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Use Photobucket to Spice Up Your Localism Posts

Photobucket

With all the blogging that's going on around here, the photo bloggers might find this information helpful.  After posting a few Localism write ups, where I used Photobucket to make a slide show, several Active Rainers contacted me asking for instructions.

Well due to popular demand, I have prepared this tutorial on how to create and embed a Photobucket Slide Show into your Active Rain posts.

Begin by taking photos of your subject.  Process them and place them in a folder on your hard drive.  Typically I create a special folder so I can easily find it.

Login into Photobucket, it has both a free and Pro version.  At this point I only use the free version.Photobucket

If you aren't a registered member, go ahead and register.

Follow these steps:

  1. Upload they photos from your hard drive, click the radial box "my computer" click "Upload Images & video
  2. Surf to the file on your computer
  3. Pick all the photos at once by highlighting them. Upload
  4. Once uploaded you need to "organize your uploads" you can move to an existing album or "add new" one
  5. If you wish, you can tag and title each photo.  Tags are useful to the search engines, titles actually show in the slideshow.  It's recommended to do this but not required.
  6. click "Share This" in the upper right corner.
  7. The next pop up box will give you a choice to Share on the various social networks.  What you are looking for is the "GET LINK CODE" tab on the top right side.  click it

Photbucket Code

  1. The next pop up window will give you a choice for the link code or EMBED Album slideshow.
  2. Cut and past (CTRL C) the EMBED Album Slideshow code
  3. It looks like this

Photobucket code

With the code save to your clip board, place your cursor where you would like the Slide Show to be positioned.

I have found it is easier to write your copy first, when it's done then go get the code and place the slide show between your copy. (with cursor in place CTRL V)

You may not actually "see" the show until you Post blog entry as a draft or a public entry.

Note: you can also modify the show size to fit the size of your blog.  Choices are large (640x480), medium (480x360) and small (320x240) and tiny (160x160)

It this example I used the medium (480x360 pixels)

 

 

 

 

Photobucket is a great program.  As you explore you will find it has many features, from fun and colorful templates to tracking analytics on your slide shows.

Hope this tutorial helps you improve the appeal of your posts!

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74 commentsKristal Kraft • March 28 2010 10:47PM

Comments

This is a very timely post.  Thanks I'll use this tomorrow for a post I'm working on.

Posted by Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net) over 4 years ago

Hello:

Thank you so much for this post! I haven't really used photobucket, but my wife has used it before. Now I will have to think that it is useful!

Posted by Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage (Capitol Home Team | Austin TX) over 4 years ago

Looks like a handy tool to know about -- thanks for the details and info.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Thanks for putting this together!  Very much appeciated - a bookmark.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA ) over 4 years ago

Great tip!  And I truly appreciate you showing us how it is done, rather than just telling us.

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA) over 4 years ago

I am going to bookmark and give it a whirl !  Thanks for the excellent post!

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Wonderful! I have a Photobucket account but haven't really used it.

Posted by Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR (Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA) over 4 years ago

Thanks soooo much!   Kristal, that is beautifully done, and exactly what I wanted to learn how to do.  I really really appreciate it!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Kristal- I flagged your post for a feature - we'll see ....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Kristal:

This is timely. I have been in the process of looking for slide-show program to use for my blog posts. I will give this one a try. It actually sounds user-friendly. 

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 4 years ago

Kristal, excellent!  Thanks so much for that.  Have a great day.

Posted by Kevin Cavanaugh, Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the instructions.I will bookmark it and try it on a new listing this week.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Kristal, this is a great way to put a slide show in a blog. Thanks for the tutorial.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA (Michael's Commercial LLC) over 4 years ago

Dynamite. Thanks for sharing. I'll be all over this soon. 

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 4 years ago

Great job, Kristal in explaining how to use PhotoBucket. I tend to use flickr and picnik but I'll try this one out. I have an account just haven't used it in awhile.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 4 years ago

Great tutorial...thanks for sharing.  I'll bookmark for later use.

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) over 4 years ago

Thanks for the "how to".  I have yet to embed any videos or slide shows so I will give this a try.

Posted by Jim Paulson, Broker / Owner - Progressive Realty Corporation (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info) over 4 years ago

Thanks I will have to try it out.  I have never used it before but I am sliding over there to see it.

Posted by Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes - Michigan Real estate & Mortg (Keller Williams Commerce) over 4 years ago

Thanks for the great tip. . I used them but I was not aware of this function

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 4 years ago

It's a good resource. I use Vflyer extensively becasue it autopopulates, Google seems to love it, and it has a provision for the addition of a virtual tour as well as a slide show. Sure beats a postcard.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 4 years ago

AWESOME, thank you, Kristal!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Keller Williams Excellence Realty) over 4 years ago

Kristal - Thanks for the info. Adding photos makes my posts look way better. Always like to learn new tips.

