How To Use IFTTT To Save Time & Automate – Behind The Scenes

How To Use IFTTT To Save Time & Automate – Behind The Scenes

If you haven’t heard of If This Then That (IFTTT) then you really are missing out!

It is a fantastic free tool that allows you to connect other web services together.

For example you can automatically save photos you get tagged in on Facebook to dropbox and so forth.

What You Will Learn

  • What IFTTT is & why it is amazing!
  • How to set it up & use it
  • How to get more done in less time
  • How I use it to create content & manage the blog behind the scenes
  • A stack of other juicy IFTTT hints & tips

This is one of the best free tools on the market that is really easy to use but super powerful at the same time!

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IFTTT.com – Create your free account now!

The Secret Weapon – The Getting Things Done system I use and mention briefly in the video.

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48 Responses

3.11.2013

Great Video Matt – Cheers! I love IFTTT too – I use it to help me know when bloggers I follow post :-) As you can see it works.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hahaha ^^ got any other creative ways you use it?

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Quinn Reply:

I also use it in conjunction with my VAs – so that they get notified of important things that require their action or further filtering

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Interesting – what services are you blending for that?

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3.11.2013

That’s a pretty cool service, and it’s free. I may have to toy around with that to see how I can use it in my business.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Awww man there are SO MANY uses for it!

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3.11.2013

This is amazing. Fits perfectly with Profit Hacks stuff (if you’re familiar with that course). Owe you for this post Matthew!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

I’m not sorry, glad you liked it :)

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3.11.2013

Brilliant tutorial, Matthew. I played around with IFTTT, but could never get a real handle on it, so I forgot about it.

However, after your run throughs of how you use it, I’ve got some excellent ideas of how I can create my own recipes.

Thank you — I’m off to get started with IFTTT again, now that I know what to do.

Angela

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi Angela,

No worrys – thought I would throw in a few real world examples of how I use it :)

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3.11.2013

I love me some IFTT, however I did lose a bit of interest when the Twitter sharing got messed up with API disappearing etc.

Nice post!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

That was only when using it as a ‘trigger’ though I think?

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SamMatla
3.11.2013

Wow. I’m blown away. I don’t see how I haven’t heard of this before as a productivity geek! I don’t user evernote at the moment but I suppose I should probably have a look into it.

Ahh still can’t believe this even exists. I know what I’m doing today! Cheers Matthew :)

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

A productivity geek that doesn’t use Evernote or IFTTT – what is the world coming to :P

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SamMatla Reply:

MS OneNote ;) it’s much easier as I use it on Windows 8 as an app. Hey I do use IFTTT now!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi,

Ahh hadn’t heard of OneNote – does IFTTT support it?

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SamMatla Reply:

Unfortunately not, I might contact them and see what they think. Not sure if there’d be as much demand for it though.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Well its a big Microsoft product and I know IFTTT are gearing up with new services at the moment, so dont ask – dont get :)

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Rob
3.12.2013

Nice post again. Thank you.

Do you know if it possible to “concatenate” recipes?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi,

I dont think it is sorry =\ You could create a few that chain together though? Where the ‘That’ in the previous recipe triggers the ‘IF’ in the next one

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3.12.2013

This is so awesome it’s mind-boggling.

I must say – I have heard of this service more than once but never taken the time to understand it.

You did a compelling job of dumbing it down us 90mph types.

Thank you for taking time.

Your rock.

M

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi Mike,

No worrys =D Hopefully once you have it setup you can increase speed to 100mph ^^

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jespana
3.12.2013

Matt you forgot to add the annotation within YT to be able to click on the videos. Or it could just be my iPad3 that will not allow it.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Yeah they are there :) You might have the annotations option turned off

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Robert
3.15.2013

I was just about to start using Google Reader to keep up with some blogs related to my niche + some other blogs only to find out Google Reader is being shut down in July.

