If you like the thought of making money with little work then this is the tutorial for you.
This tutorial will teach you how to use IFTTT to run an automated blog, that pulls content from Reddit.
I’m going to run you through the entire process of setting up IFTTT, a simple content platform, and how to put everything on autopilot so you can sit back and relax.
Introduction to IFTTT
Why use IFTTT
In the past, people have used programs, more specifically WordPress plugins such as WP Robot to harvest content from the internet and repost it in a humanistic way, however, the quality isn’t always on point, it costs a lot of money, and it only works with WordPress.
Poor quality + one platform + costs = Sucks–as you’ll probably agree. So that’s why we’re using IFTTT, to avoid these setbacks.
What is IFTTT?
I’ve mentioned IFTTT in earlier posts but if you’ve not come across it before: IFTTT stands for “If This Then That”. It is a web service that allows you to automate a huge array of things on the internet by using “if statements”. If statements are largely used in programming but this service makes it accessible to everyone.
How does IFTTT work?
IFTTT allows you to connect different web services together. We will go over the services that you can connect and how to do it later.
Connecting services together will then allow you to automatically post new content between one place to another. Given that, let’s get onto the next vital part of the tutorial before we get to the money part that you’re looking forward too.
Create a blog that you want to automate
Start by choosing a niche; here are some examples.
- Expensive Cars
- Cute Cats
- Love Quotes
If you’re struggling to think of a good domain name then use the Shopify Business Name generator.
Now you’ve got a blog that you want to automatically post content to, you need to signup to IFTTT. Once you’ve done this then you’ll want to begin by creating a “Recipe”.
RecipesRecipes are simple connections between products and apps. There are two types of Recipes: DO Recipes and IF Recipes.
After you’ve started your IFTTT recipe you’ll be asked to select your if “this” statement. As you can probably tell, this is going to be the thing that triggers your automated content. This is where you will specify what content you want to automatically be posted to your blog. In our case, it’s going to be Reddit.
After you click on this, then you’ll be given a huge list places that you can automate content from, best of all, each has a huge amount different options. In this post I’m going to use Reddit as our trigger recipe, you’ll see why as you keep reading.
This is an important part of the method. After you’ve chosen your trigger then you can choose exactly what triggers the post, in this case I’m going to choose “New Hot Post in Subreddit”.
You need to know the reason I’m choosing a “new hot” post. It is so that it gives chance for any Reddit moderators to remove any spam posts that I won’t want on my blog; hot posts also tend to be a good, unique content too, which will keep our autoblog high quality!
Next I’ll discuss my favorite subreddit to grab content from.
Find subreddits to pull content from
In essence, a subreddit is like a niche forum.
- specific subreddit rules
- moderators for each subreddit
- voting systems for links, self posts, and comments that depend on the subreddit theme
So far you’ve got a blog, setup IFTTT and you’ve started making your recipe. Now it’s time for a little more magic…
I’m going to find a good subreddit that only allows images and videos, as I don’t really want my blog to be spammed up with links to other pages.
You might see where this is going now, but it gets better…
In this case I’m going to go with a “cute” Reddit (funny I know) as there’s a huge amount of people online that are browsing around looking for cats and cute pictures, they have a huge amount of share value as you can probably tell from your own Facebook news feed.
It’s making more sense isn’t it, but don’t stop just yet…
I will then put the subreddit name into IFTTT so that it knows where to source the content. Make sure that you only put the last part of the URL in and not the /r/ part as it’ll mess up the recipe.
Choose where you want the content to go to
And finally… I’ll then choose my “That” trigger, my WordPress blog.
You should use WordPress as I know for a fact that you can monetize them with ads, however, this is not essential as you’ll see when I get on how you’ll monetize your auto-blog soon…
Choose how you want it posted
Don’t miss this part out… Once you’ve connected your that recipe, you’ll then be faced with various options, it is important that you select the one most relevant to you. In my case I’ll be choosing Create a photo post as this the content that I am targeting.
Now you want to make sure… that you’re optimising your posts (below in “Labels” bit), which again is really important.
Make sure you choose the correct option
You will then want to set the proper data for your posts. The action fields are pretty self-explanatory, however from an internet marketing perspective you will want to make a content relevant Caption in the Blogger case, unless of course, you want every image to link back to Reddit.
Set labels and stay as human as possible
As I mentioned, this is how you will optimise your posts; you should regard the Labels as “tags” and give a few basic search terms that people may type to find your content; don’t over-do the labels as you don’t want to look to spammy.
There is a great deal of confusion in the blogosphere about exactly what tags are, and how they should be used. This has culminated in a proliferation of “tag stuffing” (the baby brother of “keyword stuffing”), which essentially renders tagging useless in terms of effective navigation and SEO.
But the definition is quite simple. Lorelle put it best by defining categories as your blog’s table of contents, and tags as your blog’s index words.
Bare in mind that you can create various recipes all with different labels and captions so that your automated blog looks as human as possible.
Now that the blog’s automated, you need to know how to monetize it so that you can make money!
Monetizing your IFTTT automated blog
Now if you’ve chosen to go the WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr route you will be able to throw some ads on the side of your blog, I wouldn’t recommend AdSense as they’re not to keep on duplicate content and if you’re not including the proper caption link back to the original content you could run into some trouble.
In this case I’d recommend you go with a different PPC (pay per click) advertising network such as JuicyAds or ExoClick as they’re a little laxer on what content they will allow you to monetize.
Adult & PPL
This method also works especially well with adult auto-blogs, if you’re looking for adult content then look for Reddit’s NSFW sections.
This is a great opportunity to promote PPL (pay per lead) sign-ups from dating networks and webcam networks that pay per free sign-up.
If you decide to go down this route then make sure you’re 100% not using any PPC network that doesn’t allow adult content because you will find yourself in the ban bin.
JuicyAds however, is an adult PPC network that I would recommend using, in this case, to supplement any PPL or CPA earnings from the previously mentioned networks.