Blog Tips Tuesday 13: How to add a downloadable printable to a blog post

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Remember the daily blogging checklist I posted last time? In order to make it that people could download and print the checklist, rather than just adding it as a normal photo, I had to go through a few extra steps. People love free resources, so adding printables like this to your blog can be a good way to attract new readers. Here I explain how to add a downloadable printable to your own blog posts!

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This is an intermediate blogging tip, designed for those who are just figuring out how to build blog traffic.

 

How to add a downloadable printable to a blog post

Step 1: Create your document

First, make your printable. This could be anything: blogging resources, printable recipes, cooking resources, any form of art – whatever you think people might like to print out.

You can create your document in whatever program you like – I used a Mac application called Pages, but you could also use Microsoft Word, Open Office, Google Drive, or any other program that does what you want it to. Remember to make your document bold and colourful – nobody’s going to want to print out a whole page full of plain text.

It’s a good idea to include your blog’s URL somewhere on the document (preferably somewhere small and unobtrusive) – that way, if someone prints it out, they won’t forget where they got it from. They might check back in the future to see if you have any new printables!

Step 2: Save your document as a PDF

It’s worth saving your document as its default file type so that you can go back and edit it later if you need to, but in order to make it into a printable, you also need to save it as a PDF.

You should be able to do this directly from the program you’re using – it’s usually under File; Export rather than File; Save. Just select PDF, and save the file.

It will hopefully look something like this, but all programs are organised slightly differently so you might need to do a little digging:

Export to PDF

Step 3: Upload your PDF to your blog

You now need to make sure your PDF is hosted somewhere on your blog. If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, the easiest way to do this is to go directly through your blogging dashboard.

Open up your dashboard and go Media; Add new (see blue arrow below). Then just upload your PDF (see green arrow). It should appear below the upload box. Click Edit next to the file (see orange arrow… can you tell I got a bit carried away with the arrows?).

Upload new media to WordPress

This will open up information about the file you just uploaded. Copy the file URL from the box on the right (red arrow). As a quick test, you can paste this URL into your browser, just to make sure that it takes you to the right PDF file.

Media file URL

If you’re on Blogger, you’ll need to use a separate application to upload your file. I won’t go into this here, but you can easily use Google Drive to upload your file and get the URL – this blog post seems to do a pretty good job of explaining it.

Step 4: Link to your PDF from your blog post

Now all that’s left to do is to link to your PDF from your blog post! You can either just add a text link (e.g. ‘download your free printable here’), or link to the PDF from an image – or both!

In the daily blogging checklist post I wrote last time, I did both types of link – I added a text link at the end of my post to remind people to get themselves the free printable, but I also linked to the PDF from a jpg version of itself (which I inserted in the usual way). This is a good idea because it provides a pinnable version of the printable so that people can pin it to Pinterest and help spread the word!

So, that’s all there is to it – it’s actually pretty simple, but people love free stuff, so any resource that you can provide for people can help to bring in visitors. If you have a go at making your own printables, make sure you let me know in the comments!

MORE BLOGGING TIPS:

How to reduce your bounce rate
How to find out how many times a blog post has been pinned
How to add titles and alt text to images
How to start a blog in 5 minutes
How to make a blogging media kit
How to set up a Facebook page for your blog
When to use ‘nofollow’ links
Should I use ‘CAPTCHA’ on my blog?
10 things to check before hitting ‘publish’
Common sidebar mistakes
5 simple SEO tips
Daily blogging checklist

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Becca, I have often wondered about how to add a printable recipe, so this is great info, thanks. But mainly I wanted to let you know that your tip re Stumbleupon is GENIUS. I’ve seen a great boost in my traffic already. I still don’t exactly know how it all works, but I’m very grateful for the advice.
    Have a great day, Lucy
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  2. says

    Thanks so much. You have an unbelievable bunch of information here, girl! I have been searching for this but was not successful. ( I think I didn’t know how to put into words exactly what I wanted.) I found you on Pinterest, and now I am gleaning all I can from your very well explained tutorials here. I am only 2mos old, so I need all the advice I can get. Thanks again, and back to reading!

