Food blogging is a lot of fun. From the writing to the recipe development to the food photography to social media to connecting with others, it’s basically a dream.
But all the fun goes out the window if you’re not organized.
Things can get pretty messy and fast. Suddenly you’ve written all these posts, you have all this great content, but how are you going to share it? Who’s going to see it? Let’s not even talk about how time-consuming social media can be…
Coschedule to the rescue!
Seriously though. I discovered Coschedule a month ago when I was part of the Food Entrepreneur Summit and other bloggers kept saying what a total life-saver it was. I knew I had to try it out. So I did a one-month free trial… and I was completely hooked.
Coschedule is a marketing and content calendar that is basically heaven for food bloggers. You can use it right in WordPress. When you sign up, it shows up in your left-hand Dashboard and says, easily enough, “Calendar.” Just click on it, sign in with your username and password, and you’re good to go. You can coordinate your blog post drafts with your social media sharing. You can also see your top posts and what is getting the most social shares, which is really helpful.
As you can see from the screenshot above, when you want to schedule your social media, you click “New Social Message.” You write the text that you want (your tweet or Facebook message), upload your image (which already shows up since it’s connected to the featured image in your blog post), and input your link.
Sounds easy, right? It is! It’s a completely user-friendly system. It basically removes any headaches that you might have around sharing content on social media. You can work ahead and schedule your blog content and social media shares for the next few months. That’s a huge time-saver since you can take one hour a week and specifically use that time to schedule content instead of doing a little bit every day.
You can even click on an upcoming blog post and schedule all your social media posts for that one story for the next few weeks.
I love Coschedule so much because it a.) makes the organizational nerd living inside of me really happy and b.) allows me to save a ton of time. I can feel confident that all my social media for the next month is totally done, and that helps me focus on continuing to be creative and focus on my content. I usually schedule my social media for the next month, but sometimes I work two weeks in advance if it’s a particularly busy time. Either way, though, it really saves me tons of time and I can’t imagine blogging without it!
The coolest part? It even tells you the “Best Time” for you to post your stuff. So when you schedule your Facebook messages and tweets, you’ll be asked if you want the best time that day in general, the best time between 8am-11-am, 11am-3pm, 3pm-7pm and so on. I love this feature so much since it takes that guess work out of the whole deal.
Check out this video for even more info on how this amazing tool works:
If you want to take your blogging organization to the next level, I would totally and completely recommend Coschedule.
Do you use Coschedule? How do you usually get organized?