Many bloggers like to give rewards to their customers in form of freebies like digital downloads such as eBooks. Bloggers do this for creating a mailing list for marketing purposes and i am only making the assumption that you already know a mailing list. Some bloggers give freebies or rewards to their readership because they value them and want to make a difference in their lives. In this post, i am going to show you how to create media downloads on WordPress.com in less than five minutes. It is actually very simple and easy and you can reward your readership.
The first step is to know what kind of files are accepted by WordPress.com then you can modify your media if need arises. WordPress.com allows the following media file formats.
.pdf (Portable Document Format; Adobe Acrobat)
.doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document)
.key (Apple Keynote Presentation)
.odt (Open Document Text Document)
.xls, .xlsx (Microsoft Excel Document)
.ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation)
Note: The content you post has to be your own media files and not copyrighted by other owner to avoid being sued for copyright infringement.
The first step is to log in to your account and go to your blogs Media Library where you will add your file as shown below.
Click on Add New to add the files that you want to upload for download from your PC.
Once your file has been uploaded, click the Insert button.
You can save the file and you now have a download link to the media file you uploaded
In this case i will use an image that a reader will click to download a .pdf format which is a document and an image.
After you click the insert button it will add the media file from the media library to your editor.
Go back to your Media Library by clicking on add media icon to copy the link that you will now associate with the image so that by clicking on the image, the.pdf download opens in another window. Once you are in your Media Library, click on the pencil-like icon at the top right of the .pdf file by taking the pointer to .pdf file as shown below and click on copy to copy the URL as shown below.
After the file has been copied you can cancel and go back then click the image to customize it according to your preference and also where you will now click the image and then click on insert/edit link as shown below.
After you have clicked on the insert/edit link it will open a dialogue box as shown below where you will Paste the link you had copied from the .pdf file from media library and choose whether you want your download to open in a new window and click add link.
Your .pdf file can now be downloaded by clicking on the image. Save your work and publish your content for your readers to download. Check my free downloads from the menu to get yourself a free copy