Personal SEO ~ Website Marketing and Content Writing: If That, Then What? .... IFTTT - Site Down Notification

If That, Then What? .... IFTTT - Site Down Notification

By Tim Emineth -

We went on a double date with some friends, and while the ladies where talking my friend Nathan told me that he was playing with the IFTTT.com website and doing some pretty cool stuff with it. Such as getting emails on any new Craigslist post for certain arcade machines he is in the market for. Also the ability to auto un-mute your phone when you get home. (which is what I need, sometimes I play guitar at church and mute my phone then forget it that it is muted until late Monday)

So as an SEO service provider I was thinking of a good way that I can leverage some day to day maintance issues that I need to be aware of.

One of the issues that is relatively hard to monitor in our busy lives is when your website goes down. Your website could be down for hours, days or weeks if you don't visit often.  It's embarrasing to find or worse yet, a potential client emails or calls you to tell you your site is down. At least if you knew ahead of time, you could at least make something up. (Yeah I know it is down it is currently under maintenance, or my web guy is aware and is fixing it, etc..)

So this is how to use IFTT.com and receive a text when your site goes down and comes back up.

You need a free pingdom account so go here – https://www.pingdom.com/free

Enter your email address and create a password:

Click the black button “Nah, I’m good the way things are”

Enter your website:

Fill out form:

Click on your website then the add Checks Button:

Ok now that this is done you will see this page:

Next you need to setup an IFTTT.com account:

Go to https://ifttt.com/ and click on sign up (Big Blue Button can't miss it)

After you have created an account then go here: https://ifttt.com/recipes/129384-text-me-if-the-website-goes-down-and-when-it-comes-back-up

Click on the top Connect button and sign in to your Gmail account and click accept:

 

Click on Done

Click on the Connect SMS button:

Enter phone number:

Enter Pin from the text your recieve on your phone:

Hit Connect then Done

Click add on the next page:

Now you will recieve a text when your site is down.  By default your site is checked every 70 mins.

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsTammy Emineth • July 17 2015 08:56AM

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Great tip.  My site has gone down a few times.  thankfully hostgator has called me.  It's always fun when this happens. Not.

Thankfully, it's only been down for short periods of time (usually due something that makes it go super slow or something e.g. a problem w/ a plugin).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Luckily my site has only gone down for a few minutes one time the past 9 months. I log on a few times a day to check on it. 

 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

It's nice when it's not at all or fast.. all depends on your host. Somethings we can control, some we cannot. 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 3 years ago

For my WordPress blog, I have the free JetPack plugin installed.  It includes JetPack Monitor.  It checks the website every 5 minutes and sends me an email if the website is down, and another email when the website is back up again.  It happens sometimes in the middle of the night for 3 minutes.  I assume that it's due to routine system upgrades or maintenance.

Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) over 3 years ago

Tammy - it is good to know.  I think my site went down once due to a plug-in that was fixed right away.  I have a fast provider.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

Hi Tammy - I must have been living under a rock - I've never heard of IFTTT but I'm definitely going to be checking it out - bookmarked. Thanks!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

You can do some pretty cool stuff on that site both business and personal. Just takes awhile to set everything up.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) over 3 years ago

I love ifttt. Couldn't function without using it. Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Carolyn Crispin, Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes) over 3 years ago

IFTTT is useful for many things. For some reason the images in this post are not displaying on my PC in Chrome or IE. Just my machine or is anyone else experiencing that?

Posted by Randy Mitchelson, APR, First Impressions are made at First Click (iPartnerMedia.com #goipm & Homeland Heroes Home Loans) over 3 years ago

Tammy, I love reading your posts although many are way above my head as is this one.  Thats ok, I still read it.  Your pictures did not show up.  I don't know if the cyber gods took them away or if it's on my end but I thought you should know.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 3 years ago

I'm not too sure why the images are not showing up. They are for me and I've checked on several computers.. hmmm... I'll ask Tim, thanks Randy Mitchelson  and Chris and Dick Dovorany 

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 3 years ago

I'm on Safari and I have the same problem that Randy does, no images :(

Posted by Kim Stuart, Mobile wallet marketing consultants (Domino Research) over 3 years ago

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