For years I have been using the Editorial Calendar plugin for scheduling my posts and to get some kind of structure into the planning of whatever I was gonna share. However, since I moved to WPML, the plugin didn’t perform so well anymore. In theory I should have been able to switch between English and Dutch, showing one of the language per screen, but in reality it got stuck a lot of the time. That meant that I saw one language but not the other. So – other than going into each post separately – I had no way of knowing what I had done and what still needed doing.
So when I saw a mention somewhere on facebook from someone who was wildly enthusiastic about CoSchedule I wanted to give a try straight away. Anything to make my life easier really! You can try it out for free for 14 days or even longer if you’re still unsure if it is for you. After the trial period it is not a free program but will set you back 10 dollar each month (per blog). On first glance I thought it was quite a hefty price but in the meantime I have become so attached to CoSchedule that I can’t really work without. It’s making my life so much easier and more organized!
First of all because I can see both of my languages in the one calendar. So I never have to guess wether or not I did translate something or not.
With colorcodes it is highlighted if a post is a draft (yellow), scheduled (white) or social media (blue). See that little post above with Tom’s picture? Also handy if you’re working with multiple authors as you can identify who is doing what. You can add teams and assign tasks and have people schedule their own posts and social media to go along with it. And that brings me to one of the coolest features of CoScheduel. You can plan your social media posts directly from the screen where you create your posts (or from the calendar itself, whichever works best for you) You can create different messages for facebook, even facebook groups or your page, twitter, linkedIn and Google+. That makes it a time saver in optima forma.
You can decide wether you want it to go live at the same time as your post or at any time after that. You can even plan stuff a year into the future! How handy is that? So you could – potentially – simply schedule your winner christmas recipes to have an extra social media boost in the month of december… Although I have to say that I still struggle a bit in finding the right balance in tweeting too much or too little. Working on that!
On the CoSchedule blog they are also giving you handy tips on how to do certain things. In the calendar itself (which has a plugin for your blog and a standalone webapp too) you can drag and drop your posts to other locations when necessary and things change. the support of the CoSchedule crew is fantastic and quick.
And another cool thing is that you can actually earn back some of your dollars spend on the subscription by tweeting about them or by writing a review, like I am doing now. It’s the little things that help right?
If you are on WPML as I am, you will need to contact support as there is a known bug between the two, but a little tweak from support and you’re good to go.
Disclaimer: The links in this article are affiliate links to CoSchedule. That means that – if you like it as much as I do – I get a bit of a discount on my subscription.