First a little background: I was an early adopter of CoSchedule. The second I heard of it, I had to try it. The second I tried it, I loved it. I even wrote a whole blog post about why CoSchedule rocked.
However, this year I cancelled CoSchedule and haven’t looked back.
Why I Ditched CoSchedule
The reason I ditched CoSchedule comes down to this: value and cost.
CoSchedule is an incredibly valuable tool to have in your arsenal if you’re using all of its features.
Let me repeat that – IF you’re using ALL of its features.
At the beginning, CoSchedule was an editorial calendar that sent out social media updates when your posts went live. And it was awesome. But nowadays there is A LOT going on in CoSchedule. Editorial calendar, Evernote integration, social media updates, analytics, rescheduling, team work, the list goes on and on and on.
As they added features, the price obviously went up (and up and up). But the thing is, I didn’t need or want half those features. I just wanted the editorial calendar and social media shares. That’s what made me fall in love with CoSchedule and now this seemed like an overly bloated service.
To add to that feeling for over-bloated and paying for things I didn’t need or want, I completely stopped using their editorial calendar. I came to the realization that I am a paper-planner kind of person. This meant, the only thing I was using CoSchedule for anymore was their automatic social media shares.
All of this meant that when it came to renew – especially once out of their legacy pricing – the cost associated with keeping CoSchedule was simply not worth it for me.
My CoSchedule Alternatives
As I mentioned above I am a pen and paper planner kind of person. After searching high and low, I ended up creating my own planner. It includes everything I could possibly need for running my blog smoothly.
It has a yearly planner that allows me to keep track of upcoming holidays and events. It has the ever useful monthly planner for my week-to-week planning, as well as a place where to write down all of my post ideas. I write these down they come to me so I can keep track of them and put them in the monthly planner as I go.
Additionally it has a newsletter planner and a stats tracker to keep an eye on all the important stats.
Social Media Sharing
This was the biggest thing that had me still holding on to CoSchedule – the automatic social media sharing.
All I had to do was write a post, add in some social media updates in set intervals, publish the post and bam! All those updates got sent out with me having to worry about them.
Thankfully, I found a solution that takes care of this issue for a fraction of the cost associated with CoSchedule.
I use the WordPress to Buffer plugin. Like the name suggests, it sends social media updates about your posts directly from WordPress to Buffer once you publish a blog post. There are two versions – the free version available on the WordPress repository and a Pro version, available from the developer’s website.
After testing out the free version for a while, I switched to the pay version and love it. It’s $39 / year and well worth it. You can set default settings so all you do is publish a post and everything happens automatically. Or you can set up specific updates for each post and for specific social media platforms.
I am so happy with this solution – and the price! Truth is I really wanted to cancel CoSchedule last year but in the hustle of every day business, it renewed and I couldn’t get a refund so I used I for an extra year but I am glad to have found alternatives that work for me! If you’re like me and using