Is This the Best Blogging Tool Since WordPress Itself?

CoSchedule WordPress Editorial and Social Media Calendar

If you’re not a blogger, you’re probably going to want to skip right past this post (and I don’t blame you one bit!), but this was too good not to share with my fellow bloggers!

Have you seen the buzz about CoSchedule, the integrated editorial and social media calendar for your blog?

A friend mentioned it to me several weeks ago, but I try hard not to jump on every new thing that shows up, so I ignored it at first. After the 4th or 5th time I saw it mentioned, though, I finally gave in and signed up for a trial.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was going to be worth the effort of setting it up, but I could definitely see the potential, so I committed to giving it a fair chance during the 10-day trial, and I am so glad I did.

First, what is CoSchedule?

CoSchedule WordPress Editorial and Social Media Calendar

It’s basically a drag-and-drop calendar plugin for WordPress, but if you’ve ever tried any other calendar plugins, let me assure you that this is nothing like those.

Not only is it a calendar that lets you draft and schedule blog posts, it’s also a social media calendar, which means you can schedule posts to your social media profiles from your WordPress dashboard (all except Instagram, I think).

CoSchedule WordPress Editorial and Social Media Calendar

But there’s more: In addition to scheduling those social media posts for when each blog post goes live, you can also schedule them hours, days, months or even, I suspect, years later. And then you can see all of the posts you’ve scheduled on your calendar to help you space them out rather than overloading your social media profiles accidentally.

And if you need to move your blog posts to a different day, the social media posts you’ve scheduled will roll with it!

In addition, you can create a task list for each post on your calendar, assign posts and tasks to other team members, and even schedule pins, Facebook posts and tweets that are unrelated to your blog posts.

And if you run or contribute to several blogs, you can access all of your calendars in one place.

Oh, and one of my favorite features? I can even schedule posts in the Life Your Way Monthly Facebook group as I think of questions or come across resources to share so that those aren’t all going up at one time and leaving the group with crickets when life gets busy!

I finally feel like I’ll be able to intentionally manage my social media profiles rather than a) just shooting in the dark at random or b) using them only for my personal satisfaction.

They offer a free 10-day trial so you can try it for yourself, but after that, it’s only $10/month or $100/year. For me, that feels like a steal!

This post is not sponsored in any way by CoSchedule; I’m just really, really excited to have found a solution that is both highly sophisticated and extremely simple all at once.That said, after I wrote the draft of this post, I realized they offer a 50% discount on a yearly subscription for writing a review, so I’ll definitely be taking them up on that offer!

I’d love to know…how do you manage all of your social media profiles?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • http://todaymade.com/blog Garrett Moon

    This is a great review Mandi! We really appreciate you sharing us with your audience. You had several great lines in here that I shared with our team, but one that really stood out was “if you’ve ever tried any other calendar plugins, let me assure you that this is nothing like those.”

    The reality is that we HAVE tried those. That’s why we built CoSchedule :) I am really glad to hear that you found the CoSchedule experience to 100% different.

    Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

  • http://myoverflowingcup.com Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    Thank you for the review. I’m new to the blogging world, so this is a little out of my price range, but I am pinning it for later reference!

  • Linda Joy

    Mandy, thanks for sharing your insights on and experience with CoSchedule. Up until reading your post I had been sitting on the fence about using it… Thanks so much!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, Linda!