Now Automate Social Media Activities Using IFTTT – Guide

IFTTT to Automate Social Media Activities
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Do you struggle to complete all your social media tasks every day?

Do you think you’re just doing the repetitive tasks on social media networks?

If yes, IFTTT ( If This Then That) has a solution for you. Using IFTTT, you can get your online apps and devices working together.

We know there are tons of plugins available for social media automation, but we will show you a method that will not require any plugin installation. All you need to do is create a free account on the website.

Unlike other plugins, it includes all social media networks like Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Dig, etc. All these social media networks can be integrated together using IFTTT.

Social Media Automation: IFTTT ( If This Then That)

If you go back to your high school, then you might remember that we were using if/then statement for solving various numerical problems. For example: If you score good marks, then you will get into a good college.

Using similar logic, IFTTT automates all web-based activities. It creates a series of the conditional statement and automates the given task. It really puts the internet to work.

To start using this service first, you need to create a free account on IFTTT. Once done, you can automate any web-based tasks for end number of times. Yes, this service is available free of cost. You can access all features from the very first day of the account creation.

But before starting with the article, let us first understand the term Applets.

Applets

In simple terms, Applets means a small application program performing one or more specific functions. The same thing is also applicable in IFTTT. In IFTTT, you will require creating an applet based on certain logical conditions.

The best of this website are hundreds of readily-made applets are available for free to you. All you need to do is search your suitable applets and change it as per your requirement.

Search applets in IFTTT
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Search app in IFTTT

If these readily-made applets do not satisfy your needs, you can also create your own. Assuming you are already logged in to your IFTTT account, we have shared the step by step tutorial to create an applet for posting automatically on Facebook below.

  • Go to My Applets and click on ‘New Applet‘ to create a new applet.
My Applets in IFTTT
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My Applets in IFTTT
  • Next, click on ‘+this‘ option as shown in image below.
Create New Applets
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Create New Applets
  • Next, select your blogging or website platform. In our case, it is ‘WordPress’, so we are selecting WordPress from the available list.
Create Applets for WordPress
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Create Applets for WordPress
  • After selecting your platform that is WordPress in our case, it will ask you to set the trigger.
Choose Trigger for Applets
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Choose Trigger for Applets
  • We select the first trigger called ‘Any New Post‘.
  • Next, it will ask you, if there is any new post then what?
Create New Applets
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Create New Applets
  • Next, select your action area. In our case, Facebook is our action area. If there is a new post on WordPress, then post it on facebook.
  • Next, select your action on Facebook. We have chosen the second action called ‘Create a link post‘.
Choose Action in IFTTT
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Choose Action in IFTTT
  • Next, fill the necessary details and click ‘Save’ to create a new applet.
Create new Applets in IFTTT
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Create new Applets in IFTTT

That’s it. Your applet is ready now. It will post your latest blog on Facebook automatically.

Note: If you are creating this applet for the first time, it will ask you to provide access to your WordPress and Facebook account before creating the applet. This is a one-time activity and once provided, it will not ask you to re-authenticate the same again.

Besides social media automation, it also allows you to automate many other things. For example,

  • A reminder to drink water.
  • Congratulate on my birthday
  • Remind yourself to meditate every day
  • Remind me at 00:15 etc.

Important Points to Note

  1. The applets will not work with your old posts. It will work only if there is a new post on your blog.
  2. It will take about half an hour to publish your new post. You will not find anything if you check immediately after making the new post.
  3. There is a difference between Save and Active. Ensure the created applet is active, otherwise, it will not make any auto post in your account.
Active Applet
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Active Applet

Your turn: Share with us what other apps or websites you use. Further, feel free to contact us if you face any problem in creating and using applets on IFTTT. We will be happy to help you. You can put your questions in the comment box and we will get back to you.

Also see this video to get an idea of what else you could do with IFTTT:

This is a guest post by Kaustubh Patel. Want to submit guest post at ShoutMeLoud? Read our submission guidelines.

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Hi, this side Kaustubh Patel from LoveUMarketing. At LoveUMarketing, I write about Marketing, Social Media, Earn Money Online, Google AdSense and Blogging.

25 thoughts on “Now Automate Social Media Activities Using IFTTT – Guide”

  1. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Patel,
    I have been using jetpack fro automate sharing but IFTTT looks a good alternative for the same.
    Thanks for the share.
    have a good week ahead.

    1. Kaustubh Patel

      Yes, if you want to automate your Social Activity without installing any plugins then IFTTT is the best option available.Further, the best part of IFTTT is ‘It is available at free of cost’.