Are there any alternatives that will work with IFTTT?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi Robert,

Thinks like readability are already supported but I’ll worry about this once reader shuts down and a new king is crowned ^^

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Robert Reply:

True, a lot can happen in a few months. Readability looks nice.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Yeah it is one of the better ones I’ve seen – we’ll see what happens though!

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ran
3.18.2013

really great,,, you’re really kind guru..

nice regards from Indonesia..

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Urgh Guru is a horrible world – I’m still learning!

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ran
3.18.2013

sorry, I forgot to say ” thank you so much”

:D

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

No worrys =D

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3.27.2013

Brilliant!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Now put it to good use :P

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3.27.2013

I’ve already setup Evernote following http://www.thesecretweapon.org/. Only bummer is that I’m on Snow Leopard Mac so there is really no easy way to follow along completely. But the organization method itself is fantastic. Once I combine with IFTTT i’m going to be 10x more productive!

Thanks again!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

It is an amazing system – what problems are you facing with the Mac integration of this?

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Peter Reply:

Well you can’t integrate evernote with mac mail. There is a script online, but it only works w/ Mac Lion and above. I have Snow Leopard. But other than that it’s great! Just setup a recipe on IFTTT to put any link I post on FB into a notebook on Evernote. Awesome!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Ahhh I see – well don’t forget you can create notes in evernote by forwarding email to your evernote email. In the client click on the usage button to see your evernote email address then just forward notes to it :)

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4.24.2013

I’m a huge evernote supporter and just found out about IFTTT. This video is perhaps the BEST example of what IFTTT can really do. Thanks for taking the time to put it together and post it. My imagination is running wild with ideas.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

No worrys – everyone understands what it does but a lot of people struggle with the application of it

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jewseboy
4.26.2013

Im having trouble connecting Thunderbird with Evernote with the add-on Ive found to date. I read that Evernote has stopped supporting TB but noticed you are using TB

Can you post the link to the TB specific add-on you are using please?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi,

You need Thunderbird 3.1.7 & Evernote Web Clipper 5.0.0.236819 to get them working together :)

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6.29.2013

Hi Mathew, great video.

I was trying to use IFTTT with my YouTune subscriptions. Want I want to do is if a new video is published then I want to add it to my Watch Later. I have the RSS feed of my new subscriptions videos, but can’t work out a way to get them onto the Watch Later list. Any ideas?

Or perhaps there’s another way to create a playlist of these videos. I’d also love to be able to have the videos automatically removed from the Watch Later list if that is at all possible.

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hi,

Sorry I haven’t really used it with youtube. Have a look at https://ifttt.com/recipes?channel=youtube though?

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1.22.2014

I just set up a whole fancy schmancy string of these for a couple other sites last night. Very funny that my opt-in with you was timed to send me an email about it this AM. :) Such a great tool! I’ll have to check out your recipes later today.

By the way, I noticed that the links from your email campaign are not tagged. I recently learned that un-tagged links from referrals such as emails often lose the referrer in Analytics and end up being attributed to direct traffic. Therefore, you might not be able to calculate the real ROI/value of visitors from actual direct traffic vs referral traffic since it’s not truly segmented properly. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Hahaha its a strange world :)

There are lots of cool uses for it though.

Yeah you are right about that, I should track email better ^^

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2.12.2014

Nice one Matt. I use a lot of automation in my business and I can never get enough of the stuff. I love it! It turns me on slightly :)

Never heard of this tool until now. I do automate a lot of the tasks you mentioned but never in this way, and this is actually a much easier/simpler way than some of the other systems I’ve built up.

I’m going to have a play with it now and see what else I can automate. Thanks man!

#livingthe4hourworkweek

P.S. I’m not sure why but I only just received an email about this post. I thought it was a new post until I looked at the date. Can you shed some light?

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Matthew Woodward Reply:

Thanks Jonny!

Yeah your in my autoresponder funnel

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