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IFTTT (also known as If This, Then That) has evolved tremendously since I first wrote about it here on Blogging Tips, back in early 2011. Then it was a very simple Web service with limited features, and just under a month old. There were a few channels that you could use to create Internet tasks (using triggers and actions) like posting RSS feeds to Twitter or getting the weather by email.
As of writing this, there are now 53 channels that you can use and hundreds of different Internet tasks (now called recipes) that you can create. Each recipe is composed of 2 different channels/ingredients. You can share your recipes publicly with all of IFTTT’s users. You can also browse through the huge catalog of recipes and use the ones that you like (you can also edit them before using). If you’re not sure what to use IFTTT for, browsing the recipes is a great place to start.
Since there are so many recipes to choose from, here are 9 of the most useful IFTTT recipes for bloggers to help get you started and help boost your productivity.
Send out a tweet when you have a new post on your WordPress blog. This can also be done using a trigger from the RSS channel (for any type of blog), but this recipe is specifically for WordPress blogs.
The Blogger or Tumblr Channel would also work great in place of WordPress. No matter which type of blog you use, IFTTT can auto-post your new content. There’s also a HootSuite channel that you may want to use in place of Twitter, since you can use it to schedule your tweets.
Add new posts from any RSS feed to your Pocket (formerly Read it Later). This is a great way to get inspiration for new blog posts, save important blogging tips, or just to keep up with your favorite blogs.
You may also want to use the Instapaper, Readability or even the Evernote Channel (instead of Pocket) to save new RSS feed items. All four are great places to save items for later reading.
Send your Tumblr posts to your Facebook timeline and share as a “new link.”
You might also want to use the Facebook Pages or Buffer Channel instead, to send your Tumblr posts to one of your Facebook fan pages.
Send out a tweet when you add a new post to your Blogger/Blogspot blog.
You can also replace the Blogger Channel with WordPress or even Tumblr, to share blog posts from there instead. Likewise, you may want to replace Twitter with HootSuite so that you can schedule your tweets.
Send your Instagram photos to your WordPress blog. Again, any of the blog channels would fit here.
It’s nice that IFTTT can automatically create new blogs posts for you from Instagram as well as other media sites like Vimeo, SoundCloud, YouTube and Flickr. With this recipe, you can effortlessly share those special moments on your blog – whether it’s via an image, audio or video.
This is a unique recipe. It will turn links posted to your Facebook fan page, into blog posts on WordPress.
This recipe adds a plug for your fan page at the bottom of the post and reminds readers to visit your fan page, but you can customize the message as you like.
7. Tumblr to Dropbox
How would you like to archive your blog without using a plugin? That’s what this recipe does; it sends all of your blog posts from Tumblr to a specific folder in your Dropbox account.
This recipe would work great with any of the blog channels like Blogger or WordPress. There’s a 30MB file size limit for each post that it archives.
If you prefer Box over Dropbox, there’s a WordPress to Box recipe that you can customize. If you’re a fan of Google Drive, then you may want to use a recipe like Tumblr to Google Drive or WordPress to Google Drive instead.
This recipe lets you blog by email. Just send IFTTT an email including the designated trigger tag (as a hashtag) in the subject line; you can choose the trigger tag when you set up the recipe. You can also attach files to the email message and IFTTT will create a public URL to the file.
A new blog WordPress post will be created using the subject and body of the email. You can also specify which tags and categories should be used by default. Blog posts can be published immediately, saved as drafts or published as private.
While we’re posting blog posts and RSS feeds to social networking accounts, we can’t forget LinkedIn. You can share your own blog posts or those from another blog with this recipe.
I’ll also sneak in the Google+ to WordPress recipe here as well. IFTTT doesn’t have a Google+ channel (yet), but a clever user has improvised by using the RSS channel and a custom RSS link for Google+. You’ll have to change the ID in their URL to get your own posts.
You can also use this to create other recipes like Google+ to LinkedIn, Google+ to Twitter, Google+ to Facebook, etc.
What’s Your Favorite?
There are so many recipes (almost 2000 pages) that you’re better off using the search bar to find exactly what you’re looking for.
My favorite IFTTT recipes are simple: RSS to Twitter and RSS to Buffer. I contribute to quite a few blogs and IFTTT is the best way to distribute all of my posts to both my Twitter and Facebook accounts – and even more services if I want.
What about you? What are your favorite IFTTT recipes? Do you use any of the above or have you created your own?
How to Build Brand Authenticity Using Customer Generated Content
Creating quality content is the best thing someone can ever do for their company. When done right, it generates a lot of traffic towards the website thus giving a high likelihood of converting the followers into leads. Unfortunately, quality content is expensive and can use up a lot of money, time, and very exhaustive.
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Fortunately for us, there is another way to get quality content without having to go through all this hustle. When you make use of this strategy, it will turn out to be more powerful and accurate than other cumbersome methods. This solution is known as User Generated Content (UGC) since it is one of the simplest way to get results without getting tired.
What is the significance of UGC?
The moment you make use of content generated by customers, you automatically create trust with other customers. This is because more than 80% of consumers find content generated by their fellow customers to be convincing and true than what the brands can write about themselves. The assumption is that no one will ever write negatives about themselves unless third parties take over.
UGC is the most authentic type of content as 98% of it is true since customers have no interests in the customers creating profits. If something is bad, they will write it as it is. The reverse is also true. It is therefore recommendable to spend more time curating on the content written by consumers rather than the company itself. You can also use a tool like keyword.com to better create content for your audience and to also rank higher in Google for multiple keywords and search phrases.
The other advantage of UGC is the ability to track all the conversations and mentions. This mostly helps by finding out what the customers think about your services and products. In case of any problem, you can address the same issue. You are allowed to comment on the same wall towards their plights.
The other advantage is to help a company in saving time meant to write content. This time can be allocated to other issues that help in accumulating profits for the business.
Ways to Build an Effective UCG Marketing Strategy
1 – Choose your platform wisely
You do not just create a CGC in any area. The first thing is to ensure that you have a good number of active followers in online platforms. In addition to this, remember that each platform works differently; Facebook users are known for sharing content whereas Instagram is more of visuals. When you ask people for content, remember to be specific with what you want since a lot of us are ready to talk about anything we wish.
2 – Collect independent customer reviews
Customers’ reviews are very vital to any business as they act as personal recommendations to other people who are yet to try your brand. In fact, a lot of people prefer to read a number of reviews before making a conclusion on whether to buy or not. If someone comes across two or more negative comments, a good number will pull away from your page. Remember that savvy customers will always spot fake reviews hence the more reason to stick to authentic customers. The only way to win their hearts is by offering what you promised in the first place.
3 – Offer rewards
There is nothing as encouraging as being rewarded for doing something. Offering rewards attracts a lot of people towards your page as everyone is eager to get something. Don’t try too hard by getting expensive gifts. You can promise that a winner will have their tweets retweeted or you feature their article or business on your page. Not only will they feel happy that they are part of your success but will also attract new users to subscribe.
Neil Patel is often preaching about the process of offering rewards and getting users to submit an email address on your site — which you can then follow up with afterwards. You can read more on Neil and his most recent resources here.
4 – Support a charity event
You need to remind your customers that your brand is not after making profits but rather in helping the community in different events such as acts of charity. Let people know that you have a greater vision for them too.
Online platforms can either break or boost your business. This is because a lot of people have turned to recommendation on social media by strangers or friends. If you want better reviews, ensure that your products are quality and services are up to standard.
User Generation Content is the Way to Go!
With more than a billion active websites and blogs on the internet today, content overload is happening daily. The same is true for brands and bloggers that are struggling to create original content on their own.
The better option is to build a platform or content creation and marketing plan that relies on content being created from other users. After all, how much content has Facebook or Instagram ever made… and look at how huge and massive their brands are!
Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice
I retired to a life of travel through blogging.
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Do you want to travel the world through blogging?
My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.
I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.
Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?
What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?
Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?
Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?
Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.
But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.
Be careful who you trust.
How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth
Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.
Hire them to coach you.
The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.
100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.
The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.
Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap
Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.
Any blogger can offer terrible advice.
This was from my trip to Fiji.
Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.
Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice
Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.
If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.
Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:
- vet advice
- trust advice
- get awesome advice
- accelerate your blogging success
Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.
If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.
Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.
Go to the Top
Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.
Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.
Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?
Go to the top.
Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.
Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.
What Does Your Blog Need?
I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:
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Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.
If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.
Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.
What does your blog need?
1: Domain and Hosting
Invest in a domain and hosting.
Accelerate your blogging success.
Domain names make you stand out.
Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.
Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.
He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.
Take this step to control:
- income potential
- blog voice
Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.
2: Premium Theme
Invest money in a premium theme.
Stand out from the crowd.
Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.
This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.
Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.
Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.
Content drives blogs.
Your blog needs content to:
- prove you know your stuff
- spread your presence online
- inspire readers to follow you
- inspire readers to trust you
Visit Blogging From Paradise.
Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?
Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.
Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.
Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.
Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.
As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:
- increase traffic
- boost your blogging profits
- expand your presence
- increase brand awareness
- help more folks
- make a big impact in your niche
Content makes everything grow.
Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.
Focus on Your Dreams
Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.
You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:
- a domain and hosting
- a premium theme
- creating helpful content
See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.
Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.
Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.
Invest in a blogging course.
Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.
Blog like a success.
Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.
Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.
Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.
You do the same thing through a blogging course.
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