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Google Drive Caveat

Published on 1/13/2014
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I started out using DropBox to host my pdf files I want people to read, but soon realized that if they had links in them they would open inside DropBox and not in a new tab as I wanted them to. I looked passively for a solution and finally ended up putting them into a zip archive so the visitor could save them to their desktop and use their own PDF reader.

That worked fine, but I learned that some people are wary of downloading anything (even a zip file that can be scanned) so that solution was not optimum either. Back to the drawing board.

Next I decided to try Google Drive and much do my delight it worked just like I wanted it to. I cruised along oblivious to one more problem, if the visitor did not have a Google account open at the time, they would get an ominous message barring them from viewing the file. I always had my own Google account open, so I never realized this.

To backup a little, I create splash pages to attract people to read the pdf file, then have a link at the bottom for them to get it from Google Drive. As I mentioned, if they don't have a Google account open I lose them. Heck there are some prospects online that don't even HAVE a Google account (as strange as that may seem).

So now when I create the splash page, I make sure to have instructions above the link to tell them to logon to any Google account before they go there. I know this is still not perfect, but I do think most of the people I contact will have some kind of Google account.

If you wonder why not just use a web page, I learned that PDF files have a larger window of opportunity since partially interested prospects can save them to their desktop to read at a more opportune time, but web pages (even if bookmarked) seldom get a second thought.

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