FSBomber Best Practices
Posted by Ryan Walsh, Last modified by Juan Guiterrez on 02 April 2014 11:03 PM

There are a number of ways you can utilize FSBomber. However, we want to make sure that users are aware of a few "best practices" that will help them get the most out of the program. Below are a number of common mistakes, and remedies, to make sure your campaigns are optimized to their full potential. 

Creating Campaigns...

When setting up campaigns in FBSBomber, it is important that you are careful with how many areas you set up in your campaign that you want to search Craigslist for. We recommend setting up a separate campaign for each area you are targeting. You do not want to just add as many cities / areas as you can to one campaign. Doing this will likely cause the email associated with your campaign to be flagged as spam by Craigslist, and your emails will not be inboxed to the people who created the posts that you are trying to respond to. Your campaign may say "email sent", however, they will not be received. Here is an example of a campaign that is setup to target a specific area (Palm Beach County)...


Notice, how the "Search Cities" are all concentrated on areas in Palm Beach / South Florida. 

Here is an example of how you DO NOT want to have it setup...


Again, create your campaigns so that they are targeted for a specific area. 

Additionally, when you are entering your search terms, you want to make sure you are specific in what you are searching, and do not put in too many terms.

Creating & Assigning Emails...

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***We strongly recommend using a gmail account***

When you create a campaign, you will need to assign an email account to. This is the email that your campaign leads will be emailed from. To set this up, you need to login and go to "Email Responder" and then hit "New Email Address". 


Once you have these fields fileld out, you need to hit the "Test Address" button at the bottom of the page. If you are getting an "SMTP Error" Message, you need to click the link to enable your emails to send...


After your email address has been successfully setup, you need to assign it to your campaign. To do this, you need to go to your campaign, click "edit" and select the email address you have setup. IMPORTANT: You will want to create a separate email for each campaign you have setup in FSBomber. The reason for this is so that you are not flagged as spam by CL for sending out a large number of emails for multiple campaigns from one email address. 

Spinning Your Email Templates...

FSB is designed to send a lot of emails out to your leads, so, it is critical that your email templates (the message you are sending out in the body of your email) are being spun so that the messages vary when they are being sent to your leads. 

Article spinning requires "spintax." Spintax (or spin syntax) is the list of text, sentences, or synonyms that are embedded into an article. To create an article out of spintax, spinning software substitutes the desired synonym choices into the selected article in order to create a new, unique variation of the base article. However, because each article is created from the same set of spintax, each new spin of that article will be slightly less unique as the number of spins increases.

Automatic rewriting can change the meaning of a sentence through the use of words with similar but subtly different meaning to the original. For example, the word "picture" could be replaced by the word "image" or "photo." Thousands of word-for-word combinations are stored in either a text file or database thesaurus to draw from. This ensures that a large percentage of words are different from the original article.

Here is the syntax format to use...

Format: {text1|text2|text3} 
Example: {Hi|Hello|Good Day|Greetings} {I|my associate|our company} {looked at|checked out|saw|read|reviewed} your {listing|ad}.

The more you are able to spin your email templates, the better you will be able to avoid getting blocked by Craigslist. 

If you have any further questions about setting up your campaigns, email, or templates, please let us know at or give us a call at 561-841-1832. 

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