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Wondering how to create a resource library to share your lovely freebies with your followers? Then you are going to love what I am about to share in this post.
The post will focus on the following:
What is a resource library
Why to make a resource library
Things to include in a resource library
How to make a resource library in 10 minutes
What is a Resource Library
A resource library is a password-protected database in your blog which can only be accessed by subscribers. This section includes helpful content upgrades that your subscribers can easily download and use for their own benefits.
Why to create a Resource Library
Adds value to your brand
Having a library multiple freebies for your subscribers is definitely a traffic magnet. After all who wouldn’t love to get access to free VALUABLE resources which would benefit them.
When you are offering a library of free opt-in to your visitors your brand would stand out. It will help you get more recognition and more following making your brand/blog really memorable for your subscribers which is your ultimate aim.
Helps to grow your email list TREMENDOUSLY
There is no doubt this strategy works wonders to grab attention of people and build a substantial amount of subscribers for your blog in a very short time. However the important thing to remember is to add valuable content for your subscribers. Don’t just fill up the library with irrelevant and useless freebies. I will get back on this topic later on in the post.
One stop shop
First and foremost it’s the best solution to house multiple content upgrades at one place. If you are planning to give out freebies in the near future or add more resources for your already existing subscribers you wouldn’t want them to keep on submitting their email addresses. This is where a resource library comes in to play. it’s a one stop shop to house all your content upgrades.
Things to include in a Resource Library
Here is a list of lead magnets that you can include in your resource library
- Social Media Group lists
- Free downloads
- Business plans
- Traffic tips
- Post ideas
Time to cut to the chase and getting to the point
How to create a Resource Library in 10 minutes
Things you need:
Essential Grid Plug-in (AFFILIATE LINK)
The is the best plugin to create a resource library on WordPress. It isn’t free and costs $26 but it’s worth every penny. It allows you to display various content formats in a highly customizable grid.
Create a new WordPress page.
The most obvious thing you need for creating your resource library are freebies for your subscribers. These could be a combination of various content upgrades mentioned earlier and should always be in PDF format.
Steps to create a Resource Library
The first thing you need to do is download essential grid plugin on your computer and install it on your WordPress website.
Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
Press Upload Plugin
Now choose your file from wherever you have downloaded the Essential Grid plugin file.
Once the plugin is installed then just click activate plugin and then you are good to go!
Now essential grid would appear on the left hand side bar, click on it to get to this screen.
Now press create New Ess. Grid
Go to NAME> Enter title > Create short-code
The short code would be used later on to put your resource library on a page or a post.
Now go to Source > Custom Grid > Check featured Image
Next move onto Grid Setting and here are my suggested grid setting that you can follow for your ease.
Moving forward its time to choose a theme for your resource library
Essential Grid has many cool and exciting skins for WordPress, choose the one which goes well with your entire website theme and brand.
So once you have chosen the theme, now its time to get the party rolling.
Scroll down on the same section and upload your free resource image.
On the same element section enter your resource title & its description ( try to make it really persuasive to grab the audience attention).
So up til this moment this is what you achieved:
- Downloaded & installed the Essential Grid Plugin
- Setup its Name, Source
- Choose a skin matching your brand
- Upload an image
Now comes the time to upload your free resource
Go to WordPress Dashboard > Media > Upload your free resource (Preferably in PDF Format).
Copy its link and paste on the element section as in the image below
And there you have it you have successfully made a resource library, save it on essential grid so you don’t lose your progress.
You can always add new resources using the same procedure.
The only thing left to do is create a new page for your resource library, and paste in the short-code from Essential Grid to make it appear on your website. In order to password protect it change the visibility settings. Add an easy password for you and your subscribers to remember.
And there you have it, your very own password protected resource library.
So what are you waiting for, create your own resource library now and start building your email list.