9 Jan 2012

How to Add Facebook Share Button and Retweet Button to Your PDF Documents



Written By Mitt Ray at SocialMarketingWriting:

1- Retweet Button

Have you been seeing a lot of retweet buttons in PDFs lately? Would you like to learn how to insert them in your PDFs too?
First retweet buttons were just confined to blog posts and website pages, but now (actually for a while) they can be placed in PDF files too. Whether it’s a book, a white paper, a short ebook or any other PDF you can place retweet buttons in them and make it easy for your readers to retweet your work. If your readers find your PDF interesting to read; all they have to do is click on this retweet button in your PDF document and the landing page on which the PDF is placed or the page on which the PDF is placed will be retweeted automatically.  There’s no need for the reader to go looking for the landing page and retweet the document.
So why should you add retweet buttons to your PDF documents?
As mentioned above there are many advantages of adding retweet buttons to your PDF documents.
1. It makes it easy for the reader to share your document if they find it interesting. All they have to do is click a button. They don’t have to make an effort to shorten your URL and then write a message and share it on Twitter.
2. When you make it easy for your PDF to be shared, it will be shared more often.
3. It can increase the traffic your website receives if you place a link to the landing page in your message instead of directly linking it to the document because they can download the document only after visiting your page.
4. It can increase the credibility of your document if you place a retweet button on the landing page. As this will show the number of times your page (PDF) has been tweeted. If you have received a lot of retweets for that PDF and your readers are able to see it. It will encourage them to read your document as many retweets show that your document is popular and this adds credibility.
5. You will also receive more email addresses for your newsletter. If your readers have to sign up to your newsletter to receive the free document then you will definitely get their email addresses to which you can send your newsletters and you can stay in touch and generate leads.
How to add retweet buttons to your PDF document?
The steps below will teach you how to add retweet buttons to your PDF with ease.
Make sure that the image has a blue bird and the words tweet this or retweet this. You could also add a call to action like in the above image – “Click here to post on twitter.”
2. Format Your Document: Format your document and make some space so that you can accommodate these images in your document. Make enough space at the beginning and at the end so that you can add the image both at the beginning and at the end. You could also make some space somewhere in the middle if you want to add another retweet button.
3. Place the images: After you finish making enough space, place the images in your document. You can only place images in the document using word form or another word processor. You cannot add images directly to a PDF.
4. Convert to PDF: After you finish placing the images you can convert your document into PDF. You could do this either by visiting the adobe website and subscribing to their plans or by using software like doPDF.
5. Choose your document’s landing page URL and shorten it: In the message you create for your retweet button, you need to add a link that either leads to your landing page or your PDF link directly. It’s always better to link to a landing page than the document directly as linking to a landing page will increase your website traffic and it will also give you an opportunity to explain what your document contains and why they need to read it. If you link it directly to your document it could surprise them. For e.g. I will be uploading my PDF for the first chapter of my book Jack The Home Work Eater. Instead of linking to the PDF directly to the PDF I will link it to the landing page.
Also make sure you shorten your URL. Shortening your URL will make it look better and also fit into the twitter word limit with ease. You can also track the number of times your URL has been clicked on if you shorten using an URL shortening software like bit.ly. If you have an account with bit.ly it lets you know when someone has clicked on your URL and in which country it was clicked on. You can always use your preferred URL shortener.
6. Write your message: After you choose and shorten your URL you can start writing the tweet message you can include in your tweet. The message you choose needs to be less than 120 characters so that others can retweet it. The twitter limit is 140 characters, but to make it easy to retweet keep your word limit to less than 120 characters. Include your twitter ID, your shortened URL, and hashtags in your message.
The hashtag you use could be something relevant to your document’s niche or it could be something unique. A unique hashtag will help you track your retweets later.
For e.g. I am going with the message – Read the 1st Chapter @MittRay ‘s New Book Jack The Homework Eater For Free on, http://bit.ly/ufJFDR  #books #JTHE
For more information on how to write the perfect tweets read this post.
7. Create the URL you need to insert in the image: For the tweet to work you need to create an URL which will help retweet your message. This URL needs to be placed right before your message.
The URL you need to use is – http://twitter.com/?status=RT:
All you need to do is copy and paste this URL right before the message you created earlier.
For e.g. the message I created was – Read the 1st Chapter @MittRay ‘s New Book Jack The Homework Eater For Free on, http://bit.ly/ufJFDR  #books #JTHE
Now the URL I need to create will be – http://twitter.com/?status=RT: Read the 1st Chapter @MittRay ‘s New Book Jack The Homework Eater For Free on, http://bit.ly/ufJFDR  %23books %23JTHE
If you place the above URL in your address bar and visit it, it will show up as a twitter message in your twitter account.
One difference you will see in the above URL is that for the hashtags I have replaced the # with %23. If you want your hashtags to work you need to replace the # with %23 just like me.
You will also notice that there is a unique hashtag JTHE which is actually the short form for Jack The Homework Eater. I have used it as it will help me track the retweets I receive for the first chapter of my book.
8. Add a hotlink to the retweet button in your PDF document: You can add hotlinks to your retweet buttons using Adobe Acrobat Pro. There’s no need to worry if you don’t have it, as you can download the trial version from the adobe website and use it for free for 30 days.
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro you can take the above link you created and place it in your image. So now when someone clicks on this image your PDF gets retweeted.

