Automated Posting for Bloggers: 4 apps and 1 Tip

flickr and facebook

In this post I am going to explain automated posting basics:

  • Upload photos to Flickr on a scheduled time.
  • Publish your posts at a defined time.
  • Share your posts on Twitter / Facebook automatically
  • Share your Flickr Photos to your Facebook page and Twitter account automatically.

Obviously, there are many ways to do this. but this method works for me and, most importantly, it allows me to better handle my time between my work and my hobby.

Automated Posting: The Tools of the Trade

Let’s begin with a list of the tools that I use and where to signup/download them:

Flickr scheduled uploading:

Posting all your photos at the same time is not a wise move on Flickr. Publishing one photo at the time (once or twice a day), properly inserted into groups, properly tagged and properly inserted in your set is one way to maximize your photo visibility. What to use?

  • Schedulr – Allows you to schedule you uploads along with tagging, placing your photos on the map, adding photos to Flickr groups and organizing the photos in your own sets and collection. This is, to me, the best application available of this sort.

Facebook and Twitter automated posting:

Scenario: You have a blog and posted an article or published a photo on Flickr. Now you want this article/photo to be posted on your Facebook Page, Facebook personal account and your Twitter and you don’t want to do this manually. How can you do this?

  • RSS Graffiti – This sweet application allows you to post your RSS feeds, including your Twitter feed, directly to Facebook (Pages, personal accounts, groups). It allows to use Bit.ly, so you can keep track of how successful your posts have been and which webpage is driving more traffic. It has recently lunched a 2.0 version and it rocks!
  • Twitterfeed – Another sweet application that allows you to publish your RSS feeds both to Facebook and to Twitter. Also uses bit.ly and allows you to check your statistics. I don’t enjoy the interface too much and i still believe that for Facebook, RSS graffiti works better. That’s why I use Twitter feed only to post updates to Twitter.

Facebook and Twitter scheduled posting:

Scenario: You have a series of articles you want to post to your audience (Twitter and/or Facebook) on certain times of the day but you are unable to do that manually because busy or elsewhere. How can you achieve this?

  • Buffer – Awesome app: Say you found 10 very interesting articles you want to share with your audience, but not all of them at the same time; but rather once a day, always at the same time. What to do? Log into Buffer and tell it to publish your articles at a certain time and on certain days. Simple as that. The free version permits you to queue up to 10 articles. I publish once a day on my Twitter/Facebook pages. Once a week I sit down and spend 30 mins to set up the queue and then enjoy the rest of the week researching.

 A power-tip from my experience: automated posting using Buffer in combination with su.pr (Stumbleupon’s link shortner) is super (ahah) effective. Try taking these steps and let me know how it works for you:

  1. Shorten you link with su.pr but do not post it to any of your services.
  2. Copy the su.pr link to your Buffer queue and add the message you want to send.
  3. Let Buffer do its work.

Most of the times this way of sharing the content will result in more visitors than usual to your website. This is because su.pr also publishes you link on Stumbleupon.

Hope this helped. Automated posting made my life easier and I am sure it will make yours too.

Photo:
Flickr and facebook by ansik, on Flickr

Giulio Menna
Lover of: all things digital, humanities, and medieval manuscripts. I created Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project and run them both with passion and love in my free time. I am an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. Still happily living in the Netherlands.
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