Quickly and Easily Schedule Content Promotions to Multiple Social Media Accounts

See how I use CoSchedule's social templates for stress free social media promotion

Social media has always been a love hate relationship for me. With new networks popping up and vying for our attention, not to mention all of the changes in algorithms, it can feel like an overwhelming task to do social media right.

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To make posting on social media easier, there are countless companies that enable us to schedule content, but scheduling content is only one part of posting on social media. The other part is actually creating the content that you are going to schedule.

Finding time to create good content to get the attention of readers and then turning around and scheduling that content takes a lot of time, but it doesn’t have to! Thanks to CoSchedule, I’m able to create thoughtful content that is quick to schedule and super flexible around my ever changing posting schedule.

In this video I share exactly how I use CoSchedule for my social media scheduling.

Create multiple templates for my post types. In the video I shared the different templates I made. If you are an author, you might create a 30 day pre-release book promotion and a 60 day new release promotion. If you blog, you may want a 30 day new blog post promotion, a product launch campaign, and an affiliate promotion. What makes the templates nice is that you can have as many as you need and you can always go in and customize them.

These templates have allowed me to stop the busywork of manually scheduling every post or having to tell a scheduler when each post needs to go live. I’ve been able to set it up once and now I don’t have to mess with it again unless I want to make some tweaks. I’m now able to take the time that was “wasted” scheduling posts and focus on creating great content to connect with my readers.

Schedule dozens of social media messages, in a variety of formats, over any period of time I choose (yes, I really mean any period of time). Social helpers are my friend when it comes to scheduling my posts. In the video I showed you how I basically-just fill in the blanks and have all my social media posts ready to go.

The social helpers allow me to create place holders in my social media messages, which are on my template, and then quickly add variety to my posts by filling in the blanks each time I sit down to schedule them.

Social helpers are not just text fill in the blanks, they have ones for images and videos as well. This has saved me so much time as I’m able to upload different images and know they will be used when I want.

One use of this I love is for an author promotion. Let’s say I want to share three book quotes, a photo of the books arriving, and a photo of the author and the book. All I have to do is upload these images into the social helpers and they will be posted exactly when I have them set in my template.

Now this template can be saved and reused time and time again. So, the next time I have a book launch, I just fill in the blanks with the text and images I want (which the template tells you exactly what you need) and I have my social media promotion all done!

Use the Best Time Feature to Automatically Adjust to Your Ever-changing Schedule. Picture this with me for a minute. CoSchedule has made creating and scheduling great social media content quicker and easier, so now you are scheduling out your posts, but your publisher just emailed you about a sale on your book or you just found out about a sale on an affiliate product that you want to promote. What about all those posts you planned out so perfectly?

Well, with other social media schedulers, like Buffer, you would have to find a time to add this new promotion to your calendar around the other posts you have or delete one of your other posts for the day, or try moving things around over multiple days to keep everything in order. That isn’t the case with CoSchedule!

With their best time feature, they will continually take into account everything you already have scheduled for the day and adjust accordingly. Automatically! So you want to add in a post for that promotion, no problem! Just create a one time post (or even use your template) create your post like normal and that’s it. No stress, no moving posts around, and no worrying where you can fit that post.

Want to give CoSchedule a try and see if it is right for you? Get a 14 day FREE trial (no credit card required) here. Just for trying out CoSchedule, I’ll send you my step by step walkthrough video on how to set up a social template and social helper in 5 minutes or less, but you have to act fast. Get all the details on this bonus.

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How to Purchase Web Hosting and a Domain Name in 7 Minutes or Less

A Step-by-Step Guide

Setting up a website can feel like a daunting task. There is a lot of new terminology and so many options to choose from. Even if you are comfortable with some computer programs, it can feel overwhelming and time consuming trying to understand it all.

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When I started with my first website I didn’t know what I was doing. I was intimidated and confused. I didn’t have a step by step process (like the one below). It can be easy to assume that the process of setting up a hosting service (choosing a company that provides the technologies and services needed for your website to be viewed on the Internet) is complicated and time-consuming, but it’s not. In fact, I’m going to walk you through how to do it in 7 minutes or less.

