How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

Recently I saw that Seth Godin mentioned Craigslist does not support picture hosting. It seems silly since pictures really help you sell and advertise – key Craigslist functionality.

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He suggested that Craigslist could write a FAQ on how to post photos there. Considering I frequently recommend that people advertise in their local Craigslist, I am often describing how to put images on those ads.

How to Post an Image or Picture on Craigslist

So, you don’t know how do get a picture on to Craigslist. That’s OK, it’s easy to do. Here’s your step-by-step guide on putting images up there to really make those submissions stand out.

Step 1: Get the Picture On-Line

You need to have a picture on-line already before you can put it on Craigslist. The easiest and best way is if you already have the picture on your own website. If you don’t have your own website, don’t worry. There are plenty of other free places out there you can put your picture on.

Some things you need to keep in mind when getting that image on-line:

  • You must own the image. Stealing other people’s or website’s images is illegal.
  • The image must be sized right so it will fit and load quickly.
  • The image must be accessible to everyone.

Remember, some places that host images like MySpace or Facebook will not work because those sites do not provide access to those images for everyone. If you want to use an image on a site like Facebook, you will have to move it to a place where it is accessible to everyone. That’s why I really recommend using your own website for hosting the image; you’re in control of everything.

Free Places to Host Your Image

If you can’t put a picture on your website, don’t worry. The steps are the same after this one. There are some free places out there. Try Posterous or Flickr or Picassa. Get your picture on one of those places and write down the location you uploaded it to.

If you are using Flickr to host your images, check out this guide on how to put Flickr Images on Craigslist.

Your own Picture Hosting.

If you have your own website, this is very simple. Just upload the photo and write down the location.

Either way
You should be able to take the location (URL) of that photo – on your own site or someone else’s – and paste it into a new browser and see it.

Example:

Charlotte Website Design

  1. Locate the picture on your website.
    In my case I am going to use the one above.
  2. Write down the location.
    This one is at http://www.CharlotteWebDevelopment.com/Charlotte_Website_Design_Logo.jpg . You’re might be on your own site.

Step 2: Create an HTML Image Tag

Yes, this is coding. But it’s really, really easy! Trust me! You have the location of your image from Step 1, right?

Create an HTML Image tag. That is what will let the browsers know where to look for the image. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit. In fact, you can just copy this code below and change the URL to be your website and file name.

The code for the image tag is:

<img src="http://www.CharlotteWebDevelopment.com/Charlotte_Website_Design_Logo.jpg">

Step 3: Put it in Your Craigslist Post

Now all you have to do is put that code into your Craigslist post as shown in this picture:

Craigslist Image Post

After Craigslist publishes your item, you will get a result like the one below:

Craigslist Image Result

Hopefully, that all made sense. If not, never worry. I’m here to help. Just write a comment below telling me what your sticking point is and I’ll help you out. If you got it to work, share your success below!

As always, if you have any other website questions at all, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help out. If you’d like to get free tips like this delivered to you via email, please put your address in the form at the top of the page. That will stay absolutely private, I promise. Thanks for reading!

Other Craigslist Tips & Guides I’ve Written

How to Sell Your Crap Online

Incidentally, there’s another guy out here on the interwebs who thinks helping people out a great business model. Adam Baker from Man vs Debt has an incredible story about taking his wife and small child out of the States and travelling around the world after selling nearly all of his stuff.

While you might not be looking to do something that extreme, he’s an interesting person to learn from – especially when it comes to selling your stuff and services on Craigslist, EBay, Amazon, or anywhere, really. If you’re so inclined, check out his (paid) guide on selling stuff online. He’s got a $100 guarantee on his site. Buy his book and if you don’t make $100 by implementing his techniques, he’ll refund your purchase.

Not a bad guarantee – you make back multiple times the price of his guide or you pay nothing. And that’s even without the tons of great extras he’s included from a legion of other interesting people.

I don’t often direct visitors to this website to somewhere else on the web, but if you’re reading my article on Craigslist, Adam has something that I think can help you out.

{ 187 comments… read them below or add one }

Glenda July 19, 2008 at 11:56 am

I’ve tried everything I know to produce a link and images from Craig’s List to my website (commercial). I followed your excellent directions without success. If a fee is involved to expedite this, I am more than willing. Can you help me? Thank you.

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CWD October 23, 2008 at 7:12 am

All,

After Glenda posted this question I worked with her on-line to help her out. The one issue she missed was that the image had to be hosted somewhere on-line. You cannot upload a picture to Craigslist but you can put in code that points to an image somewhere else on the web.

If the instructions above don’t work for you, or if they seem too technical or confusing, write a comment here below as Glenda did and I’ll be happy to help out based on my availability.

If you need immediate assistance, Contact Us here, describe your issue and we will create the ad for you. There is a small fee for this service, but you get to choose what it is!

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bill January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I don’t know what a website is or where to find one. I’m not sure what a URL is either. I put pixes on craigslist once before and it was easy but I have forgotten how. I’m trying to rent my home and I want to include pixes and I have composed the ad and then lost it for the last time. I don’t have much hair left so before I lose what little I have left could you walk me thrpough this?
Lost in computer speak

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Charlotte Web Development February 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

Bill, I’ll be happy to create your Craigslist ad for you for a small fee. If that’s OK, please send me an email at Ted@CharlotteWebDevelopment.com and we can get started. Thanks, Ted.

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Shannon McCann July 7, 2009 at 8:38 am

I have an ad in pdf format with jpeg images, but no website.
This is just a local deal for Austin.
I can e-mail it to you if you want. I work on a Mac.

Thanks,
S.

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Shannon July 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

Ted, thanks so much for helping me do this! I still haven’t gotten any “gigs” from my Barbie Party post, but at least I have a pretty picture up thanks to you.

I really appreciate your know-how and persistence, and patience putting up with me.

Sincerely,
Shannon aka Barbie

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CWD August 18, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Of course, any time Shannon. Best of luck going forward!

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Kris Knutson January 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hi,
I’m having problems posting a photo from my flicker account onto craigslist.
After typing in the address of the photo like you indicated and hit “continue”
I either get a small box with a ? in it or I just get the address of the photo,
not the photo like your demo shows.

Appreciate any help you can give me, this is how I type the address

I know one has to type everything perfect can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

Thanks,
Kris
408 607 5566
knutson_1@charter.net

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Kari Doctor January 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Hello,

I am listing an antique car for sale on Craigslist for a friend. He has 13 pictures.

I uploaded the pictures to Picassa.

Example: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_ofGwB8lQarg/S1dKpOGpaKI/AAAAAAAAAD0/SlioHjQbVVQ/s640/Car%20in%20Parade.jpg

So on the Craigslist ad in the posting description I have it listed like this: (except <img is on the same line as the rest of the text.) All I get is a small icon box without a picture. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? The link above works just fine.

Thanks,
Kari

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Ted Hessing January 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Kari,

Try taking that link text that you pasted and put where I have the X in this next line:

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Ted Hessing January 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Whoops. Forgot about my code prevention there. Try this:

<img src=”X” />

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Kari Doctor January 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Okay, this is what I put there: One thing I noticed after it fails and I go back into it – all it says is <img and everything else is gone.

Still not working.

I also hosted the pictures on my own website and still no luck. Used this code.

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Ted Hessing January 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Kari,

Can you post a link here to the page you are trying to show this image on? If I can see the code in action, I can help change it.

Thanks, Ted.

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Kari Doctor January 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Do you mean my website or Picassa or the Craigslist Ad?

On my website they are as thumbnails on the ‘SHOP’ section. I linked them to the larger version. http://quicksilverdesign.org

On Picasa the link is: http://picasaweb.google.com/kdoctor33/OnEbay#

Thanks for your help!

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Kari Doctor January 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

In the mean time, I just added the 4 pictures I am allowed to put on Craigslist and removed the html text. I even tried a new listing with the new code you wrote me, but maybe I have the link wrong? I also tried Photo Bucket and copied the html code that it shows. Still did not work for me.

Kari

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CWD January 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Kari,

For you to display the images on your site on Craigslist, use the following pattern:

<img src=”http://quicksilverdesign.org/publishImages/shop~~element97~~0.jpg”/>

Just replace the src part with the individual name of the image for the others you want to use.

Thanks, Ted.

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ray June 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for the useful blog.
Those tips for displaying an image on craigslist was really helpful. Thanks!!!

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Charlotte Web Development June 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Glad I could help, Ray! Let me know if there are any other useful tutorials I could put up!

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Rebecca June 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I’m trying to post from posterous a pdf into a craigslist add

here is the link in posterous http://rebeccashare.posterous.com/for-sale-473
I am inputting
It comes up blank every time.
What am I doing wrong? Thanks

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dustin June 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

i need help on this

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Charlotte Web Development January 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Sure, Dustin. How can I help?

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Charlotte Web Development June 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Hi Rebecca.

You are trying to insert a flash document from Scribd. That is not an image. You’ll have to find another image host. Try Flickr!

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Rebecca June 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

tried saving the pdf as jpeg, posted to flicker and it still comes out blank!

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Charlotte Web Development January 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Rebecca,

Can you share a link to your image?

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Lani August 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I’m Trying to put the below image from PhotoBucket into a Craigslist services ad. I get what Glenda got, a small image icon without the pic. Below is the copied HTML code. I tried it as is & also with removing the first part up to after that. Neither worked, Can you tell me exactly how it should be typed in my ad? Thank you in advance!

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Charlotte Web Development January 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Lani, I can’t see the code. My software will erase most code from comments. If you provide a the image link, I may be able to help.

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Abbie October 28, 2010 at 12:47 am

I apologize if you get this question twice, but I got a CAPTCHA error message, so I had to submit again- in case it didn’t go through.

I am at a loss!
I have tried everything above. When I preview my ad, the image is there. When I search for the ad, the descriptions shows there is an “img”, however, when you click on the ad- nothing is there! No picture box, no question mark, nothing.

I am using Picasa for the image.
At first I used the link:
But nothing happened.

So then I used the embed image:
I selected orignial size, 800px & image only, no link.

Once I did that, the image showed up in my ad preview…and I thought, yay! but, like I mentioned earlier, when I go to the actual ad, nothing is there… ????
Craigslist PostingID: 2029641629

Please help!

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Larry November 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

How do I post a picture directly from mail page ?

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Charlotte Web Development January 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Laryy, I’m sorry. I am just not following you. What do you mean by mail page?

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Enrique January 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I WAS TRYING TO FOLLOW THE STEPS, BUT IT DOES NOT WORK

MY PICTURE IS :
http://www.newayinterior.com/CRAIGSLIST/PUBLICIDAD%20ENERO.jpg
AND I PUT :

where is my mistake

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 4:45 am

Enrique,

Take the image source – the absolute URL of the image. In your case it is “http://www.newayinterior.com/CRAIGSLIST/PUBLICIDAD%20ENERO.jpg” and then make an html image tag. In your example, it should come out like this:

<img src="http://www.newayinterior.com/CRAIGSLIST/PUBLICIDAD%20ENERO.jpg">

If this tip helped you out, consider signing up for my free email newsletter. I answer questions there and generally try to help small business owners get more business from the web.

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amanda April 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm

i dont know how to put pics on craigslist

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Charlotte Web Development May 25, 2011 at 12:22 am

Amanda, If you tell me where you are having issues, I can try to help out.

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angelica molina July 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I am entering and a picture icon show up but not hte pic. What am I doing wrong. PLEASE HELP I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR HOURS!!

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Charlotte Web Development December 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

Angelica, Can you post the code you are putting into Craigslist? I can help if I can see it.

Angela January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I am attempting to imbed a pdf file within the body of my Craigslist ad. The pdf is an informational packet for private classes, and is approximately 8 pages long. Other than converting the pdf to 8 desperate images and inserting them into the body of my ad, is there any way to include this pdf? Thank you so much for your help!

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Charlotte Web Development December 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

Angela,

Follow the instructions here for PDF files: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/04/how-to-insert-a-pdf-doc-in-a-craigslist-ad/

Let me know if that helps or if you have other questions!

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JG January 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I have tried uploading a photo to the Legal Services section of Craigslist frpm FLICKR and then copying the link and pasting in this format:

Why does a picture icon show up in my the craigslist ad instead of the picture i want to upload?

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Charlotte Web Development December 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

JG – The code you are pasting probably has an error. Can you share what you are trying to paste in?

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C.M. Babbitt February 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

My website is hosted by google, albums are picasa. Trying to move images to craigslist.
None of the above mentioned scenarios seem to help. I am working on a Mac, but my
computer skills are VERY WEAK. I would greatly appreciate a few pointers…
Thank You
CMB

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Dana Spencer February 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi. I have eight pictures of items on my email. Can I post my pictures from my email to craigslist? If so, can you explain how?

Thanks,
-DD

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vinnie March 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

i have tryed with my site but i am not sure if doteasy.com works with out front page extentions…?

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Rich March 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I tried this 10 times and still cant make it work, I know I’m doing something wrong.
here is the link to the pic, any suggestions
you should add a paypal donate button for all this help your offering for free…Thanks so much!

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jesse March 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

i opened a flicker account and added pics, i cannot get this to work
i believe its because i cannot find the right HTML

with your example the HTML ends in JPG

i cannot seem to find my image on flicker ending in JPG

what am i doing wrong?

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Charles Benson April 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

Good Morning,

Just found your website, you seem very talented.

I just saw an older post and wanted to see if you had posted another response. The question was how to post a pdf flyer to craigslist. I understand using a site like bucketlist to download image or video files, but what about pdf’s.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Charles

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

Angela, Charles,

You can make a link to a PDF on craigslist but actually displaying a PDF on Craigslist is difficult. I just wrote another step-by-step guide for putting PDFs on Craigslist for you here.

http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/04/how-to-insert-a-pdf-doc-in-a-craigslist-ad/

Hope that helps. If not, just comment on that page and we’ll work it out! Thanks, Ted.

Hope that helps! If not, just

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 5:33 am

Kris, Rebecca, Jesse, JG

Putting a Flickr image on Craigslist is easy. I have started a guide with pictures that I will post tomorrow. (sign up for the newsletter and it will be emailed to you automatically – http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2010/03/12/my-email-newsletter-is-changing/)

For now, the easiest way to use Flicker is to click the Actions link above your picture, select the Grab HTML/BBCode dropdown, and then to copy that code.

Once you copy that code, just paste it into Craigslist and you’re all set.

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 5:38 am

Lani, Abby, Rich, Dustin, CM,

Try the Flickr method and see how that works out. If that doesn’t help, let me know.

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 5:39 am

Dana,

No, email will not work. You will need to upload your pictures to some kind of server. If you have your own website, this is easy. If not, you will need to use some kind of service. Try putting them on Flickr.com and see if that works.

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Charlotte Web Development April 4, 2011 at 5:45 am

Vinnie,

I was able to go to your site and see the location of your images. For example, I see that one of your home page images is http://www.vincentjparisi.com/pb/images/img2455243d973c78f907.jpg

Just put that into the code I put above in the article and you will be all set. You just have to find the right picture that you want.

Vinny, just as a warning though for your site – Frontpage as a whole is not good for your business site. It sucks in terms of getting good search engine rankings. Also, your home page has a bunch of errors on it – for example there is a bunch of code that is showing. Why not make your site a Wordpress site? It’s free and easy to use. And you can make it work very well with search engines. That’s what my site is built off of and I am betting that you found me by searching Google or Yahoo!

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Keli Squires Taylor April 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

Howdy,

I came across your web site and your directions are clear & concise. I am so glad to find you! However.. I copied the code & all I got was a small box with a ? in it.
The image is hosted on my web site.

