When it comes to running an online business or blog, getting people to join your email list is key. In my experience, one of the top-performing lead magnets is free resource libraries.

An easy, inexpensive way to create a resource library?

Make it right into Google Drive!

But first, what is a free resource library?

(for those who aren’t familiar with the concept)

A free resource library is a digital archive of files that people can access.

Examples of items to include in a free resource library (varies depending on your niche):

  • eBooks
  • Worksheets
  • Checklists
  • Copy Templates
  • Printable Recipes
  • Printable Organizers
  • Printable Art Prints
  • Stock Photos
  • Budget Planners
  • Wedding Schedules

In this post, I’m spilling the beans on building a freebie library in Google Drive and how to share it.

Let’s just dive right in, shall we?

How To Create A Resource Library in Google Drive

1 | If you don’t already have one, create a Google account, and open Google Drive.

2 | Create a folder and name it “Free Resource Library” or whatever you’d like to call it.

3 | Design your freebies in Canva, Word, Publisher, Adobe Indesign, whatever you like, and upload the finished files (PDFs) into the Google Drive folder.

4 | Set the sharing settings on the folder to “people with the link have access can view”.

  • Make sure you select “people with the link can view” and not edit so that people cannot modify the folder but they can download items from the folder.

5 | Send the link to new subscribers in your welcome email.

Why use Google Drive to host your freebie library? (A few reasons…)

1 | Lot of file storage, free up to 15 GB per email account.

2 | You can protect your files through specific links.

3 | Many people who use Google Drive for cloud storage – they’re already familiar with it.

4 | Less of a technical headache. You don’t need to learn a new platform (e.g. Podia) to host your files, and you don’t need to set up tripwires through your email platform. Just send your subscribers to a link and they’ll receive access to your freebies at once.

It’s a great way to build your freebie library and you don’t need to:

  • …Clutter up your website storage with files. Some people have their library hosted right on their website using a plug-in, and frankly, big files will slow it down.
  • …Pay for a membership on Podia (or whatnot) to host your files.

Personally, I love hosting my library through Google Drive and think more people should go this route because it is a rather simple and a super cost-efficient way to create one!

Call to Action: Go ahead, and go create your free resource library right into Google Drive.

Ariette Hung