Alright guys, I have officially found the glory land in CoSchedule.
For three years, I have consistently struggled with promoting posts after I’ve already published them.
Generally I’ll post a few links on Twitter, and then die at how tedious scheduling follow-ups can be in Tweetdeck or HootSuite.
I don’t want to spend half an hour copy and pasting 140 characters worth of post teaser into the same box a thousand times. I don’t want to sit there and manually plan out a year’s worth of “hey, remember this post?” tweets.
Here’s what I do want: I wanna write. I want to work towards something bigger, and not have to worry about the little things I can automate.
Since stumbling back into blogland last December, I’ve spent some time researching the most popular scheduling tools, like HootSuite (tedious), Edgar (EXPENSIVE) and Buffer (no thank you.)
Here’s what I’ve discovered: While there is no perfect solution, CoSchedule comes pretty damned close.
There were three main components I was looking for in a scheduling tool:
Ease of use. I didn’t want to deal with an outdated interface, or have to read a bunch of help articles just to get the service set up.
Integration. After recently switching back to WordPress, I knew I wanted something that would work alongside it, not against. I also didn’t want to have to visit a second website every time I wanted to schedule my social media.
Cohesiveness. One thing that was a major frustration to me was having to create each draft individually while using services like HootSuite. With CoSchedule, as soon as I finish my post, I can click a few times and schedule months and months worth of tweets and Facebook posts. That’s it 👌
ANYWAYS, now we’ve established CoSchedule is the shit.
Here’s how to use it:
First, you need to set up your CoSchedule account. To do this, visit the official CoSchedule homepage, and proceed to their sign up form. It’s super simple: you just need your name, email, and a password.
CoSchedule offers a free two week trial. After that, you can either pay the full monthly price ($15), use referral codes to get discounts, or write a blog post (like this one!) to save on your yearly cost.
Their sign up process makes it really, really easy to integrate the service with your existing WordPress installation. You can simply proceed through each step, most of which include a video tutorial if you need it, until you’re set up and ready to go.
This is what CoSchedule looks like once it’s integrated with your WordPress site. It’s super easily accessible through the left hand menu of your WordPress menu:
Look how nice that is!
If you prefer to use CoSchedule right from their homepage, that’s an option too! Here’s a screenshot from their website that shows you what their dashboard looks like once you’ve got everything set up and fully rolling out.
Aaaand lastly, here’s my favorite thing about CoSchedule. This bitch shows you exactly what your tweet is going to look like once it goes live! That is some no-fucking-around publishing, guys.
So there’s my love letter to CoSchedule! Happy Valentines Day to us all 😍
Tags: social media