Do you ever worry that you’re sharing your own posts a bit too often? Or do you just want to make sure you balance out your sharing strategy so you always share other people’s posts, and not just your own?
Setting up a strict Buffer schedule will help you to achieve this. Here’s how.
Meet Buffer: Your Scheduling Buddy
Buffer is my favourite site for scheduling tweets. Sign up for Buffer here.
Once you’ve signed up, click “Apps & Extras” for some great tools that make using Buffer a breeze. I’m using the Buffer extension for Chrome.
Let’s Make a Date
Click “Settings” and you should see the scheduling options. If not, click “Schedule & Shortening”.
The free Buffer account gives you 10 slots for your upcoming tweets. I am trying to send out 3 posts from other blogs for every 1 post from my own. So I have a schedule that posts at 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 7pm – where the 7pm slot is for my own posts.
Choose your tweeting schedule, and save the changes.
Fill It Up!
Now go off and find some posts that you want to share. Instead of tweeting them, click the Buffer button in your browser and you’ll be able to add the post to your Buffer schedule.
By doing this, you force yourself to queue up 3 posts from other blogs before you can queue up one of your own. So while you can choose any times you like for your scheduling pattern (and it’s good to try a few different times to see what works best), your post should always be last in the queue.
Nothing to Share – What Now?
It doesn’t matter if you miss a day, or you only schedule one or two posts. You’ll either miss a day, or you won’t share one of your own posts.
This is a great way to make sure you give out plenty of link love to other blogs, and you’re not flooding your Twitter stream with your own stuff.
How many posts do you share from your own blog vs. those you share from other blogs?