How to Use IFTTT as a Media Autoblogging Tool

How to Use IFTTT as a Media Autoblogging Tool

Do you often share images, videos or audio online? Do you wish that you could automatically publish that media to your blog? Sure there are autoblogging tools out there, but most are “illegal” and involve content scraping. Those types of duplicate content posting tools can get you in serious trouble.

Today I’m going to share a great way to autoblog without getting into any trouble, by using an online service called IFTTT. The name IFTTT is short for If This, Then That and allows you to automate all kinds of Web tasks and service.

For instance, you can automatically post new RSS feed items to your social networks, get email notifications for any RSS feed, back up your social network posts to Evernote or Dropbox, and much more.

Depending on the types of media you’re sharing, autoblogging images, videos and audio can be great for your blog; they can add great value and serve as another means of sharing useful information. So let’s take a look at how to put IFTTT to work for you.

The WordPress Channel

The WordPress Channel on IFTTT

IFTTT has a channel for each service that it supports. The WordPress Channel allows you to autopost content and media from outside sources to your blog. IFTTT doesn’t just publish posts immediately, you can also choose to save posts as drafts or publish privately. This is good if you want to edit your posts before making them public.

The IFTTT WordPress Channel not only supports blogs hosted on WordPress.com but also self-hosted blogs. To activate the channel you’ll need to enter your blog URL, username and password.

Also be sure that your blog has XML-RPC enabled, so that IFTTT can publish to it remotely (go to Settings – Writing – Remote Publishing).

Triggers

In the “If This, Then That” equation, the trigger is “this.” Since you want other services to “trigger” and post to your WordPress blog, you won’t have to worry about the triggers for WordPress.

Just know that if you ever want to automatically post your WordPress blog to other services, you can do so with IFTTT.

Actions

Likewise, in the “If This, Then That” equation, the action is “that.” This is the important part of your autoblogging recipe because it will tell IFTTT what to post on your blog. You can choose to use one of the following actions:

For both actions, you can customize the action fields (i.e. title, body, tags, category).

Useful WordPress Recipes

Now that you know the basics of triggers and actions (which are used to make recipes), we can get into some really useful WordPress autoblogging recipes.

Each service that you use will have different triggers, so the recipe possibilities are practically endless. Because of this, I’ll only list the ones that I feel are the most beneficial for WordPress bloggers.

Autoblogging Images

Instagram to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

If you post a lot of images online, you may want to automatically share them on your blog. Here are some recipes for that.

Autoblogging Videos

Vimeo to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

If you’re a video blogger or you want to start video blogging, this is an easy way to get your videos your blog. It’s also great for automatically posting video podcasts.

Autoblogging Audio

Lastfm to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

If you publish audio podcasts, these recipes are great for posting them to your blog. It’s also great for musicians, singers and bands that want to promote their music on their blog.

Other Autoblogging Recipes

Email to WordPress IFTTT Recipe

How Do You Blog?

Some bloggers are not fans of autoblogging and I can empathize. It’s fine when you’re doing it sporadically, but once it becomes an everyday thing your blog  becomes impersonal and pretty boring.

There’s no need to use IFTTT if you only plan to populate your blog with automated content. The only way that would work would be if you were creating a lifestream, then of course your social networking content is welcome.

However, if you’re looking to fill in some gaps or add to your already healthy blog, by all means let IFTTT help you out.

Do you autoblog? If so, what tool(s) do you use to do so? Do you use IFTTT? If so, do you use any of the above-mentioned WordPress recipes? Let us know in the comments section!

Creative Commons image courtesy of owlbookdreams

Charnita Fance

Charnita is a part-time freelance writer and blogger, and the owner of Social Web Tools. As an early adopter, she enjoys trying out new social media and Internet tools along with WordPress plugins and Web apps. You can find her at various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+

14 Comments

  1. Junior

    Please am using feed to blogger in ifttt…under blogger setup @tags….what does it mean..

  2. Karam

    Hello Charnita!
    I have three blogs on Blogger. How I can “If This, Then That” for my 3 xml feeds. I want to get my 3 feeds in to a single action and distribute them on different Social media Site like FB, G+, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace etc. Is it possible? Thanks in Advance.

  3. Jamie

    If I use ifttt to push wordpress posts from a category to my facebook page, do you know if I use the name or the slug as the trigger?

  4. Amit

    I, too use IFTTT to get alerts of email and facebook. But, once i had tried autoblogging in wordpress and blogger through IFTTT. The blog lasted for just two days and then it was deleted by google and wp saying it violated their T.O.S. But, i think , self hosted blogs would work properly without deletion.

  5. ivica

    Hi Charnita! Do you maybe know how is it possible to add new IFTTT channels? For other services, e.g. I would like to see some popular portals in my country (Croatia) on this channel list.

    1. Charnita Fance

      Hi Ivica,

      As far as I know, it’s not possible to add your own channels. You can possibly try reaching out to the IFTTT support team to see if they would consider it.

      Charnita

      1. ivica

        Thx Charnita!

  6. Donovan

    I work for a business that regularly records presentations to audio. We are trying to figure out how to automate the process of posting this audio from a cloud storage service to our WordPress blog. We use the WP media library to generate our podcasts in iTunes. Do you have any suggestions for me?

    1. Charnita Fance

      Hi Donovan,

      It sounds like IFTTT just may work for that. It depends on the cloud service you’re using. If it’s something like Dropbox or Box, then you can set up a recipe for that.

      Check out their Channels to see if the cloud service that you use is supported.

      If not IFTTT, then check out Zapier and see if it can help. It’s similar to IFTTT, but supports even more services.

      ~Charnita

  7. Bart

    You don’t need IFTTT to publish Email’s on your blog.

    It’s right in the WordPress core.

    Go to “Settings” -> “Writing”

    1. Charnita Fance

      Hi Bart,

      You’re right, you don’t NEED IFTTT, but it’s a handy tool to use for the job – among other things.

      ~Charnita

  8. Joe Chura

    IFTTT is an awesome tool. I use it also for reputation management for some clients. You can monitor pages and once additional reviews are added to a website the RSS feed could trigger a phone call or text message.

    Probably the most useful thing I use it for though is from email to Evernote. I segment some subscription emails to go in an Evernote folder. This keeps them very organized and alows me to access the folder via phone, iPad, etc- really anywhere I have Evernote.

    1. Charnita Fance

      Hi Joe,

      I’m so with you the email to Evernote recipe on IFTTT. I use that one too! IFTTT is definitely one of the best tools that I use on a regular basis.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      ~Charnita

  9. Brad Dalton

    I use Press This but not very often.

    Generally only to advise my readers of WordPress Security updates.

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