So how do I save time with IFTTT?
Because I am a medical student, and I am busier than ever, my friends from school always ask me, “How can you possibly manage an online business while in school?” From blogging, making videos, setting up other WordPress Websites, and managing my social media accounts, running WPforall is actually quite labor intensive. And although I wish I could say that I have all the time in the world and that running an online business takes no time from my day, I would be lying.
However, lucky for me, I have found ways to save tons of time, by utilizing some very powerful tools. One of the biggest time saving tools that I use is IFTTT.com. IFTTT stands for “If this then that”. You can think of IFTTT like a bot that runs tasks based on certain triggers. If ___ happens, then ___ is computed. The uses for IFTTT are endless, but I’ll just mention a few examples so you can see the tremendous potential it can have in running your online business. The two major ways I save time with IFTTT is through:
- Social Media Management
- Content Curation
Social Media Management
One of the biggest reasons I use IFTTT is in managing my social media profiles. While some people may LOVE social media and are thrilled with using it, I’ll be honest. I am not fully in love with it. I really do enjoy interacting with others and reading what they find interesting. However, I always found it difficult to find things to post. In addition, the time spent posting interesting articles was tedious and time consuming. That’s where IFTTT comes into play.
One great way to use IFTTT is in automatically updating your social media profiles with content you created. While there are certain WordPress plugins for this same task, I find IFTTT to be even better. All I have to do is set up a trigger to run every time a new post shows up on my RSS feed. Once that happens, it immediately sends the article or youtube video to my twitter, facebook, tumblr, and google+, with the title link and even a short message. It is extremely reliable and unlike me, it will never forget. So every time an article is posted, all my followers will get the message and I’ll never have to worry about manually entering this in.
An example of one of these triggers can be seen here:
Another great way that I have used IFTTT, and for me the biggest time saver is in tumblr management. Tumblr is one of the best markets for advertising your blog because it is quite easy to gain a big following. In addition to following users interested in my niche, the best way I have found to get lots of followers is to post interesting content. And I found that the best way to do this was to find great and relevant pictures and repost them on my own page, while giving credit to the original author. However, this took FOREVER. I would literally have to copy and save each article to my desktop, upload it and give the relevant tags.
However, IFTTT makes this super easy. I was able to set up a trigger so that every time I “like” a photo, it is automatically uploaded to my queu, citing the original author, and even putting a link to my main site. It’s SO easy! You can literally add hundreds of posts to your queue in a matter of minutes, which would probably have taken me HOURS otherwise.
For twitter and facebook, content curation is huge. People love to follow users who provide the best resources in their niche. While it is extremely important to personally create these resources, it is also great to showcase other people’s posts as well. However, this can be extremely time consuming not only in finding relevant articles, but also in posting them.
For me, finding relevant articles is easy with my Mobile Feedly App. All Feedly is, is a simple RSS reader. You upload RSS feeds from popular bloggers you trust and Feedly displays them on your phone in an easy to view format. While Feedly has social sharing options, they are actually quite slow (at least for my taste).
So, to make this process even faster, I integrate Feedly with IFTTT to update my social media profiles as fast as a click of 1 button…literally. For each article I like, I simply click “save for later” on my Feedly app and it is sent across all my social networks, in one simple step. IFTTT even formats the article how I like, so it is extremely versatile.
On a daily basis, I try to find at least 4 interesting articles. If I were to do this manually, it’d prob take me at least 15 minutes. However, with IFTTT and Feedly working together, I can literally do this less than a minute. While it may not seem like much, 15 minutes saved every single day is almost 2 hours in a week. And that’s a lot of time when you’re busy!
While the triggers I have shown are already quite powerful, IFTTT literally has an infinite number of uses for websites and personal use alike. So check it out! It’s super easy to use, very powerful, and oh did I mention? It’s FREE!