • Austin-Real-Estate.net
  • Connecticut-Real-Estate.net
  • Delaware-Real-Estate.net
  • Indiana-Real-Estate.net
  • JustinTexas.com
  • Kansas-Real-Estate.net
  • Kentucky-Real-Estate.net
  • LibertyCityTexas.com
  • Louisiana-Real-Estate.net
  • Michigan-Real-Estate.net
  • Mississippi-Real-Estate.net
  • Montana-Real-Estate.net
  • Nebraska-Real-Estate.net
  • New-Hampshire-Real-Estate.net
  • New-Mexico-Real-Estate.net
  • NH-Real-Estate.net
  • North-Carolina-Real-Estate.net
  • North-Dakota-Real-Estate.com
  • Orlando-Real-Estate.net
  • PeaseInternationalTradePort.com
  • Portsmouth-New-Hampshire.com
  • Real-Estate-Companies.net
  • RealEstatePressReleases.com
  • South-Carolina-Real-Estate.net
  • South-Dakota-Real-Estate.com
  • Texas-Real-Estate.com
  • Vermont-Real-Estate.net
  • Virginia-Beach.net
  • West-Virginia-Real-Estate.net
  • Wisconsin-Real-Estate.net

If you are a real estate or domain name professional or broker you realize the power and value of these keyword domains. All offers accepted, but rediculous low ball offers will not get a reply. Purchase domains individually or make an offer for all of them. Top level domains like this do not exist unless you want to purchase .biz, .info, or some other TLD extension that will not show up in the search engines well.

Will also consider a co-development project with the right company or investors.

Additional domains for sale or lease:

  • SearchEngineSimulator.com
  • BudgetLimoService.com
  • BudgetLimoServices.com
  • BudgetLimousineService.com
  • BudgetLimousineServices.com
  • Custom-Web-Site-Design.net
  • DallasSEOFirm.com
  • Ecommerce-Web-Site-Hosting.net
  • FuneralBeautician.com
  • Web-Browsers.net

Hunting – Archery

  • archeryplanet.com