Want to schedule social media posts using tools like Buffer, Hootsuite, Edgar, or SmarterQueue, but don’t have the budget (or simply don’t want to pay the fees)? Today I’m sharing an amazing process that will allow you to schedule – and loop – your posts for free.
Even if you use a scheduler and want access to more accounts without having to upgrade, with this method you can schedule social media accounts for free. For instance, my current plan in SmarterQueue allows scheduling to 4 social media sites and I really need 6. What I’m about to show you enables me to schedule and loops posts to my additional accounts for free. Doesn’t get better than that, right?
Here’s what you’ll need for this process to work:
- an IFTTT account, which I’ll explain in a minute
- a Google Calendar
- This quick guide and .csv Auto Post Template, which you can download right here:
Note: This method is best for scheduling posts to Twitter, Facebook, and even LinkedIn. If you need a Pinterest scheduler, Tailwind and BoardBooster are still the best platforms to schedule and loop your pins.
What is IFTTT?
With IFTTT you can connect apps, devices and services like Feedly, Buffer, Twitter, Hootsuite, Youtube, and many others, and then create “applets”, which are really actions triggered by events defined in the connected services.
IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That”. What this really means is that if “this” event happens on Service #1, “that” event happens on Service #2. As an example, I use IFTTT to connect my favorite RSS feeds to my Buffer account so that when a new post is published to a particular feed IFTTT adds it to my Twitter Buffer queue. Pretty cool, huh?
What I love so much about this new IFTTT trick is that you can set it up to post directly to a Twitter profile or Facebook page, and it’s absolutely free.
Here are the steps to schedule and loop your posts with IFTTT and Google Calendar: