This week we’re looking at how to create a social media promotion schedule for your blog.
You spend hours and hours writing content for your blog, then you share it out on your social channels and it’s on to the next post. But that old content can still be working for you. In this weeks Podcast I show you how to create a content promotion schedule.
Here is what we’ll cover:
- Look at your blog analytics – which social networks drive the most traffic. More importantly how long do people hang around? How many pages do they look at?
- Focus on the networks that are delivering the best results
- How to create a promotion schedule. Read more below
Listen to the full episode crammed with Blog promotion tips
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If you share my love of notebooks and paper, here’s the photo of the lovely orange HubSpot notebook I promised I’d share 🙂
Before we look at promoting content you’ll need a few things:
3 Images for your post:
- For Facebook the ideal size is 1200 x 627
- For Pinterest 735 x 1102
- For Twitter 1024 x 512
Here’s a link to Canva as mentioned in the show.
3 Headlines for each blog post
We talked about this in episode 2. This gives you three chances to get the best hook
A list of people mentioned or linked to in the post
This way you can tag them when sharing your posts on social channels
A list of hashtags to use on Twitter
You’ll use one or two of these in each Tweet promoting your content. I’ve been using RiteTag to help me choose tags.
Decide how often you want to post to each social network. My guide is:
- Facebook 1x per day (or I’m at slightly more at the moment)
- Twitter 6x per day (I’ve seen other studies saying 3 times a day but I like to share a mixture of my own content and that from other sources).
- LinkedIn 1x per day
Use this information to create a content schedule. You can create your own or download mine here.
Categorising your content:
When you write your next post, give it a category. I use the following four:
- Time Sensitive
- Check for Updates
This will determine how frequently and when you should share content.
Other Places To Share:
Find Facebook groups that allow you to share links to your blog posts. You may not think these link groups are valuable, but I’ve found them hugely effective
Viral Content Buzz
Last year I found Viral Content Buzz, it’s a great site where you earn social currency by sharing other people’s posts on your social network.
Just like Facebook groups I’ve fond lots of good blogs there.
Most important of all
Don’t look at your social networks just as a channel for promotion. Use Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to get to know people better, share their content if it’s relevant to your audience. Ask for help and share your expertise when others need help.
This Week’s Challenges
For your next blog post:
- Create three images – one for Facebook, one for Pinterest and one for Twitter
- Find relevant hashtags for your posts
- Add your new post to a content schedule (download my template), mark it up for the type of content it is and schedule dates for it to go out over the next week, month and year
- Have a look at Viral Content Buzz and Facebook groups to share your content in
Download my promotion checklist here.
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Philip Verghese Ariel says
It is indeed a great joy to be here today via my friend Erik’s twitter share,
Woh! The podcast is really wonderful and informative. I just bookmarked this page for my further read.
Social sharing is an important thing in blogging, and yes, we need to keep a strict eye while doing it.
You presented it well for the benefit of your listeners. Though I do it regularly in almost all of the mentioned platforms, i never thought of the way in which you presented, in need to follow this step mentioned in this page as well as in the podcast. This is indeed a good idea with a podcast along with the content.
Keep up the good work.
Will come again to read and listen more.
Have a Happy and profitable weekend
Amanda Webb says
Thanks Philip 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it. Aside from the tasks I have some great guests lined up for the next few months 🙂 Thanks for listening
Cypher - Mass Planner says
Great podcast Amanda. Any thoughts about using automated tools for managing social medias
Amanda Webb says
Thanks for the comment. It depends how you use them I think. You have to be careful not to alienate your readers by not responding personally. I do however use a lot of scheduling tools to ensure I’m being consistent with my tweets and other social networks.