Are you looking for the best tool to help you manage your blog schedule? Learn how I organize my blogging calendar using one simple plugin.
It's hard to believe that I have been blogging for 9 years now. Nine is my lucky number, so it's a pretty exciting time!
With a lot of encouragement and prodding from my husband, fellow bloggers and friends, I have decided that I'll be sharing more about my blogging journey with you. I'm also working on some resources to help you out if you want to earn an income blogging too. More on that soon.
Today, I want to talk about how I manage my blogging calendar. You may not know that Happy Mothering is one of three blogs I run right now.
In order to bring them into reality, I've had to carve out time dedicated to creating content for them. At first, that was really hard. Then I started managing my time better and I've gotten to where I can get a couple posts up on them each week while maintaining my schedule of posting five times per week on Happy Mothering.
A tool I have been using for a few years now is one of the key contributing factors to helping me manage my schedule better. That tool is called Co-Schedule.
I have been using it now for a couple of years to manage my blog calendar and schedule some of my social media posts. When I upgraded my account to use the ReQueue feature, I really fell in love with Co-Schedule.
It allows me to automate much of my social media sharing to Facebook and Twitter. And I can do it from the exact same dashboard that I create blog posts from. I'm all about using my time as efficiently as possible, and Co-Schedule helps me do that.
How I Automate Social Sharing
If you have a blog on WordPress, then you'll be familiar with the WordPress dashboard. Co-Schedule is simply another plug-in you'll need to install (it is a paid plugin).
Once it's installed and your account is set up, you'll simply create a blog post as you normally would. Then you'll scroll down to the Co-Schedule section of the page you're creating the blog post on.
Once you're there, you can schedule social shares for Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can choose a one-off social share or you can add that social share to ReQueue.
When you do that, that same social share will be recycled based upon the settings you choose when you set up the Co-Schedule plugin. That is great for social platforms like Facebook where many bloggers are looking to keep a presence without putting in a ton of time, energy and effort.
Do keep in mind when setting up your automated social shares that Twitter recently introduced new guidelines that aim to cut down on the amount on spam that is circulating on Twitter.
Co-Schedule is doing its best to help you comply. You cannot schedule the same tweet to multiple Twitter accounts through Co-Schedule, so that should help you stay in compliance.
Help with Headlines
In addition to the social media sharing features, Co-Schedule has also helped me to improve my headlines. It comes with a really neat tool called Headline Analyzer.
I only recently started using it and I really appreciate the help with headlines. It lets you know which words in your headline are more likely to engage your readers and which ones have no effect.
While Co-Schedule is one of the more expensive WordPress Plugins I use, it is totally worth it. It allows me to see my calendar at a glance, automate my social media sharing and improve my headlines.