Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why I Am Using CoSchedule





Full Disclosure: I received a discount for providing a review of CoSchedule. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience. This post also contains referral and/or affiliate links. 



I have been blogging for years. But one thing that I struggle with is consistency. For the last couple of years I have used a paper calendar. I liked the layout and that I could keep up with my monthly social accounts and follower counts. However, I couldn't find a printed calendar this year. The only ones that I could find were ones that I could print myself. And I just didn't want to do that.

So I started looking around and I heard about CoSchedule. I thought I would give it a try. Why not? They have a free trial. So I thought that I would give it a go. One thing I should mention is that CoSchedule works with wordpress. I obviously don't have wordpress.  I use Blogger. But honestly I did not find that it was a hindrance. I was still able to use the headline analyzer (which I love). Once I had my blog post link, I just inserted it in the link field. CoSchedule populated the links that I needed for all of my social shares.




The social shares were super easy to set up. Basically you click the +. Then you choose which social media account you would like to use. You then type what you want it to say. You can then click the image and choose the image that the link populates. Or you can upload a different image. You can also have a post without an image if you choose. I usually try to use an image post as I have found that they tend to get more hits. I like that I could set up posts for today, tomorrow, next week, next month and/or custom dates. Truly the options are endless.



With the free trial I was able to have seven social media accounts connected. There are various plans with various options.


One thing that I really utilized was the ReQueue. I especially like this feature for sharing some older content. And every new post that I posted, I often set up some of those posts to also ReQueue. I used this a lot with Twitter.


I liked that I could plan my editorial calendar in advance. I like that there is a draft section. I could create my drafts and then simply drag them to the calendar. It was super easy to fill in my calendar with posts. The calendar made it really easy to see where I was lacking in terms of content and where I would need to fill in those holes. I liked that I could drag a post from one day to the other.



I also like that CoSchedule has several tutorial videos. I personally found that CoSchedule  was easy to figure out and easy to use without the videos. However, I did watch the videos to make sure that I wasn't missing some important tips. And yep, I was. So I'm glad that I did watch the tutorial videos to try to get as much out of CoSchedule as I could.


In seven days my number of unique visitors rose by 47 users day. For me, with a very small blog, this made a difference for me in terms of traffic. Will these numbers continue to rise? I'm not sure. But I will say that because of the increased traffic during the trial of using CoSchedule, I have decided to give it a try and pay for a monthly plan. You can find those plans here. I would like to say if you're someone like me who doesn't really spend money on their blog that idea of paying money really really scares me. This is a hobby and a passion of mine that I of course would like to make money from, but I'm also hesitant to spend money on my blog. That being said, I also feel that it's worth the investment.

So I am giving CoSchedule a try. With my trial use and seeing my traffic increase, and having the ease of setting up an editorial calendar, as my trial is ending, I couldn't stand the thought of not being able to use CoSchedule. I really feel that it will be a great tool for me with time management.

Once I had posts written, I could literally plan an entire week or possibly even months worth of post scheduling in advance. I love that idea - especially when things are extremely busy and it's hard to stay consistent with an editorial calendar and social media posts. CoSchedule makes it very easy to schedule those posts and keep things consistent. Granted CoSchedule doesn't write the blog post or the social media post. You still have to have quality content. But from a time management and planning idea, CoSchedule is really a great tool from my experience with what I have used so far.

Check out this video.



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I have been very pleased with CoSchedule so far. Check them out.



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