If you are like me, you may spend a lot of time looking at Craigslist.
I sell a lot of stuff on Craigslist and buy the occasional item also.
For things on Craigslist that I have a great interest in, I set up a Craigslist RSS feed that only shows certain items when they are posted on Craigslist.
I can quickly scan my RSS feeds and not have to go to the site and do searches.
I can also do item and location RSS feeds in case I’m looking for an item when it’s posted just in my hometown.
I use Apple Mail and it’s easy to set up a craigslist rss feed to email. Those feeds show up in my inbox and I can see everything in one glance.
I open my emails and everything is in one place, very convenient.
Craigslist RSS feed
First go to Craigslist.org.
Do a search for any item, service or category that you want.
In my case, I will do a search for Canon Cameras in Charlotte, NC.
Once you get your results page, I want you to look at the very bottom of the page for the orange RSS symbol and click it.
In this case, I’m using the Firefox web browser and It’s giving me options to subscribe including Google Reader, which a lot of people use.
Choose your method of receiving the feed. That’s pretty much the process.
To get more specific in your searches, add location and price details in the search boxes provided.
In this example, I’m looking for Canon Camera in Charlotte with a maximum price of $200. There are 27 results.
Do the same thing. Go to the bottom of the page and click the orange RSS feed button. Anytime items meeting your criteria are posted, they will appear in your RSS feed.
If you are looking for a job on Craigslist, this would be a very effective way to stay on top of a job listing and react immediately when a job is posted.
You may be someone who wants to make money on Craigslist. If you buy and sell a particular item, setting up A Craigslist RSS feed for your item could be very profitable. You could really react very fast when items are posted and beat your competition.
I find that the Craigslist RSS feed updates frequently. Not hours but usually in minutes if you are looking at a popular category or item.
One of the Craigslist searches that I check on daily is for “free stuff” in my hometown. You would be surprised what people are getting rid of.
Do you have any good ideas now about how you could benefit from your own Craigslist RSS feed?