Is CoSchedule For The Small Blogger?
Yesterday I shared my August 2015 Small Blogger Income Report. I also mentioned that I had started using the trial version of CoSchedule because I needed something to help me automate some of my daily tasks. This is something I have been putting off for a long time because, to be frank; I wasn't sure what I was going to do about my blog. I have had plenty of ups and downs when it comes to blogging. I don't have a niche, some months I make money, and some months I feel like I'm failing, and honestly, sometimes it just gets old. Earlier in the year, I had a terrible case of blogger burn-out. I was just over it, yet I knew that feeling would wear off, and thankfully, I was right. I took most of the summer off because my kids were home, and I knew I needed a break. With a fresh start in August, I finally feel alive again, and I want to do this work. I'm the type of person that needs to love what they do. Otherwise, I end up stressed out and burned out.
I can't say that I have a new direction. I have direction. I believe my biggest mistake was taking on too much, working too hard, and having no goals or plans. That's all changing, and I am happier than ever. I am a planner by nature, so doing the whole "fly by the seat of my pants" thing wasn't working for me. Now I spend time everyday planning and goal setting. It's a beautiful thing!
I also realize I can't do this alone. There are too many facets of blogging and social media to try and work as a one-woman team. That's why I was excited to give CoSchedule a spin. I started using it last week and OMG peeps I am in love.
So let me tell you what I love about CoSchedule. Now, I realize that other people may use this program differently, but THIS is how I use it and how it works best for me.
- I like to use the CoSchedule site to look back at old posts. There are posts on my blog that date back to 2009 and honestly I have no clue what they are about.- Each week I go into my CoSchedule calendar and work on old posts. Some posts need to have updated pictures, pinnable images, and, of course, they need to be shared via social media. Some of the current social media sites didn't even exist when I wrote these posts (here's looking at you Google+). Reviving old posts is easy peasy with CoSchedule.
- When I write a post, I use CoSchedule to plan each social media share for that day, later that day, the next day, the next week, and the next month. If it's a holiday-themed craft or recipe, I can even schedule it for the next year using custom dates. ( Note: I currently plan for Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Google+).
- Want to know why I LOVE being able to do this? #hashtags ---- Seriously, how easily do you remember the hashtags you need to use to syndicate sponsored posts and how likely are you to schedule every single tweet using relevant hashtags every single time? Well, I'm not as awesome as you are, and I forget. CoSchedule makes planning and sharing with the correct hashtags a breeze.
- Finally, my last point is this. When you ask is CoSchedule for the small blogger, I have to ask; do you want to be a small blogger forever? Of course not! That's why you should be using CoSchedule. We want to see our traffic grow, and promoting our posts daily via social media will make that happen! More shares = more traffic. More traffic = Bigger blog + Bigger checks! It's a no brainer!- I plan to share just how much CoSchedule has helped me grow my traffic next month, so stay tuned!
I have just started using CoSchedule to check out how my posts are doing, what my top posts are and the like. I feel like the ways I'm using this program right now are just the tip of the iceberg and, I'm already addicted. It can only get better from here. So today I'm signing up for the full version. If you haven't tried CoSchedule yet, I highly recommend you take advantage of their FREE 14-day trial.
Oh, and as a blogger, you can get 50% off a year's subscription by writing a review and sharing your thoughts on CoSchedule! How awesome is that?! Yeppers, pretty darn awesome!
I plan to share another post after I have spent more time using CoSchedule and have tested out more of the features.
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