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):
- 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
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!