The last point is the most important as without an image hosting account of some sort, you really can’t create beautiful eBay listings. However, many people who are just starting out face one of the following problems when considering a hosting account for their business. They are working on such a small budget that even ?6 per month for a hosting account + domain name may be too much for them.
They’re afraid of the technical side of setting up a dedicated hosting account and using it for their business (you shouldn’t be though as I have a great, step by step guide published online on how to use your own hosting account for your eBay business). Photobucket is one example of a very popular (free) image hosting solution and there are many more.
Most of the popular services give you an “embed HTML code” which means that you have no control over exactly how your image looks plus these codes usually come with an ad or backlink to the photo hosting website. There are some less popular image hosting services that still provide you with a plain and simple direct URL that you can use in Turbo Lister, eBay itself or any other listing tool that you use. It is popular enough (so that the chance of it randomly closing down one day is very slim).
Now, let’s take a close look at how exactly this works and how you can start using free image hosting for your eBay listings right now. I have covered image editing and re-sizing in my product photography tutorial HERE but just so you know, the most important thing you need to do is re-size your image so it’s web friendly. Also, while you’re doing this, I highly recommend you do some basic photo editing too, like perfecting your white background colour, cropping the image so that the product looks nice and centered and of course watermarking your images with your logo. When all images are prepared, you simply go to and click the Browse button to select which images you want to upload from your computer. After that, in the Resize settings – leave DO NOT RESIZE MY IMAGES as the default option. What I like about in particular is the simple way they preset your uploaded images AND how easy it is to get plain URLs for all the images you have uploaded. Just leave open or copy all image URLs to a notepad page and you’re ready for the next step, which is…. If you’re using eBay or any other listing creation tool that does not support direct image URL inserting, there’s an easy work around.
As you can see, I simply replaced “URL” text with the actual image URL which I copied from
You’ll use the exact same system for any other listing creation tool that does not offer a direct insert image URL function. You can even follow the same method with Turbo Lister in case you want to stick with eBay’s hosted images for gallery images and don’t want to switch to the Self Hosted images setting. Okay, that’s it for today – this is a simple and easy to follow, step by step guide on how to use free image hosting for your eBay business.

There’s always the possibility that a free image hosting website could go down without notice and you would lose all of your product images.
For the two reasons above, I really only recommend using free image hosting if you’re a new seller who absolutely cannot afford the hosting and domain costs. Of course, unlike with your own hosting account, you won’t be able to change these graphics across all listings by simply re-uploading a new image, so it is a little more tedious and time consuming.
If you have ANY questions about this guide, feel free to post them below in the comments section and I will answer your personally.
If they give you direct URLs to uploaded images, sure, you can use them for image hosting, why not. Yes, but when I last checked it gave dynamic URL which would not show up on eBay properly…? Serial online entrepreneur, eBay PowerSeller, business coach and active TWF community member!
Created UK's Best Selling eBay video course - Easy Auction Business as well as several other video courses and personal coaching programs.
It looks much more professional than a free Gmail or Hotmail email address (IMPORTANT: Read my Hotmail should be BANNED article if you’re still using a Hotmail email account for your online business). If you’re using a custom made template, or any template for that matter, you know that you need to host your product images online to be able to include them inside your listing description. The problem however with Photobucket and similar services is that they do not give you the direct image URL to use in your listings. Sometimes they can’t even be embedded within eBay listings at all due to fancy code being used that eBay doesn’t allow.
It actually works to your advantage as it’s a very simple two-step process from uploading images to getting your URL. If you find a better website, please share it with us in the comments section below this post.
And this is CRUCIAL as you don’t want to simply take images from your camera or phone and upload them as it is. Depending on your template, this means a maximum width of 600-800 pixels at 72 dpi resolution. If you have multiple images per product, format and prepare all of them in advance before you move on to the next step which is…. If you have multiple images to upload, simply hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard to select multiple files in one go.
If you really struggle with image editing and don’t have Photoshop or any other image editing tool, but still want to re-size your images, can actually do that for you. Here you have a clean list of all image URLs you just uploaded, ready to be copied and used in your listings.

This step will differ slightly depending on what listing tool you use to create your listings.
If you don’t see the Insert Image icon in Turbo Lister, click on settings on the left side and make sure that you have selected Self Hosted images there. It does require a few extra steps but it’ll still take you no more than 10 seconds for each image you want to insert. Find the place in your listing where you want your product image to appear, click it and center if needed.
Type in a line of numbers or characters like 111111111111111111 (for 1st image), 222222222222222 (for 2nd etc.). While this works perfectly, I would still recommend that you get your own hosting account asap for your business for the advantages that I covered at this beginning of this post.
These free image hosting sites are not really meant to be used for business purposes, they’re more for social use, so that people can share files and images with each other. Obviously, you should keep back-up images for a scenario like this but it still won’t be a pleasant job, to edit all your listings and replace all the old URLS if something like this happens. But as soon as you start making steady sales on eBay, you should register your own domain name and set up a hosting account so that you’re in complete control of your business. Well, most of them are businesses of course so they do make money from advertising but that doesn’t change the fact that it won’t cost you a penny to use these services for your eBay business. They will be way too huge in size and will load very slowly in listings plus in most cases they’ll destroy your listings frame and formatting as well – so please don’t skip this step! In some specific cases you’ll want to use even smaller sizes, for example, when you need to create a gallery of 3 images side by side.
So what you would do is simply take the raw image files from your camera or smartphone, and within the resize setting, select the appropriate size for your eBay listing, which in most cases would be: 640 x 480. It doesn’t matter what you type in here as you’re only doing this so that you can easily find this part of your listing in the next step.
So if your listing gets very popular and receives hundreds of views per day, there’s a chance that the image hosting company will remove your uploads due to excessive bandwidth use. For example, with your own hosted images you can change special promotions or urgent messages across all listings by simply changing the image file on your hosting account.

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