Wow, there is a lot of garbage out there on the internet telling you how to upload a PDF document to Facebook. How long have you spent researching that only to get nowhere fast? We did a little research recently and found that more than half of the documentation is from 2011 before Timeline was rolled out so it’s out of date and the few that we found that were worthy, wanted us to pay for the information with more than our email address. No thanks.
Recently we were doing a campaign for a nonprofit client and they wanted to feature a PDF on their Facebook page but not on their website. This is what made this task more difficult than it should have been.
Uploading a PDF That Is Already On Your Website
If you upload your PDF file to your website back end, then you can easily just post the link to the PDF file in your status update – just as you would any other URL link. You can either FTP the file into your file manager on your ISP Host account; or if you use WordPress you can upload the PDF as a media file.
Uploading a PDF Not Hosted On The Internet
This is where it gets tricky. If you don’t have a website you can upload your PDF easily to, then you’re going to be at the mercy of installing a Facebook app that can do it for you instead.
The problem with this is that there are many “PDF” Facebook apps out there but, although most work with personal profiles, not all work with Pages. And, although some claim to be free, they are not free from ads. Sigh. However, for as little as $50/year, you can download an application that will work for you.
Here are five Facebook App choices:
- Scribd for Pages by Involver – No longer free, but works like a charm. I’ve used this in the past. Thumbs up.
- TabSite – Not free, but allows you to make custom tabs easily with drag and drop widgets. Just started using this, and so far so good. Easy interface. (Tip: Go for the Bronze package $50/ year)
- SlideShare – This seems to just not be working correctly. I have a Pro SlideShare account and I still couldn’t get this to work. It claims to work with Pages, but I don’t have any proof. Every time I clicked, I went into an infinite loop back to SlideShare. So, if it ever gets fixed, then I’d probably try this out.
- Share PDF document (by PDFcast.org) – Free, but only allows you to upload to personal accounts, not Pages.
- FaceItPages – I didn’t have much luck with this one, although the UI (user interface) seemed rather simple enough. Maybe I was having an off day.
Have you come across this problem? Which apps have you tried?