Step 1: Gather Your Resources

To set up a hosting account, you will need:

  • A credit card
  • A domain name (if you don’t have a domain name, I’ll show you how to get one, you will just need to know what name you would like. My domain name is contentcreatortoolbox.com. Another example would be yourname.com).
  • About 7 minutes

Step 2: Purchase Hosting

The host is the company that will store your website information. Essentially, you will rent space for your website to “live.” It is way easier than it sounds, so stay with me. I’ll walk you through it step by step.

There are a ton of website hosting services out there. Maybe you have heard of GoDaddy.com, BlueHost, HostGator, SiteGround, AsmallOrange, or InMotion. If you haven’t, no worries!

Having my own sites, as well as working with clients, has given me the opportunity, I mean challenge, to work with many of the most popular hosting services. I’ve had the chance to experience their service and test their support and reliability.

Today, I’m going to walk you through how to purchase a domain name and hosting from SiteGround, which is the only hosting company I recommend based on my usage. They are also the company that host this website, as well as the majority of my clients’ sites.

In case you are wondering, I have personally used BlueHost, Yahoo Small Business, A2 Hosting, and SiteGround. Out of these, SiteGround is the only one I recommend for the following reasons:

  1. Support. SiteGround has consistently provided me exceptional support! I don’t ever remember waiting longer than a minute for someone to be available on their chat support. I can open a support ticket and typically get my first response in about ten minutes. With A2 Hosting there were many times I waited 8 or more hours for a reply. On top of that, their chat was usually full, and when I did get a representative, they wanted to open a support ticket instead of solving the problem over the chat.
  2. Reliability. With SiteGround, I have spent the least amount of time worrying about whether my site is working properly or not. When I had BlueHost, my site was down so many times and their support hardly ever tried to help me fix the issue. I still hear time and time again from BlueHost users about their website going down.
  3. Price. SiteGround is inexpensive–about $3.95 to $11.95 a month, depending on which plan you select. Unlike many other hosting providers which require you to commit to the longest term to receive the best price, SiteGround’s advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process.
  4. Sign up is super easy. They walk you through the process step-by-step (which you will see in a minute).
  5. Speed. When first starting out, I didn’t realize how important site speed is, but now I do. SiteGround provides tools (depending on the plan you choose) to help your site run fast.

Are you ready to dive in? Remember, I’ll walk you through each step!

  1. To get started, head on over to SiteGround’s website. You can click here to open their site in a new window so you can keep referencing these steps.
  2. On that page you should see SiteGround’s WordPress hosting plans. It should look something like this (you may have to scroll down the page a little) ⬇
    • Here you can view their WordPress hosting plans. I personally use the GoGeek plan. I love all of the extra features it has, but it’s up to you on which plan is best for your needs and budget. Here is SiteGround’s recommendation for choosing the right plan:
      • The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that is starting now.
      • The GrowBig plan is a great value for the money, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed.
      • The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration.
  3. Once you find the plan you want, click on the orange “Get Started” button.
  4. The next page that loads should look like this ⬇
    • If you do NOT have a domain name, select “Register a New Domain” and follow the prompts to choose your name and add it to your order. *I personally use Google Domains for my sites, but for simplicity, I’m going to stick with showing you how to purchase it through SiteGround. I just wanted you to know that there are other options and what I use.
    • If you HAVE a domain name, select “I already have a Domain” and follow the prompts. If you are moving your site from another host, SiteGround offers FREE website transfer, which I have used. This made it super easy to move my sites from my previous host. It was all completed in less than 24 hours compared to A2 Hosting, which offered the same service and took a couple days.
  5. The next page you come to should look something like this (it will probably ask you to create a password and username and provide your address in addition to what you see below)⬇
    • It will show you the plan you selected and the discount you are receiving off the standard price.
    • If you would like to change the length of your service, you can select the drop down box and change the service length. Just know that the introductory discount you are receiving is yours for the duration you select here and will likely renew at a higher rate.
    • Keep in mind that you will pay the annual rate in advance for the duration you choose.
    • Once you enter the required fields, review the information, and confirm that everything is correct, then select “Pay Now”.
    • Once the payment is submitted, you will see a “Thank You” page and within a couple of seconds the SiteGround team will send you a welcome email with all the login credentials and your receipt.

Way to go! You did it! I hope this made the signup process super simple for you! What questions do you have about the process of setting up your website? I’m here to help!