There are hundreds of image-hosting sites online. From Photobucket to Tinypic to Imageshack, if you start counting, there's no ending. Most of these sites have a bandwidth limit. That is, your images are viewed only certain number of times beyond which it is no longer available for the day.

Let me explain. Suppose you have an image uploaded in Photobucket. The image is 102KiB and the daily bandwidth allocated for images in Photobucket is, say, 3MiB. Then, your image can be viewed 30 times (since 30x102KiB ~= 3MiB).


But if your images are hosted with Google, you won't have to worry about limited bandwidth since Google doesn't have any bandwidth restriction.

If you are a Blogger user, you can upload your images to Blogger by creating a post and uploading through the post-editor.

But just for the sake of uploading images, it is a lot of task to sign in to blogger and upload them. There's one more way to host images in Google.

Sign in to your Picasa account with your Google account. Now, click on the 'Upload' button. And create a new album.

Now, in the new album editor, make sure you select "Unlisted". This will hide the album from public gallery. (Of course, you can make it public, but since we are uploading images just for hosting purposes we don't want it to be a part of our gallery.)
Once you have created album, start uploading photos in it. Now, click on any of the uploaded photos. In the next page, click on "Link to this Photo" link at the right. Check "Image only (no link)" and select "Original Size" from the select option. Now, copy the link in the "Embed image" field. That's it!

How To Host Anything in Google

Digital Inspiration has a wonderful article on how to upload an MP3 file to Flickr. This trick applies to almost all file-types. All you have to do is to combine two files (one of them has to be a JPG file) into one file. Just use this command in command prompt to combine two files:
copy /b image.jpg + file.ext new_image.jpg
Here, image.jpg is any jpg image and file.ext is any file you want to combine with the image. new_image.jpg is the combined image which looks same as the earlier image. To get back file.ext, rename new_image.jpg to new_image.ext. You can find more information about it on Digital Inspiration.

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