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HOW TO CREATE AN IMAGE URL

HOW TO CREATE AN IMAGE URL

If you want to create your own feed using a spreadsheet and display images of products or services in your ads, you need to add image URLs for the products in your feed.

Adacado requires direct image links for its image URLs. A direct image link leads directly to the image, rather than a web page. The image URL needs to be publicly accessible so that Adacado can download the image and add it to the product data. 

There are many options to choose from when it comes to image hosting. You can use an FTP server, image hosting site or cloud storage platform. Many of these services provide free hosting options, depending on your requirements. You will find many options to choose from by searching the web for “image hosting sites”.  

Here we will show how simple it is to create image URLs using Dropbox, an example of one of the options available.

Using Dropbox to Host Images

We will be using the web interface for this process, so as to avoid the differences between Windows and OS desktop applications. However, this can be accomplished through the desktop applications in a similar way.

Creating an Account

If you don’t already have an account, go ahead and create one.

Creating a Folder

In your Dropbox account, select ‘New Folder” from the right hand menu and enter a name.

Uploading Image Files

Click on the folder name to enter the folder. Then click “Upload files” from the right hand menu. Select the images you want to use for your ads and click “Open”. The images will now be displayed in the folder.

Creating URLs for Individual Image Files

The next step is to create a shareable URL for each image file. Select or hover over the image thumbnail for each file, then click the “Share” button which appears to the right of the image file name.

Click the “Create link” text at the bottom right of the popup to create a URL pointing to the selected image.

Adding Image URLs to Data Feed

Click the “Copy link” text.

Open your data feed and paste the URL into the image URL cell of the corresponding product or service in the feed.

The last step is important to make the image URLs available for download. Change the “dl=0” at the end of the URL string to “dl=1”. 

You will need to repeat the above steps for every product image you wish to add to your feed. Because this is a manual process, this approach is best for smaller data feeds.

If you’re still having trouble or have questions, feel free to reach out to us anytime at support@adacado.com