If you’ve been following along with my recent tutorials, you’ll know how useful Web 2.0 sites are. By now, I’m sure you’ve got a bunch of them. Managing them can be a real pain, though. There are online services to manage your accounts, but these are often out of budget for most people.
Schedule Your Social Media Posts
No worries, I have the solution. In this tutorial, I will show you how to manage your Web 2.0 accounts with a free online service. You can also use this method to manage your social media accounts. This method is great for scheduling posts.
What You Can Manage
With this method you can manage:
- And More!
How It Works
The service we’re going to use is called IFTTT. For those of you unfamiliar with IFTTT, it is a web service that allows you to connect different third-party apps. It is very powerful and this tutorial will only scratch the surface of the things IFTTT is capable of, so I suggest you take the time to explore it for yourself.
IFTTT runs on the basis of triggers and actions:
- A third-party app sends a trigger signal to IFTTT.
- IFTTT then performs an action on another third-party app.
For this to work, you’re going to need a private blog. I prefer WordPress as it allows you to schedule your posts, but any service with IFTTT integration will work. Remember, this blog will host the content of all your other blogs and services, so we don’t want it to be found by Google. There are a number of methods to block Google from accessing your site. The simplest ways are to protect it with a password or block all bots using the robots.txt file.
After you’ve signed up to IFTTT, search for the Web 2.0 services that you’re using, and link them to your IFTTT account. The rest of this tutorial will assume that you’re going to use a self-hosted WordPress site for the scheduling and management of posts, but the overall setup is the same for other platforms.
Creating The Applet
Create a new applet, and choose WordPress as the trigger. Select “New post with tag or category” and fill in the details. The name of the Web 2.0 site is a good tag to use, such as “weebly” to schedule posts for Weebly.
Choose your Web 2.0 service as the action. Choose the action that is used to publish a standard text post. It will be named differently for each service, but it won’t be hard to find.
The details should be pre-filled, if not go ahead and fill them out yourself. One thing you must do is remove the “via WordPress” and the link to your WordPress site.
Continue to set up the rest of your Web 2.0 services using the same procedure. For sites such as Flickr the process will be slightly different. When creating the post in WordPress, you’ll have to choose the “Image” post type.
Now, just create post drafts on your WordPress site and set the date for them to be published.
As I’ve said, IFTTT is very powerful and I highly recommend you try out your own methods. One thing you can do is create a syndicated content network. This is an old and complex strategy, but could be worth looking into if you regularly post on multiple sites and social media networks.
If you missed my post on using Web 2.0 sites for building backlinks, you can find it here.
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