Today, your Maui web designer will teach you how to set up an automatic email alert for local Craigslist postings. Say you have your sights on getting a new guitar, and you’ve been scouring your local Craigslist for weeks now just waiting for the perfect one, but by the time you see it…. the perfect guitar has been sold to someone else. Wouldn’t it be nice if Craigslist had some type of alert system that would allow you to be notified by email the second someone lists a posting for a certain item you’re looking for? Well, they don’t have that feature yet (hint…hint… Craigslist). But there is someone who does… and it’s totally FREE and totally easy to use.
Enter stage left Google’s notification system called Google Alerts. Chances are that you may have used this nifty technology before for Google News articles, but I bet you didn’t know that you could use the same system to be notified by email when a certain item is posted on your local Craigslist. Put Google to work for you, so you don’t have to! That’s the ticket!!
In order to get your alert crawling Craigslist, simply go to Google Alerts and in the search you want to use the search term: ‘site’. For example, if you’re looking for a guitar, you would type in the following: “guitar” site:http://honolulu.craigslist.org/
Go ahead and play around with it. You’re allowed up to 1,000 alerts at a time. You’ll be one of the first to see the next great posting for the item you’re looking for. And, it doesn’t have to be just your local area. You can search other localities, as well.
Pretty nifty, eh?