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I’m super excited to share the last few month’s blogging goals, stats, and tips! I’m even more excited to let you in on a little secret that helps me automate a lot of my blogging life! You guys are going to love it. First, a quick review of my goals for 2015 and my stats from the last couple of months, and then an overview of IFTTT and 10 IFTTT Recipes for Bloggers.
Now for a review of my blogging goals for 2015. You can find all my goals including this year’s family goals in this post here.
- Increase Facebook Fans to 200. – see stats for update
- Triple email subscribers. – see stats for update
- Double Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google + followers. – see stats for update
- Learn one website coding or design each month.
- Read one blogging, social networking, or business book each month.
Update on my goals:
Stats for end of July:
- Facebook followers – 237 – up 121 followers from 2014
- Twitter followers – 844 – up 673 followers from 2014
- Instagram followers – 160 – up 102 followers from 2014
- Pinterest followers – 272 – up 174 followers from 2014
- Google plus followers – 133 – up 65 followers from 2014
- *Youtube followers – 3 – up 3 followers
- *Bloglovin’ followers – 10 – up 10 followers
- Subscribers – 9 – up 6 from 2014
*I didn’t join and begin using this social network until 2015.
Stats for end of August:
- Facebook followers – 243 – up 127 followers from 2014
- Twitter followers – 950 – up 779 followers from 2014
- Instagram followers – 165 – up 107 followers from 2014
- Pinterest followers – 298 – up 200 followers from 2014
- Google plus followers – 98 – up 75 followers from 2014
- Youtube followers – 3 – up 3 followers
- Bloglovin’ followers – 10 – up 10 followers
- Subscribers – 9 – up 6 from 2014
Stats for end of September:
- Facebook followers – 245 – up 129 followers from 2014
- Twitter followers – 1229 – 1058 up followers from 2014
- Instagram followers – 324 – up 266 followers from 2014
- Pinterest followers – 411 – up 313 followers from 2014
- Google plus followers – 182 – up 159 followers from 2014
- Youtube followers – 23 – up 23 followers
- Bloglovin’ followers – 12 – up 12 followers
- Subscribers – 8 – up 5 from 2014
I am doing very well slowly increasing my social media reach. What I really need to focus on is subscribers.
My first two blogging tips post focused on email with creating a custom email address and creating a basic email signature. Then I posted one tip for creating an awesome Pinterest Pin. Over the summer I showed you how to create external and internal hyperlinks for your blog posts. Today, I want to talk about putting the internet to work for you with IFTTT.
Have you ever wanted to easily send your Instagram photo to Twitter as an actual photo not a link?
Or maybe you want to automatically send your Facebook Page status updates to Twitter with a link?
The online tool IFTTT, pronounced like “gift,” can help you automate your social media and so much more. IFTTT stand for “if this, then that.” IFTTT is a service that connects two unrelated services together using recipes. These recipes include a trigger and an action to create a specified result. Basically, when a specific trigger happens on a channel an action happens on another channel.
First a couple of definitions:
Channels are products and apps that are connected together to create Recipes. IFTTT contains over 228 channels you can connect together.
Triggers are the “if” part of the recipes. For example, a trigger could be “If I post a photo to Instagram.”
Action is the then part of the recipes. For example, an action could be “post to Twitter.”
Ingredients are the pieces of data from the trigger. For example, the caption and url of a photo.
Recipes are connections between two products or apps. Recipes come in two categories “If” and “Do.” Do Recipes happen with the click of a button and are available as apps for Android and iOS platforms. If recipes run automatically in the background, making them HUGE time savers!
If recipes can be turned on and off.
Using IFTTT is very simple. Create an account for free and connect your social media channels of choice. The easiest way to connect your channels is to go to the channels list found here. Click on each channel, click activate, and complete the authorization process for each one. Once all of your channels are connected you are ready to explore the recipes and start automating your social media and blog.
To get you started, here are 10 great If recipes I use most of these to automate a lot of my blog life.
- Tweet my wordpress blog posts – Automatically shares the blog post with the post title and post URL. You can customize the text too to add a hashtag.
- Send photo upload on FB page to Twitter (w/image) – Automatically shares the photo to Twitter with caption, page URL, and image URL.
- Send FB page statuses to Twitter – Automatically shares the status update from your blog page to Twitter with the message and URL.
- Post your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos – Automatically shares your Instagram photo to Twitter as an actual photo with caption and url.
- Post new Instagram Videos to Twitter with an image – Automatically shares your Instagram video as a photo to Twitter with caption and video url.
- New Instagram photo upload a new Photo on Facebook Page Album – Automatically shares your Instagram photos to your Facebook Fan Page and puts them in a labeled album with caption and photo url.
- Share your new Blogger blog posts to Twitter – Automatically share your new Blogger posts to Twitter.
- Pin your new Instagram photos to a Pinterest board – Automatically share new photos you post on Instagram instantly to a Pinterest board of your choosing.
- Share your new Instagram photos to Flickr – Automatically share with your Flickr community your new Instagram posts.
- Log your WordPress blog posts in Google Spreadsheet – Automatically adds your blog post to a spreadsheet in your Google drive with post published, post title, post url, tags and categories.
Have you checked out IFTTT yet? What’s your favorite recipe?
Have a blessed day!
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