Before CoSchedule, I felt like my blog was running my entire life rather than me running my blog. Every day I had to figure out content, social media, my newsletter and more… time just felt like it wasn’t on my side. Now, with CoSchedule, everything is much easier. Let’s take a look at how food blogging with CoSchedule has positively impacted my life.
COOL COSCHEDULE VIDEO
CoSchedule is an editorial calendar for your blog and content marketing that keeps you insanely organized while saving you tons of time.
GETTING STARTED FOOD BLOGGING WITH COSCHEDULE
I had no idea that CoSchedule even existed before reading about it in a Facebook Group. A blogger who I have admired for putting out really high-quality content on a regular basis said that she was using it as tool for an editorial calendar.
At the time, I happened to also be in the market for an editorial calendar! So, I decided to check it out. The very first thing that I liked about CoSchedule is just how easy it is to get started.
After I signed up there was an easy user tutorial that took me through each step of the process. Simple and quick, which is what I need during a hectic day of posting and running around on social media! I think that the whole process took about 5-6 minutes.
Let's look next at why food blogging with CoSchedule is just so easy.
COSCHEDULE WORDPRESS INTEGRATION
Yep. CoSchedule integrates directly into WordPress. So what does this mean? Here's the deal:
- First, you load in the CoSchedule plugin. It's easy and only takes a minute. After it is loaded, log into your CoSchedule account.
- After you have connected your WordPress blog, get ready to have your mind blown! Go ahead and start creating your editorial calendar. Choose the Author and the Categories for the posts. Click a button and you are editing directly into the post from CoSchedule. It's really cool.
- Once your post is created and scheduled, don't worry about the social media. With CoSchedule, you have the ability to create full Social Campaigns directly from WordPress. I schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for the day the post goes live. Then I schedule for 1 week later and 1 month after that. It takes minutes and fills up my social media quickly!
THE COSCHEDULE CALENDAR
Before CoSchedule, I was running three different calendars. I had one for Basecamp (which I no longer use!) that kept my team in the loop. There was one for Social Media (which I never kept up with). And the last was the "catch all" for everything else.
Now, everything is handled through CoSchedule. I keep my team up-to-date with what is happening, work through all my social media posts (with about 5X the volume we ever posted previously) and am able to use it for newsletters, video, email marketing and more.
As you can see, food blogging with CoSchedule is really super easy.
USING COSCHEDULE FOR TASKS
I love setting up processes (which is strange for an unorganized person to say!). Systems make the world an easier place to live in. Particularly for foodbloggers. The great news is that the people at CoSchedule have thought about processes too and have built in a task manager.
Here's what I love about this manager: you can create individual task templates for each type of work you or your team will perform. I've attached a screenshot of part of my task template for a "new blog post" below. You can see that CoSchedule will assign specific tasks to both my team and myself on specific dates. It is just so cool.
Historically, I always had great intentions on scanning my receipts to send through to the bookkeeper. But I would get lost in the details of a new recipe or maybe get lost editing pictures for a new post. Well, now it is built right into my own, personal process that CoSchedule serves up to me on a daily basis.
USING COSCHEDULE REQUEUE
Not sure what CoSchedule ReQueue is? Simply put: the coolest Social Media tool ever. Essentially, the ReQueue program gives turns what was once a "one time" social media campaign into an "Evergreen" campaign.
The ReQueue program allows you to choose which social media posts you would like to include in the ReQueue program with the flip of a switch (see the image below!). Once you have chosen to include the post in the program, ReQueue will start adding that post AUTOMATICALLY back into your social media workflow.
What does this mean? A lot less pressure. The ReQueue program starts filling in the "holes" in your social media calendar for you. Instead of working for hours to fill your SM calendar, ReQueue is there to help.
This feature alone is worth its weight in gold for me.
BUILT-IN COSCHEDULE REFERRAL PROGRAM
I'm a fan of referral programs... but only for stuff that I can 100% endorse. In consideration for this post, CoSchedule offers a discount to use their program. But that is not why I am writing this today. I'm writing this post because this program has allowed me to take control of my blog again. It's a way to say "thank you" to the people at CoSchedule.
Additionally, they have a cool referral program. If you found what I've said here today convincing that you want to Take CoSchedule for a Spin, then you know what to do. If you just want to look without clicking on a referral link, you can goto the CoSchedule home page and poke around.
SO MANY FEATURES IN COSCHEDULE
I'm just getting started with this awesome program and I love it. There are so many cool features that I could probably spend all day writing about it.
One of the best posts I have read for setting up some really awesome Easy Social Media Templates was written by Nicole Johnson. She worked at CoSchedule for a couple years and now is doing some incredible work over at Mediavine. She also has a Foodbloggers Guide to CoSchedule which is equally as good!
In any event, if you want to get back to blogging being fun... CoSchedule is a great tool to get started in the right direction.