Blog Posts to Social Media with IFTTT

IFTTT Step 1

Automation is great when it works and one automation tool bloggers look for is something that will take new blog posts and post them to their social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. There are many social media plugins that help readers link or like blog posts but not as many that gracefully do that for the blogger.

Here’s one that is simple and kind of cool — IFTTT

IF THIS THEN THAT

With this free service you set up “recipes” by creating a trigger (THIS) and an action (THAT). So for this exercise we want to set up this recipe:

If I publish a new blog post (THIS) then I want it to then post to my Facebook page (THAT).

Here’s how you do it. First go to the IFTTT website and join and click to create a recipe. Follow the steps below (click on an image to make it bigger)

Step 1  – Click the blue “this” link.IFTTT Step 1Step 2 – Select your trigger channel by typing feed in the search box and then click the “Feed” icon. A blog feed is the perfect channel to use because every post is published to your feed.

IFTTT Step 2Step 3 – Click “New Feed Item”

IFTTT Step 3Step 4 – Type in the feed for your blog which is usually your blog url followed by /feed and then click Create Trigger

IFTTT Step 4Step 5 – Click the blue “that” link

IFTTT Step 5Step 6 – Type “facebook” in the action channel search box since we want to post to Facebook and then click on the appropriate icon for your purpose. I’m going to post to my page so I’ll click on Facebook pages.

IFTTT Step 6Step 7 – Then click on “create a link post”

IFTTT Step 7Step 8 – It will default to EntryURL which is want you want. If you want some additional text in the post, type that into the message box. Click Create Action.

IFTTT Step 8

Step 9 – Review the recipe and then click Create Recipe.

IFTTT Step 9That’s it! The next time you publish a blog post, it will be posted to Facebook within approximately 15 minutes.

There are an incredible number of recipes you can create and IFTTT gives you a lot of examples to get the ideas flowing.

Why not try it out now.

Christine Cobb

Christine Cobb

is a web technology consultant, a small business online marketing consultant and provides information for new bloggers and affiliate marketers.
Christine Cobb

Comments

  1. I love IFTTT as we can create our own ‘recipe’. I had used it long time ago before switching to a WordPress plugin. Btw, is it possible to set an image when posting a link to Facebook page?

    • Christine Cobb says:

      Hi Rudd,
      The images for Facebook can be tricky. It may pick up the featured image from the blog post or not. Best to have og meta tags with a default image just in case. You can set those up in several plugins including WordPress SEO by Yoast.

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