Social Media is the best way to drive traffic to your website/blog. I was recently introduced to CoSchedule, and did their free trial and I am hooked! CoSchedule is integrated in my blog and I don’t know how I did everything without it. And that’s as a solo blogger. There are options to work as a team and I can see how that would be so helpful!
Integrate Easily into WordPress
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to integrate CoSchedule into my wordpress blog. All I did was sign up for the trial, give them my information (without having to give payment information!), and it automatically loaded everything for me. In my left side bar I now have the option to click on my calendar and that brings up my CoSchedule calendar from within wordpress. I don’t have to go anywhere else, although I still have the option to check it on the web too.
Easy to Use
After about 5-10 minutes of playing around with CoSchedule, I was able to understand how to do probably 90% of what I need with the application. It is very user-friendly and simple to use. I watched a few of the videos on their website to learn a few of the ins-and-outs and tricks to the program. But overall, CoSchedule is extremely easy to learn and use.
Setup Social Media from Post Creation
I love love love the ability to be able to create all of my social media campaigns straight from the post. While I am typing the blog post, I can add the images for social media and set it all up right there. I don’t have to try to go back later and remember what I wanted to write about it. I don’t forget which images go to which post. Using the social campaigns, I am posting more consistently to my social media accounts. Through the social campaigns, I have set up a template, so I can just use that, and it automatically does a lot of the work for me.
“Best Time” Social Media Posts
When creating my social campaigns, I set everything to “best time”. I have noticed an increase in the number of views, likes, comments, and shares that I get since letting CoSchedule decide the best time of day to schedule everything. Sometimes the facebook post goes out first, other times twitter. Instagram is all over the place, but it seems to be working out well. I publish my posts at 11am, so CoSchedule sets any time later than that to send the social media post.
It’s so important to follow the analytics for the blog and social media posts. It helps to know what is working with your readers, and what isn’t. I check analytics in a few places, but it’s so convenient to be able to check the analytics within CoSchedule and see what posts are trending.
I will be the first to admit, I am not a fan of twitter. I have a twitter for my blog, but I hardly ever log in. I have my social campaigns set up to send posts to twitter, and that’s the only reason I get any traffic on there. Facebook and instagram are my preferred social media platforms, so being able to check the requeue on all my twitter posts makes a huge difference. It’s so simple to let CoSchedule do some of that automation for me and repost when it thinks is the right time.
Organization is so important to me. Before CoSchedule I had a different plugin for an editorial calendar, but it just wasn’t the same. All it showed was the blog posts and the day/time they were schedule. Being able to look at my CoSchedule calendar, and see all my blog posts AND all my social media campaigns is a huge advantage. I like being able to look and see when things will be posted. I can easily rearrange the calendar if needed to make it fit my schedule.
Can Add Notes/Posts to Calendar – special days to remember, create post as draft
There are so many ‘days’ now, it’s nice to be able to go enter those as notes on the day. For example, I want to remember when it’s National Chocolate Lover’s Day or Clean Off Your Desk Day or similar. Yes, they are silly, but they go with my posts and I want to take advantage of that. I can create a note in the calendar for those days to make sure I don’t miss it.
I’ve also used the calendar to create drafts on the days that I want them to eventually post. That way I can easily see what days I am planning to create the posts and have a place to start when I write. Sometimes I will use the drafts through CoSchedule to write notes about the posts to remember the points I wanted to write about.
Ability to add Team Members & Assign Tasks
As a solo blogger, I don’t use this feature. But I can easily see how it would be helpful if you have a team of people. Eventually, I would love to grow to where I have multiple people working with me, but not at this point.
Saves so Much Time
Through the social campaigns, I have set up a template, so I can just use that, and it automatically does a lot of the work for me. As a single person working on this blog, and being a work-at-home mom, anything that saves time is always worth it for me.
Everything in One
CoSchedule does so many things for me. I was using a bunch of different plugins to do everything that I can do now with only one plugin. And CoSchedule is a much more user-friendly than some of the other quirky plugins that I was using.
If you are interested in using CoSchedule, you can go through my referral link at http://coschedule.com/r/90070. By using my referral link, you are helping support a small-time blogger and a mom.
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