Can We Really Trust Hootsuite?

By: | February 28, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 comments
Hootsuite Works With Twitter

Hootsuite saves bloggers time promoting on social media.

Are you a new blogger who is trying to write and promote your blog posts?  Are you a blogger whose readership is growing?  In both cases, you probably feel like the 168 hours that there are in a week isn’t enough time to do all that you need to do.

What if I told you that I’m going to get you some help?  I’m going to give you a personal secretary.  I use her, but it’s okay because she can spread herself really thin.  She’s free; you don’t even have to pay her. She will remember everything you ask her to do, she’ll never argue with you, she’s trustworthy, and she never takes days off.  She even has experience.  Her name is Hootsuite.

Successful bloggers know that they need to find a way to save time.  Hootsuite’s experience lies in the fact that she handles social media for people.  Bloggers need to use social media to promote their blogs.  Save time, and outsource your social media needs to her.

Do you ever feel like your writing is being ignored?  I did until I met Hootsuite.  In my post How to Use Your Blog Readers to Get More Blog Readers, I explained that I unearthed research which

If you want your links shared on Twitter, post them at times divisible by 3.

If you want your links shared on Twitter, post them at times divisible by 3.

showed that the most effective times to Tweet on Twitter were at times divisible by 3: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00, and so forth.  As a teacher, I am in a classroom at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  I often still have students in the room at 3:00 pm.  I was unable to post on Twitter to promote my blog posts at the most effective times.

Successful bloggers get help.  I got help in the form of Hootsuite, a tool that will post your blog links on social media for you.  You don’t need to remember to do it more than once, and you don’t even need to be near a computer when you want your links posted.

Step 1: Make an account by going to https://hootsuite.com/.

Step 2: Link up your Twitter handle.  (Hootsuite can be used with many social media platforms, but this post explains how to use it with Twitter.)  The down arrow in the diagram below shows I use Hootsuite in conjunction with Twitter.

Step 3: Schedule your Tweets

 

The Hootsuite-Twitter Connection

This screen capture shows how to schedule Tweets

The big arrow facing left shows where I type my Tweets.  The thin arrow facing up shows what I click to schedule them.  You will see a list of scheduled Tweets off to the left of the screen, so you don’t even have to remember which times and dates you already scheduled.

Hootsuite is your personal secretary and your new best friend rolled into one.  A more stress-free life awaits you.  You won’t have to remember to post on social media or even to take the time to do it.  Because your posts will more consistently be going onto social media, your ability to network will increase.

Additional benefits of Hootsuite are it takes mere minutes to use.  It also provides peace of mind since you no longer have to worry about remembering to post your links.  At your request, it will send you an Email that the post was tweeted.  Hootsuite even has a sense of humor.  If it goes idle, an owl appears on the screen and makes a joke.  It’s the same joke every time, but I think it’s funny.

The day after I started using Hootsuite I got more traffic from Twitter than I ever had before, and you can too.  Don’t waste your time handling your social media accounts any longer.  You have Hootsuite to do that for you now.  You don’t even have to give her a holiday bonus.

If you feel others can benefit from this time-saving post, please share.

Readers, what are your experiences with Hootsuite?  Are there other time savers you can think of?  I look forward to your views.

 

 

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  1. Charise at 3:51 am

    Hootsuite is a great tool. I use it to schedule my Twitter tweets and Facebook posts. Particularly due to the tweets/posts being scheduled while I am at work. Plus, it helps me to plan and schedule everything in one sitting.

    • Janice Wald at 10:20 pm

      Hi, I agree with what you’ve written.
      I can plan a variety of wording since they are all in a list in front of me. I am a teacher and also need it scheduled while I’m at work. What do you do?
      Janice

      • Charise at 5:36 am

        I am a customer analyst with an automotive supplier. I am also taking college courses. Plus, actively involved in Toastmasters and a local writing group. As you can imagine, Hootsuite, is the perfect tool for me for management purposes.

  2. Carol Graham at 8:19 am

    I tried Hootsuite but found it difficult to use. I much prefer Friends+me and was introduced to it by a few social media guys a year ago. It is more user friendly yet I know Hootsuite is much more popular — ????

    • Janice Wald at 10:09 pm

      Hi Carol,
      I am still so touched by what you did for me this weekend. Back at you, by the way! =)
      As far as Hootsuite… give it another try following my directions. If you just focus on one stream, social media, it’s really easy. I am so not tech savvy, but I figured it out without instructions or a YouTube video. I recommend giving it another try. Take care,
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 10:05 pm

      Hi,
      I got you a link to a post I wrote yesterday called “Secrets of Successful Blogging”. Frankly, there is only one secret. It is networking. Here is the link explaining the value of networking. http://wp.me/p5jxvv-yr
      My explanation is at the bottom of the post after I refute every other possible way a blogger can succeed without networking. What are your goals for your blog? Is it to write for more people? If yes, it is not possible for you to succeed if you don’t grow your blog. It is not possible for you to grow your blog if you don’t network. Social media enables you to network.

    • Janice Wald at 9:42 pm

      As I said earlier, YOU ARE THE MAN! Thank you. I’m still hoping you’ll send me tips on how you grew your readership. How many years have you been blogging?
      I’m also curious as to your theme. Initially I thought it was politics or current events, but when I went to your site over the weekend that didn’t seem to be the case.
      Janice

      • Human Interest at 4:18 am

        Thank you! As of right now, I have no tips to offer because I don’t even know how I did it. All I have is WordPress and Netflix. Years? I started last October. And I don’t have a set theme. I use this blog to tell my story and daily thoughts to all of you. I reblog so many blog posts because I want to share the story and thoughts of others. Also, I try to post or reblog things that others will find interesting, entertaining, and helpful.

    • Janice Wald at 9:36 pm

      Hi,
      I am a dog lover and am noticing your cute dog in your picture. I have only used HootSuite for Tweets. However, sometimes I drive around thinking I should have used it for Google Plus since they are a morning crowd, and I’m at school. I’m a teacher. Thanks for reading what I wrote and writing me. Nice to meet you, by the way. I don’t think we’ve interacted before. Have we?
      Janice

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  4. Susan Langer at 10:33 am

    I’ve been using Hootsuite for about two months and love it/ I have 3 blogs and also post tweets for a musician friend. I couldn’t do all that posting that I need without it. Just 20 minutes in the morning and I am done for the day except for thanking my retweeters for retweets. For my blogs, I use it for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my LinkedIn groups, and my blog pages on Facebook. It is a Godsend. 🙂

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