Trying to find the ultimate time saving blog hack has been my mission for the last six months. I have been battling to balance my full time job and also grow my blog. My aim was to find something like a scheduler, that wouldn’t make me sound robotic online, but where I could program everything in together. I stumbled across Coschedule while looking around for a solution – believe me I’d already tried a couple of things, that were ridiculously expensive, but only did one job.
Even Mr Budget said:
– Elly, I deleted your Insta profile because you were spammy – harsh right? But he was soo right. So long story short, I was put off social schedulers for a while,but then my screen time inevitably began to increase again.
My aim also was to save myself around two hours a week writing posts for different social media accounts. When I found Coschedule, it sounds cheesy, but it opened my mind up to the reality. I lacked focus and needed to still learn so much.
Coschedule contains a facility to link everything together. Everyone is constantly banging on about marketing your blog and the big idea that marketing needs to laser focused or you don’t reach your audience.
So you might be feeling this right now, if you have your own blog:
How can I possibly save anymore time? I can’t actually move away from my computer – I’m sooo busy!!
But I’ve seen all this before – it’s a scheduler which won’t do everything. I need to join up my blog somehow.
Ok so here’s the thing – Coschedule does everything. (Ok it can’t make coffee, but hey!)
How can I convince you to leave the head mess behind and balance your approach to your blog?
Here is why I think Coschedule is the ultimate time saving blog hack
Coschedule – features that are super useful for me
- Calendar function
- Links to all your social media profiles
- Links to WordPress blog posts
- Share job lists with a team
- Schedule to social media
- Automatic rescheduling of posts (social) – with requeue feature
- Analytics dashboard for social media
Coschedule – How I Use It
So you may be thinking? How do I use this thing? Why is it better than the fire-fighting stressed out way I am creating content right now? (Right, that was me!)
Ok, so I’m just at the end of my 14 day trial and honestly I can’t believe how chilled out I feel within 2 weeks. Already, I’ve scheduled 4 campaigns to various social media platforms, blog posts that link and also other media.
I must admit, I am daunted by the fact that I am contemplating paying $40 a month for the subscription. But on the other hand, it has transformed my blog business. Yes, I am getting serious this month – this is what needed to happen.
When I first found Coschedule, I was well aware that, although I was producing content all over the place, I wasn’t marketing it clearly enough. Coshedule has helped me refine my blog content production and marketing process.
- Choose a day on my calendar for my blog post idea.
- Create a title and use Coschedule’s tool for headlines to improve it.
- Then create my social media marketing campaign around the blog post.
- Schedule social media posts to repeat every so often, so I don’t have to worry about rescheduling.
For the purposes of this post, I have used general images, since they contain a lot more of what you can do than I have got right now. Also I provide photos of my calendar, so you can see exactly how I am using Coschedule.
To start off I set each type of post, in the settings, to a different colour. It helps with viewing the calendar ( and I love my colours!)
My Process – Watch the Vid
A heavy part of a blog schedule is scheduling social media tasks and this can become horrendous, especially if you are a solopreneur, trying to do everything manually by yourself. Another challenge is to appear non-robotic and just totally scheduled. Most of this is how you write the post and how you balance the types of posts you put out there.
Personally, I like to do a bit of manual social media scheduling, so I actually sound like an approachable human being to my audience. Using Coshedule helps with this, because I can get automatic social posts done and always ready to repost. I estimate already, over the last two weeks, I saved four hours of time on this!
Analytics for each attached social profile
As part of a joined up, focused marketing approach, analytics is soo important to me. It tells me what is working and what is not working with my audience. The great thing about Coschedule is that you can login to analytics for each profile and learn what time is best to post, how much engagement each social post has had.
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Excellent customer service
As I was deciding which plan I wanted, the representative on the online chat function was superbly helpful. They don’t pressure you to buy – they understand that when you are a newbie, money is tight and it really is a big decision, to commit to a monthly payment. My rep extended my trial by 10 days, to enable me to choose what plan I wanted. I was on the edge of the new pricing structure also, and she realised that I could get a better deal by doing this.
One thing I thought was excellent, even though I tend to be a little shy on a video call, is Coshedule’s onboarding call. It only takes twenty minutes, and they talk you through the features of the calendar. It turns out I had been using the tools separately up until the kind man I spoke with, demonstrated how to join everything up!! Some things I only learn, when I am directly taught by another person, so I thoroughly recommend this.
Downsides of Coschedule
Over the last two weeks I’ve only come up with two things that aren’t perfect about Coschedule.
Number one is that at the time of writing, you can’t automatically schedule to Instagram. To post the material, you have to manually bring in the image Coschedule sends you and then the post is added to your clipboard, so you manually paste it into the post.
It’s ok if I’m posting to the UK, but if I want to attract the attention of my audience in the US, I am not waking at 2am just to schedule!
Number 2 was originally (pre 21st June 2019) that the price of $40 a month, if I pay annually, or $49 dollars a month, if I pay monthly, is very steep. Especially as I am making pennies from my blog at the moment! Haha!
It is worth checking out the new pricing structure though – so actually this problem, for me, has reduced.
I am able to take advantage of the new pricing for individual bloggers of $20 a month (if you pay up front for the year) This restructuring has led to this being far more affordable for me. New pricing started 21st June 2019.
Coschedule, even though an expensive chunk, especially when you’re not earning much from your blog, combines a social media scheduler, with a calendar, and all this links to my blog.
Schedulers I’ve seen, and one I’ve used have been $30 just for social scheduling! My conclusion is on this is that – for everything in one place and for me being relaxed and focused, then it’s well worth the price tag.
If you get involved and write an honest review for Coschedule, of what the functions of Coshedule are, of how you use it, and why it works for you, they offer you further reductions in your payment. Brilliant win – for a calendar I think is fab anyway!
The Future for Me and Coschedule
Even though I am pushing my budget to the limit, this calendar is definitely for me, to organise my blog journey and really take it to the next level – to treat my blog as a business. Scary right? But I needed the push to be clear in my objectives, my social media marketing flow, and my content creation.
You should give it a try and then remember my post,when you are sitting at your computer, realising that your head has cleared, you are in front of schedule, and you are excited!