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Social medias are a very powerful tool to enhance your blogging, share your posts with the world and form an engaged community around your blog. But it can be really time consuming, so today I want to share a few tips if you want to reduce the time spent managing your social accounts.
There are several services that allow you to tweet your most recent posts automatically when they go live. You just need to enter your feed’s address and a prefix or suffix like “via @YourTwitterHandle” and the tweets will be generated whenever you post something new.
If you just want your own tweets to be automated, you can add a plugin to WordPress to take care of it. For example, JetPack, that now comes with WordPress if you started your blog recently. Make sure the URL of your post is shortened, and that your twitter handle is added in the tweet. If you want to tweet a few feeds from other blogs you enjoy, you will need to set up automated tweets via their own RSS feed.
One such service is offered by twitterfeed. Dlvr.it is another one.
The advantage of twitterfeed is there is no limitation to the number of blogs you can input for free. The setup is pretty easy, and that is what will take you a bit of time, but once it is going, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Enter the feed address, the twitter handle of the blogger in the suffix or prefix, and then choose the channel you want to publish the post on. You can choose Twitter, but also Facebook and even Linkedin. Twitterfeed has been having a few problems recently of feeds not publishing the tweets properly, but apparently it is going all right now. I have been using my VA to reset all the feeds on twitterfeed recently, and will check once a month or so that they display properly, if not, will consider dlvr.it.
On dlvr.it, the setup is similar, and called route. You can setup a route for your posts to be published on FB and Twitter, as well as 4 more blogs. Want more routes? That will cost you $10 a month for up to 50 feeds and $20 for an unlimited number of feeds. For that price, you get a reliable service and you can really forget about it once it is in place.
Time spent: It takes about 5 minutes to setup a feed, since you have to visit the blog, get the feed’s address, the blog’s handle, and input that. Since I read the blogs I tweet about daily, I will spot the ones that haven’t been working in a while easily with a 5 min check every month.
Hootsuite to manage several accounts
Hootsuite is a nice tool because you can manage your FB and Twitter accounts on the same page. It works as a tab system, you verify your Twitter account, and you have a Twitter tab. That Twitter tab is divided in as many tabs as you want, so you can see in one page your home twitter, your DM inbox, your mentions page, and any list you have created, like your tweets from favorite people. Then you switch to FB and you can see your wall, notifications, messages, and as many tabs as you like. You can use Hootsuite to post one same message to various social accounts in one click. You can also schedule tweets and FB posts in the future.
Tweepi to manage your subscribers
I wrote a post on Reach Financial Independence about how to manage your Twitter account with Tweepi. Tweepi is a system that allows you to follow and unfollow a bunch of users easily. For example, when I started Make Money Your Way, I added people on Twitter who were following Reach Financial Independence. You can add up to 40 people in one click. Using the same method, you can unfollow 40 people at a time. And safelist the ones you don’t want to accidentally unfollow.
A weekly check on Tweepi can save you a lot of time compared to following individually people who have added you every day.
Your personal touch
If you have done all of the above, automation now requires a 5 min check every month and Tweepi 5-10 minutes a week. Hootsuite is your go to place every day to add your personal touch to social media. Now that you don’t have to publish your own posts nor your friends’, you have 10 minutes to reply to messages and tweets, create a personal one, retweet something interesting and interact with your followers. Easy!
How long do you spend each day on social media?
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