Posted by Wally Sears (Residential Real Estate Photography) over 4 years ago

I love photobucket. Awesome how-to post you put together. You should check out Animoto.com - I think it one ups Photobucket.

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Real Estate (512-298-4010) (Watters International Realty, LLC.) over 4 years ago

Good to know, I think I will try Photobucket. I read somewhere that Photobucket was better for SEO, by tagging, & labeling images, etc.,  than using some of the other services like Flickr.  I'm not sure if that is correct, but it might be an added SEO benefit.

Posted by Mary Weaver, Expertise & Knowledge in Ruidoso-Alto Real Estate (Prudential Lynch Realty, Ruidoso, NM) over 4 years ago

Kristal

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Kristal - Thanks so much for the step by step on the slide show for PhotoBucket.  I always need ideas to work with on making my blogs eye-catching.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 4 years ago

I agree with Mary, I have heard that Photobucket is better than Flickr. Thanks for the instructions!

Posted by Rose Marinaccio (Coldwell Banker Residential Properties) over 4 years ago

Great tip, thanks. I'll be trying it soon.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 4 years ago

Great tip, thanks. I'll be trying it soon.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 4 years ago

Just the kind of post I love to find in Active Rain! Great explanation. I will try this soon. Thank you.

Posted by Millie C. Legenhausen, CRS, GRI, CIPS, MBA, Realtor (Calcagni Real Estate, Hamden, Connecticut) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the great tip.

What do you use for the great signature line?

 

Posted by Andrew Monaghan, CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker (Your Phoenix Home Source) over 4 years ago

Kristal I mostly use Flickr but will certainly give this a try.  Thanks for sharing; it is nice to have a choice it keeps everyone on their toes so we will have better products.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this post.  I'm always looking for ways to spice up my posts.

Posted by Rosalind Boyle, Virtual Tidewater (Virtual Tidewater) over 4 years ago

Great info!

 

One thing that everyone should make note of is that by default, Photobucket does not "lock" your account up. It's wide open. If you only use one Photobucket account, and you've got photos of things that nosey Internet people don't need to see (vacation pictures, drunken bachelor/ette parties, etc), go in and lock your account.

Locking your account on the free version means that anyone who wants to look at any of your pictures must have the explicit URL of the photo. The default state, unlocked, means anyone can right click on your photo, get photo properties, paste the URL into their web browser's address bar, and then browse through ALL of your photos and albums.

With the upgraded/paid account, I believe you can elect to lock or unlock individual albums. With the free account, it's either all or none.

 

The other alternative is to have a work-only account, and a personal account, and never mix the two. Flickr.com is another great hosting site, and most likely has similar features.

 

Posted by Nick Snow over 4 years ago

I have seen it before but I have never used it.  I will definitely give it a try.  Thanks for the post!

Posted by Justin Messer, Residential Loan Officer, USDA Rural Housing Loan (Supreme Lending- USDA, FHA, and Conventional Loans) over 4 years ago

Great tip.  I started a photobucket account last month.  Thanks for sharing how to do the show.

Posted by Bob Willis, Whittier Realtor® Sells Homes in Southern Cal (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties) over 4 years ago

Thanks for the info. I use picassa, ppt & picnik. I'll give it a whirl.

Posted by Monique Hailer (CENTURY 21 New Millennium) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing...Will this work on Craislist by chance??

 

Regards

 

Rick

Posted by Richard Goates, Broker 01251781 (Apex California Realty) over 4 years ago

Kristal, thanks for sharing so freely.  And thanks for stopping by last night at our twitter chat!  It was great having you there.

Posted by Maggie Dokic, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (Special Miami Homes) over 4 years ago

Kristal, I've already reblogged. I also noticed  that you can use the slide show feature in Real Bird.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 4 years ago

Great tip, I have boomarked it too for when I have time. I really like your personal photo too, looking over your shoulder. I'll have to try it. It seems to work for you.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) over 4 years ago

Thank you Kristal for taking the time to help us.  Signing up now!

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Key Advantage Realty ) over 4 years ago

Thank you Kristal for taking the time to help us.  Signing up now!

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts (Key Advantage Realty ) over 4 years ago

Bookmarked by me too Kirstal.  Thanks for sharing this. 

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this information with us! Bookmarked this and will sign up. 

Posted by Celeste Chism - Fairfield Glade TN Fairfield Glade Real Estate and More, Your (RE/MAX Premier Choice) over 4 years ago

Kristal - This post is info-packed, girlfriend! Thanks so much for putting it together! I've def got this one bookmarked for future reference.

