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.
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.
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+.