How To Get Referral Traffic From Social Media On Auto-Pilot

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.

tweet old posts

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

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 my postsAre you using buffer? does it pull your blog posts automatically and post to social media as scheduled? Let’s talk about something I just found.

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

buffer my post

 

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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Enstine Muki is The Money Making Blogger and PHP developer and Creator of CashDonator, the plugin that helps bloggers generate more income from their blogs and cWinners.com, directory for contests and giveaways.

Comments

  1. Hi Enstine
    Super information, I shall have to try it and see how it works. I tried Tweetly and it did not seem to work. Maybe I just set it up wrong. Don’t understand the techie stuff much at all, so it is a wonder I have gotten as far as I have. LOL

    Mary
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  2. Jeevan Jacob John
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    Buffer my posts, huh?

    Now that sounds interesting ;)

    I do use Buffer for social media, and I have used Tweet old posts for my previous blogs. And, I am very much interesting in replicating Tweet old posts’ functions in other SM sites (how is tweet old posts? Last I remember, the plugin had some bugs or something, Seems like everything is fixed now :D Or maybe it is my memory playing tricks on me).

    I will take a look. Thanks for the share, Enstine :)

  3. Nikhil Bille from Let's More Education
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    It’s not possible to write a new post everyday with quality then you must write one post in a week with quality and you are going to promoting this newer post only. After few times means after couple of month you forget your older post.

    Now It’s important to share your older post on social media to get more traffic to your blog. Thank you introducing this ‘Tweet Old Post’.
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  4. “Auto pilot” has grab my attention … lol. Tools today are great to ease everythings up. Thanks for giving some light through this post Enstine.
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  5. Reginald
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    Hey Enstine!

    Well written mate. For me, I schedule all my posts over Buffer. Loving it big time. I used Tweet old post before and it was okay. But that was years back my friend. Gonna stick to Buffer for a long, long time. Haha!

    Great team and support PLUS don’t forget, lovely analytics too :D
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  6. Enstine, that tweet your old posts plugin has me tempted but you know I’m wary of new plugins. But I do forget to tweet my old ones so I may test it out. I use the Buffer premium now and LOVE it. I’m buffered up til the cows come home now :) I do use JustRetweet for my blog Twitter acount and it’s pretty good but I wish more folks were on there. Have a great day Enstine.

  7. Hello Muki,

    Thanks for sharing this. Like you said in your mail, it’s weekend and I’ve a lot of places to go, events to attend. I just installed the Tweet Old Posts plugin, and guess what my twitter account is connected to my Facebook page so once the plugin posts on my Twitter page, it’ll automatically be posted on my Facebook page. It’s a good thing I read this post today.

    Cheers!

  8. I have started using Tweetily which works the same way as Tweet old Posts and it is working well till now. I too was looking for a tool that can share my old posts while I am away, so I will definitely take a look at Buffer my posts. If it does what it claims, then it will be very handful for my blog.
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  9. I’ve linked Twitter with my Facebook and the method you have specified will help me to post the update when I’m out for some work.

    Thanks a lot Muki.

  10. Susan Velez says:

    Hey Enstine,

    Great write up and I just got started using social media, although not as active as I would like to be.

    Right now I use JustRetweet and I really like it. I haven’t heard of this plugin to tweet old posts. Although it sounds very powerful and looks like it can definitely drive more traffic.

    Right now I really don’t want to add another plugin to my site. But right now I will stick with JustRetweet since it seems to be working really good. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hi Enstine,

    This is interesting, but I’m just so reluctant to add yet more plugins to my blog. I’ve tried Buffer a couple of times, but can’t get on with it – I use Hootsuite to schedule my posts but apart from that, and my Paper.li newspaper, which gets tweeted daily automatically, I still do most of my posting manually.

    Thanks for the share – I’ll have to give this more thought :)
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  12. Abid Omar from ABCDBlogging.com
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    Hi Enstike,

    Thanks you for this informative post. I have an account on Buffer. BUt, didn’t know about the useful pluging. Thank you for mention it here :) . I’ve linked Twitter and Facebook and this plugin will help me to post the blog posts when I’m not online.

    Thanks Again :)

    Regards,
    Abid Omar
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  13. Hi Enstine – I used to use Tweet Old Posts, but it stopped working on my site, so I switched to a similar plugin called Tweetily. It does the same thing. I am very interested in the Buffer plugin as I have not heard of it before. Thanks for sharing about it and have a great day!
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  14. Great article as always Enstine,
    New things are coming out day by day and, that’s really so awesome because, its all to our own advantage, isn’t it :).

    Yea, tweet old post is an amazing plugin indeed and, its one of those plugins i discovered when i started blogging last year and, its very handy indeed.

    I’m just hearing about Buffer old posts now and, I’m definitely going to try it out and see how it goes.

    Thanks for sharing man :).
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  15. Hi Enstine,

    Big tweet old post fan here.

    I use hootsuite pro extensively.

    Such an easy tool to make your life, easy :)

    Thanks for the breakdown buddy!

    Ryan Biddulph
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  16. Hi Enstine,
    I use Evergreen Post Tweeter. It has almost same options as Tweet Old Post. I like it, and it makes life easier :)
    I didn’t start using Buffer ,yet. But I had read a lot about it, it is on my to-do list!

    Have a nice day
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  17. Enstine,

    Thank you very much for sharing this great post. I totally agree with you. Buffer is an excellent social media app that helps you spread your articles on social media from a single dashboard.

    -Adideo

  18. Hey Enstine,
    Nice article. I have a little bit of knowledge about social media. I never heard before about Buffer. It’s very useful app. Thanks a lot.

  19. Piyush Mathur says:

    Hey Enstine,

    Old post Tweet automation is a great idea, but i suppose we cannot add hash tags into it.
    I have been using buffer and i absolutely love it.

    If we can combine hashtags and Old post Automated Tweets, then it will be fun!

    Piyush

  20. Vivek
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    woww.. thats very nice information.. Now its easy to handle the published post on social medias. thanks for such an informative post. keep sharing
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  21. Tharun
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    I gathered some good information here. I have using buffer to my posts. As you said it is really a good to start sharing to other social media. Buffer works fine and collects latest post from twitter. So I too personally love buffer. But I heard another way to set expire date and we did not try Tweet Old Post plugin. We do it right from today. Thanks for good post.
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