Now that you know how to schedule your blog posts, it’s time to move on to the advanced scheduling course: social media. Think about it – you could be blogging and then amplifying your posts on Facebook and Twitter without stepping foot near your computer. To start with, you’ll need to grab your scheduled post links. In that same sidebar on your Blogger post screen, click the ‘Permalink.’ You can customize the URL, or you can leave it on ‘Automatic,’ and just copy the grey text that appears above the ‘Automatic URL’ option. In WordPress the permalink URL for your scheduled post should show up just beneath the title of the post.
How to Schedule a Facebook Status Post
Click inside the status update box on your Facebook page
. Wait a second, and then you’ll see a little clock image in the bottom left corner. Click that little guy, and then it’ll walk you through the scheduling process, from year to month, day, and time. Then you can write your status just as normally would, and click “schedule.”
If you want to change the post before its scheduled time or just can’t remember what you’ve scheduled, head up to your admin panel bar across the top of the page. Click on ‘Edit Page,’ and then ‘Use Activity Log.’ Voila – a list of all your scheduled posts!
Tip: You can use this feature to backdate posts as well, which is useful if you want to add a milestone to your timeline. An example would be if I were to schedule back to 2009 for a “Shrimp Salad Circus publishes its first post” link.
How to Schedule a Tweet
There are lots of different services and applications you case use for scheduling your Twitter account. I use Hootsuite
to schedule my tweets
in advance. Hootsuite is a great organizational tool in general, but I find it especially helpful for scheduling purposes. To schedule a tweet with Hootsuite, just begin typing your tweet as you normally would, and select your Twitter handle in the box to the top right in the image above. Then, just click the little ‘Scheduling’ calendar, and your time and date options will drop down. Schedule to your satisfaction, and then click ‘Schedule.’
Tip: Scheduling tweets in advance is even a good idea for tweeting your pins on Pinterest or your Instagram photos. That way, you don’t overwhelm your followers with a ton of posts all at once when you are on a pinning spree, followed by radio silence.
Now that you know how to schedule out every aspect of your blog and social media routine, what will you differently? How will you use these tips to streamline and strengthen your routine?