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Where are the Craigslist Personals Ads?

Being an active user on Craigslist for a long time, you would definitely remember its personal section on their classified ads websites. In this section people/ users post and respond to personal ads of local users. The 3 main categories of this section were:

  • Casual encounters
  • Strictly platonic
  • Dating & romance

It would be further restricted to facilitate sexual orientation, such as gay, straight, and lesbian.

The subscribers of Craigslist Personals remain anonymous and are not charged at all. Actually, it was considered as an excellent dating/ hookup platform, because of its popularity and no fee charges. Moreover, its users could include personal photos in their ads, too. People of the LGBTQ community affirmed to have a lot of successful meetups. In conclusion, everyone was really satisfied with it.

Unfortunately, the section concerning personals ads on Craigslist was removed from the Website in March, 2018. This occurred due to the United States Senate passing the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Trafficking Act of 2017” legislation. This bill states that if a 3rd party person or subscriber posts illegal content on a website, then not only the website but also its owners would be responsible for it.

Before the legislation of the US passed, prostitutes and sex workers were advertising illegal services in the personals section. Therefore, it was shut down in order not to be prosecuted and also as a way of eliminating criminal charges.

This fact let down a lot of users who had excellent results from Craigslist personals section. A number of them was unwillingly addressed to some traditional dating Websites and pay a fee in order to get the services, whereas the others looked for Craigslist Personals Alternatives.

Which Websites could be considered as the best Craigslist ads alternatives? This is a question of people who previously used Craigslist to find hookups and dates. These are the 5 top classifieds websites relatively similar to that of Craigslist Personals.

Doublelist is considered to be an ideal way to connect curious, straight, and gay people in their local area. This is the only section which exists in this website in contrast to Craigslist personals. This section is entirely dedicated to meetings/ dating and forming relationship. On the website’s bottom is written “no sex work allowed.” However, the website cannot guarantee people’s obedience towards this policy. Thus, when the system detects undesired and unwanted content or ads posts are immediately rejected before even being published.

This website’s design is too easy to be used. Every category and subcategory is listed decently and even accompanied by a picture.

Personals’ subcategories’ section includes:

  • Men Seeking Women
  • Women Seeking Men
  • Men Seeking Men
  • Women Seeking Women
  • Casual Dating

Having a look at this ordering it resembles you so much that of Craigslist Personals. Another point to be mention is that users can also post their photos. Classifiedads’ response is always available. When somebody wants to contact another person, should just type name, email, message and then click Reply. This feature is found right on the same page as the post.

No personals sections on Hoobly exist. However, it is totally characterized as ads website. Its categories and subcategories are entirely related to ads when clicking on an ad. list and there is observed that the post is well organized. It is divided in two parts. In the left hand side is included a picture and message whereas in the right hand side is included specific information about the post.

It is described as an option of both Backpage and Craigslist Personals. Its homepage lists includes several countries, states and cities. Once location is chosen, the categories appear on the screen. This section is called “Dating.”

Subcategories found in this website are:

The photos are age-restricted, +21 years old. If you are in search of hookups and casual encounters, this is believed to be the most convenient, as most posts include sexually provocative pictures.

The website is considered to be the main competitor of Craigslist. Its peculiar feature is that it does not only display posts made on this website but also others made on classified ads websites. Furthermore, it includes for sale category which displays Facebook Marketplace, eBay listings and even ads from, which enables its users to benefit from various posts around the world. Worth mentioning is the fact that Oodle has a mobile app too. A feature that even the most classified websites do not have.