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I don’t talk about the specifics or business of blogging much on here, but I couldn’t keep this one to myself.
If you are a blogger, you know the writing part is usually the “fun” part, but the sharing of your content is tedious and time-consuming and, well, not fun. After pouring your heart out into a post, you don’t want to spend hours trying to make sure it gets mentioned on every social media channel. And once you leave the post, you might not ever share it again yourself.
A friend mentioned a solution for this on Twitter one day and I was skeptical, but when I saw there was a free trial period, I decided to give it a shot. It didn’t even take the full 12 day trial to convince me I needed this tool in my blogging life.
So what is my new blogging best friend?!
CoSchedule is a social media editorial calendar for WordPress that integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and Buffer, and it has absolutely streamlined the process for sharing my content on all social media channels. Watch this video quick to learn more:
In the past, I would get my post written and scheduled one day. Then I would come back the day it published and grab a few quotes to share with links and schedule those in Buffer. Buffer covered my Twitter and Facebook accounts, but Facebook didn’t always connect correctly. And I had no way of scheduling posts to go up throughout the day on Pinterest. It was a haphazard effort to be kind.
With CoSchedule, I can schedule ALL of my social media shares in one place – right from the actual post before it even goes live. I can pull quotes easily, choose dates and times, make photo posts or link posts, pin to several different Pinterest boards spaced out in the day or even the next week, and SO much more.
A few people tried to explain why they loved CoSchedule, but it really took me trying it myself to see that it was just what I needed as a busy wife, mom, writer, etc. I can see what I have sent and scheduled in the post or I can see all of the planned shares for all posts on the editorial calendar. And if I don’t like how things look in the calendar – too many posts close together or too far apart – I can drag and drop the scheduled shares to a new date and time!
This post could go on and on about how CoSchedule has helped me, but the bottom line is this: CoSchedule is well worth the $10/month because it is saving me TIME and my SANITY and it is getting my content out there more effectively than I ever could before. And I haven’t even tapped into the potential this app has for collaborative sites. YES. Your whole writing/editing/marketing team can use it!
If you just saw the price and thought, “I don’t want to pay another monthly fee for something,” please just give the CoSchedule free trial a chance and then cancel if you’re not convinced. I won’t be offended if you don’t love it, but I will feel bad if CoSchedule could have helped you and I never told you to try it!
Have you tried CoSchedule yet? How do you think it could help you as a blogger, editor, marketer, or social media manager?