5 time saving tools
The other night I was on a speaker chat where the topic of productivity and time management came up. Each member was asked what tool they use to save time or be more productive.
The tool I mentioned was a WordPress plugin.
Before I started using WordPress years ago I spent a lot of time posting my articles on a variety of sites like StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Then I created my first website using WordPress. Once I started using this platform I wondered why I waited so long. Actually I know why. I went through hours of bad videos trying to figure out how to set up my site. Once I got the proper education I dug in and voila! I had my first site up.
I kept hearing about all the useful plugins that WordPress has. Plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.
1) One of my favorite plugins is: Social Network Auto Poster. Talk about a time saver!
All I have to do is publish my post and this amazing plugin posts my articles to Twitter, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon. You can also have it set to post to other sites as well.
The only place I haven’t been able to have it post to is Google+. I still manually go in and update my page.
2) My second favorite plugin is the Editorial Calendar. The editorial calendar enables me to jot down my ideas and then later go back and develop the article. It also gives me the ability to set the time and day that I want the post to go live.
This comes in really handy especially when you get the inspiration to write a number of articles all at the same time. You simply set them up on autopilot and even if you are at an event speaking, networking or even on vacation the posts will get sent out.
3) Slick social share button is another one of my favorite plugins because it makes it super easy for anyone to share your post. It saves time because you don’t have to look all over the page for where the share buttons are located. They float on the page like a reminder. What I don’t like about it is the way it shows up on mobile devices. It tends to get in the way.
4) HooteSuite is another great time saver because you can post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and a number of other social sites all at once. It’s not a plugin but a tool you should be using. You can set up your tweets to go live at the exact time and date you choose. To make sure these posts go live you can receive an email once they are posted. Start off with the free version and then decide whether you want to upgrade.
5) WordPress SEO saves me time because once I write my post and place my title in the appropriate boxes it lets me know whether the page is optimized or not. I can then go back to the areas I need to fix. When the page is optimized you will see a green dot.
Search engine optimization is crucial is you want to be found by the search engines.
These are so many plugins available so I’d like to know what plugins you use for your site.
Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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