Here it is : http://www.kelisquirestaylor.biz/index.php?cat=28

My web site: http://www.kelisquirestaylor.biz

Do you have a code you can recommend? I would love to be able to do this! Finally!
See other postings with images! Errrrrr…. Frustrating! Any help – greatly appreciated!!

Thank you!
Keli Squires Taylor

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Charlotte Web Development April 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

Hi Keli,

No problem. The issue is that you are NOT linking to an image. An image ends in a file extension (png, jpg, or something like that). What you are doing is actually trying to link to a page! You see how the url you tried to link to ends in php?cat=28 – that’s a dead giveaway that it is not an image.

I took a look at your site and found the image that I think you are trying to link to:

http://www.kelisquirestaylor.biz/images/thums/1449544837_thum.jpg

In that case, try using that in the code I provided after the src=

Hope that helps!

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Charlotte Web Development April 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hi all, I wrote a quick guide to posting pictures on Craigslist using Flickr here: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/06/how-to-put-a-flickr-image-on-craigslist/

Check it out. Hope that helps!

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Steven Brier April 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

How to control the size – the pic appeared and thanks buts its much smaller than the original.

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Charlotte Web Development April 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

Steven, this is a longer answer but boils down to 3 parts:

1) Identify the size of the image you want to use and make sure it is that size where ever you have it hosted. Let’s call the width of your image x.

2) Inside the tag code I have above put the terms put the field width=’x’ right after the img part. Should look like img width=”x” where x is the width you’d like.

3) Craigslist’s website has certain parameters. You cannot make an image larger than the space they provide. I don’t know exactly what that limit is but if it is for example, 650 pixels, you would not be able to display a 700 pixel image there.

Make sense?

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Russ May 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

Hello and thanks for your time on the tutorial.
I have uploaded a picture to Flickr and then tried posting on craiglist, however I also get the little icon box instead of the picture. Can you please send me in the right direction?
Thanks
Below is the URL to view the picture on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62409181@N07/5679826073

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Russ May 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

Sorry but I have now changed it again in attempt to figure it out with a .jpg extension.
Here is the new URL:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62409181@N07/5680032439/

The jpg is 5679826073_31135cebbb_m.jpg

Thanks again

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Charlotte Web Development May 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

Russ, Follow my directions on how to show Flickr images on Craigslist here: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/06/how-to-put-a-flickr-image-on-craigslist/

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Moni May 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I tried and doesn’t show.

My URL seems to be .aspx instead of .jpg, even though the picture is in .jpg

any advise?
http://thespanishinstitute.org/TSIADD1.aspx

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Charlotte Web Development May 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

ASPX is a file type. You need to use the image on that page. It should end in something like .jpg.

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Moni May 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I used :

and http://www.mediafire.com – download files

and

BINGO!!!!

THANK YOU FOR THE

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Charlotte Web Development May 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

You’re welcome, Moni. Glad to help!

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Moni May 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi
I used mediafire but when I go to Firefox I am able to see it and when I use Safari it doesn’t show just a note saying “please ensure that you have entered the correct sharing code”
Any idea why it doesn’t show.

and do you know a good free reliable web site that can download files to craigslist?

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Charlotte Web Development December 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hi Moni,

I am not sure why that would be the case. Can you share the code you are having issues with? Maybe I can see something there.

Also, Craigslist generally doesn’t allow downloads. You have to host the image somewhere else and then put it in by code.

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Cecille June 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I am trying to download a flyer (Adobe). Is there any way to download directly to craigslist without hosting the image?

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Charlotte Web Development June 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

No.

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Rick June 6, 2011 at 1:22 am

http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m572/ricklane1/sos-flier-1.jpg
This is the picture I would like to have on craigslist without the cust clicking on the address and when I use the html code it leaves the photobucket icon and when you click on that it puts up the whole photobucket page not just the add
please help this is very frustrating thanks rick

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Charlotte Web Development June 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

Rick, without being able to see your craigslist post, I am not sure what the issue is. Are you sure you are putting a link to the image, not the page?

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Orlando Fioravanti June 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I have tried to add pictures to my craigslist add I followed your directions I put

<img
src="http://gabriel71.posterous.com/56584265

But nothing happened can you help me?E

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Charlotte Web Development June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

Orlando, based on what you commented here it looks like you made two mistakes. Be sure to get the URL of the image. This will be something that ends in .jpg or something similar. left off the rest of the IMG tag. For example, one of your picture’s urls is this:

http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2011-06-09/DkdlyviqnqtEtIHlFzhDvBFtJawefgAIGmlajpDqIoqavpGnpzkjIAcmaxyb/002.JPG.scaled1000.jpg

To get that from Posterous, click the image to make it larger, then, using Internet Explorer for your browser, right click and select Properties. The Address with the .jpg extention is what you are looking for.

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Neal Lassiter June 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Also consider listhd.com which is a tool that host images and generates several different templates for posting on craigslist (and other sites).

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Charlotte Web Development June 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

Great suggestion, Neal!

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Shaun June 28, 2011 at 11:24 am
Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Image shack turns your pic into a web page and prevents the display of an actual image. Try uploading to Flickr and following my instructions from there.

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Lynn July 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

My email has photos I would like to upload to a Craig’s list “for sale” ad.

