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You’ve crafted the most helpful free printable to give to your subscribers. You’ve written the most compelling email that will make your subscribers want to download and use your printable–and then tell all their friends to go sign up for your email list, too.
But now you’re stuck. There’s no way to upload or attach a file in your email campaign.
Just share the link via Dropbox or Google Drive!
How to Create a Shareable Link for Your Opt-In Freebie
Don’t forget–before you upload your file, you’ll want to make sure your name and website address are included, and check to see if you can compress the file to make it easier for your readers to download. Here’s a quick 10-point checklist to see if your opt-in freebie is ready to share with your subscribers.
How to Share Your Freebie File Via Dropbox
1. Sign up for Dropbox, if you haven’t already.
(That link is my referral link and will earn you bonus Dropbox space!)
2. Create a folder called something like “Email List Printables.”
That way you won’t mistakenly rename or delete the files it contains.
3. Upload your PDF to your new folder.
Click “Upload files” or drag and drop your file into your new Dropbox folder.
4. Hover over your file and click the “Share” button.
5. Click “Create Link”.
6. Click “Copy Link”.
7. Paste the link.
Paste the link in a text editor, Google Keep, Evernote, Trello, etc.
8. Edit the link.
Edit the link to change the 0 at the end of your link to a 1. This will force download of the link rather than confusing your readers with a Dropbox display.
9. Save your link for sharing with your subscribers!
How to Share Your Freebie File Via Google Drive
1. Login to your Google account and go to https://drive.google.com.
2. Create a new folder called “Email List Printables.”
Click the “New” button and create a folder called something like “Email List Printables” so you’ll know not to edit or delete its contents.
3. Upload your PDF.
Drag and drop the PDF to your new folder or click “New” and then choose “File upload.”
4. Click on your PDF file.
Click (once) to highlight the file name.
5. Click to get shareable link.
Click on the chain link to “get shareable link”.
6. Copy the link.
Click on the link and use Ctrl + C or Command + C to copy the link.
7. Paste and save the link.
It’s that easy!
Wouldn’t it be easier to upload the file to your WordPress Media Library and share that link? It might be–but it will also be easier for others to find and share the link, which isn’t what you want to happen with your free printables!
Next Step: Add Your Shareable Link to Your Email Automation Workflow, Confirmation Email, etc.
For more details, check out these posts:
- How to Give a Free Download to Your MailChimp Email Subscribers
- How to Give a Free Download to Your MailerLite Email Subscribers
- How to Give a Free Download to Your ConvertKit Email Subscribers (coming soon!)