How to Display Large Photos in Craigslist Classified Ads is a great website to place free online classified advertisements. But craigslist forces all the photos and images to a small, 300 x 225 size. The purpose of this page is to show you an easy way to ‘make’ craigslist display large photos and images ‘full-size’ in your online classified ads.

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with jobs, internships, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and pets categories – and forums on various topics. Alexa Ranking: On February 23, 2009, had a traffic rank of 10 for the United States. (UPDATE: February 7, 2012, rank of 9 for the US)

I use to buy and sell items for household or personal items. For most ads, it is best to have one or more photos included. But craigslist will automatically reduce the size of the photos to 300 x 225. Sometimes that is a large enough photo to show the item. But sometimes I really want a larger photo, like 1024 x 768.

Craigslist ad with 300 x 225 photo

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Example: Selling some old LP record albums:

I wanted to sell some old LP albums. I spread 16 LP record albums on the deck and took a photo. At 300 x 225, the photo is too small to be able to clearly read the album covers. If I create an ad using the reduced size of the photo, I must list all 16 titles of the albums, like The Byrds Greatest Hits, Donovan’s Greatest Hits, Best of Bee Gees, The Association Greatest Hits, The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, The Ventures play Telstar, etc. – a lot of typing!

To the right is the craigslist ad with the small photo.

But at 1024 x 768, the photo should be large enough for the viewer to read the titles - no need to write out the 16 titles in the ad text.



Since craigslist saves only the smaller photo, and the larger photo is still on the user’s hardfile, then we need to put the larger photo on the web. Although there are several photo websites, (Alexa Ranking: On February 23, 2009, had a traffic rank of 17 for the United States.) makes it easy to get the HTML code to insert into craigslist. Actually, I found a few craigslist ads with large photos, and when I viewed the source code, they all pointed to And when I clicked the large photo on craigslist, it took me to the web page showing that photo, and the following message:

Welcome message from Photobucket

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 So Photobucket was expecting craigslist users!

Photobucket Image link code area

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Step by Step Procedure:


1. Open an Account with and create/post a new Ad. Do not Add Images.


2. Open an Account with and upload your larger photos.

3. For each photo, in the “Image link code” area, click on the HTML Code field. "Sometimes" the code is automatically copied to the clipboard - if not, then do: right click - copy.

4. For each photo, paste code in a text file.

Go back to – your account page

5. Select the new Ad and edit it.

6. Insert the HTML code into the HTML box after the advertisement text.

Edit the craigslist HTML box

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7. View changed Ad – large photo(s) should display.

Craigslist’s Title for the Ad now indicates “img” instead of “pic”.

Craigslist search results - "img" at the end

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New ad with large photo

Click image to see a larger (640x480) image (max that Hubpages allows). Then right-click on that image, select View Image to see a larger (800x600) image (limited by my browser). Click to see full-size (1032x847) image.
Click image to see a larger (640x480) image (max that Hubpages allows). Then right-click on that image, select View Image to see a larger (800x600) image (limited by my browser). Click to see full-size (1032x847) image.

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hipattrick 7 years ago

Do we get any traffic or any other benefit by placing adds on craiglist?

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

My page was just about how to improve a craigslist classified ad when it could benefit from having larger photos displayed. Craigslist is mostly for local ads - not global like selling on EBay. But a person could misuse craigslist and place an ad for a city, but instead have a link to a website instead. But this is annoying for people who use craigslist to buy locally. But craigslist does have Discussion Forums which could be used to direct someone to a webpage.

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hipattrick 7 years ago

Thank you for that advice websense.

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Craig P. Gill 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

For the small to medium sized business, "Craigslist" and/or numerous other social media sites, are an excellent vehicle to establish brand recognition via the internet. Small to medium sized businesses have been systematically constrained regarding the utilization of the most profitable marketing media today.... commonly outbid by deeper pocket corporations for premium placement in search engine results.

You can in fact optimize any social media presence, Craigslist included.While there may be regional and/or national advertising efforts employed by others, Craigslist is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a powerful geo-targeted readership in your immediate area.

You can optimize the suggestion provided by "Websense" by incorporating a one hundred word description below the picture enhancement. Utilize a keyword density of approximately 15% .... vintage LP's, etc.

