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Autopost RSS from Blog to Facebook with IFTTT

by Jo Shaer, on December 5, 2016

Since May 1, 2015, RSS Grafitti is no more.

If you are looking to auto post from your blog to Facebook, the RSS Feed to Facebook applet on IFTTT seems to do the trick.

It's simple enough to set up. You have to create a free account first.

Once you have verified your account, you can then set up the Applet.

You will have to input a couple of pieces of information first - like the things that interest you. You have to click the icons. I chose RSS, Facebook and Twitter.

I clicked Continue.

I checked through the list of recipes offered but none of them were RSS to Facebook, so I created my own!

Unfortunately there isn't currently a way to share Applets so you'll have to follow the tutorial below, though I'll be sure to update this with a shared link to my Applet as soon as this is possible.

Quick RSS To Facebook Autopost Tutorial

First off, click on 'My Applets' at the top of your page.

Click the 'New Applet' button.

New Applet RSS Facebook Autopost.jpgThis brings you to the 'if this then that' page. Click the blue '+ this' text. 

If this then that RSS Facebook Autopost.jpg

 

Then, type 'Feed' into the search bar and select the orange 'Feed' logo.

Choose A Service RSS Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

Next, you'll want to specify which trigger to use - click on 'New feed item'

Choose A Trigger RSS feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

Now it's time to put your RSS feed in and create the trigger for your Applet. 

How do I find the RSS feed for my site?

You can find the rss feed url for any site by going to the home page, right clicking and then viewing source.

If you CTRL+F and search for rss, it will show you the feed url - something like http://www.lollipoplocal.co.uk/feed

Copy that link and then paste it into the Feed URL box.

Complete Trigger Field RSS Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

Now you you've added your feed, it's time to connect your facebook page. Click on the '+ that'  text.

If RSS feed then that Facebook Post Autopost.jpg

Search for Facebook and click on the 'Facebook Pages' icon.Choose Action Service RSS IFTTT Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

Then you will be asked to activate the Facebook Pages channel

activate facebook pages channel on ifttt

You will need to be the Manager of the Facebook page you want to post onto. Be aware that you can only connect an app to a personal profile.

Next, IFTTT's app will ask you to give permission for it to look at all sorts of stuff on Facebook that you might not want it to see, but you have no choice. If you don't give it permission, you cannot use this app, so it's up to you.

You will now be asked to link the correct Facebook Page. If you only manage one business page, you will only have the one option but other people who manage more than one Page will need to select the correct page from the drop down menu.

When you're connected, it will ask you which action you want to perform when you publish a blog post.  Click on 'Create a link post'

Choose Action IFTTT RSS Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

Now it's time to tell IFTTT what you want posted. We opted for the EntryURL and the EntryTitle - this means it will post a link with the title of our blog post. You can choose to add more information, but this was enough for us. 

When you're done, click 'Create action'

Complete Action Fields Rss Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

 Finally, you'll be asked to renew and finish your Applet. If you're happy with what you see, click finish and your Applet will go live!

Review And Finish Rss Feed Facebook Autopost.jpg

 And you've created your Applet to link RSS to Facebook Page on IFTTT

You don't need to change anything else.

Remember to check your Facebook page to ensure that your posts are being published. It will say 'On'  with a green light on the Applet so you know that it's activated.

Finished Rss Feed Facebook Autopost IFTTT.jpg

Need some help with Facebook for your business? You can book one of our 1-2-1 training courses or just download our free guide below.

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