Promoting Your Blog Posts

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Promoting Your Blog Posts Guest Post for Reflections by Lysa from Welcome to My Circus

How to Thoroughly Promote Your Blog Posts

Are you trying to increase your readership?  Lately, I’ve written a great deal about the value of networking.  However, in order to network, and network effectively, you need to know how.  As a teacher, if I want someone with extensive knowledge to extend my instruction, I call in a guest speaker.  Today, I have invited a guest blogger.

Enter Lysa Wilds from Welcome to My Circus!  I call Lysa the absolute queen of blog promotion.

Promoting Your Blog Posts!

by: Lysa Wilds from Welcome to My Circus

Ciao! I’m Lysa from over at Welcome to My Circus and Janice has asked me to write a guest post for her over here at Reflections about blog promotion… More specifically, she asked me to write about how I promote my blog and my blog posts. First, I want to say thank you to Janice for asking me to be a guest on Reflections and for having me here today. Now for my thoughts, tips, and advice on promoting your blog and its posts: I’ve decided the best way for me to share with all of you how I promote my blog and my blog posts was to walk you through my process starting with the moment I finish writing and I schedule each blog post. You see I do the same thing with each and every one of my blog posts and have made it part of my writing process.  I schedule every post I write to be published, whether it’s an hour later or a week later, because it gives me the time I need to schedule the social media promotions as well. The truth be told, if I were to put off the social media promotions until later it would more than likely NEVER get done. That’s not entirely true, it would get done just not to the level in which it gets done now, and that is, in part, how I have increased my traffic. Scheduling them also gives me time to think about what I’m going to say and which image would be best for that particular social media post, both of those make all the difference in the world. On the average I schedule anywhere from 30-50 social media promotion posts per scheduled blog post. And, as a matter of fact, promoting my blog posts begins while I’m designing each one of them.

Images I Use To Promote Welcome to My CircusI create images for ALL of my posts and more than one of them is KEY for many reasons. Also important to mention is that BIG images are what you want in ALL of your posts. I start with the “headline” image that provides a “teaser” or just the headline itself. It helps to draw attention to your post not only on your site but in your social media posts as well. Google will also pick up on your images for search results as well, which is always a plus.

How many images I have in each post depends on how long or how short my post is as well as what the message is that I’m trying to communicate within the post. I tend to use an image for every three to four paragraphs as it breaks up the text as well so that it does not look like a huge wall of boring text. Each one of those images has something to do with what I have just written above it or what I’m going to write below it. I use images with pictures, quotes, teasers, and the topic at hand as a general rule of thumb. Usually, at least one of each is inserted per post. They are later used as part of my promotion for that the post to entice people to click on the links to see or read more and it works for me every time. Once the post is designed, I spell check, preview, adjust anything that doesn’t look right, and then I schedule the post. Immediately after it has been scheduled I use the plugin, Co-Schedule, to set-up and schedule 80% of my social media promotions. Scheduling the majority of my promotions is the BEST way to guarantee, for lack of a better word, exposure for each and every post I publish and it saves precious time. For me it’s at least an hour, probably even more, EVERY day which is always a bonus right?!?!

2Three Times a Day for Three Days Welcome to My CircusI shoot for these posts to go live three times a day for three days for each blog post after it is published, as well as the day of publishing. I use my analytics to determine what times are best for each form of social media. That in itself is an entire blog post right there but Facebook Insights shows you the times you received the most traffic and it varies each day of the week. For each social media platform, there are ways of finding out the same or similar information as well.

When I schedule the social media posts I choose the image post option and then write something unique for that specific post so that it does not look like spam to the social media platforms and it generates an interest to want to read more about the blog post itself. Then, I schedule the day and time it will be posted to each form of social media. These posts are then set to publish on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I get the majority of my traffic from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+… Just saying!

2Names of Social Media Types Welcome to My CircusThe day the post goes live I head over to Google+ and create an image post in which I either use one of the images I have created within the blog post or I create new promotion images before heading over there. Again, it depends on what the blog post is about and what message I am trying to communicate. Also, I try, I’m getting better at it, to promote posts daily on Google+. There is a lot of traffic to be found there if you are consistent about it. Unfortunately I haven’t found a plugin or a program I have loved to schedule my posts on Google+. If you know of one or use one that you LOVE please tell me about it in the comments below.