  3. says

    Thank you for this Becca! I’m curious – do you actually get traffic from Google +? I have NEVER used it even personally and am a little afraid to commit for my blog… It’s hard enough keeping up with FB, Twitter, Pinterest!

    Also, I would love if you would do a blog tips on what are some good sites to submit recipes to like: Foodgawker, Tastespotting, Tasteologie, etc.

    • says

      I don’t use G+ much, I just share my blog posts on there and occasionally share someone else’s post. I probably use it about 5 mins a day, max. I don’t see much traffic directly from it, but it’s supposed to be great for your SEO (since it’s run by Google and all), which is mostly why I do it. Supposedly posts that are linked to on G+ are indexed more quickly.
      Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted…Hot cross bun bread and butter puddingMy Profile

  4. says

    Just wanted to let you know how helpful your blog tips are. I’ve had a blog for a while and have been stumbling through as best I can. You’ve answered some of my questions and given me some ideas to work on. Thank you so much.
    Patti recently posted…A Gift of Food and TimeMy Profile

  5. says

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been itching to make printables available on my blog, and this was most helpful in clarifying a few things. I actually thought it might be more difficult/impossible as I use Blogger to host my site. Looks like I’ll be adding printables as a feature in the near future! Thanks again!
    Kristen {A Modern Mrs.} recently posted…Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak RecipeMy Profile

  6. says

    Thanks so much for the advice. I have listened and read so many different things to try and understand all the gobbledy goop I hear. But most say nofollow and assume I know what they mean. Ready all yours at least gives me some small grasp of what all this means. Glad you are paying it forward to some of us newbies.

  7. says

    Thanks for much for the great tutorial, Becca!
    I created a printable in Word and have inserted a text link to it in my blog post. What I’m stuck on is how to create a JPG version so that I can show an image of the printable in my post. Any help on that would be appreciated. :)
    Thanks!
    -Ann
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  8. Heather Cantu says

    Hello again I am trying to print the printable what not forget before you post and it takes me to the Kelly Blue Book webpage? I am not sure what I am doing wrong? Thanks

    Heather

  9. says

    Hi! I just googled the topic of adding a pdf to my blog and your post came up. I did all of the steps and it worked! BUT, it’s ugly and has a big frame around it with a little printer icon in the top right corner. Do you post a picture of your pdf and add a link to the pdf itself? I’m trying to figure out how to be able to adjust the size as well. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears!
    Thanks so much!!
    Holly
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  10. says

    I just spent a good few hours this afternoon reading through all of your “blog tips” posts and I just wanted to say thank you! So so useful :) I’ve been blogging for over 2 years but when I first started I really didn’t know what I was doing and nobody really read it, haha. Recently I’ve been trying to tidy it up and make things a little more professional, even though its still only a hobby, and it’s great to know that some really simple changes can have such an impact. I’ve already added Linkwithin to the bottom of my posts and it looks awesome! Thanks again :)

    Beki x
    Beki @MissWheezy recently posted…Edge Cycle BootcampMy Profile

  11. says

    Thank you, Becca, for these amazing tips! I have just learnt how to make printables (yes, I am a little slow when it comes to these things), and you were the first “how-to” blog I came to which showed me how to insert said printables. Thanks a million!
    Kim recently posted…Fall Bucket ListMy Profile

  12. says

    I’ve been looking and reading so many things about putting a printable on my blog…and yours is just about the easiest and most clear of any! Thank you. I have self-hosted WP so this will be perfect. One blogger had me putting the PDF into Dropbox, but that changed the size of my design. Don’t know why, but it did. Anyway, thanks for this and I’m going to look over your other tutorials. Always so much to learn!
    Libby Wilkie recently posted…FRIDAY FLOWERSMy Profile

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