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If you have a website, no doubt you have plenty of storage space. Make a new folder and store your images for your eBay sales there. Here are some easy ways to upload your pictures to your website and import them into your eBay listings. Doing so gives you the opportunity to offer the prospective buyer more views of the items you have up for sale.

Internet service providers may supply you with an image upload area, but they may require you to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to upload your images. You may be able to find a free or shareware (requiring a small fee) FTP program on sites such as the following:

If you use the Fast Photos image-editing program, you get an FTP program as part of the software at no extra charge!

Firefox has a free FTP program, FireFTP, that’s reliable and easy to use.

You can add FireFTP to your Firefox browser (Mac or PC) by choosing Tools→Add-ons from the Navigation menu. Doing so takes you to a web page where you can search for FireFTP (and lots of other interesting add-ons).

After you install the program, open it and follow these steps to upload a file to your server:

  1. Click Manage Accounts →New.

    The Account Manager appears.

  2. Type in the name of your website in the Account Name box.

  3. Where prompted, type the FTP address for your account and then click Next.

  4. Type the user name and password that you use to log in to your website account. Then click OK.

  5. Click the Browse button to locate the directory on your computer where you store your eBay images.

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  6. Click OK and you’re good to go.

From this point on, every time you click the Connect button, FireFTP logs on to your web space and displays the screen. Note that the left side of the program is open to the directory you selected as the default for your eBay images. The right side of the screen shows what is currently on your ISP-provided home page.

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To upload an image, highlight it and click the transfer arrow in the center. Faster than you could take a screen shot, the image is uploaded to your web space.

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