Craigslist Personals Replacements: The Top Alternatives For Casual Encounters
September 24, 2018/ thepleasureseeker
In this post, you'll discover the best craigslist personals replacements for getting laid like we did back in the good ol' days, before the shut down of casual encounters in 2018.
We've included both classifieds replacements, like Doublelist, as well as hookup sites, swinger sites, and M4M/gay apps like Grindr.
Best Alternatives List
We're covering a lot of alternatives for you in this guide. Here's an overview of the sites we tested as part of our research.
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Reviews of The Top 10 Personals Replacements
Let's count down the top ten craigslist personals alternatives from #10 to #1. All ten of these are good and have gotten me similar results to craigslist personals.
Some alternatives, like Grindr, are gay only and i've marked them as M4M (male for male).
#1 - Craigslist Activities - Easiest Personals Site to Use
The first place you should try posting is in Craigslist Activities on the upper left corner of CL. Many people just switched to posting their casual encounter ads in this section after personals was shut down.
You can't post pictures here, so the biggest downside (or upside depending on who you talk to) is no more nudes. You also can't use as raunchy titles because the area is meant to be for anyone looking for a partner for anything, not just sex. Sometimes people post ads for a band member or their gaming group, but it is very rare. In most USA towns 95% of posts in Activities are now for sex.
Don't worry that the section isn't as porn-y as personals used to be. Yes, it's not as titillating to browse, but you still find just as many people, and once you swap emails and phone numbers you can pick up from there exactly like you were using craigslist personals again.
Also, certain cities haven't quite made the switch to Activities as others. So if your city doesn't have an active personals section, consider trying some of the other top sex personals sites, below.
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#2 - Adult Friend Finder
Adult friend finder is the biggest online community for casual sex and no string relationships. Like Craigslist personals, you'll see personals ads in your newsfeed with pics or just descriptions of hookups people are looking for.
Personally, this is the site I have had the most success with after the shutdown. It is the most similar site like craigslist personals when it comes to results.
Many of the people I meet with on AFF were regular CL users back in the day. Usually we agree AFF isn't perfect, but it gets the job done and has some cool features like cam-to-cam chatting, voice chat, forums, profiles, and your own blog.
Visit Adult Friend Finder
Easy to find Casual Sex and Swingers
Very horny and kinky members
Free members can only message gold members
Free version and $30 month subscription version
#3 - Fetlife Classifieds
Did you know that Fetlife has a classifieds section? It's like craigslist personals, but with an even kinkier crowd.
Browsing their listings you'll see personal ads full of whips, chains, and leather. Slaves post ads seeking masters, 'hunters' post ads seeking 'prey', and 'riggers' post ads looking for 'rope bunnies'. If the idea of that sends curious tingles up your spine, then this would be a craigslist personals replacement worth trying.
One of my pet peeves about this alternative is that it works kind of like facebook groups. So you have to have a profile and register to use it. The groups are created by users, the biggest one is called 'Classified' and has about 140,000 followers. The problem with this is that it's something everyone in the world sees, so it can be tricky to find people locally. If you are in a big city like San Francisco, they have a classified group for hookups and casual sex dedicated just for that area.
Extra kinky crowd
Detailed Profiles and Pics
Listings aren't organized locally
Requires sign up
Only about 100,000 active users globally
#4 - Locanto
Locanto has been around as long as craigslist personals, but they were always second best in the classifieds game. Now that craigslist took down their casual encounters section, they've handed the their personals business to Locanto on a golden platter.
To search for casual encounters near you, use the search bar to enter your city's name. From here you will see the same categories as craigslist personals. Pick your favorite: women looking for men, M4M, trans, fetish, couples, etc.
Each ad shows the location of the poster, their age, a headline, and then the body of their ad. People also have the option to post some sexy pictures. This is one of the things I loved about personals, so it's good to see it still exists on Locanto.
Even though it works like craigslist, Locanto doesn't have as many people as personals still. Another pet peeve I have is the ads they sneak into the actual listings, they do label them as 'sponsored' in the corner, but other than that they look like real ads, and can be a bit annoying.
Search by city
Same style and vibe as craigslist personals
Occasional spam in listings
Not as many people as craigslist personals had
#5 - Grindr - M4M, (Best Gay Personals)
If you loved the M4M section of craigslist personals, then Grindr is a good gay alternative to check out. It works for gay casual encounters only, kind of Tinder, but just for gay sex. Like Tinder, it's also free and easy to use.
It's a very visual personals alternative. It will automatically use your location to show you guys near you in a grid you can scroll through. It shows each guys' profile picture so you can quickly tell if it's someone you want to chat up. If you do like them, just message them and wait for a reply. One trick is to message people who are currently online, shown by the green light on their profile picture. The owner says that at any given time there are 300,000 people using the Grindr app.
Gay / M4M hookups only
Visual, everyone has pictures
#6 - Reddit R4R - Best Free Casual Encounters
Reddit has different sub-reddits called R4R, which means redditor for redditor. If you already have reddit it's easy to post an add, but you can still browse ads, even if you don't have an account. You'll find M4F, F4M, M4M, and others. There's also no spam because each section has moderators.
The only tricky part about R4R is that you have to find ones for your city. To help you out i've put together a list of R4Rs to help you get started. Right now the biggest one is SoCal (southern california) which gets dozens of new posts everyday.
To find one for your city, just google 'city name + r4r'.
The main downside of this craigslist personals replacement is that it only works for larger cities. If you live in a more medium sized city, try looking for your state's R4R, or posting in the nearest large city to you.
Explicit posts allowed
Works in big cities
Only works in or near large cities
No escorts or sex work allowed
Not separated into sections like F4M, M4M, etc
#7 - Switter
Some people used craigslist personals to find escorts, after all, that's one of the main reason the took it down--they didn't want to get busted like backpage did.
If you prefer escorts as a way to get sex, then Switter.at is a good place to search. It's like a mix between twitter and craigslist personals. Different escorts, aka providers, have accounts on the site where they post to their feed. You can follow them and see when they post rates, or even just post about their day. This makes it a unique alternative, you can actually follow and keep up with the day to day activity of your favorite sex workers.
Once you create an account, go to http://switter.at/listings
and put in your city's name. You'll be shown all the hookup opportunities near you and how much it will cost. Rates vary from $100 an hour to $600 an hour at the most expensive. You get what you pay for though, and switter is home to some of the most attractive women and sex workers.
Good for escorts
Free to use
Escorts charge high rates
Not for free casual sex
Few M4M escorts
#8 - DoubleList.com - Similar Site To Craigslist Personals
This was one of Craigslist's main competitors and a popular alternative I used to use. When Sesta was announced and Craigslist took down its personal ads, i'm sure the owners of Doublelist were jumping for joy. They have a unique system for a classified site: they require you to create an account and verify it with your phone number. This is light-years ahead of what anyone else is doing online right now. By having an account and making the ads private they bypass the SESTA law and essentially make the world's best c