I have two series over at Welcome to My Circus, My Blonde Problems and The Sideshow along with a blog party I created with its co-host called Party Under the Big Top. Two of the reasons I created them were to promote my blog and to increase my blog traffic. So when promoting each of these, along with blog posts that I want to draw a lot of attention to, I begin a day ahead of their publishing dates not only on Google+ but all of the other platforms as well.  In each of these types of posts your goal is to build up anticipation and remind or alert people to what you are publishing the next day. It is a MUST to create excitement and/or a buzz about that specific blog post with each social media post.  Otherwise you are just wasting your time and the space you used on that social media platform.

It's All About Marketing... Welcome to My CircusThe key to promoting on social media is not only the use of a unique sentence or blurb and the use of images but promoting within groups you belong to on each platform as well. It all goes back to Networking as any type of marketing goes hand in hand with networking. If you do not think of or see blog promotion as marketing well, that is your first problem and probably why you are trying to learn more about the subject.

Promoting is marketing and not everyone is as fortunate as I am with a background in the professional field. I highly recommend learning some marketing basics, Ten Essential Marketing Tips for Everyone, is a good place to start. Taking the time to learn a little about marketing will make all the difference in the world! Oh, another plugin that has helped in the promotion department has been Click to Tweet. If you aren’t familiar with it, it creates an actual Tweet that your readers click, right in the middle of your blog post, to share on their Twitter feed. I like to create a few of them within each blog post. Use a quote from your post that will generate curiosity or just say something like stop by or check out, then [enter your headline] on [enter the name of your blog]. It’s important to know that you need to insert your @TwitterHandle and the short link for that particular post as well. Both are rather important to include!

Or Whatever You Personally Call Them Welcome to My CircusOne last thing I’d like to mention here is the importance of blog parties, linky parties, blog hops, link-ups, or whatever you personally call them. It is one of the BEST ways I know to promote your blog and individual blog posts. That being said, you have to put the time and the effort into them though. Just linking up to one or to several of them is not going to do much good at all. You need to read and comment on posts that have been linked up as well and NOT just those of the hosts and co-hosts either. I’m talking about the fellow party goers, bloggers just like you. Like I said before, networking and promoting go hand in hand.

The more exposure you create by commenting on other blog posts the better. We all read what others have said before us in the comment section of a blog post. If you don’t you are truly an exception in the blogging world let alone the human race because we are ALL nosey/curious by nature and want to know what others said, think, or feel. I have, on several occasions, checked out the blogs that were associated with a specific comment because they said something that appealed to me and have had others do the same with my blog. The more interaction you have with fellow bloggers the more you will build your own personal blogging community. Another blog post as well but having a blogging community is yet another BIG part of promoting, networking, and well to be quite frank the success or the failure of your blog! If you want to increase your blog traffic you need to interact with fellow bloggers and the more you do that the more they will interact with you. More times than not they will also share your blog posts if you are sharing theirs and we all know that word of mouth is one of the best ways to sell anything. And yes, your end goal with all of this is to sell your blog and yourself… If you want to be successful that is! 😉

A Lot of Work & A Lot of Time Welcome to My CircusIf promoting your blog and your blog post(s) sounds like A LOT of work and A LOT of time you are absolutely right… It is A LOT of time-consuming work! That being said though, nothing comes easy in life and your dedication, time, and hard work will pay off in the end.

When I began my blogging journey I had heard that you should spend more time promoting than writing and I didn’t pay much attention to that it at all. Once I started doing exactly that my traffic more than doubled! And, it has stayed consistent ever since! Not to mention, the traffic continues to gradually increase week after week.

What takes up MOST of my time when it comes to promoting? The networking end of it all without a doubt! But, it is also the MOST rewarding part of blogging for me as well. You just might be surprised at how rewarding it truly is… That is, if you haven’t already figured it out for yourself!  Thanks for stopping by my guest post today and I’d LOVE to connect with you on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Bloglovin’ too! Hope to see you on one or all of them! 😀 Is there something I did not mention or something that you would like me to provide more information on? Which of the above do you already use to promote your blog and your posts? Let me know by leaving a comment below, as I love hearing from those who read my posts.