This optimization will increase the value of your posting within the search engines and you should experience a decent position in the results, accordingly.

Fantastic advice Websense. Great Job!

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LibertyUnchained 7 years ago from Earth.

Very nice!

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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice step by step explanation. Thumbs up for an informative hub.

reneedesign 7 years ago

Thank you SO much for this concise and easy to follow advice. Much appreciated!

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Lgali 7 years ago

thanks for this info

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Thanks for the encouragement, especially since it was my first hub.

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JennifersJumpers 7 years ago

Thanks for the informative hub. I never knew this could be done.

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SFD2009 7 years ago from UK

Cheers for this

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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

Hi websense,

You have cracked the code. thumbs up. i have rated this hub up.

Jyoti Kothari

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pvrust 7 years ago from Carlsbad, Ca

I like it great easy way to boost sales. You know what they say a picture is worth 1000 words and a bigger picture is worth - priceless!

Great little tip!

Gary Rust

Dick Cantlay 7 years ago

Wow, thanks for this tip. I have been trying to do this for weeks.

eaasi3574 7 years ago

I love your tips.

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jasonhelms 7 years ago from St. Louis

Nice walkthrough, I enjoyed this hub.

eaasi3574 7 years ago

I enjoyed reading your hub. It was very informative. I will come back to read more of your other hubs.

Waseem Qamar 7 years ago

Thanks, very informative and good tips.

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dawei888 7 years ago

Very useful - I never would have thought of using photobucket. I'm wondering if this works for Flickr and Picasa as well. Thanks!

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Any photo website will work. I think most of them provide the html code now.

freeloader80 7 years ago

thanks for the advice on CL,Ii didn't realise this could be done.

smellsgood 7 years ago


It works!!!!

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comp3820 7 years ago from Michigan

I've always wanted to do that! Thanks!

Bee 7 years ago

I have done this very thing because I saw other Craigslist members doing it. I have a website where I put up the photos, uploaded the photos to the main directory of the website, then just linked with the html image tag in my ad. But now they wont let me post it. It got flagged 3 times already! And it happens right when it gets posted. Sooo annoying. All I am doing is selling a car, I see other dealerships putting up huge photos, and they never get taken down! Starting to hate Craigslist..

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Bee - I also used to create a graphical flyer for a townhouse I was selling, and gives instructions on how to insert into craigslist. Vflyer allows 2 free flyers to be active at one time. I did this about 3 months ago - so I don't know if craigslist is blocking it now.

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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

This is an excellent way to get more attention to what you are trying to sell. Thanks for the tip!

Kristal  7 years ago

As a SAHM trying to earn a few extra bucks, this is a great way to really show off my items! Thanks so much for the easy-to-follow steps and clear instructions! Very much appreciated!

Gonzagerz Mexicerz 7 years ago

I always wondered how that was done. Thanks!

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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Good Hub, I also use Photobucket, but mainly use so I add big images. I sell cars sometimes online, more big photos help. I have Picasa desktop software, I capture photos and transfer it to Picasa, which transfers it to the web in seconds.

Nick 7 years ago

Thanks for all your work in explaining everything !

Stacy 7 years ago

Excellent! This works great. Thanks!!!

mike 7 years ago

I need help. I followed the steps and placed a large picture ad on CL. But I don't want people to be able to click on the picture and be linked to my Flickr account. How do I remove it? Thank you!

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Mike, it's been a while since I was testing this out. But I have seen it work both ways - with photo only and with a photo that is also a link to the website.

In step 6 above, if you delete the "a ref= ... " HTML code, and keep the "img src= ... " code, that will get rid of the address link to photobucket. Similar way if using Flickr.

That way, only the photo should display and it will not be a hyperlink to a website.

Hope that works for you.

scott fidge 7 years ago

nice tip... this definitely falls under the "why didn't i think of that!" category >.<


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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


I use CL once or twice a month to buy/sell, with very good results. I don't notice any spam in the For Sale category in Raleigh, NC.

bw 7 years ago

I just used your advice to sell my truck on Craigslist. Thanks for such a great tip. The photos are really an advantage now!!

Happy Holidays!

