Inserting Free Images Into Your Auctions


Ebay gives you One Free Picture for your auction. After that they charge for each image you insert into an auction.
You can work around this by using a web host to host your images and then insert them into your auction via HTML.
There are many ways to get images hosted for free on the web. One is your ISP (Internet service provider,i.e aol ).
Most ISP's provide space for a free homepage. This is an excellent way to utilize this free service by hosting your Ebay Images there for free. There are also several free services that host images for auctions including Auctiva and Photobucket.
Once you have a host for your images then you will need to upload them to the host. I have never used
Auctiva or Photobucket but they are supposed to have a simple interface for uploading images. With your ISP you will have to use FTP (file transfer protocal). FTP is built into Windows operating systems and your ISP will give you the FTP address.

Once you have your images online you need to have the URL (universal resource locator, the address in the bar at the top of your browser) You will need the complete address including the http part. I also like to save my images as a name that describes the picture. this will help you with search engines being able to find you. instead of naming an image  PCDV0005.JPG like it is saved by my camera I will name it to an actual description of the image, i.e my_pretty_item.jpg.
This makes it easier for search engines such as google to locate your item but also makes it easier for you to locate the particular image you are searching for.

You will insert this code into the location you desire your picture to be in your item description. Replacing the the url with your images url. I like to use copy and paste for this as it saves mistakes in typing. Right click your mouse button and you will get a drop down menu that lets you either copy or paste. Alternatly you can hold down the control button and depress "c" to copy and "v" to paste

<a
href="http://www.yourimagehost.com/yourpics/my_pretty_item.jpg">
<img
style="border: 0px solid ; width: 400px; height: 328px;"

alt="my pretty item"
src="http://www.yourimagehost.com/yourpics/my_pretty_item.jpg"></a>

Green= hyper link to the actual location of the image
Lavender= image information, size and border
red= alternate text, this is a short descrition of the image
blue = the physical location of the image file so browsers can find and display it


If  you use Nvu to to edit your pages you will go to the tool bar at the top and click insert, then image, then in the drop down menu you will type or copy the url of your photo. You also have a box for the alternate text, as well as tabs to change the image size, or create a link with your image.

Insert an image with Nvu

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Images URL and Alternate Text

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Set Image size on your page
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Creating a Link to your Image
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