How To Get your Blogger Posts to Autopost to your Social Networks

I’m a big fan of getting technology to save time, and getting your Blogger posts to autoshare to your social networks definitely counts as a time saver. An added bonus is if you pre-schedule posts because you’re away and not able to access the internet or social media, then this takes one worry away. The post goes live by the magic of technology, and is shared to social media by the magic of technology.

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So here goes…

1. Sign up for a Twitterfeed account

2. Sign in to the account, and click ‘create new feed’

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3. Add your feed name and the website URL. Twitterfeed should then automatically grab the RSS information they need from there. To make sure, click the ‘test rss feed’ button

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4. Click ‘advanced settings’ if you want to tweak settings such as how many updates you want to post at a time, how often the feed should be checked, etc

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5. When you’re done, click ‘continue to step 2’

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6. To make things easier, open new tabs and sign in to your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts (or whichever of these you want to link up with)

7. Go back to the Twitterfeed tab and click ‘Twitter’

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8. Click the ‘Authenticate Twitter using oAuth’ button

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9. You’ll be pinged to another window. Click the ‘Authorize app’ button

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10. You’ll be pinged back to Twitterfeed. Click the ‘Create Service’ button

11. Repeat options 7 through 10 for Facebook and LinkedIn (or additional Twitter accounts, if you wish), following the prompts as you go

12. When you’ve set up the accounts you wish to add, click the ‘All Done!’ button

13. You’ll then see page confirming your setup. If you want to add more sites or more social networks, click the ‘Go to Dashboard’ button. If you’re all done… happy surfing (and autosharing to social media!).

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P.S. This isn’t just for Blogger sites, by the way. It should work for any site with an RSS feed. But if you’re a WordPress user, there’s a better way to do it, and I’ll be covering that in a future post.

How to Schedule a Post in WordPress

Here’s a quick how-to post detailing how to schedule a post in WordPress. Essential knowledge for regular bloggers, those that host blog tours, or if you’re going to be away from the computer for a few days. It means you can simply set up your post, then forget about it until it goes live. (Please note: Occasionally, WordPress will miss schedule with a post, so please keep an eye out for that. But it’s incredibly rare.)

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1. Log into your WordPress site as you would normally, then navigate to create a new post.

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2. Write your post as you would normally.

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3. Under the ‘publish’ box, click ‘edit’ next to the part that says ‘publish immediately’ and you’ll see a series of pull down lists and boxes where you can enter the date and time you’d like the post to publish. Fill them in with the date and time you want to schedule your post for.

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4. Click ‘OK’, then click the ‘schedule’ button.

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5. You’re all set! Navigate back to your ‘posts’ menu, and you’ll see your scheduled post sitting above your already-published posts with a message next to the post title saying ‘scheduled’ and the date over on the right hand side so you can see at a glance when it’s scheduled for.

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How to Schedule a Post in Blogger

Here’s a quick how-to post detailing how to schedule a post in Blogger. Essential knowledge for regular bloggers, those that host blog tours, or if you’re going to be away from the computer for a few days. It means you can simply set up your post, then forget about it until it goes live. (Please note: Occasionally, Blogger will miss schedule with a post, so please keep an eye out for that. But it’s incredibly rare.)

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1. Log in to your Blogger blog as normal, and click to create a new post.

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2. Compile your post as normal. Then, when you’re done, click ‘schedule’ on the right hand side and it will open up this drop down menu. Select the date and time you want the post to go live (be sure to double check the time zone your blog is set up for, if the post needs to be live at a certain time), then click ‘done’.

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3. The drop down menu will close, and the date and time you selected will be stored, ready to go. Click ‘publish’.

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4. You’ll then be pinged back to your list of blog posts. Right there, in the list, will be your scheduled blog post, sitting there ready to go for whenever you’ve set it up. Voila!

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WMS Christmas Break!

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that Writer Marketing Services is now on Christmas break. There are no more blog tours now until the new year. 2016 – wow, how did that happen?

I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, and here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect in the early part of next year…

In the meantime, if you send me a message, I’ll be slower than usual replying due to the holidays, so please bear with me.

Happy Reading!

Lucy

Cyber Monday Sale! #cybermonday #sale

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To celebrate Cyber Monday, Writer Marketing Services is offering a whopping 20% off blog tours! You don’t have to take the tour right away, you can “bank” it and book it when you have a new release to promote. You just have to fill in the form on Cyber Monday and have paid the balance by the 4th December to qualify for the discount.

Full details on blog tours, including pricing, is here.

Please feel free to spread the news far and wide!

How To Tag Another Page on your Facebook Page

Tagging is a great tool on Facebook – it’s a way of sharing the love, encouraging people to go and check out other pages relevant to yours. The pages you tag will also see that you’ve tagged them, and will hopefully respond in kind. It’s also rumoured that Facebook looks favourably upon pages that tag other pages. Obviously they change their mystical algorithms all the time, but it can’t hurt to try…

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So here’s how:

1. Navigate to your page (and remember I’m talking about your business/fan page here, NOT your profile):

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2. Start compiling your message, but stop writing just before where you want to tag another page:

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3. Input the @ symbol and start typing the name of the page you want to tag. Various options will start popping up as you type. Make sure you choose the correct one – as you can see, I’m given two options here as there are pages with similar names. Select the one you want and a link will be added to your message:

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4. The link is added to the page you’ve selected. You can then continue writing your message. When you’re done, click ‘Publish.’

