custom RSS feed for craigslist searching

okay, so maybe this is old news, but I just figured out how to do it a few weeks ago, and I absolutely love it so far. I use Google Reader, but any RSS feed reader will do the trick. I set up a custom search at craigslist, and then use an RSS feed to just send the new listings to my RSS reader – so for that specific search parameter, I will never have to visit multiple craigslist sites to check for recent additions… the custom RSS feed will now do all the work for me.

how to do this: first, go to your local craigslist, and select “boats”. Then, at the search line, I just entered the word “sail” – I figure if I was too specific with “Sunfish”, I might miss some of the times people list a Sunfish or Sunfish clone, and don’t realize what they have (I’ve seen it several times). so I’ll get a lot of extra listings that way, but it’s pretty easy to browse through the listings in the RSS reader program. after you’ve entered the search term of choice, and clicked “search”, scroll to the way bottom of the results, and there at the bottom right corner is the little RSS feed symbol, similar to the image shown below, or it could be just an orange “RSS” icon:

clicking on this button will give you the option to add the new custom search as a RSS feed to your RSS reader of choice.  so this will then set up a custom search that will continue to automatically update you with future craigslist postings under your custom search terms. I then set up a similar custom search for several of the local communities as well – so in about 15 minutes of setting these up, I will now get updated listings the entire state of Michigan, without having to visit each local craigslist, and browsing the listings on that site every few days to find new postings.

I’m not even specifically in the market, but after seeing a post at the Sunfish Forum about a free Sunfish in Chicago the other day, I figured it might be nice to keep tabs on listings, and maybe if I’m paying attention, I can get a good deal on a Sunfish in better condition than I currently have, or maybe just a good deals on parts to whittle down my parts list!

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3 Responses to “custom RSS feed for craigslist searching”


  1. 1 oldsalt1942 September 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Point of information for Craigslist: if you can do multiple RSS the word “sail” WON’T bring up all sailboat listings. I know. For a long time that’s what I used. Then I put in “sailBOAT” and while I got those found under “sail” alone, a whole lot of OTHER sailboat listings were added.

    • 2 my2fish September 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

      oldsalt1942 – thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check it out. I had assumed that any search for “sail” would pull all the same results as a search for “sailboat”. I’ll modify my current RSS feeds, or just add new ones with “sailboat”. Thanks again.


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