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When I first started blogging, I was overwhelmed by the choices. Themes, plugins, topics, colors, and name options overwhelmed me.
I tried to take things slowly, adding one part at a time.
Luckily, one of the first things I added was CoSchedule.
CoSchedule is a drag-and-drop editorial calendar for WordPress that puts your blog posts and social media messages on the same schedule.
I kept hearing about the need for an editorial calendar. Well, CoSchedule is the perfect option in my book.
So what makes it so great? Let’s go through the 7 reasons I love CoSchedule.
Posts & Shares Are in the Same Schedule
Sure, WordPress lets you schedule posts in advance. And there are plenty of other free plugins that let you share your posts on social media.
But CoSchedule does everything for you, and lets you see everything in calendar view.
While there isn’t the ability (yet) to share on Pinterest, most of the major social media networks are included: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.
It’s easy to use so I can plan in advance and always know what posts I need to prepare.
Drag-and-Drop for Easy Changes
Things are always changing. Every blogger knows that. New, more relevant topics come up, so others get pushed back.
Luckily, CoSchedule accounts for this.
Everything is drag-and-drop, so you can easily move a post from one date to another. You can also drag posts from your draft bin onto a date to schedule it.
Plus, as you drag a post from one date to another, your social media messages move with it.
Color-Coding for Consistency
One of the things I’ve needed to work on lately is diverse content. At times I post too much in one category, rather than spreading out certain topics over a longer period of time.
CoSchedule has a feature that can help me with this.
You can color-code posts based on whatever criteria you want. There are seven color choices (plus “no color,” which kind of counts as an eighth option) to do with as you’d like.
I personally use them for my categories. If I see the same color twice in the same week, I can move them around to keep my content consistent.
Draft Bin for Ideas
I touched on this briefly before, but this is one thing I’ve started using a bit recently.
When you have a post idea, but don’t necessarily know when you’d like to post it, you can leave it in the draft bin.
That way it’s still on WordPress and CoSchedule still has a record of it, and you can easily drag it in place when you decide when to share it with the world.
It’s great for those times when you just don’t have time or motivation to write.
Top Posts for Resharing
Another great feature is that you can see which posts have been shared the most, and therefore could bring new traffic if they are shared again.
It’s a great way to keep you constantly sharing posts without sharing the same one three times in a row.
Content Marketing Blog
This one you don’t even have to pay for!
The CoSchedule team has an amazing content marketing blog that they update regularly with tools and tips for content marketers.
There’s a lot of great resources for bloggers looking to gain more traffic.
CoSchedule is a very small company, but they’re always quick to respond any time I have questions or requests.
They take requests seriously and are always updating the app so it’s the best tool for their customers.
I never have a problem getting a response within a day, and I always feel like my concerns and opinions are taken seriously.
At just $10 per month, CoSchedule is easily the best investment in my blog. Outside of the hosting fees, obviously.
If you’re still skeptical, you can get a free 14-day trial. That’s what I did, and I knew I’d become a paying customer after just two days.
If you’re interested in more info, check out the CoSchedule website or check out the overview video below.
Nicole Johnson says
Wow! Thanks for writing this awesome review of CoSchedule. We really appreciate it!
CoSchedule Community Manager
Ashley Hufford says
I LOVE CoSchedule!! 🙂 Totally the BEST!
Randi Shaffer says
Amen on the whole “one part at a time” thing! Blogging is so overwhelming at first.
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