I have downloaded the photos to folders in both My Documents and My Computer-Shared documents. Neither will let me post images on Craigslist, even though I am able to retrieve them from the Shared documents.

Your suggestions or help would be appreciated greatly. Thanks.

A computer amateur, Lynn Firestone

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Lynn,

You need to upload those pictures to a server connected to the internet. Can you try uploading pictures to the free Picassa or Flickr services and following my instructions from there?

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albert July 11, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hello… I use to be able to post images and now It does not work on craigslist… please help!

here is the code I am using but nothing! Just the image box with no picture what can I be doing wrong….PLEASE!

HERE IS THE AD
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/chl/reb/2487890006.html

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Looks like you got it working, Albert! Congrats!

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Ziesler July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Thanks for posting this! Just what I needed with no hassles, you are a gem to post this up!

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Charlotte Web Development December 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Very welcome, Ziesler!

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Valerie August 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I have been looking for a very long time on how to add images to my craig-listings! Thank you for this wonderful tip!

VWillis

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Very welcome, Valerie! If you have any suggestions for other how-to articles, let me know.

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Mark August 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Hi There…
Love your blog – read through it to see if anyone else had the same issue –
I do not know why this is happening, as I have followed every instruction – and even refreshed my browser…

I want to EMBED an image in a Craig’s List ad –
The complete source code I am using is:

drivetimeopt.jpg is posted on this server.

The Craig’s List ad URL – this is what happens:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ctd/2544963012.html

HELP!! Thanks,
Mark

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Not sure, Mark. Can you try uploading to Picassa instead?

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Mark August 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Sorry about that – for some reasonit did not post the code – I took it out of the –

img src=”http://www.mariastrokasycarros.com/drivetime_ad_opt.jpg” alt=”Momentum Mazda De Fairfield” width=”1158″ height=”1310″

Thanks,
Mark

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Mark,

It looks like there are bad permissions on that file. If you copy and paste the URL of the image, you get an error. See if you can change the permissions there.

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Heidi Dangelo August 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Hi,

I’m hoping this still gets to you, as the date on this blog is very old. My name is Heidi and I’ve been trying my best to follow your instructions on adding a picture to my ad on C.L. I am a professional pet sitter/boarder and I am able to add pics to the “Pet” section on C.L. However, the “Pet Services” section does not support image downloads. So, I not only went onto my website and copied the image link from there…and then pasted it both using your “code” in front of the image file and without your code (as I went into my competitors ad w/images and they did not show this code being used) but I also went into other sites who have my logo and copied their image source…all that showed up was the link in blue each time. Please tell me what I’m doing wrong.

Very Frustrated! ;*/

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Heidi,

Canyou share your craigslist ad? That will help me see exactly what is wrong.

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Charlotte Web Development August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Heidi,

I noticed that you are using WordPress. Excellent! If you go to a post you can just copy the code that WP uses for embedding an image in your site. Just be sure to go to the code view of the post to get it.

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Char May 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

We also have wordpress and I am having difficulty. When I imput the picture as instructed when I get to the review of my post there is either an X in the image box or a generic “image” in the image box. The two paths I tried were:

and

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Char May 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Rick August 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

Hi I would like to find out how I can post my website to craigslist not a link to my website I would like when they click my ad on craiglist my website appears not a redirect
can you please let me know how I can do this Thank You Rick

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Charlotte Web Development August 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

There is no legal way to do that Rick. Why not just take the time to write a great ad that directs people to your website if they are interested?

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Alice Flanjak September 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Hi!

I followed your instructions (correctly, I think), but the craigslst ad just displyes the link to my ad image, not the ad image itself. I usedFileSwap.com to host my image there.
Can you help?

Thanks!

Alice

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Alice, can you reply with a link to your ad? It’s hard to determine the problem without looking at the code.

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Johnny Tsunami Wash September 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Thank you so much for the help! I don’t know the first thing about html and code and I was really getting frustrated not being able to add pictures to my posting. The directions were easy to follow and now my post is a lot more exciting. Thanks much!

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Welcome, Johnny. Let me know how else I can help.

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CAREY September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I put the following in the craigslist ad and what is showing up is text and two icons…no photos:what did I do wrong??

For more information regarding this vehicle visit our <a href="http://www.more-skinnyusedcars.com” title=”More-Skinny Used Cars”<

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Carey, Can you reply with the exact ad you have? I need to see the code.

I am guessing that you are linking to items that are not images. Be sure the image code references a file that ends in .jpg or something similar.

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Heather October 6, 2011 at 12:27 am

Hello,
I am following the steps and it is coming out blank. I am trying to put 4 pictures up. Here is one of them, http://www.flickr.com/photos/64843899@N04/6215978147/in/photostream/

I am putting
but its not working.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Heather

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Heather,

That’s a common problem. What you have there is a link to a page, not an image. Do you see how your link ends with a ‘/’ instead of a file type like .jpg or .gif? You need to use code that ends in an image file type.

Try following the instructions I made on this page for displaying Flickr images on Craigslist: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/06/how-to-put-a-flickr-image-on-craigslist/

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shiva October 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

hey do we have any software which will avoid the ghosting and flagging when we post the multiple adds on Craigslist

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shiva October 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

do we have any software for avoiding the ghosting and flagging the when we post the multiple ads on the Craigslist

if we have anything as such please send the details to my email address
shivakrishna761@gmail.com

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

No, Shiva. I’d recommend just playing by Craigslist rules. They only flag people who are abusing the system.

