Have you ever wished that you had more free time without the expense of outsourcing?
All non-important tasks can be done quickly and you don’t need to worry about being late or those tasks happen unexpectedly.
The IFTTT tool allows you to perform repetitive daily tasks automatically and you do not need to pay for it. Since the birth of the IFTTT tool, it has become one of the most important tools for SEOers, Bloggers, and Digital Marketers.
So what is IFTTT? How does it use?
Find out with me!
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a completely free service that helps you be more productive and efficient in terms of time by automating some boring tasks in your business.
This tool uses recipes (apps) to connect different apps and tools to create efficient workflows.
They are seen as a “chain reaction”. That is, when you perform an action in this tool, another action will occur in this tool and is related to the action you just performed.
Example of IFTTT recipe
If you activate the recipe below, every time you use a specific hashtag on Twitter such as #work and then the Tweet will be directly posted to Facebook
While it only takes a few seconds, it’s one of those things that has a positive impact on the entire workload after just a few uses. If you incorporate 10 to 15 recipes into your workload, you’ll both save time and be more productive.
It is possible to combine many tools together for many different purposes. No matter what industry or industry your business is in, these recipes can be applied.
Some basic applications where you can use recipes:
Using these recipes helps you reduce repetitive workloads that you really don’t want to waste time on.
Therefore, think of it as an outsourced tool that does the repetitive work without you having to pay for it.
IFTTT recipes used to run for a blog
In my experience over the years, the bigger the blog, the harder it is to maintain effectively.
Because you have to spend a lot of time and energy on it. Besides, it also pulls you in many different directions. Therefore, I use IFTTT to offload that stress.
In this section, I will demonstrate the true potential of IFTTT by sharing the IFTTT recipes that I use to automate my daily marketing activities.
RSS Feed + Evernote = Auto Sort Content
First, let’s take a look at 2 new concepts: RSS Feed and Evernote
RSS feed is an RSS news reader program that allows readers to view the latest news from other websites without having to go directly to that website. And Evernote is an application for taking notes, organizing, task management, and storage.
Every month, I will extract the Income Report Roundup of bloggers to track their earnings progress. But I didn’t need to do any research to get that report.
Instead, I simply use a recipe to send the information I need directly to my Evernote app every month.
To accomplish this, I create an If This (if this)= “if an article is added to my RSS feed with the keyword Income Roundup”, it will trigger the process:
Then, I connect it to my Evernote to create a linked note with all the relevant articles – articles that I get at the end of the month.
This means I don’t need to waste hours trying to find relevant content.
WordPress + Evernote = Blog posts backed up
A really necessary and important thing to do is to back up your blog posts. To prevent your website from having unexpected problems or hackers deleting all the content on your website, you should have a backup copy for this situation.
I recommend using IFTTT to back up the latest WordPress posts to the Evernote database.
The first step is to connect your WordPress account to IFTTT, then choose a new blog post-trigger.
Then you have to connect your Evernote account and let it automatically back up when it’s active. Thanks to that, you don’t need to do anymore, but your blog posts are backed up.
RSS Feed + Email / Text = Show First Comment
Comments (aka Comments) on a blog may not provide the best benefit or profit from SEO. But this is a great opportunity for your website to be exposed to more users.
The best way to do this is to be one of the first to comment on a new post.
And luckily, this task is quite simple. First, you visit the website you want to leave a comment on. You enter “/feed/” at the end of the website URL. Eg:
You then add the URL to your RSS feed as an If This trigger. Note that you need to check if the website has an RSS feed before adding its URL to the RSS feed.
Depending on the importance of your website, you can set up notifications to be emailed to you immediately or texted to your phone.
When the website is large and has high traffic, I will choose to receive messages directly to my phone. But if it’s less well-known sites, I’ll set it up to receive email updates and see it as soon as I see the need.
Competitor Email + Evernote = Competitor Insights
Email marketing is extremely important for blogging. That’s where every purchase, every interaction takes place and even generates revenue.
And your competitors know it too.
That means if you can research your competitors’ emails you’ll know exactly what they’re targeting, what audiences, and what ads they’re running, and maybe you’ll get some ideas from that information.
This also helps you to know more about your affiliate options, copywriting lessons, and when your competitors are about to run a big promotion.
First, you need to select your email client as the If This trigger, then select the “New email in inbox from option” item:
Enter the email your competitors use to send ads:
Use Evernote as a trigger on the Then that side to automatically archive key competitor emails directly into the Evernote app.
You can even populate the Google Spreadsheet with everything to create a database of relevant marketing emails. This makes it easier to find emails.
How to use IFTTT
Using IFTTT is very easy:
- First you need to create an IFTTT account and log in
- See if there’s an Applet recipe available that suits your needs
- If yes, enable it. If not, create your own recipe
- Choose a service and activator for your Applet
- Select the action you want and then click the “create action” button
Let’s learn more about the 5 steps above:
You have 2 options when using IFTTT: use a recipe that the developers have already created or create your own.
I will provide detailed instructions on how to create the right recipe to make it easier for you to perform everyday tasks more efficiently.
First, you need to visit this link and you will see the interface as follows:
Next, create the If this clause first, then create the then that clause by connecting the 2 tools.
Let’s say you want to perform a daily to-do action but you tend to forget it. You can create an IFTTT recipe to send you a reminder every day.
First, click on the text of this clause and select the time service: date and time:
You can then select the event you want to trigger this submission. For example, I choose “Every day at” (every day at specific times)
Next, I set a specific time for this activation process to take place.
I have set the 9 am mark and at exactly 9 am this IFTTT recipe will be triggered to take action.
You won’t need to click on the text of that part
And from this list of tools, you can choose which apps you use to receive notifications. But it’s better to use email to get reminders. Therefore, you should connect this account to your Gmail account.
