How can I link to a pdf or document from my blog?

Linking to a pdf or document is fairly simple and can be handy when you need to share guidelines, instructions, templates, etc.

Typepad

  1. On your dashboard, click on the Control Panel tab.
  2. Click on the Files tab.
  3. In the box that says Upload New File, click the Browse button.
  4. Find the file you would like to upload and click on it.
  5. Click the Upload button.
  6. In the list of files to the left, find the file you just uploaded and click on it. You will be taken to a new page with it’s own URL.
  7. Copy this URL.
  8. In your post, highlight the words you want to link to the pdf or document.
  9. Click the Link button (looks like chainlink) and paste the URL of the document you uploaded in the box.
  10. Save your work or publish.

OR

  1. In the Compose Post tab of your editor, click the Download File button (looks like a piece of paper with an arrow pointing up; it is located to the right of the Insert Picture button).
  2. Choose the file you want to link to.
  3. Click Upload File. A link with the file name is inserted into your post.

Blogger

You can only upload pictures to your Blogger blog, you can’t upload documents or pdf files. However, there is a work-around. You can upload your document or pdf to a free host site such as scribd.com.

An account with scibd.com is free and allows you unlimited space for hosting your documents. This helpful online application walks you through uploading your documents and then sharing with your audience.

  1. Create a free account with scribd.
  2. Click the Upload Document button.
  3. Click the title of the document you want to share. You will be taken to a new page where you can add descriptions, change the title of the document, add tags, etc.
  4. Click the Publish button. You will be taken to a new page with that document.
  5. Click on the Share icon above the document. It looks like this: Share
  6. Copy the URL you are given.
  7. Open Blogger and go to the post you want to edit. In your post, highlight the word(s) you want to link to the pdf or document.
  8. Click the Link button (looks like chainlink over a globe) and paste the URL of the document you uploaded to scribd in the box.
  9. Save your work or publish.

WordPress
Per your request, I was able to find some directions for WordPress users on how to do this too!

12 Responses

  1. Scott Fillmer June 16, 2008 / 9:15 am

    Great tip, thanks. I often need to use a pdf file on my blog posts and just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet, this will inspire me to get on the ball.

  2. Laura June 16, 2008 / 11:48 am

    Oh I’d love to know how to do this in WordPress.

  3. Kelley@O2BNAZ June 16, 2008 / 1:45 pm

    I’ve also used a document hosting site called Box.net on my Blogger site. I’m sure it’s pretty similar to scribd, but just another option, and it’s really easy to use.

  4. phyllis June 16, 2008 / 1:53 pm

    Google Docs works well also as does the new Adobe service for hosting pdf’s. Also, I’ve found that for larger documents, Lulu publishing offers a “free” download for ebooks setting.

  5. Audrey June 17, 2008 / 8:50 am

    This is great information. Thanks 🙂

  6. Mrs. Accountability June 19, 2008 / 5:02 pm

    Hi, do you know if scribd delete your files if you don’t log in for a certain amount of time? I tried http://www.4shared.com to share my Gasoline Calculator. So far it seems to be working okay, I guess if they delete the file I can just upload it again – I think it’s 6 months without any activity before they delete. I also own my own domain name, but am not sure if I could use a folder for downloads since I’m having my site point to my blogger blog. Do you know how that would work?

  7. Stephe June 27, 2008 / 1:01 pm

    HI, thanks for the great post! I have an account with 4shared for my pdfs…do you know if this same type of thing can be down through them???

  8. Penny Morgan March 24, 2009 / 11:48 am

    Thanks for the great tip! I’ve been trying to figure out how to add a pdf to my blog all day…I wish I had found your site earlier!

  9. Ashit Dixit July 23, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment
    (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for novice blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

  10. Joy November 15, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Thank you! I’ve been trying to figure this out for a long time. Great info.!

  11. Beth February 18, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    Thanks, that was really helpful!

  12. Bhanu Chander September 4, 2013 / 7:36 am

    That was a great post. Thank you ….
    Could you please tell me which will be better Google Drive or scribd, I’m having account with both, but I feel drive will be better and what about google documents?

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