Hi Blogger users! Today I am going to show you how to offer a free printable with your blog readers. If you are using wordpress you’re gonna want to check out this post.
Free printables are a great way to give something back to your readers! It can be printable wall art, party decor, gifts, cards or holiday decor! The possibilities are endless really!
In Blogger you can not directly host your own files like you can in wordpress. So you will need to use an outside host. Today I am going to suggest 2 different options for places that you can host your files. Honestly there are several other options for hosting files and offering a free printable with Blogger but these are the two most popular.
First you will need to create your free printable and save it as a PDF. Then you will need to upload it to one of the following…
#1. Google Drive –
If you have a free gmail account you also have access to Google Drive. Google Drive is a place where you can create or upload files. To upload a file simply click on the little orange box and click “files”. Select your file. And wait for it to upload. Just a warning, it may take several mins.
To get the file URL (to link too in your post) you need to click on the file and click “share”. A new window will pop up. Make sure you change it to “public on the web” then copy the URL. Go ahead and link to it in your post. When your readers click on the link then can save or print!
One thing to note about Google Drive is that you are only allowed 15GB of Free Space across all of your Google Accounts. This includes your gmail so you may or may not have a lot of extra space to host PDFs. You can upgrade your storage amount by paying a small fee each month.
#2 Dropbox – Dropbox is essentially the exact same as Google Drive.
First you need to sign up for a free account. Then upload your file. Click on the file name. And then copy the URL that is in the web URL bar. That is the URL you will link to in your post URL. Dropbox is also free for a small amount of storage. You can upgrade you account if you get to a point where you need more space.
That’s all for today! Let me know if you have any questions!
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Hi Tauni, thank you so much for an informative post. Straightforward and to the point.