Okay, let’s break this down. You have a website, in fact maybe you even have a few, so you’re not new to the blogging game. This is usually how you blogging brain works, right?
You spend a good hour coming up with content ideas and post titles. You pick one and you go with it.
You spend hours researching, writing and editing your article. Not to mention all that time you’ll spend finding photos, editing them and adding the description for them in WordPress.
Then you finally make it. Your mouse finds it’s way over to that ever rewarding Publish button in the right corner of your WordPress dashboard. (*clap hands!*)
What now? You repeat the method, over and over and over, till you have a whole slew of great articles on your site.
But is that it? Do you just keep building up new content and leave the old in the dust? I mean, on average you probably spent, what, 4-5 hours writing one lengthy article? Do you just let the traffic to those older articles slowly die off?
I wouldn’t want that. And I’m sure you don’t either. What is the awesome solution to our woes?
This is a really great plugin for breathing some life back into your older articles and we wanted to give you a review of it, along with a quick setup guide to help get you started.
Features Of Revive Old Post Pro Plugin
Some of you may be familiar with the old version of this plugin, Tweet Old Post. However, Revive Old Post Pro has new features and does more than just post to Twitter now.
As you can see from the screenshot below, the plugin can now post your content to:
What if you have more than one Twitter/Facebook account? No worries! Add as many accounts as you want and have access to. How cool is that?
You can also build a Custom Tweet with the plugin complete with hashtags to help boost people finding your link easier. Another great option that comes with the Revive Old Post Pro is the option to add a photo to your posts out which has proven to be the more effective way to share posts in social media.
It’s really amazing how easy they made this plugin to customize when you talk in terms of sharing content. You can:
- Setup a Minimum time between shares
- You can set a Minimum Age as well as a Maximum age that you’d like the post to be before it gets posted.
- Decide if you’d like the plugin to share the old post more than once (by default, it will only share your posts once. You can change that though)
- Exclude certain posts or whole categories altogether
Just a few clicks will get your plugin ready to go. The nice thing about this plugin is that it helps to eliminate a lot of grunt work. We could also use more time on our hands, and this definitely helps with that.
Now the Revive Old Post Pro plugin is not a very hard plugin to setup or navigate, but let’s help get you started anyway.
Setting Up Revive Old Post Pro To Post Your Awesome Content
Alright, now let’s get this bad boy running on your site! To setup Revive Old Post Pro on your site, you’ll need to head over to the Plugins sections on Themeisle’s site.
Here are the steps to get you started:
- Go to Themeisle
- Download the Lite/Free version of Revive Old Post
- Select the Pro version license type that you want ($24.99, $39.99, $49.99)
- Purchase and download
- Upload the Lite version to your WordPress dashboard plugins area first, and activate
- Upload the Pro version add-on on, and activate
Now that you have the plugin installed, it’s time to move on to configuring it.
You’ll find a new option in your WP sidebar now entitled, Revive Old Post. Hover over it and click the Revive Old Post button in the pop-out.
To get things started, setup your social media accounts.
Twitter is the easiest to setup. If you want to connect LinkedIn or Facebook, you’ll have to use an API key on both.
As you can see, there is a little bit of work you’ll need to do as far as authorizing the last two, but it really isn’t that difficult. Simply follow the instructions given and you’ll be ready for the next step.
Here is a full screen view of all the options that you’re given when setting up Revive Old Post Pro.
Let’s talk about the important ones on the list.
Post Content. This is where you’ll decide what is shared in your social media accounts. You have the options of:
- Title Only
- Title and Body
- Body Only
- Custom Fields
Choose the one you want. If you choose Custom Fields, be sure to enter the needed info in the areas that ask for the custom field information.
Include Link. This should be set at YES. You want you post to be easily reached so include the link, otherwise your efforts are wasted
Use URL Shortener and URL Shortener Service. A long blog post URL can eat up a lot of characters in Twitter. Select the option to use a short URL and then select the option that looks best to you.
I like the WP Short URL option, so I’m gonna go with that.
Hashtags, Common Hashtags and Max Hashtag Length. This is simply a matter of preference, but if you choose to use hashtags and you’re connected to LinkedIn, don’t go hashtag crazy. Use only a few that will apply to your posts or blog niche and stick with those. You can also choose no hashtags at all if you like. It’s really up to you.
Minimum Interval Between Shares. Choose a time between each post being shared. You can simple use a number like 6 to say, ‘wait six hours before posting something again’, or you can do something like 0.5 to send a new social media post out every half hour.
Minimum and Maximum Age Of Eligible Post To Be Shared. How old do you want your post to before it is share on your accounts? You can set a minium age of 1 to 1,000+ days for either one. Or you can choose 0 if you want a certain one disabled. Again, these options are all a matter of preference. If you want a post that was written 45 days ago to be posted to your social media channels, then enter 45 in your Minimum Age area. Tweak things how you’d like them to be and move on.
Post With An Image. Yes. Just click yes. Pictures sell on social media more than words do, so be sure you’re taking advantage of that.
Share Old Posts More Than Once. I think it’s a good idea to share your content often. By default the Revive Old Post Plugin only shared a post once so if you want it more than that, click the checkbox.
Excluding Posts. If you’re wanting to drive traffic to only certain articles, you have the option to exclude certain post from the being sent out into your social accounts. This isn’t an option in the Revive Old Post Settings area. If you go over to the Revive Old Posts area in your sidebar, you’ll see the option of Exclude Posts. This will bring you to the screen as pictured below.
Simply choose the posts that you DON’T want the plugin to promote, and then click, Exclude Selected.
And that’s it. Now just sit back and let Revive Old Posts Pro do the rest!
Final Thoughts On The Revive Old Posts Pro Plugin
Honestly, I couldn’t find anything bad to say about the plugin. The idea of driving traffic to older blogs is important and something that both old and new blogs should be doing. The Lite version of the plugin is great, but limited with regards to the amount of accounts you can add, and can’t post with pictures.
The price for the Pro version is reasonable and definitely worth the money.
All and all, this thing is a huge time saver, and I now have it set up on my personal blogs. Using it would mean not having to worry about posting my blog articles to my major social channels. You just set this baby up and it does the rest.
Hooray for that!