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Tools I use for blogging: If this then that (IFTTT)

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This is one of a series of posts on the tools I use to run NicksWanderings, and in the post I am going to explain how (and why) I use If This Then That (IFTTT).

If this then that - IFTTT logo

If this then that – IFTTT logo

What is If This Then That (IFTTT)?

IFTTT is an extremely useful tool that I use to “glue” my blogging workflow together. Using the system I can automatically create a new blogging note in Evernote from my Swarm check-in, and I can also use IFTTT to automatically send out Tweets when I post to my blog, or when Buffer pins a new image on my Pinterest page. IFTTT makes my life easier and saves me a lot of work. (Details of how I use SwarmIFTTT and Evernote as a workflow can be found at: Tools I use for blogging: Evernote.)

How do I use If This Then That (IFTTT)?

Basically IFTTT works by “IF this happens THEN do that”.

Some examples:

  • IF Nick post a new image on his Pinterest page THEN  send out a tweet with a link
  • IF Nick checks in on Swarm THEN create a new note in Evernote with his location
  • IF Nick posts to Facebook THEN send out a tweet with a link

By now you should have got the idea. IF something happens THEN do something.

Why use IFTTT?

IFTTT is that it links into dozens of different channels and has hundreds of potential different actions and so can be used to produce workflows that really help the blogging process, and saves blogger valuable time and effort. I have used the system for years and it has been invaluable as it has saved me countless hours of work. It’s like having a personal assistant on the web to help you out.

The really great thing about IFTTT is that you don’t need any programming skills to use it as the website will walk you through the process of connecting the services (channels) to get the results you want. Another plus is that it is free!

Get IFTTT working for you!

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Disclaimer

I have not been paid for the above endorsement. I also have no connection with the If This Then That (IFTTT) other than I have used their service for a number of years. None of the links in the above article are affiliate links.

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