How to Display Large Photos in Craigslist Classified Ads
Craigslist.org 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, Craigslist.org had a traffic rank of 10 for the United States. (UPDATE: February 7, 2012, rank of 9 for the US)
I use craigslist.org 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
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, photobucket.com (Alexa Ranking: On February 23, 2009, Photobucket.com 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 photobucket.com. And when I clicked the large photo on craigslist, it took me to the photobucket.com web page showing that photo, and the following message:
Welcome message from Photobucket
So Photobucket was expecting craigslist users!
Photobucket Image link code area
Step by Step Procedure:
1. Open an Account with craigslist.org and create/post a new Ad. Do not Add Images.
2. Open an Account with photobucket.com 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 craigslist.org – your account page
5. Select the new Ad and edit it.
6. Insert the photobucket.com HTML code into the craigslist.org HTML box after the advertisement text.
Edit the craigslist HTML box
7. View changed Ad – large photo(s) should display.
Craigslist’s Title for the Ad now indicates “img” instead of “pic”.