Have you ever needed to make a file available to anyone on the internet? Maybe it's a flyer that you want everyone to see. It could be an image that you want to use on a website or in your email signature.
Making a file available on the internet for anyone to view and download is called hosting.
Once a file is hosted, it can be viewed, downloaded, and displayed on webpages and email signatures. Typically, you would purchase web hosting from the same companies that you purchase domain names from, such as GoDaddy or 1&1, for an additional monthly or yearly fee. Now with cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, your files are already hosted online, so it's just a matter of directing people to those files.
To use a hosted file in a website or email signature, you need the direct link.
A direct link is the URL that points directly to your file hosted online. By "directly", I mean no additional "junk" around the file. No webpage code, just the file, thanks. For a file to have a direct link, it needs to be hosted and publicly available online. Once you have the direct link to a hosted file, you can paste it anywhere online (including in the right place your email signature) for people to view or download the file.
The instructions below will tell you how to get the direct link to your files in Google Drive so use can use them online where you need them. You can do this with Dropbox as well, but the instructions will be different.
Along with Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar, Keller Williams' move to Google also gave agents access to Google Drive—Google's answer to cloud storage services such as Dropbox.
Anyone who has a personal Gmail account also has access to Google Drive at the standard 15 gigabytes of storage. KW agents, however, receive double that capacity (30 GB) with their new KW.com accounts.
If you've been a Dropbox user with a free account, by comparison, Dropbox only gives free users 2 GB of storage with the ability to unlock up to 16 GB of storage through referrals (with every referral unlocking 500 more megabytes of storage).
In summary, KW agents receive twice the storage that free Gmail users receive, and 15 times the capacity of free Dropbox users.
Wes Kennedy is the Technology Coordinator for Keller Williams Realty Elite in Oklahoma City. His job is to train and assist Keller Williams real estate agents in using technology to better help their business.