Advanced Craigslist Search

Advanced searches for Craigslist.

Craigslist is a great market for finding things you want to buy or sell, but searching for things can be time consuming when you are searching for the same thing in nearby markets.   Learn how to create an effective search string can make your searches much more efficient.  Also, using a site that searches all of Craigslist coupled with a search string will help reduce wasted time searching and efficiently screen content for what you are looking for.

Using a site like can be useful for searching all or parts of Craigslist.  So, the next thing you would do is make a search string. Lets say you are searching for a job, here is an example of a search string.

“web designer” | "web developer” | website | developer | telecommute | remote | contract | freelance | wordpress | php | javascript | html -onsite -“on-site” -“no telecommute”

Here is the break down of the search string.

" " quotes are for searching the entire string.

| pipes act as an or

- minus is for omitting things from the search results

Having a search string will make the best use of your time by displaying only those items that match your search terms.



  1. search craigslist on June 9, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Hi! Just want to say thank you for this very
    informative article about Craigslist. By the way my name
    is Lyn and I am from United Kingdom – Thornhaugh.

    • Greg on June 11, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Awesome, glad you found it helpful.

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