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5. You’ll then end up with your message, with the other page tagged as a live link. Hover over it for more information on the page, and click through to test out your new-found page tagging skills!

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NOTE: It can sometimes be tricky to tag pages if they have an unusual name, or there are lots of other similar pages, and so on. A tip that sometimes helps is to go to the page you want to tag and look at their address in the search bar of your browser. It doesn’t always workbut if you input the name however you find it written in the search bar, that can help Facebook to find and tag the correct page. If a page hasn’t set their dedicated URL – for example http://www.facebook.com/lucyfelthousewriter and still has the default one, i.e. http://www.facebook.com/lotsofnumbersandgobbledegookhere it can make things seriously tricky. So avoid that on your own page, and make sure to set up your dedicated URL ASAP.

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Price Increases from 2nd November

This is just a quick note that from the 2nd November, prices for some services will increase, to keep in line with inflation and the industry standard. The details are as follows:

  • Release blitzes to increase from £20 to £25 (£30 if reviews are also requested)
  • Cover reveals to increase from £20 to £25
  • Blog tour packages will have an extra £10 added. For example, one week tour, which was £20, will be £30, and so on

Any services booked and paid for before then (even if they’re not actioned before the 2nd November) will still be available at the previous prices. So if you have some new releases coming up that you would like to promote, now’s a good time to get these packages booked in order to save yourself some money.

How to Schedule a Post on your Facebook Page

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NOTE: A Facebook page is different to your Facebook profile. This article applies only to pages. You can’t schedule on profiles.

1. Navigate to your page on Facebook.

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2. Compile your message as normal in the Status box.

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3. Click the little white down arrow next to the Publish button. Click Schedule.

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4. Select the date and time you want the post to go live. Click Schedule.

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5. And you’re done! Up until the time your scheduled post goes live, you’ll see a box towards the top of your page where you can access your scheduled posts.

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6. Click See Post to view all the posts you have scheduled. From here you can also edit or delete them if you wish.

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Happy Scheduling!

Lucy

Creating a Universal Amazon Link for your Book

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It’s a pet hate of mine when authors post book links and only include an Amazon US link. Yes, it’s the biggest market. I get that. But there are lots more of us all over the world who shop at Amazon and might want to buy your books – so make it easy for us – and yourself.

First step – sign up for BookLinker. Create your account, and when it’s all sorted and ready to go, carry on reading.

1. Navigate to your page on Amazon (it doesn’t matter whether it’s UK, US, CA or wherever…)

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2. Select the entirety of the link in the address bar, and copy it (just like you’d copy and paste anything else)

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3. Open a new tab/window, and navigate to Booklinker.net. Then go to the ‘create link’ page. Paste your link into the space provided, and hit ‘create universal link.’

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4. You’ll then be prompted to select a prefix from the drop down menu on the left. Do that, selecting your preferred prefix. Then type your preferred suffix in the box next to it. When you’re happy, click ‘create link.’

045. That’s it! It really is as simple as that. You don’t have to worry too much about remembering the URL, because it’ll always be stored in your BookLinker account. All you have to do to access the menu is use that little blue box with the three white lines in the top-right hand corner.

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6. Now go on… share your link with the world! People will click on it and automatically be directed to their local Amazon store. And the best part? Log back into BookLinker afterwards and you’ll be able to see statistics for where in the world people are when clicking your links. You’ll be surprised…

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As well as for books, this also works for your Amazon author page. And, for those of you that are members of Amazon’s affiliate scheme, be sure and visit the ‘My Account’ page, scroll down and enter your affiliate tags to increase your earnings potential.

Happy Linking!

Lucy

20% Off Anniversary Sale!

Hi everyone,

Wow – doesn’t time fly? A cliché, but so true. This month signals four years of Writer Marketing Services!

To celebrate, I’m offering a 20% discount on any blog tour* purchased this month. That is, paid for. You don’t have to take the tour this month, you don’t even have to book it yet, if you don’t have a release in the pipeline, or you’re waiting on release dates for something. Just purchase and pay for your chosen length of blog tour by the 28th February, and if you don’t want to book it right away, I’ll bank it for you and you can take it whenever you like.

Interested? Then head here and check out the packages, FAQs, etc, then fill in the sign up form when you’re ready. I’m expecting a lot of takers on this special offer, so please give me a few days to contact you after you’ve filled in the form. If you don’t hear from me by the end of February, don’t panic, the time up details come through to me with timestamps, so I’ll know that you signed up in time, even if I don’t manage to contact you in time. Chances are I will, but it just depends how many people are up for bagging a bargain!

Thanks!
Lucy

*Please note, a maximum of two blog tours per customer can be purchased using this special offer.