The other day someone asked if she could attach a PDF file to a broadcast she sends out in Aweber. While this is certainly possible, I don’t recommend this practice because you’ll find subscribers aren’t likely to open an e-mail message that has a file attached to it.
You’re much better off uploading the file to your hosting account, creating a blog post, adding a download link and sending subscribers to your blog post. This tutorial will show you how to get it done in a few simple steps.
If you don’t care for video, I included text below and a downloadable PDF file with instructions.
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1. Create a New Blog Post
- Login to your dashboard
- Go to Posts and click “Add New” to create a new post
2. Access the Media Library
- Click the “Add Media” button to open the media library window.
- Click the “Upload Files” link and the “Select Files” button.
This will open a window revealing the files on your computer.
3. Highlight the PDF File
Choose the PDF file you wish to incorporate into the blog post and click the “Open” button. This will import the file into the WordPress media library.
4. Update the File Information
Once the PDF file is imported into the media library, scroll over to the right hand side of the media library window and enter the details for the file.
- Under the “Attachment Display Settings” choose “Media File” from the drop down menu.
- Click the “Insert into post” button, which will take you back to the blog post.
WordPress will automatically create the HTML code and insert it for you into the blog post; though, it doesn’t insert the target code that’s needed to create a different tab on the browser.
5. Add Target Code
When someone clicks a link from my blog post, I don’t like it when the browser redirects them away from the post. Instead, I like it when the post remains on the browser tab and the link opens a new tab to give access to the PDF file.
To make this happen, add a target code to the end of your HTML link, right before the closing tag.
Here is what the HTML code looks like:
6. Save Draft and Preview Your Post
After adding the target code, click the “Save Draft” button and test your link by clicking the “Preview” button. Click on your PDF file link to make certain it opens in a new browser window.
7. Add the Remaining Information
Finish the post by adding a title, SEO tags and excerpt information. When you’re ready, click the “Publish” button to make the post go live.
Congratulations, you just added a PDF file to a blog post and can continue making more for your subscribers and blog followers to enjoy!
Download the PDF Instructions
Would you prefer a visual? Download the PDF file to this tutorial and work through it at your leisure.
Your turn! Do you add PDF links to your posts? Leave a comment and let me know.
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