How To Add .PDF Files To Your Blog Post and Website

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How To Add a .PDF File To Your Blog Post or Website

Once you've learned to add photos, embed video and audio files, create hyper-links and anchor text etc, inevitably you'll want to know how you can add a .pdf file to your Blog post.  An Adobe Acrobat .PDF (Portable Document Format) file is a document that typically cannot be edited and is usually created from an original document using the Adobe Acrobat software or similar application.  .PDF files can be viewed by downloading the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adding a .PDF file to your Blog post can be done one of two ways.  You can upload the .PDF file to a host server on the Internet and simply create a link to it using the location URL or web address. IE: http://www.DomainName/DocumentName.pdf  The second way is to use a program or tool that creates an HTML embed code which you can add to your Blog post or website.

Scribd.com is a site that offers users a tool that lets you upload your .PDF document onto their server, then use their widget/player to embed the file into your Blog post or site.  The site is FREE and once you've signed up and registered, the process is fast and simple.  The benefits of embedding the .PDF file vs linking to it are that visitors and readers don't have to leave your post or site to access the shared PDF document.

How To Add a PDF File to Your ActiveRain Blog Post

1. Join Scribd.com and setup a Profile

2. Upload your .PDF file to Scribd.com

3. Click on the .PDF File you want to embed to Blog Post or Website

4. Copy the embed code from the "Share and Embed" Toolbox

*Notice the options to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Buzz
(You can also create a hyperlink to Anchor text using the Link/URL)

5. Place/Paste the HTML embed code on the HTML tab of your Blog Post.
The code can also be added to your website using your HTML page editor.

6. Save your post or page and you're done!

 

Here's a sample of a .PDF file I created a couple years ago here on ActiveRain.

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One last option would be to take a "screen shot" or capture the PDF file as an image (if it all fits on your computer screen) and save it as a .jpg file, then you can add it as a photo or graphic to your Blog post. Unfortunately, even a single page PDF file is hard to display the entire page on a computer monitor or single screen. To capture any computer screen image, use the "Shift+Print Scr" keys on a PC, or the "Shift+Command+4" on a MAC to capture the image. You can always crop out what you don't want in the image using a photo or image editor like picnik.com or Adobe Photoshop. If you'd like a free photo or image editing software similar to Adobe Photoshop, check out Gimp.org.

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Rainmaker
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Brad...help me out please...I want to attach a PDF to my post. I got as far as signing up (scribd), and copying the link, but then I do not know where to put it on my post. Now, I tried experimenting and couldnt do it. Brad be specific on where to put the embed (or whatever I copied) on my post exactly. I am going nuts.

Thank you

Apr 12, 2010 07:39 PM #75
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Valarie Littles
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Hi Brad - It worked!  I followed your directions and completed my first PDF post!  My goal is to learn a new tip from you and the rest of the AR team, and try a new tip at least once per week. 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1596409/earth-day-is-april-24th-

Apr 12, 2010 09:29 PM #76
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Richie - you want to use the embed code, not the link to place the .pdf file in your blog post like the one shown above. You'll need to use the HTML tab to add the code and place it where you want it to appear in the post. If you get stuck, let me know and I'll make sure to get you some assistance. 

Valarie - awesome!  Glad it worked for you. :-)

Apr 13, 2010 01:48 PM #77
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Brad,

Is there absolutely anything you do not know? Every day is a learning experience here.

Apr 16, 2010 01:12 AM #78
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Brad, straight and to the point..thanks

Jul 29, 2010 01:52 PM #80
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Hi David - happy to help, thank you. :-)

Jul 29, 2010 01:56 PM #81
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Dawn Miller
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Thank you for sharing this. The instructions are easy to follow. Will be looking forward to uploading some statistics I get via pdf to share on my blogs. Thanks so much and enjoyed your sampled pdf/100 free sites.

Jul 31, 2010 11:30 PM #82
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Hi Dawn - you're welcome, I'm glad you found this post helpful and useful.  Looking forward to seeing how you'll be using this to post your statistic pdf files in the future. Have a great week!  :-)

Aug 02, 2010 12:13 PM #83
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Brad, I wanted to get my excel spreadsheet chart (not graph) with colored columns onto an activerain blog. Google Doc's seems only to work with charts going into png format. So I pdf my spreadsheet and then used Scribd.com 

            Is there an easier way?  Thxs ~ Dave

Aug 04, 2010 05:52 PM #84
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David Popoff
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Brad, just want to clarify... excell spread sheet with colored rows and columns along with a header. That is what I'm trying to add to AR blog ~ Dave

Aug 04, 2010 08:13 PM #85
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Hey David - how about just taking a screen shot and adding it as an image?  Just another idea or option...   :-)

Aug 04, 2010 08:18 PM #86
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David Popoff
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Thanks Brad, your post really help! keep it up...Dave...FAQ/Help is a wealth of info.

Aug 08, 2010 04:04 PM #87
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This is just what I was looking for, Brad...thanks! I just re-blogged it, too! :)

Leilani

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this so completely helpful to me, i cannot thank you enough.

Mar 08, 2011 04:15 PM #89
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Gloria - I'm glad you found this useful.  Thanks.

Mar 09, 2011 04:52 PM #90
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Leilani - thanks for the reblog, I appreciate that. 
The reblog feature is now broken, hopefully they'll get that fixed soon.

Mar 09, 2011 05:06 PM #91
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Brad - I signed up for scribd a while ago and then never used it.  this just reminded me why.  Perhaps it was a blond moment.

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Love it! Thanks, Brad.  Craig Daniels sent me over to check out this post.  I keep coming across your awesome posts, so I am hereby a subscriber!  Have a great week!

Mar 11, 2012 04:46 PM #93
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Thanks Angie - Tell Craig "hi" next time you see or talk to him.  Glad you're finding the information I'm posting here useful, and thank you for subscribing.  I'll try not to let you down!  :-)

Mar 11, 2012 07:08 PM #94
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Hi Pam - eventually, everyone finds a need to embed or add a .pdf to a blog post.  :-)

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