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Schedule your blog posts via social media

I won't ask if you use social media because if you have a blog then of course you do! Doesn't everyone these days? But, oh how have times changed? I remember a few years ago when I first started blogging I would type out every single social media message after publishing a blog post. I would head on over to Facebook to share a wall post, Twitter to tweet out the link to the new post and for Instagram I would email myself the photo and upload it on my phone and write a caption and repeat a couple of times a day, every day. As much as I love updating my social media in real-time (mainly Instagram) it is such a satisfying feeling scheduling them too, plus it gives you more free time to play with your children, get out for the day or even work!

Scheduling some of your social media content in advance is well worth it. It's all about saving yourself some time. Here are 3 of my favourite social media scheduling tools:

Buffer has to be my favourite social media scheduling tool by far. I only discovered it late last year but since then I have used it pretty much daily even if it did take me a while to get used to. You can download Buffer on your phone which is handy if you wish to re-buffer on the go or schedule some tweets if you're away. It's also great for sharing posts when you're asleep for our friends across the pond!


Buffer is free to use however if you wish to use it more frequently to schedule more than 10 posts a day you will need to upgrade for just £7 per month. The great thing about Buffer is the fact that you can set up exact social media times that you'd like to publish to each platform. I have numerous set times throughout the day where I share content if I have added anything to the schedule. So when I publish a blog post I can write up as many tweets as I like and just select "Add to Queue" which will add them automatically to the schedule instead of me having to enter a new time each time.

It's great logging into my buffer dashboard and seeing a queue of social media messages waiting to publish. You can also choose to schedule the post at another time which isn't in your set schedule, share the post next instead of adding it to the end of the scheduled list or share now which will automatically share it straight away.

Make sure you check out the optimal scheduling tool to find out the best times to post your content. You can choose as many posting times as you like and replace your existing schedule too.


It is worth upgrading for just $10 per month to allow you more flexibility in your scheduling. With the free version you can only buffer 10 posts at a time, with the full version you can buffer up to 100! Not only that but you can also add up to 10 social media accounts, which gives you more freedom to schedule posts and tweets on different accounts. So it's definitely worth it!


Co-Schedule is a tool which I use regularly for another site that I co-own. It is a Wordpress plugin which allows you to schedule you blog posts in advance and see ahead the content for the rest of the month on a calendar. The calendar is amazing and allows you to drag and drop posts and switch up the days which you publish new content. Once a new post goes live you can set it up to schedule via social media as well as Buffer. 


You can set your post to publish at a specific time or with the following scheduling times:

Right Now

1 hour after publish

3 hours after publish

5 hours after publish

Add to Buffer



You can also do this for Facebook and Google Plus. I love the fact that you can drag and drop the post over to another day if you wish to publish it then instead, which saves you from having to go back in and amend the sharing time. How amazing is that! I do wish Co-Schedule was available for non Wordpress users as I would love to use it with this blog. 

You can sign up to Co-Schedule for a free 14 day trial to see if you like it before purchasing the tool. 

Latergram


The last tool I wanted to share with you was Latergram. This is a new tool which I have only recently discovered that I don't use too often as I tend to post real-time content via Instagram, however it is great for sharing blog posts especially if you have content or giveaways you wish to share. 

Although Latergram is unable to automatically publish scheduled posts, it was send you a push notification reminder that it is ready to go live and you are required to click a few buttons and it will be live. I guess this is good for saving time where hashtags are involved as it will copy it over on the clipboard for you and all you need to do is paste it. 

You can access Latergram and upload images on both your phone or the computer which is handy especially as it saves you from having to email photos over to your phone and upload them that way. I guess this tool is great for those with a busy schedule, especially if you're out for the day or will be working.

So there you have it, three of my favourite scheduling tools for blogging.

Do you use any of these tools? Do you prefer to share you blog posts in real-time or schedule them in advance?

47 comments

  1. This is fantastic :) I started using buffer last week and I love it. I'm going to check out your other recommendations.

    Thanks
    Claire
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  2. I use Latergram mostly to be able to post pictures from my camera without having to email them to myself first, or if I have something chatty to say. I tried Buffer but didn't quite figure it out so I might have to give it another go!

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  3. I should try buffer, it sounds like a really useful app.

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  4. Great tips, I use Buffer but only the mobile version and not very effectively. Am definitely going to look properly at the laptop version.

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  5. Aww I need to start the buffer. am super antisocial lately as I keep typing on my phone but this is also downide having to work full time and blogging pretty much full time ;/

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  6. I really need to start using these tools! I did use buffer for a while last year but just got lazy and stopped. The upgrade totally sounds worth it x

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  7. Thanks for these tips, I look the look of buffer so will investigate that!

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  8. Thanks for sharing I think I might try Buffer. Everyone keeps going on about Hootsuite and I never know which ones great, but this looks simple to use.

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  9. I've never used buffer before I usually use hootsuite will try it out though. Thanks for the tips.