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

I love photobucket!  I use it all the time for my AR blogs.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 4 years ago

Kristal - I love Photobucket I've been using them for years... Great post and tutorial... nice job Jersey girl...:-)

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 4 years ago

KK - you are so good at these tutorials, adn I'm glad to see you writing here a bit more regularly again. I have only used PB a couple of times but this may push me to become a regular. Slide.com sometimes is a problem.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate ) over 4 years ago

Very cool - had never thought of doing this!  Thanks for the great tutorial and idea...

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (All Seattle Homes for Sale: CooperJacobs.com) over 4 years ago

Oh, Kristal, - your are just fabulous, girl!  And smart as a whip at this stuff....big hugs for sharing and teaching.  Now, if I just had an assistant......

Posted by Eileen Liles, Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO (970-216-0530 http://WeSellDeltaCounty.com) over 4 years ago

A great tutorial.  I think this is a great way to spice up your blog!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 4 years ago

Kristal,

Thanks for sharing this...I always use a different program but the other day when I went they were experiencing problems so I went to photobucket...saw the slide application but haven't used it yet...sounds like fun!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 4 years ago

Thank you for this tutorial.  I use Photo Bucket all the time for photos but was unaware of the slide show version.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 4 years ago

 

Thanks I'll give it a try. I liked the video.

Desert Mountain Real Estate

Posted by Carmen Brodeur, Realtor & Attorney (Trillium Properties, LLC) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the great tip.

What do you use for the great signature line?

 

Posted by Andrew Monaghan, CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker (Your Phoenix Home Source) over 4 years ago

Thank you for the great tip.

What do you use for the great signature line?

 

Posted by Andrew Monaghan, CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker (Your Phoenix Home Source) over 4 years ago

Kristal....

I have the software and the book for dummies when I came across your post. Thanks for having mercy on the less fortunate and explaining your methods. They were (Kristal) clear. Good timing for me. Best

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca) over 4 years ago

Very nice of you to post this. I've never heard of photobucket. Always nice to learn something new, I'm going to give this a try.

Posted by Rob Denny, "Dream Home Specialist" (Allison James Estates & Homes) over 4 years ago

Kristal--This is great stuff. i am going to try it. my posts are generally well received in terms of content, but certainly not "presentation". I know this will make me better.

Posted by Elliott S. Topkins, Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty (Topkins & Bevans-etopkins@topbev.com) over 4 years ago

I need to try photobucket.  There is always something new to learn and use in this business.  Its always nice to find such helpful posts on tools for our business too.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Joyce Thomas, Anthem Merrill Ranch AZ Real Estate (REMAX Home Expert Realty) over 4 years ago

Kristal--This is great stuff. i am going to try it. my posts are generally well received in terms of content, but certainly not "presentation". I know this will make me better.

Posted by Elliott S. Topkins, Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty (Topkins & Bevans-etopkins@topbev.com) over 4 years ago

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.  I am reading each and everyone of them!  It's nice to know you appreciate the little tutorial. 

As for my signature, It's done in HTML and added to the signature block on MY HOME area.  Perhaps I should do a tutorial on how to do a "fancy"signature??

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) over 4 years ago

Thanks Kristal.. I'm always looking for ways to do something different to my post...

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist, Search for Long Islan (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) over 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this post! I want to share so many pictures of La Jolla and this is a great tool:)

Posted by Tiffany Torgan, La Jolla, CA. Real Estate (Harcourts Prestige Properties) over 4 years ago

This is great information. Thanks for the illustrated instructions

Posted by David Okada (Prudential Douglas Elliman) over 4 years ago

Awesome info!  Love it!  Thanks so much.  I just used Photobucket in a post this morning but didn't rrealize it could be easier!

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) over 4 years ago

KK, you are so smart. I use Photobucket & didn't know that it had that feature. Thanks, it would be great for all these localism posts showing the different areas. Thanks for the new tip.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes (RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago) over 4 years ago

Thanks Kristal.  I bookmarked this as soon as I finished reading it.  Will try it for sure.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (Prudential PenFed Realty) over 4 years ago

Thank you for this great tip!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 4 years ago

Thank you Kristal -- I had been wondering about that very technique just the other day.  Excellent step-by-step explanation!

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, Dallas & Collin Counties best homes!) over 4 years ago

Bookmarked!! Thanks for the tip

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) over 4 years ago

KK - thanks for the information. I have not used photobucket for some time, and it really is another good tool.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re (HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912) over 4 years ago

Hi Kristal - Again, your tutorials are wonderful. I tried using photobucket for a slide show on ActiveRain...worked great on draft, but when I posted it to public, some people were having problems with it not downloading....?  I have another blog I want to post, but I want to make sure it works....

Also, for some reason, couldn't get it to share with facebook....my computer brain doesn't seem to be working. Can I call you once I am ready to share it ....maybe I am missing something?

I too signed up for the camp on Monday!

Posted by Emelyn Morris-Sayre, CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116 (The Berkshire Group) over 4 years ago

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