Right now, I am asleep. And it’s not even today. Right now, it’s actually last week, which is when I wrote this post.
You see, this is a scheduled post, which means I wrote it, set a posting date and then went along my business (probably writing another post). But what about the Facebook post and the Tweet I sent out about this post? Also scheduled, so that they would go out after the article was published. I was, in fact having a sandwhich at the time.
How does it work?
I run my blog on WordPress, which I consider one of the best bloggin platforms around. Whenever I write my blog posts (usually on Sundays) I schedule them to be posted at different times and dates using the built in scheduling option. There’s not much to it, and anyone can learn how to schedule wordpress posts in just three steps
How To Schedule WordPress Posts
- Write your post
- Click on the Publish date and set it to whatever you want
- Click ‘Publish’ et voila.
You will receive a confirmation message above the post editor that let’s you know when your post will be published.
“Post scheduled for: Jun 22, 2012 @ 6:00”
That really is all there is to it
Tip #1 – WordPress Editorial Calendar Plugin.
Sometimes looking at all your upcoming posts in list view can be a little disorientating – you don’t get a clear sense of what is posted when. To solve this problem, I use a plugin called WordPress Editorial Calendar to show me exactly when my posts will be sent out.
Have a look – each of these is scheduled to be posted at around 2-3pm South African time, which is when I get the best response to content I post.
Tip #2 – Posting to Facebook and Twitter in the Future
To help me schedule my Status updates and Tweets I use Buffer. It works by allowing you to set a time window for your content to be published. Most of the traffic to this blog comes from South Africa, which is why my posts are set to go out between 10am and 4pm SA time. That’s 2am to 8am my time. And I’m still fast asleep.
Status updates and Tweets are intentionally scheduled to go out later than blog posts and not at the same time. I learned the hard way that it’s better to give it a little while (caching, daylight savings time, whatever).
Using these two simple tools, I’m able to post content, comments,status updates and tweets pretty much around the clock. Which in my opinion is pretty cool.
Go ahead, try it for yourself – it’s easier than you think and people will think that you are somehow magically awake all the time.