Editing a nIFTTTy applet’s feed url

IFTTT have today (September 10, 2020) introduced a limit of 3 applets without paying for their IFTTT Pro Subscription. If you had more applets than that, you’re allowed to keep them.

That means it makes sense never to delete any of your existing nIFTTTy applets when they run out. Instead you’ll want to edit the applet to replace the exisiting feed url with a new one (and, no doubt, rename the applet in line with what it’s now set up to pin).

The simplest way is just to use the nIFTTTy Scheduler to make your new feed url and replace the applet’s existing one with the new one.

Only for the brave

To save time, some people might want to dive in and edit the feed url in the applet directly. If that’s you, there’s one important thing you need to know – how to tell the scheduler part of the applet when the applet was “made”.

It needs to know so it can work out which is the next item to pin.

So how do you tell it?

You change a specific part of the feed url, the one beginning with cdt=

Here’s an example feed url with that part highlighted in light blue:

https://niftytoolz.com/niftyfeedscheduler-frames-1hr.php?rf=238582202591969585&udf=true&trm1=&trm2=&trm3=&fttls=&fdscs=&ftags=&t1s=12:00pm&t2s=1:00pm&t3s=2:00pm&t4s=3:00pm&t5s=4:00pm&t6s=5:00pm&t7s=6:00pm&t8s=7:00pm&t9s=8:00pm&t10s=9:00pm&t11s=10:00pm&t12s=11:00pm&dowc=127&uprn=1&pm=&cdt=1598569200&eis=2&cc=random&ecs=255&efs=&fdspc=https%3A%2F%2Ffeed.zazzle.com%2Frss%3Fqs%3DChristmas%2Bpets%26st%3Dpopularity%26sd%3Ddesc%26ps%3Dmax%26pg%3D2%26dp%3D%26cg%3D%26at%3D238582202591969585%26isz%3D500%26tc%3Dnnschdlr_pntrst_xms_pets_3clean3&ic=1

Next question – how do you get the number to use?

You visit the Epoch Converter website (opens in a new tab), put in the date of the day the applet is to first start and click the button as per the screenshot. You needn’t worry about the time as the scheduler just uses the date part and starts counting from the beginning of the day.

a screenshot showing the Epoch Cinverter page for getting the cdt number

When you visit the page, the incrementing counter you’ll see is the cdt number for right now, so you can use that if you want your applet to start today. If you want it to start tomorrow, then you’ll need to put in tomorrow’s date as per the screenshot.

Once you’ve copied the cdt number just replace the existing one after cdt= in the feed url with what you just copied.

That’s it, done.

Of course, if you’re changing the search term and / or department id and / or category id as well, you’ll need to change those in the feed url as well. If you want to do those as well and you’re not sure of what you’re doing, it’s probably best to use the nIFTTTy Scheduler to make the new feed url instead.

Society6 nIFTTTy Scheduler now has auto hashtagging

With auto hashtagging, your automated pins / shares / tweets will now be much easier for people to find – and that means more reach and more referral commision and sales for you!

When the scheduler picks up the product to pass to IFTTT, it now also gets the product name and the first five tags (if there are that many) recorded against the design and adds them to the end of the title as hashtags.

Here’s what one looks like on Pinterest:

a screenshot of a Pinterest pin showing the automatically added hashtags
automatically added hashtags

If you want to try it with your store, pop over to the Society6 Nifty CPanel, put in your storename and choose the nIFTTTy Scheduler in Step2.

Remember, you’ll need an IFTTT account and you’ll need it to be connected to your Pinterest account. That’s all there is to it – happy automated promoting with Nifty!

To advance to 50/50 referral commission sharing, don’t forget to put in your curator id when your in Nifty putting in your store id.

New image frame type for Pinterest in nIFTTTy Scheduler

We’ve added a new image frame type for use on Pinterest with your nIFTTTy schedules. Here’s an example of what one looks like:

a screenshot showing an example of the new image frame in use
example of new image frame type

The frame is in a 6×9 proportion as recommended by Pinterest. The frame colour follows that of the included design. The text at top and bottom is chosen at random from a few we’ve made available.

Here’s where you select it in the nIFTTTy Scheduler:

a screenshot showing the new image frame type choice in the nIFTTTy Scheduler
choosing the new image frame type in the nIFTTTy Scheduler

Improved nIFTTTy Schedule setup when filtering

We’ve improved things when you use filtering in what you’re scheduling. When you are, you’ll see a new button count remaining after filtering.

When you click it, behind the scenes Nifty works out how many are left after applying your filter(s) and then fills in the box with the answer.

The absolute maximum that Zazzle lets you get at is 1000 and so filtering will always get you fewer than that.

screenshot showing new button you get when using filters
a new button appears when you’ve set up filtering in Nifty

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The geeky bit – please feel free to ignore 🙂

It’s important to make sure that Zazzle has at least as many available as the number you put in the how many to schedule box. When you’re not filtering, max possible is the way to go (unless you want fewer for some reason).

It’s important because it’s used to create a list of numbers representing the products to be scheduled. If there’s more in the list than there are products available, then you’ll end up not getting a pin / share for each missing one.

It takes the scheduler no time at all to get the size of the list of numbers to make except when you’re filtering. It just takes too long to work out how many are left after filtering each time IFTTT runs your applet (aka connection). Going that way, IFTTT would time out and therefore would fail to pin / share.

And that’s why, when you use filtering, it needs to be worked out ahead of time with that new button.