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There you have it!  Lysa has written us thorough instructions that have resulted in success for growing her blog.  If you follow them, you can experience similar results.

I will add that Lysa is as attentive to her readers as she is knowledgeable.  So, run, don’t walk, over to Welcome to My Circus to read more of Lysa’s writing.

Readers, if you feel others can benefit from Lysa’s great advice, please share.

If you have questions for Lysa, please put them in the Comments section.  What social media do you use to promote?  Which do you find the most successful?  We look forward to your views.

 

 

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  1. Hi Janice,

    Thank you so much for your kind words as well as having me as a guest on Reflections today. I hope you have a fabulous day!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx

    • Lysa,
      We were truly lucky to have you. I know from the comments I’ve read that many of us, myself included, will be referencing your tips for blog promotion again and again. #1 on my to-list is to familiarize myself with Co-Schedule. If I’m correct, based on your comments, and I can schedule to post pictures, that would be awesome.
      Janice

      • Hi Janice,

        Thanks for all of the kind words! 😀 Yes, you are able to schedule EVERY social media post to include images. It lets you choose from ALL of the pictures within your blog post! I don’t pay for much when it comes to my blog BUT I pay about $10 every month for the Co-Schedule publishing calendar as well. It is right on my WordPress dashboard and shows me all of the blog posts I have scheduled, that have been published, and you can also have it display ALL of the social media posts as well but that became a little overwhelming for me.

        Definitely check out Co-Schedule http://coschedule.com/r/9981 Click on that link there it is my referral link… Not sure what it offers but check it out. They give you a FREE month to try out the calendar part of the plug-in and you can get a two week extension on it as well. I’m telling you that it made my blogging life so much easier and am so glad I stumbled upon it a few months back as it changed EVERYTHING for me, in a good way! 😉

        Much love,
        Lysa xx

  2. Great idea on scheduling! I have Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, and Google scheduled through WordPress to post and soon as my blog posts, but more often than not the picture I have used as my featured picture is overlooked for another. Facebook is notorious for this! Drives me batty! I’ll be looking into your scheduling ideas Lysa. Also on the spell check, preview, and adjusting issues- these are most important! It irks me to read a post from a blogger where it is obvious this wasn’t done and it’s oh-so-easy in my opinion and encourages others to keep reading if done correctly. Thanks for all this great advice. ~Elle

    • Hi,
      I get frustrated too seeing mechanical errors in people’s writing. Yet, more often than not, they have an awful lot of comments. Their readers don’t seem deterred by their lack of proofreading.
      Janice

      • Yes Janice you can schedule not only the link but pictures from within the post as well! It is my #1 plugin that I COULD NOT live without now that I have found it! Changed my blogging life so very much!
        xx
        Lysa

  3. Great advice. I think bloggers (ahem, me at first) go crazy promoting, see little results and stop. I like to set a reasonable routine so that I just do it consistently.

    • Thank you! I was and still am at times horrible about the whole promoting thing if I don’t schedule them ahead of time. Like I mentioned above I’m still “trying” to get a routine down with Google+ and forgot to mention Instagram in this post but it has been another source of great traffic!

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment! Wishing you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

      Much love,

      Lysa xx

      • Hi Lysa,
        Of all the social media I haven’t explored Instagram at all. When I started blogging, I heard they don’t have links that people could click to come to our site. Do they now?
        I don’t understand the appeal of Instagram, especially if there aren’t links to click to bring people to the blog.
        Janice

      • Hi Lysa, Is Co-schedule free? I read about it on a blog, and they talked about money. Also, since your guest post, I found out I’m able to put pictures on Hootsuite, so I’m wondering the advantage of Co-schedule over that. I’m thinking of blogging about the comparisons, so can you please let me know if Co-schedule is free? Thank you!

    • Hi,
      That could be. It describes a lot of things. Sounds like human nature to find something trendy at first and then move on to other things. I use Hootsuite to schedule my Tweets.
      Thanks to my WordPress stats I can visibly see how many readers I get coming from my promoting on social media. I’m always trying to get those numbers to grow.
      Thanks for reading Lysa’s guest post and writing us.
      Janice

      • Janice,

        With Co-Schedule they have stats to show you how many times your posts were shared in each social media platform. It’s awesome!

