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Free Image Hosting Sites for Blogs, Auctions, Websites

Store and share your images online without paying any fee. This is a directory of most popular websites offering free image hosting services. You can host your family pictures, avatars and signatures for message-boards, Internet forums, host images for eBay auction webpages or for posting images to blogs.

Uploading new images is simple. Visit the image hosting service provide website, select browse to find an image that you want to upload and click upload. The hosting website will automatically generate linking image code (URL) to post your images in blogs, email messages or websites (html image) including eBay, ubid, WebTV, Yahoo Auctions, and EZBoard message boards.

Village Photos - The free basic account allows an upload of 25 images. You can upload images straight from your hard drive or via FTP. You can give your photos titles and captions, resize or compress images. Free signup is required. GIF or JPG file formats supported.
Limitations: File size limit 250KB; Monthly Transfer 600 MB; 90-days inactivity limit.

IMGSpot - No signup required. There are no limits with the number of images you can upload. Hotlinking is allowed. You may upload .jpg, .png, .gif files. There is no set limit to how much bandwidth images can consume. There is currently no expiration on images.
Limitations: File size limit 650 KB;

ImageShack - Each image you upload to ImageShack must be less than 1024 kilobytes in size. Images greater than 1024 kilobytes in size are resized automatically. You may upload .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .swf (flash) and .png image types. bmp, tif, and tiff images will be converted to .png automatically. ImageShack allows each image 100 megabytes of transfer per hour. If an image exceeds this amount, it will be rendered inaccessible. Imageshack us provides unlimited amount of space for storing your images. Direct linking is allowed (hotlinking). No signup required. Images that have not been accessed in over a year will be deleted.
Limitations: File size limit 1024 KB;

PhotoBucket - Users are allowed to upload up to 20 pictures at a time. You can also categorize, add titles and delete images. Direct linking is allowed. Photos larger than 512 KB are automatically scaled down. Photo Bucket allows image uploads by mobile camera phone or via email message attachments. The Photobucket uploader converts bmp and tif formats to jpg. You may upload .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tiff, .swf (flash) and .png image types. You can view the most recently uploaded pictures.
Limitations: 50 MB storage space; 2500 MB/month bandwidth; 512 KB file size limit;

ImageVenue - Free large image hosting service.. Users are allowed to upload up to 10 pictures at a time. There are no limits with the number of images you can upload. Hotlinking is allowed. No registration is required. Only jpg and jpeg image formats are supported. Unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage period. ,
Limitations: File size limit 1.5 MB; Hosted images not accessed for one year will be deleted from their dedicated server.

WebLogImages - is another image hosting service, specially designed for people who use blogs (such as Typepad, LiveJournal). The free account of this image hosting service allows 10 MB of storage space and a limit of 200 MB monthly bandwidth.

TinyPic - Images greater than 250 KB are authomatically resized. Tinypic generates a very simple direct link (URL) for the uploaded picture like You may upload .jpg, .png, .gif and .bmp image files.

Traffic to these image hosting websites has skyrocketed due to the massive rise in blogging activity in the recent months. I personally prefer Google Image Hosting accessible via the Blogger interface or Picasa's Hello software. Hello provides the ability for (also owned by Google) authors to post thumbnail images int heir blog posts that, when clicked, show a full size image.

All free image hosting services have a very similar business model. They cover the cost of running the business by placing text advertisement links or banners on their websites. You can also start your own image hosting website by buying lot of webspace, a google adsense account and a free image hosting script.

Direct Linking is a term referring to when a web page of one website owner is linking directly to the images or other multimedia files on the web host of another website owner (not just linking to a web page on their server which loads the image). If this is done without permission, it is stealing bandwidth and is also known as "hotlinking", "hot linking", "leeching", and "bandwidth theft".