Jetpack for WordPress: My Virtual Assistant

Jetpack for WordPress: My Virtual AssistantChecking in today for a quick tip as I am about to spend half my day in my new photography class that I am totally loving! So let’s talk about Jetpack.

Jetpack is a plugin for WordPress that has 30 different mini plugins you can activate as you need. I only use a couple. I used to use Jetpack Stats but as I have learned more about Google Analytics (we will discuss this tomorrow!) I realized how little I actually need Stats and it is a huge drain on your system’s resources and it is like asking your site to run a mile while strapping a fifty pound weight to it. So don’t take this article to mean that if you see Jetpack it is necessarily a good thing!

Now, on to the biggest reason I love it! Publicize. You will find this in your Jetpack Dashboard.Jetpack Publicize: My Virtual AssistantThat one little function will save you a lot of time! Every time I schedule a post to go live the next day I let Publicize inform the world it exists. So to use this post as an example, I have it currently set to publish at 4:55 am and at the moment it does it will send out my post to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ for myself and my business pageSocial Media Marketing with Tumblr

Now that those have gone out, I only manually add an Instagram photo and make a couple of adjustments to the posts that have gone out.

For Facebook: I edit the content of the post by removing the “[245 more words]” that is automatically added to the paragraph because it looks odd. I add “Read It:” before the link to my post and then I add “Pin It:” and my Pinterest link under it so people can quickly pin the post straight from facebook. This usually only takes a couple of seconds, but just remember to pin your images to your board first so you can have your Pinterest link ready to go. I also pin the post to the top of my page so it is the first thing people see even if I post other things throughout the day.

For Twitter: I pin the tweet to the top of my profile. I also load a twitter header photo for my recipe of the day that I make in Canva when I make my pin images. If you want to know more about Canva, head over to my post about Canva for more information.

It is nice to know that by the time I wake up in the mornings I can count on my post having been emailed out to my mailing list and knowing it is on a number of social media sites. Now if I could only get a plugin that applies to all the Food Post Submission Sites for me! Anyone want to make a plugin like that for me?

Do you use Jetpack? What are your favorite uses for it? Do you use Stats and now you are thinking of ditching it to speed up your site? Come back tomorrow when we go over all the cool places to find information in Google Analytics!


About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

Dinner, then Dessert, Inc. owns the copyright on all images and text and does not allow for its original recipes and pictures to be reproduced anywhere other than at this site unless authorization is given. If you enjoyed the recipe and would like to publish it on your own site, please re-write it in your own words, and link back to my site and recipe page. Read my disclosure and copyright policy. This post may contain affiliate links.


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