I love blogging. But sometimes my illness gets the best of me and I just can’t keep up with all of the posting, social media shares, and other details required to keep this poured-out-offering from sinking into internet oblivion. I like the writing part, but the rest of it? Not my strength.
I have been very resistant to scheduled posting on my social media accounts. It feels very inauthentic to me, and I want to be honest, real, and genuine with you, and scheduling doesn’t feel that way to me. However, the result has been months of radio silence, which is not good for keeping the blog running, or for sharing the content I have worked so hard on.
So, I finally decided to give automated posting a shot. I’m easing into it and there have been some hiccups, but I believe I have finally found a wonderful tool that will help me in sharing my content (and great content from others!)
Why I went with Viraltag
In looking at different services, viraltag kept coming up on top in a few categories. So, I reached out to them to take advantage of their blogger review program (they offered me a chance to try it out for 6 months in exchange for a review). I’m glad I did as I have been very pleased with their service so far. Here are some things I love about it:
- It’s affordable. They have a blogger plan (scroll all the way down to the bottom of their pricing screen to find it.) that is just $9/mo. That $9 saves me hours of work and/or allows me to share content semi-automatically when I wouldn’t otherwise be able to, so it’s a small investment with a big return. [You can also click this link to sign up through my referral link and get a free $30 credit to start out! Score!]
- They offer many platform options. Viraltag supports: Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook Profiles, Facebook Pages, Twitter, Linkedin Profiles and Linkedin Pages. The discounted blogger account supports your choice of 3 different platforms, which was perfect for me as that’s just how many I needed. If you need more, you’ll need to purchase one of their regular options.
- They have a lot of flexibility. Manually publish a post through them, schedule it one time for a specific time/date, and/or add it to your queue where it will fill in one of your time slots.
- Automatic post recycling. Through viraltag, you have the capability to recycle posts by adding them to your evergreen list. You can also select how often you’d like evergreen posts to be recycled for each of your platforms.
- Easily pause recycled content. I love this feature. If you need to, you can easily pause evergreen posts with just one click. You do not have to go into your schedule and modify it. You can simply pause
It has taken me a few hours to get things set up, but now I am set for a while. Also, with just an hour or 2 per month I can schedule out a month’s worth of posts, which is a win for both myself and my readers.
Overall, I have been very pleased with viraltag. There is a bit of a learning curve and it has taken me a bit to find the most efficient ways of scheduling posts (which I’m planning to share with you soon), but it has been worth the time, and as I am easing into the best ways of doing it, I am finding a lot of benefit. They also offer a free 14-day trial so that you can work through that learning curve and make sure it’s going to fit your needs before you commit to a purchase.
A note about visibility/reach: As you probably know, many of the social media platforms seem to penalize automated schedulers by diminishing reach. I will say that viraltag is no different in that respect. The posts made with viraltag overall seem to have less reach and visibility than those posted manually, in real time, through the platform itself. However, since I wasn’t posting very regularly before, even a reduced reach is better than no reach (from nonexistent posts).
I still recommend posting manually as often as possible, but it’s nice to have Viraltag to back me up when I’m not able to post often otherwi