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How To Use Buffer To Schedule Posts On Facebook

Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you my trick for quickly and easily scheduling posts on Facebook that have both the Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link. This easy tip will save you so much time!

How To Use Buffer For Scheduling Social Meida

This Easy Buffer Tip Will Let You Schedule Facebook Posts More Efficiently

Just paste one link and this trick will automatically format the post with the description, Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link so that it looks pretty.

Basically just one click for you, and your post is ready to schedule!

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Above is a quick gif of what happens. See that swap that happens?? That happens automatically! Saves SO much time on typing!!

Two things to note up front: You’ll need to be using the Firefox browser and have a Buffer account.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to use Firefox as your main browser, you can just open it up when you’re scheduling posts.

How To Schedule Facebook Posts With A Pin It Link

  1. Go to any pin on Pinterest.
  2. Right click on the image and select Buffer this Image.
  3. Paste the link to your blog post. (I’ll show you a trick to quickly grab the link without leaving the pin)

That’s all you have to do. From there, this trick takes over and, the post will will automatically change right before your eyes into a pretty post with the description, Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link. All the text is fully customizable so you can make it say whatever you want. If you have a bunch of tabs open with Pinterest pins, you’ll be surprised at how many you can knock out in less than five minutes.

This Is How I Schedule Facebook Posts So Quickly

In the video below, I’ll show you my assembly-line style process to quickly schedule 10 posts in less than 2 minutes. Watch the full video for everything you need to know. Below I’ll list all the instructions you need to get everything set up to make the magic start happening. You just need to download a couple plugins for Firefox, but once you set them up, you’ll never have to do it again and they will work forever. After that, you can just schedule like a machine.

Tools To Download For This Facebook Scheduling Process

Here are the 4 things you’ll need to get started:

  1. Firefox — If you don’t already have the Firefox browser.
  2. You’ll also need an account with Buffer. If you’re already using Buffer to schedule your Facebook posts, great! If not, get it all set up and then come back here. Then Download the Buffer Firefox Extension.
  3. Install the FoxReplace plugin for Firefox. This is what makes the magic happen.
  4. Install the FireGestures plugin for Firefox. This one’s optional, but it offers a quicker and easier way to get the link to your blog, so I like using it!

How To Set Up Your FoxReplace Settings

Then all you have to do is add a few simple rules to FoxReplace to make your post automatically transform into a beautiful, custom formatted Facebook post.

First go to Tools, FoxReplace, and FoxReplace options…

Click on Add, give it any Name you want, and then click on Substitutions.

 

Substitution 1

Put this in the Replace text box:

Found at http://www.pinterest

Put this in the with text box:

\nPin for Later --> http://www.pinterest

NOTE: The \n adds a blank line. If you don’t want a blank line, just delete the \n.

Then click Add.

 

Substitution 2

Put this in the Replace text box:

http://www.yourbloghere.com/

Put this in the with text box:

\nGet the Recipe --> http://yourbloghere.com/

NOTE: The first link has WWW in the URL, while the second link doesn’t. This is the keep the substitution from happening over and over and over. Make sure your blog links work both with and without WWW. They should! Also be sure both links have the slash at the end.

Click Add.

 

Substitution 3

Put this in the Replace text box:

"

Leave the with text box blank.

Click Add.

 

From here you can add any other custom replacements you want, if you find your pins routinely have the same text you are editing out over and over.

When you’re done, click OK.

To make it start working, check the box by Auto-replace every and change the time to 3 seconds. Then close the pop-up settings screen. (You may want to un-check this when you’re not using it.)

That’s it for the setup! You only have to do that stuff one time, and now you’re done. It will work forever now!

This Is What I Do To Schedule Multiple Pins Fast

Here’s what I do to schedule a bunch of pins all in a few seconds.

  1. Open about 10 pins from Pinterest all in tabs. This is where it’s helpful if you have your own Pinterest Board that’s just pins from your own blog. Then you can go there and quickly pick out a bunch pins whenever you want.
  2. Highlight the description of the pin below the photo. You can triple-click anywhere in the description to easily highlight it.
  3. Press CTRL-tab to go to the next tab, and highlight the description again. Repeat for all remaining tabs.
  4. Then go back to the first tab. Hold down the CTRL key, and click and draw an L with a rounded corner on the image. This quickly grabs the link to your blog. You can also just right click and select Copy Link Location, but that’s too slow for me.
  5. Once you’ve got the link, right click on the image, click Buffer this image, and paste the link on the line just below the description. It will automatically convert into your custom formatted post.

 

Use Buffer to Schedule Social Media Posts

 

Hope this makes sense, and I hope it helps make your Facebook scheduling quicker and easier!!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

Happy posting!! :)

 

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17 Responses
  1. Patty K

    Hi Amanda, how are you getting around the character limit? If I exceed 117 characters, I’m not able to queue any posts. Can I only exceed this limit if I upgrade to Awesome? Thank you for your help.

    1. Patty K

      Never mind…I think it was because I had checked to share it on Twitter too. It’s working fine now. Thank you!

  2. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking

    Hi Amanda, I set everything up by copying and pasting to a T, but it’s partly not working for me. It’s shortening the ‘found at’ pin link with a shortened buffer link (http://buff.ly/1wxA5Bt), therefore it’s not changing that Found at to Get the recipe. I can cmd+click to remove the shortened link though, then it works.

    However, when I paste in the blog post link, that gets shortened too. I can cmd+click to remove that which switches it to “Get the Recipe”, but every few seconds it keeps adding more and more ‘Get the Recipe” over and over until I manually close the box and give up.

    1. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking

      Never mind, silly me automatically decided to add in the www. in the replace box. Fingers before brain!

      This is awesome, thank you. :)

  3. Michelle Oakes

    I just have to tell you, you are amazing! You have helped me so much over the years with these tips and tricks to make my blog and marketing better. I appreciate all you share and how you are always so helpful. Thanks again!

  4. Jody Murphy

    Amanda – I think my brain just exploded. This is amazing. Quick question – would the same thing work within Buffer to set up for G+ (or Linked In) instead of Facebook? Or in addition to Facebook? Thanks for the great hack.

  5. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    Wow I’m even getting technology tips from Kevin and Amanda. This is great. If technology can make my life easier I’m in. Thanks.

  6. Cookin Canuck

    I have no idea how you figure these things out, Amanda, but this is brilliant! Thank you for this!

    One tip so others don’t make the same mistake I did (and it’s working perfectly now, by the way)…make sure you don’t have the link shortening optioning on in your Buffer account, otherwise the Firefox replacements won’t work properly.

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