Simplifying my Blogging with CoSchedule

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This post is for all my blogging peeps. I’ll be back with my usual content for the masses tomorrow.

You know, I started blogging over seven years ago. SEVEN.  My purpose at the time was to keep my far-flung family caught up on all the details of life with our new babes, but it didn’t take long before the writing became an outlet for me.

It’s therapy, y’all.

Every writer craves feedback, but it’s far too easy to get lost among all the other blogs fighting for attention. Admittedly, I’ve been in denial and have been lax in re-posting and sharing posts in the past, and with all the changes in Facebook the likelihood of anyone seeing my posts is even slimmer. (Which is why you should subscribe, so you don’t miss a single post, but I won’t nag.) I needed to find a way to grow my traffic.

A blogger friend introduced me to CoSchedule and WHOA, spreading some blog love on social media has become a no brainer.

Let me explain.

CoSchedule is a paid monthly service that allows you to share your content efficiently. Using their WordPress plug-in you connect it to your blog; you then connect Coschedule to all your social media accounts. CoSchedule integrates with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.

Once you are connected, you can publish to your blog and all your networks at once! Using the Coschedule calendar (which you can access online or from right within WordPress) you can schedule posts to your networks for today, tomorrow, and weeks ahead. Adding a post is simple – the post link and title will be added automatically and all you need to do is click to select which network you want to use, what time of day you want it posted, and add in your own text

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With the calendar view, you can see ALL your social media activity – it’s incredibly helpful to have a monthly overview.  If you find yourself over-scheduled on one day, moving a scheduled activity is easy peasy with CoSchedule’s drop-and-drag features! You can even move a scheduled post and all the scheduled activity moves with it!

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Mind. Blown.

As I mentioned, I’ve been REALLY bad at sharing older blog content and CoSchedule allows me to not only share my older content but shows me which posts got great views (and which could maybe use a little more love). Let’s face it – this was NOT easy to do on WordPress.

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I’m all about spreading the love, and this makes it easier to share posts that I love, and schedule them so that I’m not bombarding my Twitter or Facebook feeds all at once! A few clicks, a copy and paste of the URL I want to share and a quick note, and I am good to go!

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This is especially nice for sharing seasonal posts.

Another feature that has been huge for me is how it integrates with Evernote – it allows me to convert my Evernote content right to WordPress. (It does the same for Google Docs, too.)  I recently had an event where my blog was down for over two days. Now I know that if it ever happened again, I could work on my blog content on Evernote and when the blog came back up, I could add my posts easily. It’s a lifesaving option, to be honest.

Complementing the scheduling aspect is their own social sharing stats, and it integrates with Google calendar and Google Analytics as well.  On top of that, they offer “Master Classes”, teaching you how to make the most of CoSchedule.

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CoSchedule has SIMPLIFIED MY LIFE, people. It is the marketing calendar that WordPress has been missing.

There are so many features and I’m still on the learning curve so I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface. For a quick overview of all the features offered, check out CoSchedule’s You Tube video:

CoSchedule has really cut down on the amount of time I need to spend promoting my blog and lets me focus on what I really love: writing.  Check it out and let me know what you think – and if you are already using CoSchedule, I’d love to hear your favorite feature! Let me know in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Jenn, this is fantastic! We are so glad you are loving CoSchedule. Simplifying your life is why we are here!

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