Angela, Charles and other readers have been asking in the comments section of my How do you post an image on Craigslist article about inserting a PDF Doc in a Craigslist Ad. It’s a simple process. Here are the steps:
How to Insert a PDF Doc in a Craigslist Ad
Step 1: Get your PDF on-line
Similarly to how I describe in the picture on Craigslist post, you will need to own your own PDF. Don’t use other people’s resources. That will get you in trouble quickly. Also, you will need to upload that PDF somewhere. Any kind of file hosting will do.
Once you have your PDF file uploaded somewhere, all you need to do is put the following code in your Craigslist ad.
Step 2: Link to your PDF in your Craigslist Ad
You can make a link to a PDF on craigslist but actually displaying a PDF on Craigslist is difficult. If you just want to make a link to the pdf, that is simple and very similar to the steps I laid out above. Let’s say that the location of your pdf is http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/somepdf.pdf
You would put in the following link code replacing the href part with your location – be sure to keep those double quotes! Also, you would put some text to indicate that a user was going to a PDF.
<a href="http://www.charlottewebdevelopment.com/somepdf.pdf">This is a link to my PDF</a>
Does that help? If not, describe exactly what you want to do in the comments section below and I will do my best to help out.
Final words on putting a PDF on Craigslist: Why?
Craigslist and HTML codes
Craigslist has recently updated their systems to only let you use html embedded links in certain circumstances. For a complete, up-to-date list on that and everything else you want to know about getting the best value you can out of your Craigslist posting, check out the comprehensive guide here.
Generally you are trying to exchange information. People will click the link, possibly read your PDF and then go on their way. Why not instead make a simple website with that information and the PDF linked and that way create an asset for your company? After all, you can edit a website much more easily than you can a PDF and a website gives you a great permanent resource to keep all of your contacts in one place.
After all, we all know that the best way to make a business profitable is to keep a list of customers and prospects. A website will help you do that much more easily than a PDF. Websites do not have to be very fancy – especially when you are creating your first one. So many tools exist today to make great looking, professional, and above all else – profitable websites for basically free. If you have questions on how to do that, please let me know in the comments below and I will write up a few articles on that, too!