Social Media is a must for bloggers who want to be found. There are 249.1 million blogs plus the blogs all on Blogger according to data taken in 2014. It is not enough to just write great content. You have to share your great content on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
But who has the time to write posts, maintain their blogs, and be active on several different social media platforms? It can be difficult for bloggers who have to do everything.
Thankfully, there are several different social media scheduling tools available which are helpful, and many of the tools are even free!
Free Tools that Can Be Used for More Than One Social Media:
- I mainly use these for Twitter, as I schedule my Facebook posts to my business page with Facebook’s scheduler. With either Buffer or Hootsuite, you can add scheduled tweets with or without pictures.
- Both have extensions for different browsers so they are easy to access.
- For Buffer’s free plan, you can connect to one account per each social network (one Facebook, one Google+ page, one Twitter, one Linked In, one app.net.) On the Awesome paid plan, you can connect 10 different social media pages/profiles that are supported by Buffer.
- For Hootsuite’s free plan, you can have three social media accounts attached. I use Hootsuite for any Twitter parties I attend, and I use it to schedule posts to a G+ page I manage. I could use Buffer for that as well. On the pro plan, you can have up to 50 different social medias.
- You can use both of the free programs and use one to automate posts to one Facebook group that you may help administrate, and the other one for a different page or group.
Free Tools for Individual Social Medias:
- Use Facebook’s scheduler if you want the best reach.
- Postplanner — There is a free option that you can use just like Facebook’s scheduler or you can set up a queue schedule and add posts, and it will schedule to Facebook according to your schedule. You can upgrade to a paid plan too.
- Viraltag — See note below on Twitter as I personally would not use it to schedule to Facebook due to using Facebook’s own scheduler.)
- Tweetdeck — It’s like Hootsuite where you can see all the streams (notifications, home, messages, and activity plus you can set up a custom stream for a hashtag, list, or more. You can send tweets with pictures, and it would be easy to attend twitter parties using this site.
- Viraltag — that’s right! You can use Viraltag’s free plan to post to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. With their browser extension, you can send a tweet with a picture from any website very easily.
- socialoomph — I have never used this, but it looks like it has some nice features. You can only schedule up to 12 tweets an hour (but why would you want to schedule more than that?)
- Dynamic Tweets
- DoShare Chrome Extension — I love that I can actually schedule to my G+ profile as well as my page. Here is a tutorial on how to use it.
- Boardbooster — It is free for 100 scheduled pins a month.
- TakeOff –Schedule on Instagram
You schedule posts, but you still later have to actually “post” them. The app will remind you when to post.
Paid Tools that Can Be Used for More Than One Social Media:
- Many of the free plans above have paid plans with more features.
- Schedule pins to Pinterest and you can schedule posts to 10 accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and LinkedIn).
- You can get good price by writing a review per their website: “Can’t afford paid plans? Write an honest review of viraltag on your blog and let us know, to receive 60% OFF our Pro Plan.”
- Schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, G+, and LinkedIn.
- It connects with up to 10 social media accounts and is compatible with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Its features for Facebook scheduling is unique and very helpful.
- It is pricey, but some bloggers love it.
- Again, this scheduler is pricey, but it has very good reviews.
- Draft, schedule, queue and post messages to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. Shorten links, attach photos and target specific audiences.
Paid Tools for Individual Social Medias:
- Many bloggers love it for scheduling to Pinterest. It cannot be used for any other social media.
- It will actually post pictures to Instagram as well as schedule the pictures.
What Social Media tools do you use and love?
Have we missed any of your favorites? We’re always looking to try out new social media tools!
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You can find Tammy at Creative K Kids. Her blog hosts a party almost every day for bloggers, plus she shares a weekly recipe, inspirational posts, crafts for kids, and some printables and DIY posts! In her non-blogging moments, she is actively bringing up five children, four of them are girls whose names all start with “K”! She also babysits part-time and is active in her local church.