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IFTTT For Writers Part 1: Facebook




I discovered IFTTT (If This Then That) about a month ago while I was looking for a way to connect the Road Home to Medium. Ironically I still haven't found an applet that can do that. I have set up numerous applets that make my life easier;


  • Texting a code word to my lost phone to turn it into the alarm clock from hell
  • Get new NASA wallpapers daily
  • Notify me whenever my wifi drops (for which my bill is thankful)
  • Automatically turns off my Bluetooth whenever I disconnect a device.
I'm still tweaking. There's so much more. Apparently, there are these things call "Smart Lights" that have been missing from my life. But anyways...

The most beneficial part of IFTTT is that it has eliminated the time needed for sharing content across the web. I used to spend more time sharing than writing, and when you combine that with promoting others, that can really eat into your morning. My publishing schedule used to look like this;

  • Write/Edit Post
  • Publish Post
  • Shrink links
  • Publish to Twitter
  • Publish to Facebook (2 Pages)
  • Publish to Pinterest
  • Publish to LinkedIn
  • ...you get the idea

Since IFTTT, my posting agenda looks more like this;


  • Write/Edit Post
  • Publish Post
  • Shrink links
  • Publish to Twitter
  • Publish to Facebook (2 Pages)
  • Publish to Pinterest
  • Publish to LinkedIn
  • I can work on my books now!

So in this post, I'm going to show you in three easy steps how to automate your Blogspot blog, so it auto-shares to your personal and professional Facebook pages.


1). Go to IFTTT.com and create an account.

2). Migrate to "Settings" and link your Google and Facebook accounts.




3). Search for Facebook. You should get a screen that looks like this;

4). Click on "Facebook."

5). Click "Share new Blog Posts To Facebook"

6). Click "Turn On."

7). Here, you can customize whether or not you get a notification when the applet runs. Connecting your Google account should incorporate your Blogspot info, so you don't need to enter it here. 

8). Customize this info as you see fit. You can alter the headline of what appears on Facebook in the lowest field.

9). Save.

10). Enjoy your day! Any new publication should now auto-post to your Facebook page! Sometimes it can take up to an hour to appear, and you should see this little icon to know that it worked. 


I don't use this particular applet. The one I use posts instantly and has never failed. So get in here and poke around, find something you like and go with it.
If you need help or anything, drop me a line in the comments and I'll get back to you. If you know something about this I don't, please, educate me.

Thanks for reading.


Comments

Lynda Dietz said…
This sounds interesting! How does it compare to Hootsuite? That's what I currently use.
Leticia Toraci said…
You can share from Wordpress to Medium. Right now I only have the problem that it shows the blog post picture twice on Medium.

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