Where do you distribute PDFs?

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Hi all, I'm interested to learn where people distribute their PDFs to gain traffic and backlinks?
I've submitted to Scribd - is there anywhere else anyone can recommend?
Many thanks in advance!
#distribute #pdf #pdfs
  • Profile picture of the author sirtom
    Hey, what's going on?

    I'd first recommend you check out PixelPipe.com. Tons of awesome sites in there, many of which are 'document-sharing' sites.

    As far as PDF-specific sites, I normally only syndicate to:
    • Scribed.com
    • DocStoc.com
    • issuu.com
    • calameo.com
    • docshare.com
    • esnips.com
    • yudu.com
    That usually gets me some decent traffic, with the most visitors coming from Scribed and DocStoc. But definitely check out PixelPipe. No joke, it's going to take a solid chunk of time registering to all the sites, but it's syndication on steroids + higher-PR links.

    Hope that helps,
    -Tom
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    • Profile picture of the author justinknightley
      Originally Posted by sirtom View Post

      Hey, what's going on?

      I'd first recommend you check out PixelPipe.com. Tons of awesome sites in there, many of which are 'document-sharing' sites.

      As far as PDF-specific sites, I normally only syndicate to:
      • Scribed.com
      • DocStoc.com
      • issuu.com
      • calameo.com
      • docshare.com
      • esnips.com
      • yudu.com
      That usually gets me some decent traffic, with the most visitors coming from Scribed and DocStoc. But definitely check out PixelPipe. No joke, it's going to take a solid chunk of time registering to all the sites, but it's syndication on steroids + higher-PR links.

      Hope that helps,
      -Tom
      Thanks for the list Sirtom,
      Do any of them have RSS feeds for your own submissions? Do you submit those RSS feeds to directories also??
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      • Profile picture of the author guruslasher
        Originally Posted by justinknightley View Post

        Thanks for the list Sirtom,
        Do any of them have RSS feeds for your own submissions? Do you submit those RSS feeds to directories also??
        Take a look at incansoft's RSSbot for auto-submissions and a quick search on RSS directories should yield you some yummy results.
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    • Profile picture of the author BlueLounge
      Originally Posted by sirtom View Post

      Hey, what's going on?

      I'd first recommend you check out PixelPipe.com. Tons of awesome sites in there, many of which are 'document-sharing' sites.

      As far as PDF-specific sites, I normally only syndicate to:
      • Scribed.com
      • DocStoc.com
      • issuu.com
      • calameo.com
      • docshare.com
      • esnips.com
      • yudu.com
      That usually gets me some decent traffic, with the most visitors coming from Scribed and DocStoc. But definitely check out PixelPipe. No joke, it's going to take a solid chunk of time registering to all the sites, but it's syndication on steroids + higher-PR links.

      Hope that helps,
      -Tom
      Thanks a bundle for the list Tom, I'll be checking the sites out tonight, do you tend to leave your keyword in with the descriptions + a link back to your sites? or do you link inside the PDF's? Which have you found that converted better.
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      • Profile picture of the author sirtom
        Originally Posted by justinknightley View Post

        Thanks for the list Sirtom,
        Do any of them have RSS feeds for your own submissions? Do you submit those RSS feeds to directories also??
        No problem, happy to help

        As for the RSS feeds, not that I know of. I haven't checked actually, but I DO usually ping my submissions after they go live.

        Originally Posted by BlueLounge View Post

        Thanks a bundle for the list Tom, I'll be checking the sites out tonight, do you tend to leave your keyword in with the descriptions + a link back to your sites? or do you link inside the PDF's? Which have you found that converted better.
        Both, if possible. I've found a link in the description gets a lot of traffic, but I'd also recommend a call to action in the document itself (either at the very top or the very bottom).

        Some of the document sharing sites will deactivate links in the document itself until it's downloaded, which would make your in-pdf link useless until the visitor downloads it (and on the grand majority, you're going to get tons more views than downloads). But with a call to action and website URL dropped in there, you'll end up getting a decent amount of direct traffic, which I've tested myself.

        I've found the best conversions from my PDFs when I use my squeeze page headline (Dark Red, Centered, and Bolded) with my squeeze page URL beneath it, as call to action at the top & bottom of the page. So this:

        This Headline Is So Sweet, Who Wouldn't Wanna Click Through To My Squeeze Page?
        To check it out, just visit:
        MySqueezePageURLHere.com


        Hope that helps

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    Sirtom
    Thanks for pixelpipe have booked it for future reference
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