We all know the importance of growing an email list. One of the most popular techniques for growing your list is to use content upgrades. If you don’t know what a content upgrade is, allow me to briefly fill you in.
A content upgrade is something you give away that’s related to your blog post in exchange for an email address. So for example, on my blog post on prioritizing website tasks, I give away a printable task list. Of course a content upgrade can be anything, from graphics, to video content, to a podcast episode. The sky is the limit.
But if you’re looking for something quick, easy, and immensely popular, worksheets and workbooks are the way to go. And believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy tools to create them. If you don’t have Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, that’s not a problem! Thanks to Canva, you can easily make worksheets and workbooks for FREE. Continue reading to find out how.
First things first, you’re going to need to create a Canva account if you don’t already have one, so go ahead and do that. If you already have an account, sign in.
Since worksheets are usually letter sized, that’s the size document we need to create. Under the create a design section, click on the plus sign to reveal more document size options. Under documents select US Letter.
Now we have our document all ready to go so it’s time to start adding content.
Let’s give our worksheet a heading. Click on text, then add heading. Edit the text, change the font and color, and position it on your document.
Now it’s time to start adding the content. We’ll start by adding some body text. Click on “add a little bit of body text,” change the text, customize the color, font, etc, and position it on your document.
Since we’re creating a printable worksheet/workbook, I’m going to add some spaces for people to write in. Click on elements on the left side of the screen, then select shapes. I’m choosing to use a square with an outline for this example. Click on your shape of choice, then customize it and position it below your body text.
If you want to keep the same style for the next item, you can select both the text and the box (drag your mouse to select both) and click copy. Then position it below the first one and edit the text. Repeat as necessary. If you want to style each item differently, then repeat the above steps.
Once you’ve ran out of room on the first page, you have two options. Option #1 is to duplicate the page. Since the first page is setup already, this makes it easy to go in and edit each item, while keeping the same layout. To duplicate a page, click on the duplicate button to the right of the current page.
Option #2 is to add a new blank page. To add a new page, click on the add a new page button below your current page.
Repeat as necessary until your workbook is complete. If you want to reorder the pages, click on the up or down arrows that are above/below the page number on the right side of the page. Keep clicking until your pages are in the correct order.
Once your worksheet or workbook is complete it’s time to save it so you can distribute it. Click on download from the top menu, then select either PDF: standard or PDF: for print. The one you choose doesn’t matter too much. If you’ve included images, etc and want a higher quality, then select for print. Otherwise, standard works just fine for this.
If you want to get really fancy, you can insert photos, create interesting layouts, etc. There’s definitely no limit to what you can create.