When I first started thinking about moving to WordPress, I asked around to find out what everyone’s favorite plugins were. Over and over, I kept hearing about CoSchedule. I remember hearing about it before I switched to WordPress and dismissing the idea because it’s not Blogger compatible, sadly. But honestly, knowing that there were plugins out there like CoSchedule on WordPress was a huge factor in why I switched.
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CoSchedule is a drag and drop editorial calendar, but the best part of it is you can see blog posts AND social media messages all in one place. I have absolutely loved being able to finalize a post and schedule all of my promos on the same page, without having to log in or open a secondary window to another scheduling service.
Here’s what the bottom of each post (within WordPress) looks like:
So once I finish scheduling a post, I come down to the CoSchedule menu and click “create your first message.” This opens up my window to be able to write and schedule out tweets, Facebook posts to my personal or blog page, as well as schedule posts to Facebook groups, Google+ (with a Buffer account) and LinkedIn. You can schedule a text, link, or photo post.
You can also set up built in link shorteners through programs like Bitly to be able to keep track of clicks easily. Then you choose what time and schedule away!
The other part of CoSchedule is the plugin found right on the sidebar of your WordPress dashboard. This is where you find the drag and drop feature of the program. This can also be found on the website through your account as well- which is great if you don’t have access to your dashboard for some reason.
Above is my calendar through CoSchedule from last week. When you share through apps directly or another scheduler, the posts will not show up in this calendar. But all of your tweets, Facebook posts and even blog posts will be right there. Once you have your messages scheduled, they’ll show up just like this, but without a darker background color since they aren’t past messages. You can drag and drop your promotions around on the calendar and the scheduling automatically updates. You can either pick an exact time or a time window when you schedule.
One of my favorite features is the ability to easily share old posts! I have tried automated social shares of old posts, but they have always felt spammy and like they’re annoying to my followers. These shares however are controlled by me, but it’s still easy to find what to share. You can search your blog posts by title, date published, or popularity and then add in your social shares of that post. This makes it so easy to add in other promotions from older posts from the week or month.
How much does it cost?
Normally when I find amazing services like these, they end up breaking my bank. However, CoSchedule is only $10 a month. YES, that cheap! It’s worth its weight and more in gold, y’all!
What if I’m not sure?
CoSchedule offers a week long trial! Trust me, by the end of it, you’ll be ready to sign up! I think I had been using it a full 24 hours when I decided I’d be upgrading. If you need more time, you’re able to share about CoSchedule on social media for an extra week within your trial!
What about my sponsored promotions?
When adding in a message, you don’t have to pull from your posts. You can simply add a link, text, or photo post that isn’t yours, your link just won’t automatically shorten. I’ve started using the text message features to be able to post to Facebook groups that I am an admin for.
To see some of the best features in action, check out this intro video to CoSchedule.
CoSchedule is also great for multi-author blogs so that everyone can stay on the same page with tasks and promotions.
CoSchedule may be for you if:
- Social media promotion stresses you out
- You’re always scheduling promotions hours later than your posts
- You wish you could see everything in one place
- You want to make your to-do list shorter, not longer
- Drive traffic to old posts effectively
- Have a more organized blog calendar
- You have multiple authors who need to communicate
So what are you waiting for? Scoot on over to CoSchedule and sign up for your free trial!