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Ready to learn where everything in your CoSchedule calendar lives? This blog post breaks it down.
Learn what you can accomplish in every area of the app, as well as some best practice advice for how to execute your business and grow your blog faster with CoSchedule.
If you’re short on time, here’s an abridged version of what we cover in this post.
Let’s spend a minute discussing different CoSchedule activities and how you can use them.
When you click the plus sign in the top corner of a date, you’ll see a list of activities appear. Here’s how they differ and how we recommend working with each.
1) Blog Post: This allows you to create a blog post on your calendar. This is best for users that like to write their blog posts outside of WordPress and move them over when they’re ready to publish. This is also the option you should choose if you use a blogging platform besides WordPress.
(Tip: CoSchedule’s text editor and Google Doc integration can be converted to WordPress in just one click.)
2) WordPress: This also allows you to create a blog post on your calendar, but it will simultaneously create a new post directly in your WordPress account, too. This option is best if you want to do all your writing in WordPress.
3) Social: This allows you to create social media campaigns or stand-alone social messages.
Use the social campaign option to schedule multiple messages across several days or weeks. This option is best for promoting things like blog posts since it will drive more traffic OR choose the social message option to create a one-off, stand-alone social message. This option is best for curated messages or social messages on trending or news topics.
CoSchedule is the only editorial calendar and social media scheduler that allows you to see everything you have scheduled in a calendar view.
Let’s explore its characteristics to help you navigate your calendar.
The Home Dashboard in CoSchedule gives you a snapshot of all your tasks and helps you quickly find projects on your calendar.
Color labels help you gain a better understanding of your content mix with just a glance. Let’s cover how to set up a color label and three examples of how you can use color labels.
To set up your color labels:
Go to Calendar Settings > Color Labels.
Here are some common examples of ways you can set up your color labels.
Content-type – If you’re working with promoting your own content; sharing and curating other people’s content; and paid sponsorships or influencer campaigns, color labels help keep track of what things on your calendar are related to each content type.
This makes it easy to see that orange projects are paid promotions, purple are internal blogs to promote, and blue are the items you’re curating from external sources.
Topic themes – If your blog posts follow topic themes, using color labels helps you easily visualize what themes you post about the most often and topics you could talk about more.
This makes it easy to see themes you blog about the most (and least).
Project types – Marketing a blog can entail a lot more than just blogging and social campaigns. You might be planning newsletters, events, ads, etc. You can use color labels to visualize what different types of projects you are working on.
Brainstorming content ideas in CoSchedule is made easy with the Ideas Bin. Throw a bunch of blog topics in your Ideas Bin so you’re never short on content ideas.
When you’re ready to plan some new posts, you’ll always have a list of things you can write about.
Simply drag and drop your ideas over to the calendar to start working on them.
If you’re a visual learner and would rather learn this in a how-to video, see below. 👇
Now that you know where everything lives on your CoSchedule blog calendar, it’s time to dive even further into your getting started journey. The next lesson in this series focuses on one of the best time-saving features of CoSchedule… Social Templates.
You’ll learn how CoSchedule can essentially schedule AND write all of your social messages for you. 🤯 💥
Read the guide below to learn how! 👇
Plan content and automate publishing to save tons of time now.
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