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I have been saying this lately “you can’t do all of the things.”
It is more important for me to become concise in my approach to working from home.
The list of blogging tasks seems to be endless.
One of my priorities is to make sure I am sharing on social media consistently. This means I need to have updates in my Facebook group, on my Twitter feed, Pinterest Pins and content for my YouTube channel. It can be overwhelming.
I finally stopped trying to make something of my Facebook page so I decided to leverage specific groups in order to update my audience on new freebies, products, and blog posts.
In comes Twitter.
Twitter, is one of the life lines for my blog. I get traffic, better engagement, and subscribers. Therefore, I try to make sure I spend a lot of my time promoting my posts and content from fellow bloggers on this platform. I know what you are probably thinking “I don’t understand Twitter and I don’t get a lot of traffic from the site.” I didn’t understand it at first, but with a little training I began to truly profit from Twitter.
So, how did I make it all happen?
It all started with Hootsuite. Then I tried Buffer. Now I have settled on Post Planner. and Post Planner has been my saving grace.
If you don’t know about Post Planner then take a look at this mini-tour in this video. It’s a sneak peak into what Post Planner is like on the inside. You will see how you can find relevant photos and articles to share. You will also see how I use it to drive traffic to my blog by consistently posting to Twitter.
Aside from the video I want to give you a short tutorial on how you can use this tool to save time posting to social media.
Before I go into the tutorial I want to share some other tools I use to help me save time posting to social media.
How Does Post Planner Work
Post Planner works well with Twitter and Facebook. This tool is designed to help you post more effectively for more engagement. The system complies all of the viral posts across Twitter and Facebook so you will know what works. When you know what works for others, you can then streamline your own content to duplicate what has already been done.
This has saved me time when thinking of what to post on social media.
Here is how you can get started:
First you need an account. You can begin to post for $9 per month. When you sign up be sure to switch to the monthly plan otherwise you will be paying for the entire year (unless you really want to). I know the photo says $7 per, it is equivalent to what you would have paid for an entire year which comes out to $7 per month.
Next, once you are all signed up it is time to start posting. Let’s take a look at some of the features.
My Favorite Features from Post Planner
One of my favorite features is the quotes section. You can easily find the most popular photo quotes (as I call them) from Facebook and Twitter. The system pulls all of them for you to use on your social media accounts or as is.
I like to share relevant content with my Twitter followers. When I use the business or marketing feature I always stumble across popular blog posts on social media marketing or blogging for business.
The last feature I love is the status ideas feature. I use the “deep thought” section to post thought provoking quotes that will resonate with other bloggers in my audience.
You will be able to post video, links to articles or YouTube videos, and you will be able to share articles from other sites quickly and easily since they are already built in.
If you have your own group on Facebook you can certainly use Post Planner to social media automatically, which can save you time. All you need to do is stay connected to your community by responding to questions.
How to Schedule Your Posts on Post Planner
If you are using the basic account you are allowed to store and post 1,000 links per month. All you do is cut and paste your link into the posting section.
When you paste your link the system will automatically populate the title and photo. You can always change the photo within Post Planner by uploading another one.
Next, you will see the scheduler right below your post. You have the option to send now, make a planned post that will send one link over and over for several weeks, and you can schedule your post by date and time.
You will also have the option to schedule the post every week, or every day until you choose to stop it.
Here is what it looks like:
So this is how I keep myself from being overwhelmed from promoting my posts and other content on social platforms.
Below are two other tools I use to post to social media accounts.
Save Time Posting to Multiple Social Media Sites
One of the other ways I post to social media at one time is a tool called Only Wire. I post up to 10 accounts at once. Some of the major social networks are included such as
- 2 Google+ Accounts
When signing up for the service you must be careful which networks you sign up with.
Basically all I do is copy and paste my link and it distributes my links to wherever I want it go. I use this when I want to distribute my posts quickly right after I hit publish.
Only Wire is one of the first schedulers I encountered when I started blogging. It was around well before IFTTT (If This Then That).
Next up is Pinterest.
Save Time Posting to Pinterest
I started hearing about a tool called Tailwind. I’ve been hearing about it for a little over a year. There were so many bloggers explaining the benefits of using this particular tool to post to multiple boards on Pinterest. Naturally I had to give it a try. So I bought a subscription to use the tool.
Anytime I find interesting pins around the, even while on Pinterest I am able to save the pin for later within the tool. In order to do this you have to download the tool to your tool bar. It works as if you added the Pin-it button to your tool bar on your computer.
For the most part I use this tool to Pin my newer blog posts to the 29 boards I have on my account. This saves me a ton of time and helps me to drive traffic to my blog.
These tools have enabled me to post quickly to social media. I spend maybe 5 minutes uploading my links between Only Wire and Tailwind. Then I will spend 30 minutes uploading my links and gathering posts from Post Planner for the week.
I mentioned some other tools in this post to help you save time promoting on social media. Here is a list of tools I mentioned. I am also listing other tools that you might want to check out:
- Facebook Scheduler (built right into Facebook)
- Post Planner
- Only Wire
- Meet Edgar
- Boardbooster (for Pinterest)
Over to You
Now that you know what tools you can use to help you save time posting to social media which ones will you choose? Let me know in the comments. If you haven’t begun using these tools or if you are looking for more efficient ways to post then research these tools to see which ones will fit your budget and goals.