The Blogger service allows users to create and manage a blog for free. While it has options for embedding videos and images and including other multimedia content in blog posts, it lacks the ability to attach specific files to posts. If you want to supplement a blog post with a PDF file, you need to use a separate tool to upload the file, then link to the PDF from the Blogger page. Since Blogger already uses the Google Account system, Google Docs provides an easy way to upload files using an existing account.
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- Moderately Easy
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Navigate a web browser to the Google Docs website. Enter your Google account name and password in the corresponding boxes and click "Sign in."
Click the "Upload" drop down menu in the left frame and select "Files" from the list. Navigate to the PDF file you wish to post. Click on it and select "Open."
Click "Start upload" to load the PDF to your Google Docs storage. If you want to convert the PDF to more compatible format first check the "Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents" box. If you leave the document in PDF format, viewers will need a PDF reader to display its contents.
Wait for Google to finish uploading the file. A progress window will appear in the lower left portion of the screen. When it completes, click the "Share" link in the progress window.
Click "Change" and select either the "Public on the web" or "Anyone with the link" options. Both of these options will allow visitors to your blog to see the file. Click "Save." Click to highlight the URL of the document and press "Ctl + C" to copy the text to your computer's clipboard.
Navigate to the Blogger website and sign in using the same Google account you used to upload the document. On the Dashboard page, click "New Post" to add the document to a new blog entry or select "Edit Posts" to post it to an existing entry.
Edit the post as desired. Highlight the text you wish to use as a link to the PDF file and click the "Link" button in the editing frame.
Paste the PDF's URL into the box and click "OK." The selected text will appear underlined to indicate the link. Click "Publish Post" to post the entry along with the PDF file to the blog.
View the post on the blog's Web page to see the PDF link. Click the link to open the file in the browser or use the browser's "Save as" function to save the file to the system's hard drive.