Josh Zytkiewicz 7 years ago

While the larger photo is good, I would also put in the text of the items you're selling. Anyone doing an internet search will not see your ad because Google can not read the titles in a picture.

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Websense 7 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Yes it is important to have the text of the items for sale - even Craigslist needs that. But, I don't see the importance of using Google to find a Craigslist ad, when I can use Craigslist to search Craigslist ads. Also, I use Amazon to search Amazon items and Ebay to search Ebay items.

vahid 6 years ago

Thank you so much it really works

another guy who stumbled upon your fine information 6 years ago

YES!!! . . . at long last I'm in the know. Thanks a bunch.

Candace 6 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for posting this! It was so helpful.

david 6 years ago

Thanks - this is awasome

Ray 6 years ago

Thank you Websense. I've wondered how to have large photos on Craigslist and thanks to you I now know. :^)

Dwayne 6 years ago

thanks for this helpful info:)

Sally 6 years ago

Wow! This will really help with showing my artwork. Can't thank you enough. You smart guys are so smart and at the same time very generous with your expertise. I'm an older person, but certainly appreciate "the new smart." Thanks.

Gail 6 years ago

Websense, did you ever write up the info on how to put a flyer on craigslist as noted below? Where can I find it? Did a search but could not find. Would love to be able to do that.

"Hey, I just found a way to make a flyer to sell something, and then put the flyer on Craigslist. I'll write that one up soon."



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Websense 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Sorry but I did not follow through on how to put a flyer on Craigslist. I actually created a flyer for my townhouse that I was selling - and I put the flyer on Craigslist. But I didn't want to use my townhouse as the example for Hubpages. The townhouse sold 3 months later and I got busy with all the closing/moving details.

I think there are several flyer websites. I used - where I think I could have 1 or 2 free flyers. There are lots of types of flyers - real estate, vehicles, furniture, etc. Once the flyer is created, the website shows you how to put on Craigslist.

I hope that helps.

Philip 6 years ago

So good. Its really simple when you lay out simple step by step directions. THANKS!

Jim 6 years ago

Thanks a lot. I was wondering though. A lot of customers are calling me and telling me they cant see the add. Can I do anything to make it easier on them or do they have to download something on there pc? Thanks in advance

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Websense 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


I'm not sure why a lot of customers can't see the ad. They do not need to do anything on their computers to make it work. Basically all that you are doing is inserting some basic HTML code. One suggesting I have is for you to log on to another computer and see if you can see the photos. If you cannot see the photos, then something must be wrong with the HTML code. HTML code is not very forgiving - if anything is not in the right place or missing, then the results won't be right.

I hope this helps.

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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

Thank you for sharing this information about Craiglist. It would be great to have big photos for your listings in this free ad posting website.

Jehna 6 years ago

Thank you SO MUCH!!

yubaina 6 years ago

Thanks for this tip. I have been trying to do this for ages.

JC 6 years ago

I used the Image Shack site to upload my pics and put on CL, but the pic was smaller and had a big posting across it: 800x600 130kb photo. Is that cause it's free?

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Websense 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Sorry, I had not used Image Shack. But "a big posting across it" doesn't happen by accident - so it's probably because it's free. :)

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bloggermama 6 years ago

Great hub!! I buy and sell items on Craiglist and I've been wondering how people get the large photos on their listings. I thought it was an upgraded feature that they paid for so I didn't bother researching it any further. Thanks so much for sharing!

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AT Autos 6 years ago

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Mary Sage 6 years ago

Dallas, Oregon - I found this info and was so excited to be able to place a real estate flyer on craigslist - always wanted to know how to do this. Thanks for posting.

Bonnie 6 years ago

I am trying to post a craigslist ad and it just shows some link and not the pictures?

randy tucker 6 years ago

it does not work

i was able to go through all the steps and my ad showing

as "img". But when i click on that no image ad is showing unfortunately

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Websense 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Bonnie and Randy,

These instructions had been working for a lot of people, but I wonder if Photobucket has changed something. I'll retry my instructions and see what happens, and write a comment about what happens.


melinda 6 years ago

It's not working for me either. I don't get it. I'm copying and pasting the HTML code to the CL ad. I also posted it to my notepad and then to my ad - either way I just get a img box sitting in my add with no picture.

