This guest post is by Fred Perrotta of Tortuga Backpacks.
As a blogger, you should be spending at least 80% of your time creating killer content.
The problem is that that leaves just 20% of your time to split between time-intensive (but important) activities like social networking, ad sales, new product creation, and marketing.
In this post, you’ll learn how to automatically share your blog posts to your social networks.
You’ll set up your system once and then never worry about manually sharing your posts again.
Now you can spend your time connecting with likeminded bloggers, responding to comments, and making money instead of copying and pasting the same update all over the web.
Your new best friend: IFTTT
Your auto-sharing system will use online connections service IFTTT (If This, Then That).
IFTTT (pronounced like “lift” without the “l”) is a service that creates connections between your social networks, RSS feeds, and even email.
Read on to learn how to use existing IFTTT recipes to automate your social sharing.
Automatically share on Twitter
Use this RSS to Twitter recipe to automatically tweet new blog posts.
Note that you’ll need to customize this template to use your RSS feed.
You can also customize the tweet itself using plain text and “ingredients” like the post title and URL.
Automatically share on Tumblr
IFTTT is even customizable enough to handle Tumblr’s multiple post types.
Use this feed to Tumblr link recipe to share a link to your latest blog post on Tumblr.
Sharing a link, rather than the full post, is good for your SEO and will prevent duplicate content issues.
Run an image-heavy photo blog? Use this RSS to Tumblr photo recipe to create a photo post.
Using the templates linked above, you’ll be able to customize the body of your Tumblr post, the source URL, and the tags. Even though you’re not posting directly from Tumblr, you can still utilize all of its functionality.
Automatically share on LinkedIn
LinkedIn sharing works much the same way as Twitter and Tumblr.
Use this RSS to LinkedIn recipe to share your next blog post on your LinkedIn profile.
Sharing on LinkedIn is highly recommended for B2B bloggers.
Why you can’t auto-share on Google+ or Pinterest (yet)
Unfortunately, neither Google+ nor Pinterest have a public write API, so IFTTT doesn’t have recipes for posting to either site.
For now, you can post updates manually or skip them altogether. Make your own decision based on the importance of these networks to your business and the relevance of their audiences to your blog.
The problem with Facebook…
Facebook is the hardest network to automate because its EdgeRank algorithm demotes posts made from third-party sites like IFTTT.
That’s right: if you’re not creating your posts on Facebook, your fans probably aren’t seeing them.
Even when you’re posting on Facebook, only 16% of fans see a given post. Don’t let this number slip even lower!
For Facebook, you have two options:
- Use Facebook’s new WordPress plugin to create a Facebook link post from within WordPress. You can even tag people and pages from within the widget, which is shown in your sidebar when you’re writing a new post. Since this is an official Facebook plugin, you don’t have to worry about your posts being penalized.
- Post to Facebook manually. Yes, this seems to go against the point of this post, but you can set up the rest of your sharing so that this is the only manual post you’ll have to make.
If Facebook drives a significant amount of traffic to your blog, manual posting is worthwhile.
The other advantage is that you can post a picture (with a link in the text) rather than just a link. Pictures are prioritized over links (which the plugin above would create), so more of your fans will see a picture post than a link post.
Darren himself had 18x better results from posting a picture rather than just a link.
Have you automated your social sharing yet?
Using the strategies in this post, you can free up most of the time you used to spend sharing every post you published. Even for low-volume blogs, this is huge.
Have you automated your social sharing yet? If so, how are you spending your new free time?