I have several clients posting ads in the Therapeutic Services area of Craigslist, but now their image ads are being blocked. Why?. Craigslist is trying to deflect critisism of their Erotic Services, etc categories by imposing fees and other restrictions. As a result, all that traffic has moved to Therapeutic Services. Expecting this, CL is blocking all images in this category. So now you don’t have to look at scantilly clad women promising you the massage of your life for a donation of 300 flowers. However, legit massage therapist, like my clients, are not only being overwhelmed by hookers, they can’t professional ads with images. There is a workaround.
I’ve created an html table in which you can insert code from Photobucket or other image hosting services. The code set up the image as a background image, so you might have to resize the image to keep it from repeating itself.
<table width=”847″ border=”0″ align=”center” cellpadding=”0″ cellspacing=”0″><tr><td height=”11″ align=”center” valign=”top”><font color=”#cfcfcf” size=”-3″ face=”Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>INSERT KEYWORDS HERE</font></td></tr><tr><td width=”847″ height=”630″ align=”center” valign=”bottom” background=”INSERT FIRST IMAGE HERE”></td></tr><tr><td width=”847″ height=”345″ align=”center” valign=”top” background=”INSERT SECOND IMAGE HERE”></td></tr></table>
The image code from Photobucket should look something like:
Craigslist’s new policies are evolving almost daily. They might find a fix for my workaround, but it will kill virtually all html based ads with backgrounds. Hopefully they will get a backbone and go back to the old categories with some livable restrictions. Craigslist is an important source of income for many licensed massage therapists.