If you intend to or you’re already offering freebies, you may realise it’s quite overwhelming keeping it all organised. So this is where the resource libraries come very handy. What better than having one single page where you keep all the freebies and your subscribers can easily access them with only one click?
Personally, I noticed a big difference in my whole workflow once I created my library a few months ago. Everything is much more simple, organised, and straight forward. So I decided I should share with you how I did it. And it’s not that hard at all!
What you need:
- WordPress. You’ll need a self-hosted WordPress site in order to accomplish the steps.
- Google account. I upload all my files on Google Drive (Dropbox is another good option) so I can keep them organised by date and type of the file. You can also upload them directly to WordPress if you have enough space but it can get messier once you have a lot of files.
- Photo-editing software. You’ll need some sort of editing tools in order to create the thumbnails for the freebies. I use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, but you can also go with free options such as Canva or PicMonkey.
Create your library page
The first thing is to actually create the library page where you’ll upload all your freebies. You need to go to Pages -> Add New. Type in the title, mine is Free Library, and keep the text space blank for now (we’ll fill it in the next step). Then go to right bar and click on Visibility. Then you want to chose Password protected, type in your password and click Ok. Then you can publish the page. Now it’s officially created.
Upload your files
Once you have the page settled, you need to upload the files that you’ll send. Go to your Google Drive page and create different folders for the different types of freebies you’ll have. You can name them as you wish because nobody will actually see them. They’ll have access only to the files.
Once you have the folders created, upload your files to the responding folder.
Add the files to the WordPress page
You have the files uploaded, the page is created, now drag the freebies to the page. It’s not obligatory but I like to write down a short introduction the page, welcome the visitors and encourage them to email me with ideas they have for new freebies.
Then I organised my freebies by category. It totally depends on your niche and your expertise so you may not even need to create categories.
Upload the freebies’ thumbnails and in the link section place the link of your Google Drive file.
In order to arrange them as I did (in three columns), you can use an additional plugin. If you only need to create columns, I’d recommend Column Shortcodes. My page is created with the Elementor plugin for creating pages and it has a columns feature.
After you’ve added and arranged all the freebies, simply update the page and you’re ready! Now you only need to send the link and the password to your mail list.
Feel free to let me know if you have any further questions or issues with the steps.
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