13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 4: How to Schedule A Blog Post On WordPress

Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a bus, then three come along all at the same time! Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a new blog post from one of my favourite bloggers, then five come along within an hour of each other!

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

Slow down, bloggers! I love reading your posts, but when you publish them all within an hour of each other, it can be a little overwhelming, and I usually end up not reading any of them.

Haven’t got the time to publish all twenty-six of the new posts you’ve written over the next seven days? That’s where scheduling your blog posts comes in very handy. Allow me to show you how to schedule them.

  • First up, write your post(s).
  • Once it’s finished, click the calendar icon next to the publish button that is in the top righthand corner of the page.

How to schedule a Blog Post on WordPress

  • A calendar will open.

How to schedule a blog post on WordPress

  • Select a date you want your post to be published. In this instance, I am going to choose Monday 17th April.

How To Schedule a blog post on WordPress

  • If you want to schedule your post to be published sometime the following month or a few months in advance, then click on the arrow to the right of the month (in this instance April 2017).
  • Next, set the time you want your post to be published. In this example, I want my post to be published at 03:23 on the afternoon of Monday 17th April.
  • Click inside the hour box and enter the hour.

How to schedule a blog post on WordPress

  • Click inside the minute box and enter the minute.

How to schedule a blog post on WordPress

  • Next, select either AM or PM. In my case, it needs to be PM.
  • Click on Schedule.

How to schedule a blog post on WordPress

Notice that little tick in the calendar icon? That means your post is now scheduled to be posted on the date and time you have selected it to be published on your blog.

How easy was that?

If you have any further questions on scheduling a blog post on WordPress, then leave them in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you.

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  1. Great info, especially for new bloggers like myself! Would love to hear some thoughts and feedback on my first official content piece about ‘a change for the better’ 😊

    1. Thank you. I’ve lots of other great posts that offer blogging tips. Click on ‘blogging tips’ on my menu bar, and you’ll see a list of them.

      I checked out your blog and it’s looking great. Health and beauty are not something that interests me, but I know there are many readers out there who like blogs that feature those subjects.

      The best of luck with blogging.

  2. I schedule all my posts using this feature, Hugh, and I only publish once per week. I work full time and even though I have a lot of posts in my draft folder ready to go, I stick to my once/week schedule. I have to agree with you it is difficult to keep up with people who post prolifically and somewhat overwhelming. In my case I’d probably benefit from doing a little more but that will have to wait until I’m retired. Which won’t be too far off thankfully!

    1. I’ve heard it said many times that to become a successful blogger, you need to publish lots of posts every day, Molly. However, I disagree with that because that usually means that the quality of the posts then suffers which, in turn, can turn people away from the blog. I’ve seen it happen on days when a blogger will publish lots of posts within a few hours. Then, on days or weeks when they publish just the one, you can so see and read the quality of the post which often results in more views and more comments.

      If you are anything like me, then you’ll be looking forward to retirement. 😀

      1. I like your words of wisdom, Hugh. I will choose quality over quantity every time. It takes me a long time to get my essay to the point where I am comfortable publishing. I am totally looking forward to retirement!

  3. Hi, Hugh – I use ‘scheduler’ all of the time as well. I usually like my posts to go out just after midnight (in that way I can easily compare my posts’ popularity from one week to another). Since I am usually too sleepy to stay awake until midnight, ‘scheduler’ is a fantastic solution. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Brilliant share my friend! I would have thought bloggers would know about pre-scheduling posts, I couldn’t do without it. I like to stay a few weeks ahead and leave a few spots empty each week for a beat, or for a post I must share when someone features a post on me or my books. I try my utmost to never post more than once a day, and not every day if I can help it. I know how overwhelming it is when some post 3-10 posts a day. There just isn’t time to read every one, so I end up picking and choosing, so when I go through the time involvement to create a post, I hope that by only posting one it gets more eyes than left behind. 🙂 ❤

    1. Thanks, Debby. I’m not so sure every blogger knows about the scheduling tool and, of course, it’s something not everyone will want to use. However, it’s great to use if, like you, you write posts in advance. I’m more inclined to write and publish my posts straight away (apart from those posts which are part of a feature and are published on a particular day). Even so, so far, I’ve written all my music feature posts either a few days before, or on the morning they are due to go out. Can cause me a little panic, so maybe I should use the scheduler 😀

      Like you, it’s very rare I publish more than one post in any given day and I don’t publish posts every single day. It’s rare that I’ll read all the posts of a blogger who publish more than one post a day, every day, or publish a batch of posts all in one day (within a few hours of each other) and then nothing at all for a few days. I think you’re right and that one post will get more eyes than several posts all published on the same day. 👀

      1. I knew we were on the ‘same page’ with out thoughts. I’d be lost without the scheduler, especially that I’m self hosted and don’t have a ‘reblog’ option. With ‘press this’ when I’m on a blog I want to reblog, I press it into draft, where only the title and the link of the post goes in. When I’m ready to work on it, I go to the draft and work in 2 tabs, editor and the original post to extract what I want from that post to put my post together and pre schedule it for when I want it to come out. I’m also not one who ‘reblogs’ immediately. I like the originator of the post to get the due attention for a few days before people see it again on my page – fresh eyes. 🙂 ❤

        1. I agree on the ‘reblog/press this’ option as well, Debby. I seldom reblog these days, preferring instead to use the ‘press this’ option as I find it’s a far friendlier way to promote other blogger’s posts in that you can add tags, a category, and your own photos/images before pressing the publish button. The reblog option doesn’t allow any of this.