        Yeah, Instagram does not have “clickable” links but I have had several people say that they found out about certain things on my blog through Instagram though. It’s a great “reminder” for your followers about things on your blog as well.

        I just came across a plugin/app for scheduling to Instagram yesterday but haven’t had the time to check it out yet. If it does all that it claims to do it’s another MUST HAVE plugin. I’ll shoot you an email once I have thoroughly investigated it! 😉

        xx
        Lysa

  4. Great post again Janice! So glad we connected 🙂

    • Hi Lucy,
      I am so glad I guest posted for you before I started hosting writers myself. Like the first time, I followed your great example. It was fate that I found you that day.
      Janice

    • PS I’m glad we connected too. You and I have an amazing connection, and I have met so many nice readers through my post on your blog. Again, a lucky day for me the day we met =).
      Janice

  5. Very strong advice, thanks for sharing

    • Hi Gary,

      Thank you for the kind words, ALWAYS reading, and commenting. It is appreciated! Next guest post I’ll be sure to remember to add you in it! Bwahahaha! 😛

      Much love always,

      Lysa xx

    • Hi Gary, I met you through Lysa. I owe her for so much. She’s a great friend as well as a great blogger.
      Janice

      • Awww you are too kind Janice! Thank you! xoxoxo

  6. Great step by step process for blog promoting It was very informative and instructional

    • I’m glad you found this post informative and helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting! Wishing you a lovely evening!

      Much Love,

      Lysa xx

    • I agree. Lysa’s great at what she does. Very kind of her to bring her marketing expertise to us. Thanks for visiting.
      Janice

      • Thank you again for the kind words Janice. They truly mean a lot to me! xx Lysa

  7. Wonderful information. I’ve heard so much about Co-Schedule and Click to Tweet but haven’t tried them out yet. I guess now is the time. I love step by step tutorials by people who are making it happen. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Now that I have given you a little insight to both plugins I hope you’ll give them a try! They have both simplified my blogging life A LOT! Thank you for the kind words about my guest post. I didn’t know how else to break down exactly what I do in order to make it easy enough for everyone from every blogging level to easily understand. A teacher I am NOT… After all that’s why we have talented people like Janice to teach us! 😉

      Thanks so much for reading and for leaving such a sweet comment! Wishing you a fabulous evening!

      Much love,

      Lysa xx

      • You are so sweet Lysa to have such kind words for me. The truth is, you nailed it! Your guest post is a hit! =) We are all so grateful. I knew you were the one to explain to my readers how to throughly promote their posts.
        After reading your guest post, so far you’ve inspired me to network more and have additional graphics.
        Janice

    • Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you for reading our guest post and commenting. Like you, I am unfamiliar with Co-schedule and Click to Tweet. So far, I’ve used only Hootsuite to schedule my Twitter posts. I plan on returning to Lysa’s informative instructions when more time allows.
      Thank you again for visiting.
      Janice

      • Well the words I wrote are the truth Janice! 😀 Thanks for the compliment on my guest post. In my opinion pictures/images are so very important to have throughout your post. Not only does it break up the “wall of text” so that readers are not overwhelmed by it all but they are amazing at helping to promote your post.

        Click to Tweet is so AWESOME and readers are more apt to click the “Tweet” button right there in the middle of your posts than they are to share from your sharing buttons. Another MUST HAVE plugin in my opinion at least! If you check out the posts on The Sideshow or Party Under the Big Top you’ll see how they just fit in perfectly throughout my posts. Also, when you have a guest blogger or a co-host you can add their twitter handles so that they are notified each time someone “Clicks to Tweet.”

        Oh and networking is KEY to blogging success. Think of it this way, the more you network the more exposure you are giving your blog and its posts. I highly recommend the CommentLuv plugin that highlights each commenter’s recent blog posts along with the Comment Reply Notification plugin, both are free plugins via WordPress. Comment Reply Notification sends every person an email when there is a reply to their comments. Check them out!

        xx
        Lysa

  8. I think I am moving toward understanding but it seems that I should pick up the pace for posts

    • How often to you publish blog posts?

