How and Why to Create a “Save as PDF” Button for Your Best Content

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Some content you create and publish on the web is too great to be used only once. No, I don’t mean republishing here. What I mean here is leveraging your best content by giving your readers the ability to save or download it in an alternative format.

I haven’t experimented with this tactic for too long as well but when I came across Web2PDF tool (that got me inspired), I thought that might work great in some cases:

  • A button like this is a cool call-to-action in itself because it should clearly encourage users to keep the copy of the content (in case of a .pdf file, users may just try using it out of curiosity to see how it is going to work);
  • Offering more alternative ways to save and spread the content, you increase its chances to go viral.

Web2PDF tool allows to create a button that enables users to:

  1. Download the current page as a PDF file;
  2. Send it to Google Docs.

The customization screen is very straightforward and easy to use:

  • Choose the button look (you can even upload your own design);
  • Enter the button label;
  • Grab the code and you are almost done:

PDF button

Now all you need to do is to use your blog post Editor “Edit HTML” tab to paste the code where you want it appear:

PDF button

The button works really fast. On clicking it, you’ll need to wait just a second or so before you are able to see the options:

  • Download the page as the PDF file;
  • Send the page to Google Docs;
  • Create a PDF version and store it online:

PDF button options

The PDF copy looks really cool: all web links are working, so you can easily navigate across it. You can try my test file here if you are wondering:

Web page to PDF

Of course, if you want to make you web page PDF-friendly, consider a few minor tweaks:

  • Create the page contents with linked anchors to allow users easily navigate across the PDF file;
  • Test the page as PDF before publishing to make sure no images or tables are broken between the different pages.

So what are your thoughts? Do you think the button is worth trying?

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Brand amd Community Manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing,... Read Full Bio
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  • Evgeni Yordanov

    By far this is one of the best convert-anything-to-PDF tools I've came across. With the test I did, on the link that you provided (where it says “…my test file here…”), the article that is there, got really ugly and twisted in PDF version. I believe that it's something because of the sytelsheets used or something. So far I'm 50/50 on using it. I currently am using something that is far less as a tool than this one. So maybe I'll switch to Web2PDF as well. Thanks for the great article, Ann!

    • annsmarty

      Thanks for trying it out! Which PDF reader were you using? It looks great with me (tested on Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional 8.1.2)

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  • VitaminCM

    This looks like a pretty cool idea. I'm considering adding it to my site.

  • WebCatalyst

    Hi Ann,

    Really cool idea. I will add it soon on my website. 🙂

  • Han Tuttel

    Great tip and advice!
    Has meanwhile been implemented on my blog.

  • David CCTV

    Something to think about, will be implementing this into my Manual Downloads category.