  2. I have heard about IFTTT but never thought that it’s that much useful and I can easily use it to automate social sharing for all of my sites. Actually, it’s very difficult task to share each site post on all social media networks. But now I think IFTTT tool will save me a lot of time.

    Is it completely safe to use? As some social media sites like Facebook will start marking our automated posts as spam, so is there any problem if we use IFFT?

    1. Kaustubh Patel

      Yes it is completely safe to use. I am using it since last one year. I had linked my Google+, Twitter and Facebook using IFTTT.

  3. I completely agree – IFTTT is one of the best free apps for bloggers and publishers, among other things.

    Also, you can use it in synergy with the Google suite or other apps to get amazing results.

    It has been (and it still is) a huge time-saver and game-changer for my content and social media marketing efforts!

  4. Hi Kaustubh,
    I have been using IFTTT for 1 year and I will say that it is AWESOME.
    It is fast, more attractive and easily accessible through mobile also.
    Most important is that it is completely FREE.
    One downside is that you can not link to more than one Facebook page or profile.
    If it is possible then tell me how.
    Thank You

    1. Kaustubh Patel

      Yes it is possible, create separate applets for seprate page. It is not possible to link one applets with two page but you can link two same applets with two page.

  5. Aastha Joshi

    I have been using IFTTT for few weeks now, and i am loving it. Firstly i using this to check Autoblogging and know about it. But after reading today’s article i will use it for my social accounts also.
    Thanks for amazing article.

  6. Shehraj Singh

    When i use IFTTT they give thier own shorten link but I didn’t want thier link I want my original link. Now how to short out this

    1. Kaustubh Patel

      I am using it on my website and not getting any shorten link. Can you please share some more information so that i can help you.

  7. Hello,
    I’m using IFTTT for a while and have seen there are many features in which can help in auto blogging and more. But I’ve not seen this option to automate Social Media activity in IFTTT.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing article with us, this will help us alot.

    Regards
    Shivek

  8. Mritunjay Yadav

    Thanks Harsh for this info
    I recently downloaded the IFTTT app.It works really cool with smart Applets

  9. Sangam Ramamoorthy

    I did not understand how this free IFTTT is better than a plugin or buffer like platforms, where you can publish your new and old posts to group timeline, group members, facebook timeline at one stretch. You can also post to many social media networks. They also offer free service. And the free service is good enough for finishing the social media posting task. Can you highlight the edge of this service over the buffer.

  10. Kartik Sharma

    Hi Kaustubh,
    I have been using IFTTT for a couple of months now and it is a really handy and useful tool. It’s easy to use and automate the process using IFTTT. Thanks for sharing this article. It will help a lot of bloggers out here.

  11. Aakash+kumar

    Hello sir

    Yes, if you want to automate your Social Activity without installing any plugins then IFTTT is the best option available.

  12. Anand Prakash

    I just discovered IFTTT yesterday and have spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME setting up and creating recipes. Love it! How have I only just found it? Great post Kevan, good to see your suggestions. Great that I can send stuff to Buffer easily.

  13. I have been using IFTTT in my news blog to automate all blog post. It’s amazing working. Recommended stuff. Hatts off for great content

  14. Murphy @ Newtechnopedia

    Hi Kaustubh,
    I’m surprised when read this post about IFTTT. This is a very good free web based services to get all your apps and devices talking to each other.I’m also interested with this app to use.
    Thanks a lot such a informative post….

  15. Thank you Harsh for this one. I love IFTTT for sharing from Instagram to Twitter, it shows the actual photo. I would love to use the new ones to share new posts, what a great idea! Anything to save us time when sharing on social media is a big plus in my book! Thanks for the great screen shots and explanations as IFTTT can be tricky.

  16. Hi Patel,
    I have been using jetpack for automate sharing but IFTTT looks a good alternative for the same.
    Thanks for the sharing.

  17. onlinewrestling.us

    Thank you Harsh for this one. I love IFTTT for sharing from Instagram to Twitter, it shows the actual photo. I would love to use the new ones to share new posts, what a great idea! Anything to save us time when sharing on social media is a big plus in my book! Thanks for the great screen shots and explanations as IFTTT can be tricky thanks again…..

  18. Hello,
    I’m using IFTTT for a while and have seen there are many features in which can help in auto blogging and more. But I’ve not seen this option to automate Social Media activity in IFTTT.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing article with us, this will help us alot.

    Regards
    KakarKhan.

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