    • The opinion seem to be mixed from what I read. Some writers say that to grow your blog at a faster rate, you should write more. Others say to grow your blog at a faster rate you need time to promote which you don’t have if you write a lot.
      I have found my blog grows the more I write, so I persist.
      I’d be curious as to Lysa’s opinion. As you know, I consider her the expert on blog promotion.
      Janice

      • Thanks I wii just keep twirling the blogs around s I am continually changing according to the challenge

      • I publish at least four to five posts per week sometimes more, sometimes less. At one point I tried to post everyday but I didn’t see a change in stats and all it did was overwhelm me. I have three to four posts a week that I HAVE to post and I have really slacked on writing my regular posts because of them but have been trying really hard to find the time to write them again.

  9. Reblogged this on Better Butterflies ! Seven Sights and Sounds and commented:
    I need a appointment with this post so I will reblog for a re reading in the midnight hours when I am not asleep.

    • Thank you so much for reblogging my guest post! How sweet and thoughtful of you! I understand what you mean about having to re-read something to fully grasp the concept. There have been many of Janice’s posts that I have had to come back to AND in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep at that! lol 😉

      When you do re-read the post feel free to come back and ask ANY questions you might have and I’d be happy to answer them. If I don’t know or have the answer(s) I’ll definitely find them for you! Wishing you a wonderful evening/night!

      Much love,

      Lysa xx

      • Lysa, your “customer service” is spot on. As I reread your post, trying to follow your instructions for promotion, I’m sure I will have many questions myself. In the meantime, I am trying to network more which is leading to further growth. Your influence, of course. =) Thanks again for everything.
        Janice

      • Hi Lysa, 1. How often do you reply to your commenters? I keep trying to do it more than I find time to do. Also, WordPress sends notications to my Email inbox. I also have the WordPress app which tells me. I didn’t think that if I left WordPress, I wouldn’t be apprised of comments anymore. Food for thought. Thanks,
        Janice

      • Hey Janice,

        I TRY to reply to comments as soon as I see that I have a new one. I have slacked recently though due to my health issues, but I’m getting back on schedule. I just need to find all of the comments that I haven’t responded to yet! YIKES! That will be a HUGE project! LOL I hope not though!

        I LOVE blogs that have a plug-in that notifies you when you get a response to your comments. I CANNOT STAND having to subscribe to comments on everyone’s blog because I get emails whenever anyone comments or responds and it creates too much JUNK in my inbox. Hahaha! Also, and this is just my opinion, I think it makes you and your blog look better when you have a plug-in that does that! Also in my opinion it’s just the consideration and proper etiquette and a form of excellent customer service too! 😉

        Much love,

        Lysa xx

        • Hi,
          Returning comments is still not something I do as often as I’d like. Writing and promoting take up so much time. Family life is important too.
          Janice

    • Hi Wy,
      1. Thanks for the reblog.
      2. I agree. Lysa’s ideas are so thorough, I need an appointment with the post too. Too funny, but true.
      Thank you for writing.
      Janice

      • Awww thanks Janice! I think that has a lot to do with why I have a dedicated following. I cannot stand it when I take the time to comment on blog posts and #1 the blogger NEVER bothers to respond to my comment. #2 they do not have a plugin that notifies you when your comment gets a response. Who wants to remember to go back to blog posts they have commented on to see IF someone responded to that comment? For that plugin I recommend Comment Reply Notification and it’s FREE! 😉

        You are more than welcome Janice! If and when you do have questions feel free to shoot me an email or comment here on this post as I have signed up for WordPress to notify me via email whenever there is a new comment here!

        xx
        Lysa

  10. Great post Lysa, I use Buffer to schedule my posts and although you can’t schedule posts from your Google+ profile, you can use it to schedule posts from a +Google page, so you should check it out.

    • Hi,
      I agree with you. Lysa has great ideas for scheduling. I’ve been limited to Hootsuite which so far I only use to schedule my posts onto Twitter. I look forward to having more time to explore Lysa’s great ideas. What social media do you use Buffer to schedule your posts onto?

      • The funny thing is that I just popped over to my inbox and have a few messages in there from Buffer yet I don’t remember signing up for an account. I remember looking into it about 9 months or so ago but it completely confused me at the time so I never even went back. I have put checking it out on my To Do List for this weekend though!

        xx
        Lysa

      • Hi Janice, I use the free version of buffer and mainly use it to schedule post for Twitter. I would use it for +Google too, but it will only post to a +Google page and not a profile. Hopefully that will change in the future.