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Websense 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Bonnie, Randy, and Melinda:

I tried it again, and it works for me. The HTML code now uses "href" instead of "ref" - but I tried both of them and they both worked.

Also, I think things have changed in craigslist since I first wrote this article - about 1.5 years ago. Before I had to create and Save the Ad, then come back to edit to insert the HTML from Photobucket. This time I did Photobucket first and copied the HTML to a text file. Then I created a craigslist ad, inserted the HTML, then saved. It worked this way too.

If anyone has any ideas why it won't work for some people, let me know.


Avio karte 6 years ago

Great guide I've always wondered about posting larger images on craigslist and this article thought me how to!


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Nick 6 years ago

Can someone help me. First off, this is the best tip and thanks. Second, when I do this, (say I have different paragraphs in my posting) it pushes all of my words into one huge paragraph. I want it like this:











When I do it step by step, it makes my add look like this:






Anyone know why it is doing this or how to stop it from doing it? If I use the first html code (small pictures that are click-able), the add looks fine except the pictures are small. Thanks

Andrew Lindy 6 years ago

Hi, my pixel width dimensions are all the same when I upload into photobucket. However my HEIGHTS are all different. That is what I want. It seems that if you have a very long image in height, that craigslist or photobucket will lessen the width in order to show more of the image.

How can I conserve the width and just make it so people will have to scroll down to see the rest of the height???



Karen 6 years ago

Perfect! I was trying to figure out how to embed large pictures into my Craigslist ads for sale items and your explanation is the most straight forward and easiest to follow :) I really appreciate your post. THanks for the help :)

Hementh 6 years ago

Thanks for your information

acai berry 6 years ago

Thank you so much for this information. This is what I have been looking for.

EA 5 years ago

Do you know why my add will never load? Its always computing.

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Websense 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Sorry but I have not had that problem.


chuck 5 years ago

Thanks so much! My ad is so much nicer with real photos!

Randy 5 years ago works pretty well

jclark 5 years ago

thank you! your advice worked beautifully. does that gorgeous dog have a name?

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Websense 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

jclack - the dog is Kaya, she is part Lab and part ?

jclark 5 years ago

websense, i had a dog that looked quite like her. told everyone her breed was a "hoosier," as in, "hoosier daddy?" bet she's a good one. thanks again for the advice.

Mike 5 years ago

Thank you so much! I was looking for it.

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Websense 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Thanks for ALL the great Comments that I have received. Since I first published this page, in 02/09, it has been my most highly viewed page. Initially, I thought that the search engines would not find it because it might require too many "specific" keywords to be entered, and "would" people know such a web page "actually existed".

Initially, views were slow. But by using some features that Hubpages have, like "Tags" or "Suggested Tags", views started to grow and grow.

I also realized that this subject matter will not be a money maker, but I enjoyed the challenge of designing a "near" perfect hubpage. :) Also, I have tried to reply to comments that actually required me to "recreate" the "Step by Step" Procedures. I have found no errors in my procedures since I initially wrote.

Why such a long comment from me? - because of ALL the genuine "Thank you SO MUCH!!" comments.

Lori 5 years ago

well this never posted when i did it this way!

Irving Abreu 5 years ago

Just want to say thanks. I just came across this because I felt like having large pics in my ads, and this worked like a charm. THANK YOU!

Josh 5 years ago

i think is easier

Boogie 5 years ago

I read all craigs list problems and one is overly sized pictures will get you flagged. Also they say they say html code will get you flagged too so I'm wondering is this working for all of you? I'm getting ready to start listing on craigs list and read everything and I don't want flagged by using this method.

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Websense 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Using HTML code to display large pictures works for most people. I have only received a couple comments where they could not get it to work. Recently I have seen some ads with large photos, so it's still happening. Maybe Craigslist flags ads which abuse using "overly" large pictures or use html wrong. (only a guess)

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StephenSMcmillan 5 years ago

Very useful information.

Jared 5 years ago

I've always wondered how to do this! Thanks much!!

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fdoleac 5 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

Thanks for the advice and a valuable resource.