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Thea October 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

hi! im trying to add an image to my craigslist acct, but am not sure if im doing it correst because every time i try it just gives me the red X picture. The website my image is on is at http://www.bonqo.com/listing/52428/best-hardscaping-company-around
Please help! :)

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Hi Thea,

Please respond with the address of your craigslist ad. That way I can see what’s going on with the code there.

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Yvonne November 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

I put in a picture and decided to change. I clicked on delete below the picture and now can’t get another image to come up when I select using the same method used when I put in first picture.

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Yvonne,

I am really confused on what you mean by clicking delete. Can you share your ad with me in the comments here? That way I can see what’s going on.

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Nadu December 4, 2011 at 10:25 am

Dumb question alert!

How do I make an HTML image tag?

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

No dumb questions, Nadu. Look at the post above. Look for the line where I say “The code for the image tag is:”

Just below that in a gray box is the example code. Copy that code and replace the location part with the location of your image.

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octiguy December 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Hello.
I first want to thank you for taking time to help strangers! that is cool.
I was having the same problem as everyone else with posting pics on craigslist. I used your method with the source code and used http://posterous.com to host my pics. When I posted on craigslist I got a “broken link”. I then redid the code with a .jpeg off my site and my http ended with a .jpeg and the whola it worked.
so if your code looks like this: (it will not work, must end in .jpg)

Now if your code looks like this: (it WILL work) hope this helps some people

To solve my problem I will try an alternate site than posterous.com.
My next step is to try flickr and see if their links will end in .jpg and hopefully solve my issues.
ciao.
Merry Christmas!
2011

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Posterous is another great solution!

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octiguy December 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

to add to my previous post
link that does not work: ofcourse you have to add the hopefully this will show on post this time?
http://octiguy.posterous.com/84871740

Link that does work
http://www.classicalterations.com/images/DSC01977.jpg

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octiguy December 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

how come the code for posting images does not show up on my posts?

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I disabled a lot of HTML in the comments so people won’t abuse my site. Just describe what you are doing without the images as a work around.

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octiguy December 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm

flickr worked much easier than other site !

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Glad it worked!

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craig December 13, 2011 at 4:38 am

Hi I am trying to post a few pictures from Picassa to my craigslist add. I am having trouble finding the picture address. I can’t find anything ending in .jpg. Also, I noticed you commented on someones web site and their search engine rankings. My brother did my website and I’m not sure what he used but I was wondering if there are ways to boost rankings too? Anyway.. that’s a little off topic but I’ll share my craigslist add and try whatever you could suggest to find the address to the .jpg on picassa. Thank you in advance for your long dedication to helping us newbies!
http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/evs/2750395696.html

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Charlotte Web Development December 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

No problem, Craig. Glad to help!

By the looks of your Craigslist ad, you got the Picassa image to show. Congratulations!

As for boosting search engine rankings, I have written a lot on this topic as well. The best place to start is this page here: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/articles/

I’ve highlighted a bunch of great articles on search engine rankings there.

If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

PS That is a beautiful website. Your brother did a good job1

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Charlotte Web Development January 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

Craig, Check out today’s article on boosting your search engines rankings here:

http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2012/01/23/how-do-i-drive-traffic-to-my-website-through-search-engines/

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Vinni December 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

how do you paste large pictures in the body text area of craigslist where the literature goes?
Seems I can’t copy and paste…doesn’t highlight that option
thanks
Vinni

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Charlotte Web Development December 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

Vinnie,

Just copy the code that I have written in the article above and paste it into the literature section by pressing ctrl+v. Does that work for you?

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Danny January 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

I was able to post the images in the Craigslist ad on the first try, thank you! BUT they were huge!!! I used photobucket. on that site, there isnt really an indicator of the size, that i saw. is there anything i can do to redo them in a more normal size? i have and own all the pics.
thanks!

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Danny January 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

i found a way to resize the photos, but it only resizes them in photobucket

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Charlotte Web Development January 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Danny,

Try this: Resize the photos on your local computer and then upload them to Photobucket. Then use those smaller ones in your Craigslist ad.

Let me know how it goes!

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Denise January 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Hi,

I appreciate the help you have given others on this, perhaps you can help me?
Here is the code I’m using to try to embed an image in my craigslist ad. I did make it smaller and saved it on my site at 700 pixels wide and still no luck.

Nothing appears, not even a box.

Thanks for any advice you have for me!
Denise

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Charlotte Web Development January 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hi Denise,

Your code didn’t come through for security reasons. Can you post a link to your ad and I’ll take a look at it?

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Denise January 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Hi,

Sure – here it is:

http://portland.craigslist.org/nco/vac/2766182060.html

Thanks!

Denise

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Charlotte Web Development January 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

Denise,

I see what’s happening here! The image tag you made is correct. The problem seems to be that you wrote the wrong folder name in the link. Change the Craiglist photo link to IMAGES from images and it will work.

More detail:

This is the image your craigslist code is referencing: http://www.windowsonthesea.com/images/condo_afternoon_sun_craigslist.jpg

This is the image I’m guessing you based it on your website:
http://www.windowsonthesea.com/IMAGES/condo%20afternoon%20sun.jpg

Do you see how the link you made in the Craigslist code has the middle directory name in lower case but your actual one is in all Caps?