        I do occasionally use it for FB too, but I’m not a fan of FB and rarely use it.

    • Thanks Debbie! I will definitely check it out. I think I have looked into it way back when but never re-visited it once I understood more about blogging. LOL Just the other day I received an email about another plugin that is “suppose” to schedule them for Google+ profiles but I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. If it does what it says I’ll shoot you an email with all the details in it.

      I only recently discovered that I was able to make a page on Google+ for my blog so I don’t have many followers yet for Welcome to My Circus, that’s the ONLY downfall to that as my following is through my Lysa Wilds profile. But I’m sure I could use the + to tag that profile in the posts… Will definitely take a look at it this weekend. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

      Much love always,

      Lysa xx

      • Hi Lysa, I have thought about creating a page for my blog on +Google, but I don’t see the benefits as our blog url’s are visible on our profiles and don’t want to lose my followers. If you do come across a scheduler that allows posts to be scheduled for a Google+ profile could you let me know? As that’s what I’m really looking for.

        Always learning!

        xx

        • Of course! I’ll let you know if/when I find one! That’s why I haven’t stopped using my G+ profile as that is where all of my followers are from back when I was still on Blogger. So frustrating that there isn’t a way to schedule posts there though… I’ll keep searching! xx Lysa

  11. Sorry hit the wrong button!….I never thought to schedule to share posts so often, I was worried that three times a day was too often and that’s only for the day after I publish. I’m going to have to rethink my strategy!

    • I hit the wrong button often myself. LOL It must be a blonde thing… just kidding! 😉

      I actually thought the same thing at first about scheduling posts. I didn’t want to overwhelm everyone but I was soooo wrong. After researching how often to schedule social media posts I found that doing so for the day of and three days after was the key to the majority of bogs getting more traffic. I reflected on my blog reading habits and was surprised to realize that I hardly ever reacted to the first time I saw a post on social media about a blog post as I’m usually busy doing something else at the time. But, when I was to see the post again it was as if it was a “call to action” and an “Oh $#%&” moment as I had completely forgotten about the first post by then.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my guest post and for the recommendation to check out Buffer, I am going to do just that this weekend!

      Much love always,

      Lysa xx

      • Hi…again…. Yesterday I changed my scheduling from 4 to 6 times a day and added some older posts too. Will keep an eye and see if I can see a pattern….xx

      • Lysa, I find these findings, which make sense–people don’t see what you post Day #1, you should post subsequent days too–very interesting. Do you know where you read it? I’m interested in reading more about it, and might want to write about it in a blog post. Thanks!
        Janice

        • Actually Janice it is something that i just learned as I went along. Don’t remember ever reading it anywhere. I just fiddled with the frequency, etc. of social media posts and found the more you post the the more traffic you will find. If I do come across something in writing I’ll be sure to forward the source to you right away! 😉

    • Hi Deb! What is the advantage of the free version of Buffer to schedule Tweets over Hootsuite? I’d love to do a comparison/contrast type post, so I appreciate the info.
      By the way, as far as how many times a day to post on social media, and your concern that 3 was too many–
      I think it depends on the social media. For example, I post on Twitter 8 times a day the day after I publish, yet FB only twice the day that I publish, once on my wall, and once on my fan page. However, Lysa is the expert in these matters. I’d do what she advises.
      Thanks for writing!
      Janice

  12. Lysa,
    I am not familiar with Co-Schedule. I assume from what you wrote Elle that you can schedule your post links with a picture? Is that true? I haven’t seen that Hootsuite, which is what I use, has that capability.
    Janice

  13. It is true that if you want to promote your blog, you have to spend a lot of time and it is a lot of work. Since I have a 3/4 time job outside of home, I don’t have all that much time. But when I am home, I do many of these things. Thanks!

