How much traffic do you get from social media to your blogs? Or What percentage of your traffic comes from social ? The truth is social media is a considerable source of referral traffic today. Many blogs and businesses have understood this and no one wants to be left behind. However, is it possible to maintain a constant flow of this traffic while you are away?
With apps like JustRetweet, EasyRetweet, TraffUp, etc, it’s becoming relatively easy to fetch traffic from Twitter, Facebook and Google+. However, in this post, I’m not talking about these traffic tools that require some manual action to get results from them. I want us to quickly look at how you can keep posting your blog posts to Facebook, Twitter while you are away.
Tweeting your blog posts while you are away
Now this is practical and simple. If you have an active Twitter account it may be meaningful to get some old posts sent to your followers automatically while you do other things. I have used a Plugin called Tweet Old Post by Ajay Matharu. What it does is randomly pick your posts/pages and tweet to Twitter.
This plugin has tones of interesting settings making it quite flexible. Here are some of the settings and ways to use the plugin:
- Tweet your post/Page titles (or description/body depending on your settings).
- It allows you to add additional text at the beginning or end of your tweets.
- The plugin allows the tweets with or without links
- It shortens your link before posting.
- You can set the minimum intervals between tweets.
- You can set maximum age of post to be eligible for tweets.
- You also can set the number of posts per tweet.
- You can exclude posts from certain categories.
- The plugin Creates a log file.
Tweet Old Post Limitations
Social media today is not Twitter alone. So if you want to make maximum use of social media and benefit more in traffic, you have to cover 3 or more platforms. The common and most popular of these platforms are Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Tweet Old Post only exploits Twitter and that’s not bad. However, I would have loved to have it post my articles to 3 of 4 of these social media properties.
Auto Posting your content to more social media sites.
Fortunately, there is a way to post your blog articles to many more social media sites from a single dashboard. I know what’s in your brain now
You are thinking HootSuite, Socialoomph and Buffer ain’t you? Well you are not far from it. You are not too correct as well. I have not been very active on any of these. Maybe they all have the ability to pick your old blog posts and post to social media. That’s what I’m more concerned about in this post – a system that picks your old articles based on some settings and posts to social media while you focus on writing new articles or go catch some fun somewhere.
Tell us in the comment box if any of these apps (Free or Paid versions) does this. Meanwhile, read on as I show you how to buffer your posts.
Buffer is no doubt an excellent social media app that helps you spread your articles on social media from a single dashboard. I’m very new on Buffer Free and discovering it as time moves on. Now my free account lets me manually add and schedule articles .
Buffer your Posts
Now this is something that looks interesting. I just found this plugin called Buffer My Posts by the same creator of Tweet Old Post. What this does is push your posts to buffer. Buffer now takes over and post them to more social media sites eliminating the manual postings on Buffer. Isn’t that cool? Human beings are getting busier and busier by the day and want scripts and machines to do the jobs for them.
I was actually writing this post on Tweet Old Post and while visiting the author’s site, I found out this guy just went steps ahead and created Buffer My Posts. Now while I develop this article, I’m setting this plugin up on my blog so I can’t give you any complete practical knowledge as yet. The settings are practically the same as in Tweet Old Post
I just ran a manual test from my WordPress dashboard after installing and setting this plugin up. This image below shows what I get on my Buffer Account
Now I’m going to monitor this for some days and see how my posts get buffered and shared to many more social media sites.
Features of Buffer My Posts
- Schedule your blog posts to post to Buffer.
- Specify the format of the post to be posted to Buffer.
- Add categories as hashtags.
- Specify number of posts to post to Buffer.
- Specify Post types to be posted to Buffer. Currently its only Pages/Posts/Pages & Posts
- Omit Categories of post you don’t want to post to Buffer.
- You can also omit specific posts which should not be posted to Buffer.
You can check out more of this on this post written by the author.
Let me hear from you what you think about this. Are you using an app that does this action? Have you tried Buffer My Posts or Tweet Old Post before? Leave your comments and thoughts below. Show more love and share this article on social media.
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