That should do it!

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Denise January 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Great! Thank you so very much! I had no idea case mattered in folders!
Cheers!

Denise

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Charlotte Web Development January 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Glad it worked out! All the best for a great 2012.

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Andi January 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for the help! :)

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Charlotte Web Development January 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Glad to help, Andi! Let me know if there are any other website development tips you’d like to read about.

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Travis January 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

How do i link my craigslist ad directly to my contact page on my website. Keep in mind im using my website to host the craigslist images also..

Thanks in advance

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Charlotte Web Development January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Hi Travis,

Like the site. I’ll write a post about how to do this soon. In short, you need to make a hyperlink tag instead of the image tag show above.

Start with the following:

<a src="http://www.CharlotteWebDevelopment.com/SomeLinkHere">The text you want to be linked</a>

Just replace the part I have in quotes after src= with the address of your contact page and the link will go to that page. You can change the wording that appears linked by editing the part in the middle.

Let me know if that works for you!

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Charlotte Web Development January 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Travis,

I wrote a much more detailed description on how to do this here: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2012/01/14/how-to-link-your-craigslist-ad-directly-to-your-website/

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GH January 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Guys this worked great!

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Charlotte Web Development January 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Glad to be of help, GH!

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Rick Stanley January 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

Ted,
I have been trying all morning to post a picture ad in the Events section of Craigslist, but have had no luck. I have tried very deligently to follow your instructions and I keep getting the dreaded icon with the big red “X”. As you instructed, I uploaded my image to Flickr and copied the address to add to the code that you posted. I got nothing. I also tried with the same picture I uploaded to Facebook, but that didn’t work for me either. My Flickr picture is located at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickatnite/6731127397/in/photostream/
Will you be able to assist me?
Thanks for your time and assistance.
Rick Stanley

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Charlotte Web Development January 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Rick,

I’m sorry you’ve been having such a rough time. Flickr images can be tricky. Did you check out my special guide just for Flickr images here?

http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/06/how-to-put-a-flickr-image-on-craigslist/

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Rick Stanley January 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Now that was SMOKIN’ easy!!! Thanks for the assist.
I really appreciate it.

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Charlotte Web Development January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Sweet! Glad it worked. Let me know anything else I can help out with.

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Yvette Kearse January 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I followed your instructions and signed up on flickr and it did not .

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Charlotte Web Development January 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

Yvette, If you are putting a Flickr Image on Craigslist, try these instructions here:
http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/2011/04/06/how-to-put-a-flickr-image-on-craigslist/

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Katherine January 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I am just writing to say a big thank you to you :) I have been trying to figure it out for a while and just thought why not Google it. Tada, there you were, and here you are helping me and so many others out. Thanks a million! This website is priceless!

All the best!

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Charlotte Web Development January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Very welcome, Katherine! Let me know if there are any other guides I could write that would be helpful.

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rick February 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi

I been trying to add a photo to my cl add using your instructions but continue to get the red X. Ive even reduced the pic size to about 170kb. If you have any ideas that would be great. Thank you.

http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/sks/2832991016.html
I havent completed my add yet waiting to get pic figured out.

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rick February 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm
rick February 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Ive tried to add my picassa web address but the comments section wont display it. Ill try without the “img src” part.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110488273840005466878/DropBox#5704989454372987458

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Charlotte Web Development February 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Rick, Picassa is a tricky one. You have to right click on the image to see what the real file is. For example, the link you pasted isn’t an image – it’s a page. You can tell because there is no file type associated with it. Ex. It doesn’t end in .jpg, .gif, ..png, etc.

When I go to your album, the first image I see is this one: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-amiR8u8Y-f0/TywxrrNAYkI/AAAAAAAAACM/lX4T6jev9o0/s800/927.jpg

Try putting that image in the code and let me know how it works out.

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rick February 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I found the code after right clicking on pic and looking under properties. worked perfect. thanks again

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Charlotte Web Development February 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

Glad it worked out for you, Rick! Let me know if there is anything else I can do.

Ami April 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

Uncle!

Using Picassa, then went to Google +, I’m so lost. Here’s my line of code:

Can’t even find the Picassa address now. I’m so confused. Help!

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Charlotte Web Development April 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

Ami,

Can you use the contact form to email me your line of code? I had to prevent users from entering code here for a few security reasons. I’ll paste it in to your comment once I get it.

Thanks, Ted.

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karen May 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I am trying to upload a photo in the “service” part of craigslist for our small business. I am using photobucket to try to upload my photo. Everytime I do and I think I am gotten it to work a small icon box appears with no photo. The code I am using is :
I am not sure where I am going wrong. I know I am close but I still cant figure it out. Thanks for your help

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Charlotte Web Development May 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hi Karen,

You probably are. Can you send me the code you are using or an example of your ad here: http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/contact/

Thanks, Ted.

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Guest May 10, 2012 at 1:24 am

Hello,

I sent you an email yestrday about not being able to post a picture-link on craigslist and I really hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

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Charlotte Web Development May 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

I was very unclear as to what your issue was. It seems like you were able to create an ad with an image that clicked back to your website with no problem.

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Guest May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Dear Ted,

I just sent you an email with the link I am trying to post.

Thank you.

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Jennifer Cole May 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thanks so much! I struggled a bit, but I got it! I appreciate the help.

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Patrick May 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Ted, I hope you can help becuase I have been trying to get this done for 3 days and have invested close to 8 hours on this simple task. I’ve tried all of your suggestions all with the same result; a gray box with the file name in it, but no picture. I’ve even signed up for a Flickr because I thought Photobucket was the problem. This is one of the images I am trying to post; http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7305882534_dff6e1991a.jpg” width=”500″ height=”334″ alt=”DSC_0336-1-1. Please help!

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Charlotte Web Development June 1, 2012 at 6:40 am

Patrick, it looks like you have the right idea. Double check your quotes. They have to match. If you paste a link to your ad, I can try to help debug it.

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Patrick June 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Patrick June 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

What the heck? It’s working!

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Charlotte Web Development June 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Patrick, code works in mysterious ways sometimes. Just smile when it does! (in all likelihood, you had to dump the cache and cookies of your browser for it to work for you but it worked for others all along :’) )

Shoaib June 4, 2012 at 4:46 am

Thank you sooo much, i am finally able to market my self properly.. before it was ugly !!

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Charlotte Web Development June 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Glad to be of service, Shoaib!

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todd h June 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Hello! I really wanted to just put a “thank u” for your help by just reading your advice… nope :( So here’s the deal…. this is the coding I’m attempting to put on Craigslist, my photographs are at wherestodd.smugmug.com…….

alt=”Wherestodd.smugmug” / >

All I’m getting is a pic with a question mark. I think I read that your software wouldn’t let coding go through to u……. seems like it would be a lot faster if it did…. dunno
Thanx!

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Charlotte Web Development June 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Todd. Sorry you’re having problems. Craigslist is not my software. I’m just a web developer trying to help people use a free resource more effectively. If you post a link, I will try to help you out. Alternately, I can build an ad (or a website) for you for a fee.

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Anthony June 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thank you so much, this helped a lot.

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Charlotte Web Development June 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

You’re welcome, Anthony.

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eday August 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

…. And if you don’t have your own website

I guess this is way too advanced for me. This was no help to me at all. I’m totally confused. Why can’t you just copy the picture and paste? Two years ago when I put something on Craigs List I had absolutely no problem….. this time is horrible !

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Charlotte Web Development November 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Eday, if you don’t have your own website consider using Flickr or Picassa. Links to the tutorials I wrote on how to do that are listed here on this page.

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Jack Stone December 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm

We put together a free web app for posting image Ads onto craigslists. No image hosting needed. Just copy paste your html code to a textfield and your html code will converted to an image and a craigslist embed code will be generated for you. It is completely free – go check it out: http://html2image.cloudapp.net

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Charlotte Web Development December 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

Interesting concept, Jack. I wasn’t able to get your URL to resolve, though. Could be useful for this audience. Want to write up a guest post on how it works?

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Jack Stone December 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have no idea why it is not resolving for you. It works for me. Try this url: http://html2image.realtywarp.com If all fails, please try copying pasting to your address bar.

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Dan Alcorn January 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

Thank you for the generous tips.
I have embedded images on Craigs Lists posts before but am having difficulty with one from this morning:
http://albany.craigslist.org/bfs/3544789883.html

I would appreciate a second set of eyes looking at the code and pointing out my errors:

Thank you
Dan Alcorn

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Charlotte Web Development January 15, 2013 at 7:08 am

Dan – it looks like you left out the src=”” portion of your img tag.

You have alt=”” width=”816″ height=”1056″, etc but you need the src=”” portion. Hope that helps!

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Katrin January 21, 2013 at 1:20 am

I really think this specific posting , “How to Post an
Image or Picture on Craigslist”, truly interesting not to mention the blog post was
a remarkable read. Thanks for your time-Katrin

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Charlotte Web Development February 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thanks, Katrin. If there are any other articles you’d like to see, please let me know.

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Ann Marie May 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Sorry to burden you – you have ALOT of inquiries…. but I’m frustrated.

This is what I pasted into the CL ad, and it didn’t work – I’m sure it’s just a silly little oversight. Help ?!
Thanks so much!

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Charlotte Web Development May 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi Ann,

My software edits out HTML code in the comments for security purposes. Can you paste what you submitted without the <> brackets?

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john magrassi March 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

i have abed cover to sell.how can i put it on craiglist.do ineed a camera to post it.thanks john

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Charlotte Web Development June 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Yes, John. You’ll need to take a digital picture of the items you would like to sell. You’ll need to save those images and then either upload them to Craigslist or host them some other place and link to them.

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Kristin April 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hoping someone can HELP me :) I’m trying to find an app for iOS that will allow me to sell items on multiple platforms… Namely FB Craigslist Instagram and Pinterest. SellSimple claims to do this but doesn’t integrate to craigslist at all. Which is to me the most important. Any advice is hugely appreciated :)

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Charlotte Web Development June 29, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Sorry, Kristin. I don’t know of any. Perhaps you should make the app and sell it!

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Charlotte Web Development May 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Hey Char,

You are using the image folder instead of the image. Remember, an image has a file extension like ‘.gif’ or ‘.jpg’ – without the quotes.

You were putting this: your url /dsc06953/ ….. but what you should be ending with is your url + /2011/09/dsc06953.jpg

Make sense?

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