Get Email Alerts when Books are for Sale on Craigslist (IFTTT)


Hey this is Nate Holmquist of BooktotheFuture.com
and for this video I�m going to show you how to use a website called �IF That Then
This� or IFTTT. I use this site to get Craigslist email alerts whenever there are books for
sale. But you don�t have to use this for books, you can use this for pretty much anything
you want. For example, here are some textbooks that
I bought in one day last January on Craigslist and it came out to be over a $450 profit when
those all is said and done and I was going to show you how I found these books. Go to
IFTTT.com and go ahead and create an account. I�m going to show you examples of three
recipes that I use to find books on Craigslist. Okay once you have your account, go ahead
and go to �My Recipes.� Go to �Create a Recipe� and go ahead and click on �this.�
Alright, the first thing you need to do is choose a Trigger Channel so I�m going to
choose Craigslist right here. Now it says, �Choose a Trigger,� and I need to put
a URL. So I�m going to go ahead and go to Craigslist
and go ahead and pick whatever city you live in. I�m just going to go ahead pick �Raleigh�
because I used to live there. I�m going to go to �books for sale so I need a time
anyone post books for sale. I want to get an email alert on that so I�m
going to go ahead and click on the URL up here. Paste it on to the trigger � �Create
Trigger.� Go ahead and go to �that.� Now I want to get an alert via Gmail so I�m
going to go to Gmail and put in my email address and click �Create Recipe.� Alright so
the Recipe is done so now anytime, anyone lists a book for sale on Craigslist in the
Raleigh area I will get email alert. I�m going to go ahead and show two more
recipes that I use so I�m going to go to �Create a Recipe� � click on �this.�
For the Trigger I�m going to choose Craigslist again. I�ve already done books so this time
I�m going to go to the �free� section. Now I don�t want to get an email alert every
time someone lists something that�s free because that�s just too many random stuff
so I�m going to go ahead and put in �books� on the search.
As you can see this person right here is giving away textbooks for free, �I have graduate
level textbooks � business, marketing, human resources and biblical studies that I am giving
away 4 boxes must take all.� This is a pretty valuable ad and this was posted eight days
ago. That�s something that I would want to know right away.
The free section can be pretty valuable so go ahead and put �books� right here. That
way you�ll only get an email alert whenever someone lists a books under the free section.
Go ahead and copy the URL
and paste that. Go ahead click on �that� and I want to get an alert via Gmail.
I�m going to go ahead and type in my email address again. Click �Create Action� and
�Create Recipe.� Alright that�s my second recipe so on that recipe anytime someone list
a book under the free section on Craigslist I�ll get an email alert.
I will do one more recipe and click on �this� and it will be Craigslist again. This time
I�m going to go under the �garage sale� section. Now I don�t want to know just any
garage sale, I want to know about garage sales where they specifically list books so I�m
going to type in �books� up here. I�m going to go ahead and click the URL
� copy it, paste it on there, click on �that.� I want to get email alert. Click on �Send
an email� � �Create Action� and �Create Recipe.� Alright that�s my third recipe
so now anyone list an ad under the garage sale section and they�re selling specifically
books I�ll get an email alert on that. Alright that�s it on this video. I just
want to show you how to use website IFTTT to get email alerts whenever someone�s listing
books for sale on Craigslist. Remember, it doesn�t have to be books. If you�re on
the CDs or DVDs you can just replace books with CD or DVD on that or whatever your niche
is. That�s it for this video. Thank you for
watching.

14 thoughts on “Get Email Alerts when Books are for Sale on Craigslist (IFTTT)

  1. Just to add: you can now do this though craigslist without the need for a 3rd party app. Look for the "email alert" to the right of the search bar. You may have to be logged in to see it. http://raleigh.craigslist.org/search/bka

  2. Nathan – great videos, thanks for posting ! Do you have any experience using FBA in Canada? I started a few months ago and have sold a few. I am wondering if I should setup a USA account to acquire more customers.

  3. I just now saw the video. But, the total setup in IFTTT is changed and the email alert system is not to be found. Can you please explain the system to setup in the new format.

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