I'm setting up a functionality that I know has been done tons of times, but I seem to be getting overwhelmed trying to find the best, and simplest, way to do this.
I'd like to set up a form to get people to subscribe to a newsletter, and then redirect them to a free pdf report download.
One of my concerns is keeping the PDF, or the page that the PDF is downloaded from, a secret (particularly from search engines), but not password protected. I'm thinking the page url should be encoded or something so that people won't send the link to all their friends, though, I don't know what would keep them from just sending the PDF itself.
Anyhow, I've installed and tried all these plugins: Contact Form 7, WordPress Download Monitor, Email Before Downloading, subscribe2, WP Autoresponder, Wysija Newsletters...
I think the Email Before Downloading is a neat idea, I just don't like the idea of having the extra step of having to export the email address and then import them to my list - that and having to have 2 other plugins running just to use it...
I'm getting a headache trying to figure all this stuff out. I'm just starting out, so I need free options.
Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.