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I’m coming up on my 4 year anniversary of blogging next month. That is insane to me – it’s almost the longest job I’ve ever held and definitely the one I’ve loved the most. I get to be creative [hence the disclosure statement above], test out some awesome products that I normally wouldn’t have the chance to own, and I get to be me own boss.
Blogging went from a hobby to a job at about Year 2 for me. At first I was totally fine and happy with reviewing products, but once my blog and social presence began to grow, I decided to take things up a step and actually turn my enjoyment of blogging into a second income for my family. This isn’t a post about how to do that because, well, it took me 2 years to do that so it would take me at least 2 months to explain how you could do it, but it is a post about a WordPress Plugin that made me a better blogger.
One of my blogging heroes is actually a really good friend and guest author here on Blogging Mamas, Ruth from viva veltoro. She rocks her blog and has been for the past couple of years, but what she rocks most is social media. While other bloggers are struggling to get their Facebook posts seen, Ruth is being shared by hundreds daily. So how does she do it? She is present on social media… a lot. Of course, that’s not the only way she does it, but I won’t be the one giving up all her secrets.
She encouraged me to start posting more on social media and I struggled. I admit – I was only posting when I HAD to – like once per blog post and sometimes only when it was required of networks. Here I was, using my precious time writing content and posts and just letting it set there – waiting for someone else to discover and HOPE that they shared it. Well, that was where I was before August. Now? I’m totally rocking social media too!
Yep – that’s my social media calendar for Blogging Mamas now – and actually, this week is a light week for me! I now try to share every blog post on Twitter at least 3 times [every day if there is a giveaway included on the post], Google+ at least twice, and on Facebook at least 4 times! Thanks to CoSchedule, the Social Media Editorial Calendar for WordPress, it’s possible and successful.
I could write a blog post of 2,000 words if I tried to show you everything this plugin does – but I don’t have time for that [you know, I have social media shares to schedule] and you have things to do too – so instead, I’ll share the fabulous short video where CoSchedule explains exactly what they are and how they operate.
Some of the features that I use most are:
- Ability to pre-schedule social shares. I do this mainly with my giveaway posts. That way I don’t have to remember to post 3 times/week on Facebook or send out a reminder on social media when a giveaway is ending. I schedule all of those shares when I schedule the blog post and don’t worry about them again until it’s time to choose a winner!
- When I first subscribed to CoSchedule there was an option to schedule pins, but that has since been taken away from the platform. It’s one that I would definitely like to see added back because it was one of my favorite features at the time!
- Drag and Drop – Remember my calendar up above? Let’s say I had a post scheduled for Thursday, but the sponsor asked that I push it to the following Monday instead. I can simply drag the post [on the CoSchedule Calendar] to another day and it automatically changes the publish date. The same goes with social shares – they’re “drag-able” too!
- You can edit your calendar on both http://www.coschedule.com and through individual blog posts, like you see below. You can even see at a glance how your post is being shared.
- There are a ton of features that I love within this plugin, but one more that I definitely want to point out is the fact that you can schedule more than 1 social media at a time – which is a great timesaver, as well as being able to choose whether you’d like to share the post as a Text/Image/Link. You can also schedule based on the date, days after your post goes live, or based on different times of the day!
CoSchedule has made me a better blogger because it’s easy to schedule my social media shares now because they’re all in one place. Although I use it on my own, it’s a great resource for those who may have contributors or multiple authors on one blog as well, especially since you pay per blog, not per authors!
You can choose to pay $10/month for CoSchedule or pay annually and receive a $20 discount. You must be blogging on the WordPress.org platform in order to use CoSchedule.
What feature of CoSchedule could you see being your favorite?