        2. I know right? Many aren’t familiar with ‘press this’ or get confused. I’ve written a few posts on it. I was sad I lost my reblog button when I self hosted, but turned out I much prefer ‘press this’ for all it’s capabilities. 🙂 ❤

    1. Great for those that publish a lot of posts or are away, Melinda. Although I tend not to publish anything while I am away, as I rather enjoy my break (rather than worry that a post hasn’t published or there are problems with it).

  5. I do scedule some posts but mostly. like yourself I write a post then publish it straight away! If there is a challenge I am taking part in, then I am guilty of sometimes overloading with my posts! 🙂

    1. Aren’t those challenge posts once a day, Judy? No, what I get overwhelmed about is somebody who publishes three or more posts within a few hours of each other and then nothing for several days. I think that’s where the scheduling tool comes in very handy (if you know how to use it). I usually end up not reading any of the posts that come in within a few hours of each other if there’s more than two of them.

      1. Yes, I see what you mean Hugh. The challenges are normally just once a day. I have found the scheduling tool brilliant for when I know I am going to be short of time and have a daily challenge going on as i can write a few in advance on the days that I have more time! 🙂

        1. I’ve given up on the challenges, Judy, as I was finding them too stressful to do, especially where you have to publish on so many consecutive days and nominate other bloggers. However, if you enjoy doing them and they are fun, they carry on doing them. After all, that’s what blogging is all about. 😀

  6. I love that schedule button. Did you know it also works in reverse? You schedule posts to appear in the past. I did this by accident when I started a post, but finished it a week later. I hit the publish button and my post disappeared. After I found it it said “Published 8 days ago” even though I had just hit the publish button minutes ago. So you can go backwards on the schedule calendar!

    1. Yes, I did know about this. I got quite a shock when my post didn’t appear on the WP reader and it took me a while to work out why. I think it’s something WordPress need to disable as it can cause panic amongst bloggers who think they’ve lost the whole post.

  7. I am sooooooooo thankful for that schedule option. I think I would have already quit blogging because I have no time to post during the week anymore. But I enjoyed it from the beginning on. That way I can focus more on reading and commenting most of all on busy days!

    1. It’s a great tool for those that need it, Erika. It makes so much sense to use it rather than bunching up all of our posts over a small period of time. If I get notification of more than one post from a blogger within a few hours, I’m hitting the delete (without reading) button.

      1. It is simply too much and time is rare! So, I understand that well. Same over here! I rather get notifications because that meant 300 and more emails a day. But when I go through the reader sometimes I scroll over it because I simply cannot handle that much!

        1. I don’t know if you read a recent update from WordPress but they now bunch up posts, from the same blogger, on the WP reader. That way, all those posts are not taking up your screen and pushing posts from other bloggers down the list.

        2. I saw the change on the reader. They take those posts together which are posted right after another. It is good in the way you mentioned it. But for example I have my two posts in the morning (the daily song and quote) which makes sense and apart about 45 minutes it an happen that they are put together when no other blocger posted during that time. The problem is that they don’t show up very nicely anymore.

        3. It’s very rare I use my WP reader, so I’ve not seen the results of WordPress bunching up posts on the reader, Erika. Hopefully, it’s something they will work on to make look nicer.

        4. Yes, I hope so too! But as you said, sometimes there is quite a bunch of posts (mostly reblogs) in a row from one single blogger and that acutally makes sense!! Anyway, your scheduling-manual is great 😁

  8. Great info. I have been blogging less lately due to two books I am working on have all my attention. I will keep this in mind when I do more than one post at a time. Thanks, Hugh! You are the consummate teacher! ❤️

  9. Reblogged this on Jemsbooks and commented:
    Hugh Roberts’ blog has some helpful information for all bloggers that is essential when you have multiple posts to publish. While you are there check out all the wonderful blogging tips! Thank you, Hugh! ❤

  10. Nice to be able to schedule. I don’t normally post everyday, it’s only for the month of April for the AtoZ Challenge and I love that I can schedule these. I hope you’re not too overwhelmed to pop over to see what’s happening with me and Maisie this month 😉

    1. I’m the same. It’s very rare I’ll publish more than one post in a day, so I tend not to use the scheduling feature. However, it’s a very handy tool to use.
      I’ll certainly be over to find out what’s been going on in your world. I’m hoping there’ll be a mention of Eurovision? 😉

    1. Good to hear, Brigid. I don’t tend to use it myself as I tend to write and publish a post straight away. However, it’s a very useful tool to use. It’s very rare that I publish more than one blog post during a day.

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