First thing you need to do is open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro. After opening, it go to the right side bar of the document and click on tools, then on content and finally on link. When you choose link; the link tool will come into action, using this tool select your retweet button.


As soon as you finish selecting the retweet button, the create link box will open up; here you choose the link type as invisible triangle, the Highlight style as none and the link action, “open a web page”.



After you have made your selections click next and the link box will open up. In this box there’s a single field where you need to enter the URL you created and click OK.
That should create your PDF button. Now repeat the same process on all the other retweet buttons in your PDF and save your document. All your retweet buttons should be active after you follow this process.
Now every time someone enjoys reading your document they will retweet and share it with their followers and this could get you many readers and eventually clients.


2- Facebook Share Button 

A facebook share button can be usually found on blog posts, website pages, etc. These buttons make it easy for you to share content on facebook. The same button can be added to a PDF to increase the number of facebook shares you receive. They also have the many benefits that the retweet buttons provide to PDFs. So make sure you add facebook share buttons along with your retweet buttons to your PDFs, so that you get many social shares not only on twitter, but also on facebook.
The step by step instructions below will teach you how to add facebook share buttons to your PDF Documents:-
1. Create Facebook Share Button: The first thing you have to do is create a facebook share button. You can create a fancy button with the help of your designer or illustrator or you can create a simple button with basic design skills. All you need is a blue coloured button with, “f-share” or “Facebook-share” written on it. You could also have a message like, “Click here to share on facebook” on the button.
2. Format Your Document and add the Button: You need to make space in your files, so that you can add the button to your document. You should normally make some space at the beginning or at the end as that’s where you add the buttons usually. You can also make some space somewhere in between and add another button there.
After you have made enough space add your button to your document.
3. Convert the PDF: After you finish adding your buttons to your document, convert it into a PDF. You could do this by visiting the Adobe website and subscribing to a plan or by using software like doPDF.
4. Create the URL: You need to create the URL; the URL that is directly added to the image, so that when you click on the image your PDF can be shared. You could normally use the URL of the landing page of the document instead of the URL of the PDF in your message as this can help increase your website traffic and also provides an opportunity for you to explain what your PDF contains.  More information on the benefits of linking to your landing page can be found on this post.
The URL should consist of the URL https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u= followed by the URL of your landing page. For e.g. the URL for the landing page for my document is http://socialmarketingwriting.com/subscribe/ therefore I should add the URL https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http://socialmarketingwriting.com/subscribe/ to my image.
To make sure this URL works; add it to your address bar of your browser and check if it works. If it opens up in your facebook account asking you to share the page then your URL is working.
You could also shorten your URL if you want to by using software like bit.ly. This will help you track the number of clicks your URL button gets. You can also track the countries and the times at which your URL gets clicked with bit.ly.
5. Add a hotlink to the facebook share button in your PDF document: Using Adobe Acrobat Pro you can add hotlinks to images in PDFs. You can take advantage of this feature and add the above URL you created to the image in your PDF. After you add your URL, your button will be ready for action, and when anybody clicks on it, it will share your page.


First thing you need to do is open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro. After opening, it go to the right side bar of the document and click on tools, then on content and finally on link. When you choose link; the link tool will come into action, using this tool, select your facebook share button.


As soon as you finish selecting the facebook share button, the create link box will open up; here you choose the link type as invisible triangle, the Highlight style as none and the link action, “open a web page”



After you have made your selections click next and the link box will open up. In this box there’s a single field where you need to enter the URL you created and click OK.
That should create your PDF button. Now repeat the same process on all the other facebook share buttons in your PDF and save your document. All your facebook share buttons should be active after you follow this process.
Now every time someone enjoys reading your document they will share it with their fans and friends and this could get you many readers and eventually; clients.

Mitt Ray is the CEO and Director of Social Marketing Writing and Imittcopy. He is also the author of the book White Paper Marketing. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+  and Linkedin.


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