As a now full-time blogger, I’ve learned that one of the most important things you have to do is plan your editorial calendar. (What’s an Editorial Calendar? Basically it’s a planned calendar of your upcoming themes, features, posts for your blog) Why? Because consistency in blogging is key. Your blog readers are your blog readers for a reason, they’re interested in what you have to share and what you have to say. If you blog sporadically, your blog traffic will also be sporadic. You want your blog readers to keep coming back for more and by keeping a schedule you’ll give them an idea that in a week you would be posting 3-5 times (or even more if you’re that amazing at blogging — me, not so much haha) and that will make them keep checking on your blog each day. Before I made blogging my career, I used to just post whatever I felt like on a whim but now that it’s my full-time job, well that kind of habit just doesn’t cut it anymore.
This is where CoSchedule saved my life. I stumbled upon the CoSchedule plugin while Googling: “schedule social media posts wordpress“ (seriously, you guys needs to google everything. it’s so useful!) and it was the very first result. Intrigued, I clicked the link and let’s just say I’ve been amazed ever since. Of course some geniuses out there created a WordPress plugin that every single blogger needs and should have. Of course. Thank you Google! Thank you CoSchedule creators!
Basically CoSchedule is a drag and drop editorial calendar for WordPress.org that puts both your blog and social media posts in one schedule — it’s organized, quick, easy and idiot-proof. Gone are the days you need to use different platforms to schedule your posts or open more web tabs to schedule posts — or god forbid have your phone alert you to post on social media blog links so your blog readers don’t miss out on them. Yes, I used to do that and it was really tedious. But now with CoSchedule you can do the planning and scheduling of your posts all in one tab — your WordPress dashboard.
My favorite features on CoSchedule:
- Drag & drop drafted blog posts in your calendar to schedule them and move them around if you have to
- Easily re-schedule old blog posts to be published on your social media platforms
- Saves you a lot of time and effort, very convenient
- All-in-one plugin – scheduling, assigning tasks, adding notes and events
- Can be a personal calendar as well
- If you’re more than one author on a blog, you can schedule and assign tasks to each person
- It integrates with WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.
CoSchedule is available for a free trial for the first 14 days of usage, and if you like what the plugin/app has to offer (and I’m sure you will!) it’s $10/month and only $100/year if you sign up for the yearly subscription. You can also get a 50% off discount when you write a review about CoSchedule — which is what I’m doing right now! Haha That’s how great this WordPress plugin is, and I would definitely recommend it and give it a 5/5 rating.
I currently have no issues with the app so far, and unfortunately if you’re not on WordPress then I don’t think you could use this app. Maybe they’ll create one in the future? Cross your fingers. If not, I suggest you move to WordPress :P
To know more about CoSchedule and see it in action, check out the video below: