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Include a Photo with Craig’s List Ad

April 20, 2007 by debbie T | Digital PhotographyInternetPicasa 2

This is one more tutorial written specifically for my Dad, but hopefully it might help other newbies.

Craig’s List is an online web site offering the ability to post classified ads for free. I think of it as a big yard sale online.

Make sure to read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, along with the Avoid Scams article.

The ad posting process is fairly easy, but people seem to get stuck on including a photo with the ad. Hopefully this tutorial will help.

Get Organized

First, decide which photo files are to be used in your advertisement. There is a maximum of four photos for each ad.

Second, make sure to resize the image appropriately.

NOTE: Craig’s List automatically resizes each uploaded image to 300 pixels wide. So why waste your time resizing if Craig’s List automatically does it for you?

Most cameras include photo editing software that easily resize your photos. Google also offers an easy to use photo editing program named Picasa. Download the software from Google, and check out my tutorial for resizing photos using Picasa.

Once you have your files resized and organized, make note of their location on your hard drive. For Windows users, photos are usually saved in the My Pictures folder.

If you are using Google’s Picasa, the default location for exported/resized files is a folder named “Picasa Exports” located in the My Pictures folder.

Upload Photos to Craig’s List

Follow the normal procedure for posting a classified ad on Craig’s List.

Once on the main posting page, type all necessary text for ad, then click the Add / Edit Image button. A new section will appear on the page, displaying four placeholders (big red X’s) for photo files. Each placeholder has a “browse” button.

Click the first “browse” button. The Upload File window will appear.

Craig’s List needs to know where your first photo file is located on your hard drive. Once you navigate to the specific location of your file, Craig’s List can copy the photo file and upload it to their server.

  1. For Example, Click the My Documents button on the left side of the window. This will display all files and folders located there.
  2. Now, double-click the My Pictures folder.
  3. If you used Picasa to resize your photos, there should be a folder named “Picasa Exports” – double click that folder, and the sub-folder containing your resized photos should be visible.

Once you have the exact location of your first photo file, click the photo. The file name should automatically appear in the text box for “File Name.”

screenshot - Upload photo to Craig's List

Click the “Open” button and the window will close, and you will return to the main post page.

You should notice a green circle for the image place card instead of the red X.

screenshot Craig's List upload

If you have multiple photos for your ad, repeat the process using the 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th browse buttons.

Each place card with a reserved upload should display a green circle. If your experience is slightly different, don’t panic. It could just be a web page glitch. Keep going and if your photos do not display properly, you have the option to edit the ad later.

When your ad looks to be in order, click the Continue button.

The amount of processing time depends on how large the photo files are (this is why it is better to resize before trying to upload.)

Once Craig’s List is finished processing, your ad should appear, including any photos. If something doesn’t look right, click the Edit button at the bottom of the page.

If you need to delete a photo, choose the “delete” option button under the photo.

To change a photo to a completely different photo, choose the Change option button under the photo, then “browse” to the location of your replacement photo.

Click the Continue button to process your revisions.

How does your ad look now? Don’t worry, you can still edit your ad within the 7 day time frame that your ad displays. So, if all looks good, type in the “verification code” in the text box and click the Continue button.

You will receive an email with your ad details, along with a link to edit or delete your ad

For additional help, Craig’s List has many more Help articles.

Have fun! And good luck selling on Craig’s List

There are 6 comments

  1. Yes uou’re right this is easy and I do this all the time on items for sale,but I’m refering to skilled trades on services offered it does not have that option. I asked someone who has an ad there with an image and they said to use photo bucket so I now have photo bucket album but I don’t know what to do next.

    Comment by Brian on June 27th, 2007
  2. You’re right, Brian, there doesn’t appear to be an option to upload a photo in skilled trade services.

    But there is a way around it. I checked on Photobucket, and when you are on the photo page, toward the left side of the page, there is a section of coding examples.

    The coding under the heading “HTML Tag – Websites & Blogs” is the one you want.

    Highlight and copy the coding. Then paste it in your Craig’s List ad.

    It will look similar to this:

    <img src=”http://xxxx.photobucket.com/albums/0006/pbhomepage/image.gif”>

    When you preview your ad, you should see an image.

    I suggest to resize your images before uploading to PhotoBucket, that way they will be the right size for your Craig’s List ad.

    Hope that helps! Thanks for your comment!

    NOTE: You don’t necessarily need an account at Photobucket. Other photo sharing web sites like Picasaweb and Flickr also include the html code to display your images on other web pages.

    Comment by debbieT on June 27th, 2007
  3. Hi,

    I read all the information regarding psting photos on craigslist.

    I was able to resize the 2 photos and post them, the green circles did appear, however they didn’t show up on my ad.

    Today I deleted the ad and I want to start over again.

    Does anyone know why?? Can someone help me figure this out. The help section on Craigslist didn’t have any info onthis proble…

    Thank you,

    Comment by Dottie on April 29th, 2010
  4. These steps should be located on craigslist.org. It would save many of us lots of heartache and frustration! Thanks for taking the time to “spell things out.” You should be paid by craigslist.org for doing this. I’ve learned from experience that ads without pics will be past up for those that do.
    THANK YOU!

    Comment by Richard H. on July 14th, 2011
  5. Dottie,
    After the green circles appear, you’re good to go. That means they’ve loaded. Just click the continue button and your pics will appear. Hope this helps.

    Comment by Richard H. on July 14th, 2011
  6. Thank you very much Richard. I am glad the tutorial helped you!

    Comment by debbie T on July 14th, 2011