    • Hi Davida,

      Yes it is A LOT of work indeed! When I began this wild and crazy blogging journey I never would have guessed that this much work went into a successful blog! I spend about 50 hours or more on my blog each week! I am disabled and no longer work but this is my new job that I just don’t get paid for! 😉 It’s a good thing I love blogging huh? lol

      Definitely look into Co-Schedule because it totally changed my blogging life! It helped to increase my traffic because I’m able to schedule social media posts up to a month in advance if I choose to do so! I was scheduling social media posts this morning on two posts that went live and I scheduled 11 posts each day! Glad to hear that when you have the time you are able to do many of the things I mentioned.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s a pleasure to meet you!

      Much love,

      Lysa xx

  14. HI Davida,
    I teach. Lots to do with grading and planning outside of the school day. That’s why I like sites that will take the effort of promotion away from me. Between Hootsuite, Buffer, and Co-schedule, there are a lot of good suggestions here. Thanks for writing. Nice meeting you.
    Janice

    • Janice,

      Do you know of a program/app/or plug-in that schedules Instagram posts for you? I struggle with Instagram so very much because it has to be done on your cell phone ONLY! 😉

    • Thanks for the idea about co-schedule, but right now, I don’t want to put out money for a blog that hasn’t earned me enough to get my first payment. Now I screwed up with WordPress and they closed down my blog. Not the worst thing, since it wasn’t my primary one, just a portal leading to it. But WordPress did have a handy way of letting you not only schedule, but also promote to several social media sites. Blogspot will only send to Google+ automatically.

      • Hi Davida,

        Unfortunately Co-Schedule is just for WordPress. I am going to copy and paste some info about it in a separate comment. I really don’t know of any programs/aps/plug-ins for Blogspot. Is that the same as Blogger? If I do come across any that will work for you I’ll come back and leave a reply for you.

        Wishing you a fabulous day!

        Much love,

        Lysa xx

  15. Hi everyone! Since I have had several questions about Co-Schedule I’m going to copy and past some info about it below… I hope it helps to answer some of your questions. I highly suggest you at least give the Free trial a spin to see why I love it so very much. Here is some of the info I looked up for all of you:

    Finally, there is an all-in-one editorial calendar plugin for WordPress that brings true automated social media publishing to your blog!

    Co-Schedule is the first (and only) social media editorial calendar for WordPress that allows you to schedule your blog and social media on the same drag-and-drop calendar.

    Now, you can save time and grow traffic by scheduling blog posts and social media at the same time!

    Try It Free Now

    Co-Schedule allows you to create a queue of social media messages that will be automatically sent once your blog post goes live. Even better, if you drag a blog post from one date to another on the editorial calendar, your social media messages move with it. This allows bloggers to create a series of messages that promote their blog posts on a rolling schedule, and also reschedule them with ease!

    CoSchedule is a lightweight social sharing plugin that runs off of our own hand-crafted API to ensure that social media and blog scheduling is 100% reliable. It is a paid (monthly) service, but you can try it free for 14 days. ****They also have ways you can extend this free trial just by sharing the plug-in info on your social media. I did that and kept getting extensions too!**** Here is the link to the free trial info >>>>http://coschedule.com/r/9981 (Sorry you’ll have to copy and paste the link in your browser! 😉

    Features

    Drag-And-Drop Editorial Calendar
    Automated Social Publishing
    Schedule Social Media While You Blog
    Editorial Comments
    Team Workflow Management
    Notifications And Blog Management Center
    Lightweight WordPress Plugin
    All-In-One Publishing Solution
    2-Minute Installation
    Beautiful Modern Design
    Social Media Auto-Publish While You Blog

    With CoSchedule, you can automate your social media sharing while you blog. When your blog post is published, CoSchedule will automatically send your designated queue of messages to the most popular social networks:

    Twitter
    Facebook Profiles
    Facebook Pages
    Facebook Groups
    LinkedIn Profiles
    LinkedIn Business Pages
    LinkedIn Groups
    Google+ Pages
    Buffer
    Tumblr
    A Visual Way To Plan Your Content

    Like Edit Flow, CoSchedule a fully-functioning editorial calendar for WordPress. Schedule your blog with drag-and-drop ease.

    The All-In-One Publishing Solution

    This plugin connects to CoSchedule, the all-in-one content marketing editorial calendar for WordPress. It allows you to visually schedule blog posts with your team and automatically send messages to your social networks. Imagine true social media automation for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Tumblr.

