How to Use Buffer for Your Blog

A social media presence is critical to blogging. In fact, I’ve definitely connected with more bloggers on Twitter than I ever have from just comments and emails. Tweeting someones post is the easiest way to compliment them. Twitter is also consistently on of my top referring sights. 

But managing social media can sometimes be hard for me. Because uh, I have a job. And when I’m at work I don’t like to be distracted. Here’s my secret: I use the Buffer App.

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Here’s how YOU can use it to make managing your social media a whole lot easier. First, go to BufferApp.com and create an account (it’s free!). Connect your blog Twitter and Facebook. No, I’m not giving you directions for that part. If you need them,  I don’t know how you’re using social media in the first place.

When you’re all set, you’ll get to the home screen:

Do what it says and get the browser extension. That means it’s going to put that little button in the top right corner of your web browser. I use Chrome but they have one for Safari and Firefox. You can find all the buffer extensions here.

Now click on the Schedule tab:

 

Make sure it’s set to the right time zone. Mine was originally set to London and man, does that screw things up. 

The list of times is when your scheduled tweets or Facebook posts will be posted. I do about one an hour from 9am-6pm with a few more in the afternoons. Do however many you would normally tweet. 

Now let’s get to buffering!

Surf the web (I used that expression the other day and N made fun of me. Who says that anymore? Me. That’s who.) or visit your favorite blogs. If you’re like me, open every one of your sponsors pages in a different tab and go through them one by one.  

I’m using Grace for Gayle as an example because Gayle and I were chatting about Buffer and she asked for some direction.

When you find a post you want to share, make sure you are at the URL of the post and not just the main page of the blog (i.e. click the the post title). Then click the Buffer button in the corner of your browser.

When the buffer box pops up, the top is the Tweet and Facebook description and the bottom is the preview for Facebook. I usually change the tweet/description slightly (but leave the link). Often I just use Twitter so I unclick the Facebook button. 

When you click Buffer, the tweet or Facebook post will be added to your Buffer queue. Remember those times you selected above? It will go out at one of those times, based on how many Buffered items are in front of it in the queue.

And that’s it!

I tried Hootsuite before Buffer and Buffer is definitely mores suited to blogging. Sometime in the morning, I go through and visit all my favorite blogs and Buffer the posts that I want to share. It is my firm belief that if you love a post, the best thing you can do for the author is tweet about it NOT just leave a comment. Buffer also makes the management of your sponsorships super easy!

Please feel free to comment below with any questions! Did this help you? Then by all means, Buffer it!

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  • No. Way. Thank you!!! I don’t think I’ve been so excited for a piece of blogging tips/advice since…. well ever. This is amazing. I haven’t really been utilizing twitter like at all sooooo…. U da bomb!

    Yup. I said that. Calm down, Callie. People are starting to stare.

  • sooo awesome! i use hoot suite and have never used buffer before! I will definitely be checking it out!

  • I had no idea something like this even existed… Thanks so much for sharing!!
    <3 Kiersten

  • I use hootesuite but wondered if Buffer was any better. I love that it does FB posts too. I haven’t been able to figure that out, this so helpful! Thanks girl!!

  • I cannot wait to try this! I have been wanting to use Twitter more for my blog and this sounds like the perfect solution!

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the tip!

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much. I also work full time and it’s hard to keep up with social media throughout the day! Thank you!

  • I just started using HootSuite but this is AWESOME!!! Thanks for the info!

  • This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing. (I know this is a lame comment, so please don’t feel obligated to respond 🙂 ) Love your blog.

  • LOVE THIS! I’m sitting here getting nothing done at work and then DUH! I’m doing this as soon as I get home!!

    (and I’ll be tweeting about your post!)

  • I have been using hoot suite but have been looking for something more! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for posting!!

  • so cool!! this is perfect for people who can’t tweet during the day at work! definitely checking it out!!

  • I’ve never heard of this one – I’ll have to try it!

  • #LIfeChanging Wow, thanks!!
    my blogger scheduled posts never work, so I quit trying. I will definitely do this!

  • WHAT?! Why have I not heard of this? I will definitely be trying it out.

  • Thank you! I used Buffer to share! 🙂

  • How is this different from hootsuite or whatever? i’m not using any of these yet but feel like i need to start.

  • Thanks for this!!! I’ve been using HootSuite but now I’ll check this out!

  • Thanks for the info! I had never heard of Buffer, but I just looked into it and it definitely looks like it would work better than Hootsuite, which I’m currently using. Stellar tip 🙂

  • Well…it’s time to get buff.. 😉

  • Whoa. Thanks for sharing this. I had never heard of buffer. It makes it much easier not to spam the heck out of twitter 🙂

  • wow – I didn’t even know something like this existed! teaching all day leaves noooo time for social media – this is GREAT! thanks! 🙂

  • This. Is. Amazing. I just started offering sponsorship options so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a nurse, so having my cell phone out during working hours is out of the question, so this will definitely be used.

  • i use hootsuite right now and am pretty happy with it but i’m always willing to try something new! thanks for the info!

  • wow that is so amazing! I also work and never understood how everyone was tweeting all the time and I just gave up! Love this- thank you!!

  • How great is this? THANKS!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I’ve been using Buffer for a while & I am seriously loving it . It’s not about bitmarks anymore . I heartly tweet every post I like , and this one is gonna be the one for sure 😉
    Loving your blog , new follower 😉
    Noor @ Noor’s Place

  • Oh my gosh, Nadine. THANK YOU for posting this!! This is going to help my life so much! I was starting to wonder if I was just going to have to quit my job and blog full time.

    Ace
    http://www.eatpraywod.blogspot.com

  • Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I definitely will check this out!!!
    :)Rebecca
    http://www.caravansonnet.com

  • I just changed from Tweet Deck to HootSuite the other day, but I think I will now be using this! Thanks for the introduction!

    Amberly
    http://lifewithamberlyandjoe.com

  • This is brilliant! I never knew that something like this existed. I have been a horrible blogger the last 2 weeks, maybe this will help me be able to manage better! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 xo

  • Game changer!! Quick question since I don’t use twitter tons. When you set up the link to be tweeted later does it include the persons twitter handle? For example if I wanted to say @RedheadedMama12 I love this recipe and than include the link.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • This is killer! Thanks for the info and mini-tutorial!

  • This is such an unreal tool, it’ll make it so so much easier to even just hang out with my boyfriend! He complains that I’m on the computer too much but hey, it’s a blog eat blog world 😉

    Thanks!!

    xo Becky

  • Thanks! I’ve been trying Hootsuite and I like it for scheduling, but it’s too overwhelming in terms of keeping up with feeds and also kind of a pain to share. This looks a lot easier and like a time-saver. Thanks for this! 🙂

    –Erika
    http://www.chimerikal.com

  • UM, this is AWESOME. Perfect for sponsorships! Thanks so much for sharing – a great alternative to Hootsuite!

  • Thanks for introducing me to this. I currently use Triberr.com but that seems a lot more limited than buffer. I’ll definitely be checking it out!

  • I love Buffer for sharing posts! And I’m reading a million posts on your blog now, thanks to your popular posts post! 🙂

  • I LOVE the idea of buffering other people’s posts! I use it for myself – but this is GENIUS! Thanks for the idea!

  • Pinned! Thanks for the tips!
    Monica

  • great post! I just started using Buffer and I LOVE it!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

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