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Old 08-07-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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Hi Warriors,

Most of us leave our download links as xxxxxxxx.pdf and we put instructions (Right click to save target us).

What happens when some of us click on the hyperlink and the file is 5MB or even 10MB? The Internet browser normally doesn't respond till the download is complete.

Normally I leave my files as zip files and even an accidental click brings the user to the download pop up.

So leaving your product format as zip file is a better choice for users.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-07-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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I don't like getting the product PDF indexed so I prepare an html page with "no follow" meta, followed by zip download from that page. No Follow isn't perfect, better than not having one at all.

I don't know if there are ways to prevent PDF from getting indexed. If there are, I'll link both, still leaving the zip.
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This may sound stupid, but I've always wondered why some people zip up the file when it's just a lone pdf and no sales page or extra files. Now that makes sense why you'd want to do that. Never even thought about the browser hanging up when someone clicked it.
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I don't like getting the product PDF indexed so I prepare an html page with "no follow" meta, followed by zip download from that page. No Follow isn't perfect, better than not having one at all.

I don't know if there are ways to prevent PDF from getting indexed. If there are, I'll link both, still leaving the zip.
Yep totally agree with this, I do the same.

Robots can index your content in pdf files so zip it

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Old 08-07-2008, 08:56 PM   #5
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I zipped the file not because worrying about google index.

As what John mentioned, zip file made easy for my customer to download big size pdf file.

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I zip all pdfs, small or large files because
I don't want them to be indexed on SEs.

And just add one more line on the download
page mentioning they might need Winzip
to unzip the files.
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I prefer to zip all my PDF files, because then they get saved on the customers/subscribers hard disk, and they can get back to it later. When reading a PDF file online, they may close the browser, and not save it, so your file will not be seen again.

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