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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?

 

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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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Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?

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Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?

But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.

Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.

This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.

Shift

Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.

2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.

For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.

Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.

All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.

What About You?

Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?

Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?

Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.

May be time for a big shift guys.

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Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson

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Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.

Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.

He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.

I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.

All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.

Bloggers Need Thick Skin

I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.

I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.

Do Not Care What People Think

Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.

Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.

As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.

Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.

Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.

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Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?

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This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.

I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.

As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.

Exit Plan

I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.

Think Leveraging

I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.

Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.

Networking Rocks

Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.

Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.

Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.

Trust in the process plays a big role too.

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