However, you can also set up to receive SMS messages by phone, new notes in Evernote alerts in the Calendar app, or whatever app you use often.
On the next page, I’ll choose the action I want to take, for example, send me an email:
Next, I will fill in the details that I want to receive. For example, please continue to follow the emails I have sent (follow-up emails).
Click the Create Action button. And as a result, at 9 am the next day, I get a reminder in my inbox.
This is a pretty simple and basic example but for any Applet or process, you create the system works the same way. If you feel that there are some issues that you are not really satisfied with, you can come up with solutions to fix them.
But if you don’t want to create your own recipe, you can use the existing recipes that people often use…
10+ Best IFTTT Recipes for SEOers, Bloggers, and Digital Marketers
If you are not sure about the recipes you make yourself or don’t have a lot of time to research and create them yourself, you can use the popular recipes available.
A lot of people try to create and share their recipes, so you might consider using them. This can save you time but gives you a really unexpected effect.
In this section, I will share 21 of the best IFTTT recipes today. Just click the link, connect your accounts, and let the IFTTT recipe do the rest.
In addition, if you have an idea after reviewing the available recipes, you can refer to and create new recipes for yourself in the future.
1. Share your WordPress posts on Medium
Sharing your posts on Medium will help you get more attention from your readers and increase traffic to your website.
And you don’t need to spend time and effort creating your own recipe to achieve this. Just visit IFTTT and choose the recipe to automatically post new articles to Medium immediately.
2. Follow Brand Mention
With this recipe, you can receive email notifications every time your brand is mentioned on the Internet. This gives you more opportunities to build links as well as find potential partners without doing any work.
Just visit BrandMention, then enter your keywords and get the link from the RSS Feed.
Then insert the above link into the recipe. As a result, every time someone mentions your business, a notification is immediately sent to the inbox.
3. Wikipedia page update alert email
Wikipedia is a great source for link building. So why don’t you update every time this page is updated with links, citations, or other updates?
You only need to change a key part of the URL of this recipe to match the page you want. (Bold section: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization) and the update will be sent directly to you.
4. Save popular/new posts on that day
Creating and implementing content ideas is quite a difficult job. So how do you store them in your account on the Pocket app?
The Today I Learned forum is a great place to find useful information that can be used in your posts and related topics. You don’t need to do anything but see the notifications on your Pocket account.
5. Get top SEO articles from Reddit
If you are learning about SEO, you can set up to receive notifications about the top effective SEO articles. These notifications are automatically delivered to your inbox.
This means you can create reading lists, curate content for roundups, or access new and successful techniques.
6. Collect comments in your posts as text
In fact, reciprocal interaction with the reader is very important. However, it is entirely possible to miss a comment when you are trying to interact in many places.
So, if you’re commenting on a site that has an RSS feed available, you can add a link to IFTTT and have them text you right after they comment.
This makes it possible to interact instantly, solve problems or create good interactions with everyone.
7. Save Feedy article titles to Google Drive
If you have a VIP account on the Feedy app then take advantage of it.
It collects the titles of all the articles that appear on the homepage and stores them in Google Spreadsheet
In addition, it allows you to:
- Track and monitor top trending topics
- See the perfect headlines and improve your copywriting
- See what your competitors are publishing
- Suggest content ideas for your blog
Although this is quite simple, it brings many benefits.
8. Include Trello Cards in Google Calendar Event
If you are creating a content schedule and using Trello then you should apply this IFTTT recipe.
Whenever you create a Trello card and preset date and time, it will automatically be added to your Google Calendar and send you an update as it nears the set time.
It helps you to schedule posts in advance and never miss a deadline.
9. Archive every time your brand is mentioned on Google Spreadsheet
Want to keep track of who’s talking about your business and what they’re talking about? This recipe allows you to gather that data through a neat Google spreadsheet.
By following your Twitter handle (adding @ in front of your Twitter account name) or adding the hashtag # you can get every tweet mentioning keywords that have been automatically archived. This makes it possible for you to track conversations and keep track of your brand image.
In addition, it also gives you more opportunities to find new users, and interested users, and interact with your brand.
10. Share WordPress posts on social networks
You often forget to share posts on social networks. Don’t worry, let’s apply an IFTTT recipe to make things easier.
As soon as you publish content on WordPress, this post will immediately appear on your social channels. Fans on your social channels will instantly see the latest WordPress posts.
11. Photos on your Instagram as the Twitter Native
Use this easy method to tweet the most recent Instagram updates. Thanks to that, you can update many channels without having to spend too much time and effort.
12. Save your favorite Tweets to Google Spreadsheet
One of the best ways to find content (and marketing ideas) is to browse and pull out your favorites.
This IFTTT recipe will collect all the Tweets you like and add them to a Google spreadsheet. You can review them the next day. Then you can ask yourself questions like:
- Why do I like this Tweet?
- What can I learn from it?
- Can I reference and implement something similar?
Put yourself in the audience’s shoes to give the most accurate answers.
13. Backup All WordPress Blog Posts
You may think it’s unnecessary to back up your data. But if you’ve ever fallen into a situation where thousands of words are lost and never recovered, you will have a different opinion.
It only takes about a minute and you can back up your WordPress posts right after publishing them. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about posts disappearing completely.
I recommend using two or three of the following 4 apps to back up data:
- Backup WordPress to Dropbox
- Hosting WordPress to Evernote
- Backup WordPress to Google Drive
- Backup WordPress to OneNote
Hopefully, through this article explaining “what is IFTTT”, you will understand why IFTTT is a great tool to help you work more efficiently without having to find an outsourced source.
You can create countless recipes. So take this tool and create recipes that help you find the real problems in your workflow and then connect the two tools to solve those problems.
Let me know which IFTTT recipe worked for you