Years ago I wrote a small article on how to put an image on Craigslist. I thought it would help a lot of people – especially small businesses looking to advertise. Well it did but there are always more questions and ways to make things easier. Since this website has proven to be a great platform for sharing small business web development tips, today I’m here to show you how to put Flickr Images on Craigslist.
Why you might need to put your Image on Flickr
Craigslist allows you to put images on its site but for many markets it requires you to host it yourself. If you are and advanced web user comfortable with uploading images to a server and writing basic HTML code there is no reason you should change your current habits. However, if you don’t know your FTP from your IMG tags, this is the way to go for you.
Hosting your images on Flickr will make your life easier when it comes to showing them on Craigslist.
How to put a Flickr Image on Craigslist
Putting a Flickr image on Craigslist is easy. Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Get a Yahoo! Account
Yahoo! is a search engine and as a general rule of thumb for getting your business a stronger SEO profile (and thus a lot more visitors and business), you should create an account on it and include your website address. In this case, Yahoo! owns the website Flickr so by creating your Yahoo! account you will be taking your first step to getting your image on Craigslist.
Step 2: Sign up for Flickr
Flickr is a free photo service. You can sign in multiple ways but I prefer to have this linked to my Yahoo! account. Just go to Flickr.com and establish your free account there.
Step 3: Upload your pictures to Flickr
This is very easy. Just follow their instructions for uploading a photo here.
Step 4: Click the Actions link above your picture.
Now that you have a picture uploaded to Flickr you will see that there is a link above it called ‘Actions.’ Click that link.
Step 5: Select the Grab HTML/BBCode dropdown
The next step is to select the right option in the Actions dropdown. Just follow along with the pictures.
Step 6: Paste that code into your Craigslist Ad
Once you copy that code, just paste it into Craigslist and you’re all set!
A Few Final Words
It doesn’t End with Craigslist
Putting ads on Craigslist may help you get noticed and may lead to customers. A way you can supercharge your efforts is by making that image on Craigslist be a clickable link that takes them to a custom page on your site. That page could be a sales page or it could be a contact form – it could be anything. The point is that it directs users to something you can control and monitor rather than something that a 3rd party – Craigslist, in this case – monitors. You could build a ready list of warm prospects by doing this that will serve you and your business well for a long time.
Blogging is an easier way to get clients than Craigslist
Also consider creating a blog for your website. It will pay more dividends than making yet another Craigslist ad and it is just as easy. Take for example the short article I wrote years ago about Posting an Image on Craigslist. That one article has brought thousands of visitors to my site and created many sales and referrals for me. That was just one small article compared to hundreds that I have written. There are many cost-effective ways to do this. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below!
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.