How To Buffer A Blog Post That Hasn’t Yet Been Published

Schedule a post with Buffer before it is published

Some weeks, when I’m very, very organised I write blog posts BEFORE they’re actually due. (This was not one of those weeks).

WordPress makes it very easy to schedule posts and in the past that is all I’ve done – scheduled the post and then walked away and forgotten about it.

However, that’s a bit like cooking a wonderful dish (yes, I know I don’t cook but a woman can dream right?), putting it on the table and then walking away without telling anyone that the dish is there.

I have to actually share my work for it to be of any use to anyone. And the app known as Buffer makes that very easy, even if the post isn’t live.

Level of difficulty – Low

Time needed – 10 minutes

Here’s what you’ll need

A Buffer account. You can get set up in a couple of minutes at bufferapp.com for free.

A post that you’ve scheduled for publication.

Let’s do this!

What you need first is the URL of the post. You can get this by clicking on the ‘View’ link in the list of posts.

Copy that URL.

Now, go to Buffer and sign in (if you’re not already signed in).

Select the accounts that you want to post to – I like to post a different update to each social channel to make sure the update is properly formatted for that channel so I schedule each channel individually.

Copy the URL into the update box and finish crafting your update, by scheduling the appropriate date/time for publication.

I like to send the buffered post out about 5mins after publication of the blog post. This just allows time for the post to publish – nothing worse than sending out a broken link!

And you’re done!

And that’s it – you’ve now got a blog post scheduled for publication and distribution of that blog post ready to go as well.

Nice work! (I think that deserves a glass of your favourite drink – make mine a Coonawarra red, thanks).

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for this.

    My issue is scheduling but also getting the featured image to show for the unpublished post

    Here’s what I am doing now

    – publish the post
    – paste the URL in Buffer and schedule the posts for the future
    – unpublish the post again

    that way it picks up the featured image

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