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9 Useful IFTTT Recipes for Bloggers

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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.

1. WordPress to Twitter

WordPress to Twitter IFTTT Recipe

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.

2. RSS to Pocket

RSS to Pocket IFTTT Recipe

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.

3. Tumblr to Facebook

Tumblr to Facebook IFTTT Recipe

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.

The RSS, WordPress or Blogger Channels would work great as replacements to Tumblr. With this recipe, it’s easy to share any of your blog posts o Facebook.

4. Blogger to Twitter

Blogger to Twitter IFTTT Recipe

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.

5. Instagram to WordPress

Instagram to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

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.

6. Facebook Pages to WordPress

Facebook Pages to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

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

Tumblr to Dropbox IFTTT Recipe

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.

8. Email to WordPress

Email to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

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.

9. RSS to LinkedIn

RSS to LinkedIn IFTTT Recipe

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?

 

Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?

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Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?

But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.

Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.

Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.

Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.

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Why Blogging Jealousy Is a Damaging Emotion

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I spent today enjoying lunch and a hike through the forest with my wife. But like the past goodness knows how many years, I will work 6-8 hours daily….or more. I put in an hour or so this morning. Now I get to work a bit before 5 PM. People love my travel photos. Folks often tell me how jealous they feel, envying our life. We are so lucky! We are blessed. We are aligned. All that jazz. But the same folks NEVER feel jealous or envious of the fact that I worked 6 hours daily for the past goodness known how many years of my life. I tell folks about my workload sometimes; most look at me like I have 3 heads, people proclaiming themselves lazy and definitely, believing I can have this workload because working long and persistently is not for them.

Before you envy my movie-worthy life, envy my movie-worthy workload. Before you jealously bust my chops about my photos in Fiji and Bali, be just as envious and flat out jealous of the 20,000 hours I have blogged over the past decade of my life. You cannot have the sweet fruit unless you patiently water the seed and allow for it to thrive, during growing season. Likewise, you cannot have blogging success unless you patiently, persistently and generously work, to succeed.

Jealousy and Damage

Most bloggers never realize the intense jealousy that damages their blogging campaign. Why does jealousy hurt you and your blog? Delusion, that’s why. Take my Fiji or New Zealand or Costa Rica pictures. Most people who see the pictures envy my life because most folks CHOOSE to work a 9-5 job and CHOOSE not to travel. In the same breath, after expressing intense jealousy at me living a cool life of travel, I advise the person to begin blogging, to engineer a similar life for self and family. In an instant, most bloggers complain about having no time, no time, and no drive to design such a life of fun and freedom. Why? Being jealous of bloggers immediately places you in a “they have it, but I cannot have it,” type victim, non-empowered, weakling energy. If you believe only I can live this life, and envy me, and you foolishly believe you cannot life this life, you make endless excuses to cling to your belief system. Said excuses guarantee your unhappiness and comfort.

If you envy my life of travel, envy the 6 to 10 hours or more I have worked every single day of my life over the years. Do you envy working 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday? Are you SOOOO jealous that I will work 6-7 or more hours today, after being out of the house for about 6 hours, hustling into the evening? Nope. I did not think so. Few human beings envy someone who works generously, diligently and persistently because most people hate doing the very thing that sets them free. Why? Doing the thing that sets you free forces you outside of your comfort zone, to face deep, pulsating fears. Facing these fears seems highly unpleasant. Nobody enjoys facing fears, but you need to face fears in order to grow, to succeed, and to live a life of movie-worthy levels, you being the object of blogger envy.

Stop being jealous. Get to work, admire industrious bloggers who live their dreams, and you too will live your dreams.

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How to Ride out Traffic Swings

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Traffic swings occur for every single blogger who ever blogged.

Literally, nobody is immune from seeing traffic stats swing high, low, back, medium and all over, in between. How do you ride out these swings? Blog for the love of blogging and see traffic as an extra, a bonus, or some add on to your blogging campaign. Make the blogging work, the reward. See all else as extra, or a bonus, and you become totally chill in response to inevitable traffic swings. Way too many bloggers become obsessed with traffic stats. Even more make the foolish mistake of obsessing over traffic stats on a daily basis. Guys; this is nuts. How can you focus on daily traffic swings when you know all good, lasting things take time, energy and a willingness to have a vision? Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Trust in yourself. Trust in the blogging process. Good things take time and generous service.

Imagine if Jeff Bezos panicked over day to day traffic and sales numbers on founding Amazon over 2 decades ago? Imagine how doing so would have crippled his campaign? Everybody experiences swings – usually, wild swings – as a newbie entrepreneur and blogger because no growth is perfectly linear. Over time, with generous effort and a blanket trusting in the blogging process, you traffic increases month over month. But day to day analysis is a silly way to assess how you are doing. How in the heck can you honestly make a blanket assessment of your blog over a 24 hour period? It’s only 24 hours! We measure success in thousands and tens of thousands of hours…..not 24 hours. Come back down to earth. Get your head out of the clouds. Nothing of meaning, of lasting value, unfolds in 24 hours. Please be gentle with yourself and be even more gentle with your silly mind because the mind wants fast results but your heart knows; successful blogging is a long term gig.

Check Stats Infrequently

Do you have an absolute blast checking stats? If so, check stats monthly. Allow momentum to gain by generously helping people daily, over a monthly period. Observe your traffic stats to iron out any kinks and to not be swayed by the day to day fluctuations leveling most bloggers, creating a roller coaster wave of emotions in mind. I barely check metrics because if I love what I do, trust in the process and trust myself, the more generous service I put into blogging, the more blogging generously serves me. Simple equation here. Why in the heck would I assess my success based on 24 hour increments? Blogging success hinges on thousands of hours of generous service, not 24 hour blogs of work, right?

Pump your breaks guys. Get uber busy helping your readers by creating as much quality content as humanly possible. Be generous. Focus heavily on giving, not getting, to allow your daily stat checking obsession to dissolve just a wee bit. Blogging become uncomfortable here and there but does get easier and easier the more often you give freely of your time and talents. The challenge is not to panic when you resist checking stats for a few weeks as most folks go bonkers mad, ready to explode, once they try to detach from frequent stat checking.

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