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  10. I'm a buffer fan too. I have tried Coschedule in the past but I personally didn't see it worth the money for me when buffer world so well for me.

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  11. I don't use any of these Scheduling tools.... I really should. It sounds like it could save me a lot of time! Thank you for the tips x

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  12. I use Hootsuite, tried Buffer but not heard of co-schedule. Will give it a go I think as its always good to mix it up.

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  13. Great round up, I love Latergramme, but prefer Social Oomph for Twitter as it lets me put the tweet in, adjust the start time and set the schedule ie every 4 hours for 20 times (or forever). I also prefer post planner for FB. I love seeing what others use xx

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  14. I would be lost without buffer, I use it all the time x

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  15. I use hootsuite for scheduling social media but wasn't aware of latergram so will be checking this out later today.

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  16. I need to set a schedule for my blog because I have so much trouble trying to combine blog with work so these apps might come handy! :D

    The Vintage Owl | Bloglovin

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  17. This is a really good round up! I need to get back into using buffer! I haven't used it for ages, which is probably one reason why I'm failing on social media! Thank you for inspiring me :) xx

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  18. I have to admit I switched to Buffer a couple of months ago and haven't looked back - its such a great tool! x

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  19. I had no idea about any of these as blogging is a part time hobby for me still but I think I need to have a look at Buffer sounds great for when I'm in work thank you x

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  20. Yes yes yes Kerry!! These are perfect I knew you'd come in handy one day ha ha just kidding! I'm definitely going to need some of these - you know how unorganised I am thanks for sharing sexy :D

    Charlotte x

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  21. I needed just this , I have now buffer and coschedule , thank for sharing x

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  22. Thanks for sharing, these are really handy! x

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  23. Wow these look great, a couple I really need to check out. I love the look of buffer and latergram. Thanks for sharing

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  24. I love Buffer, it makes blogging life so much easier.

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  25. YOU ARE MY HEROINE!! I want to send you a thousand kisses!!! I've literally just been panic moaning to my other half that I don't understand how bloggers can social media it up whilst looking after children.. with discussions of me stopping blogging because I just can't keep on top twitter and the likes. Amazing post!!!

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  26. Thank you for the shares. I'm off to master Buffer & Latergram as we speak! THANK YOU x

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  27. I have been thinking about using something like this as I just don't seem to get chance to get online and tweet/share anything throughout the day now Evelyn is more active and napping less. I think I may give Buffer a go! x

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  28. I don't use any of these, mainly because I haven't blogged enough to need to schedule, but these sounds like they will come in really handy with blogging and the new campaign I am working on xx

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  29. At the moment I am using Ever green tweeter, klout and the schedule setting on fb... I really do need to get more say! !

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  30. I know you recommended Buffer to me a few weeks ago but I'm yet to get on it! I'll really have to check it out because I just can't get on top of everything, especially for the group.

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  31. I used to be so good at the Buffering but have fallen out of the habit. Hopefully this post will help me reclaim the blog-life balance now we are "back to school"

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  32. brilliant post! loads of great stuff in there. i really love buffer - although, giving hootsuite a whirl at the moment. will check these out X

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  33. I'm really bad at scheduling. I use Hootsuite for my local NCT branch I do the social media for, and sometimes for putting things out to my facebook page. But otherwise, I just do as and when. I am setting up a tweet spreadsheet, with the plan to put those into schedules when I've got some time.

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  34. I have never tried any of the ones on your list, I think I should as I stay up too late on social media! I use Tweetdeck but that is the only one I have used but I think I will be trying out one or more of these you have mentioned, thanks!

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  35. Oh thanks for sharing, Kerry! I knew of some of these but not all of them so will be checking them out.

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  36. Great post :) I am a big fan of Buffer, although I am yet to pay for the upgrade.

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  37. Hi,

    thanks for sharing these tools, I have been thinking to start using one. What do you think about Hootsuite ?

    Katya

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  38. Great tips - I had a look at co-schedule but it looks expensive. I'm going to give buffer a go though as I definitely neglect my social media in the day.

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  39. Such a great post, so many handy tips! Ive been using Hootsuite for the last 2 years, but Buffer looks pretty good and I have to say, after reading your post im tempted to try it!

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  40. I really love Buffer, it's really helpful to promote blog posts on Twitter but not overwhelm your followers with bloggy stuff.

    Natasha Kendall | Beauty and Lifestyle

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  41. I love Buffer, but haven't gotten into Latergram. I'll need to look into it. Thanks for the tips!

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  42. I've learnt a lot here. I thought I was good using hootsuite, but I can see there is so much potential in in getting these up and running too

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  43. Brilliant post - I have heard so much about Buffer, I must take a look. I mean to schedule - then forget ;) Kaz x

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  44. This is such a good idea. I really want to get into using buffer, at the moment I use tweetdeck and find it so useful!

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  45. I don't use any of them. I keep getting told to use buffer though.

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