Kevin 5 years ago

Thank you so much. I've been wanting to learn how to do this forever.

Jolynn 5 years ago

Awesome Information! Thanks so much for this great yet simple info:)

Jim Schezlick 5 years ago

So where can I buy those albums?!?!?! I want the Dionne Warwicke, please.

Jeff 5 years ago

It worked Great!

John 5 years ago

I just learned how to add HQ pictures to my ad. THANK YOU !!

Patrick 5 years ago

I was informed that any links to Photobucket or any photo hosting site are prohibted on Craigslist. I don't understand because I still run into ads that use links to Photobucket, but my ad was flagged and de-listed. The Craigslist reason was that html links to larger photos affected mobile performance to CL.

I must admit, getting a straight answer why my ad was de-listed took a while and I had to sift through a lot of sarcasm to get a straight answer.

Rob 5 years ago

Thanks,this was very helpful

Karen 5 years ago

hello, was wondering if I could get some help on how to get a picture to come up when I click on an add in craiglist that says it has a picture,but when i click on the add It shows a box that says Image but when I click on the box, the pic. doesn't come up.

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Websense 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author


Please try the following:

1. Does the picture display on a different computer, or different internet browser (IE, Firefox, etc.)? If it fails on other computers or browsers, then maybe Craigslist has a problem.

2. Do most of the Craigslist ads with pictures work OK? If none of the pictures display on your computer, but the pictures display on a different computer, then something could be wrong with your computer.

Hopefully, trying other computers, browsers, and other Craigslist ads will give you a clue to what is wrong.

Hope you solve the mystery.

Allen 4 years ago

Thanks for the great info!! Just wanted to share something that I found handy. I searched for a photobucket app for my iPhone and found one. Now I can upload my pics quickly to the photobucket app and do the home button double tap back and forth between my photobucket app and my craigslist app copying and pasting the html's and never lose my place and create ads quickly. Hope this brings some posting ease to many.

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Websense 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

...a photobucket app, a craigslist app, ...

Is there a Hubpages app??? :)

reifenup 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing such useful information. The information provided is very very niche and this information is not available so easily.

Jason 4 years ago

It works great! In the final stages of posting there is an icon of photobucket, not the actual image. But when you actually look at the ad in craigslist the images will show up in all their glory.

xgtmg 4 years ago

I had a bit of trouble with my first attempt because I did not follow the directions correctly. However in doing so I may have stumbled upon the solution to the link being displayed instead of the photo. I pasted the picture in first and then the ad text because I wanted it that way. Sure enough the ad showed a link. I repeated the attempt to be sure, with the same result. I went back to your hub and thoroughly read the instructions instead of skimming and sure enough, you had said paste the photo AFTER the ad text. I did and voila, we now have a perfect very large photo in the ad. Thank you so much for this hub and I hope my comment helps someone down the line.

Matt 4 years ago

Thanks - Worked perfect

bad batkin 4 years ago

thanks for the info, btw, how much for the Telstar album?

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Websense 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC Author

Hi bad batkin,

I wasn't able to sell the LP, so I gave them to Goodwill. It's been years since I had a turntable. I wished I had kept the album covers and used them as wall decoration.

BUT, I was downsizing and "things" had to go!

nyoungtexas 4 years ago

Awesome info! Thanks Websense..worked like a charm the first time!

rachel 4 years ago

I cannot generate the mouse over display in photobucket, nor generate the codes anymore. Is there something wrong with pb?

ram majhi 4 years ago

thank you this site man i like this works

Jeff 4 years ago

I'm using its a nice alternative to photobucket and works better than it when listing multiple photos.

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davidmurree 3 years ago from USA

i will follow, as my earlier postings were with small photos

Drill 3 years ago

"But, I don't see the importance of using Google to find a Craigslist ad, when I can use Craigslist to search Craigslist ads."

By being vague, you're not making things easier for people using Craigslist's search engine as well. With a nondescript listing, you're reducing the chance of a potential buyer from seeing/finding your goods.

saul 3 years ago

muchas gracias!!! it was very helpful:)

Lemar 3 years ago

This does not work anymore!!!

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Raghead 2 years ago

This doesn't wok anymore. Craig's list shut it down! How stupid!

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