    Save Time With CoSchedule

    You can save a ton of time with CoSchedule. Most of our users tell us that they blog more, schedule more social media messages, and get more traffic. The bottom line is that CoSchedule will make you a better blogger.

    How does CoSchedule work?

    After you sign up for an account at CoSchedule.com, you can connect your WordPress blog to your CoSchedule account. You will then have access to the calendar and team features at CoSchedule.com.

    CoSchedule synchronizes your WordPress post, author, and category information to its servers, but all of your WordPress data remains in WordPress. CoSchedule will update that WordPress data as you direct, but the data always remains in WordPress. Social messages, tasks, comments, team members, and other data you create in CoSchedule will be stored on CoSchedule’s servers, and never in WordPress.

    How do I use CoSchedule?

    Once you have the plugin installed, you can follow instructions found here that will help you get maximum use out of your CoSchedule account.

    How much does CoSchedule cost?

    We charge a monthly fee for CoSchedule because we provide an ongoing service that publishes your blog posts and social media messages using a robust API. CoSchedule is low-cost at only $10/month. It is fully integrated with WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Buffer, and Tumblr.

    HERE ARE A FEW REVIEWS FROM OTHER USERS AS WELL:

    Stop everything and install CoSchedule!!!5.0 rating
    By Jasper Valero (jaspervalero), March 18, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    If you’re serious about blogging, then you seriously need this app. Not only does it provide an excellent workflow that helps you be a productive blogger but also helps you generate traffic. Traffic to my blog has significantly increased since I began using CoSchedule.

    The 1 Reason I Now Blog Like a Champ5.0 rating
    By johnrmeese, March 17, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    Seriously, CoSchedule has upped my game in a serious fashion. I was a little reluctant to pay for it, at first, but once I did I haven’t looked back. I wrote a review about CoSchedule on my blog called “How CoSchedule Makes Consistent Blogging Look Easy” because it does. For real.

    Indispensable plugin! Links your blog content to social marketing amazingly5.0 rating
    By davidjfrost, March 9, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    This is a great product. WordPress should buyout CoSchedule or something. WordPress is not its best self without this plugin.

    BEST Plugin EVER5.0 rating
    By smslwithheidi, March 6, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    The best business decision I have ever made! Since installing CoSchedule I have more time to write actual content, while still sharing old content. It is the absolute best decision I have ever made for my website and business!! People are even staying on my site longer which makes it even better!

    Best social distribution plugin/service out there5.0 rating
    By Mohamed Hamad (mohamedhamad), February 24, 2015
    This plugin and services is the best content distribution platform for seeding your content on social networks. I wouldn’t launch a content based website without it! It truly has changed how i publish for me and my clients.

    Amazing, must-use Plugin!5.0 rating
    By ruddyortiz, February 23, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    This plugin is hands down, one of the top 3 plugins for ANY WordPress blog. It truly helps organize your content AND marketing all in one place at the same time.

    If you wan to increase your traffic and site visitor engagement and NOT have to pull your hair out to do it, then GET THIS PLUGIN!

    A great editorial calendar and social media planner5.0 rating
    By stephanierault, February 20, 2015 for WP 4.1.1
    Love this plugin!

    I use it to plan to publication dates of blog posts on my blog which I write with a co-author. It makes planning so easy!

    We can also plan social media updates on both our accounts, which makes for promoting our content so much easier.

    Without finishing the trial period, I subscribed for my two blogs.

    I am a fan!

    *********************************************************************************************************************************

    Don’t just take my word for it you read the comments above. I just wanted to share with you ALL the reasons I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THIS PLUG-IN NOW THAT I HAVE IT!!!!

    It won’t hurt to give it a test spin with there FREE TRIAL so go install it and see what a difference it makes in your blogging world! Oh, and NO I do not get paid for promoting Co-Schedule… As a matter of fact I have only made $30 in the 14 1/2 months I have been blogging! Hahaha! I am just the type of person who will promote products for FREE that I truly believe in!

    If you do give it a test drive with their Free Trial I would LOVE to know what you thought about it! Either leave a message here or you can email me at [email protected]

    Much love always,

    Lysa xx

    • Hi Lysa,
      As I wrote before, you give such great attention to your readers! Thank you so much for taking the time to get this for us.
      Janice

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