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How to Curate Content Your Readers Will Love

The questions from Ponn Sabra are a great checklist for curated content.  MyCurator can find and help you curate a lot of articles, but it is up to you to make sure they meet your audience needs.

Just remember: It’s not enough to simply care about your audience. You’ll also have to interact with them. You have to be visible. You’ll want them to see you everyday on your blog, on social media, or in forums. And a little less often than that, you’ll want them to see you in their inboxes, too.

  • What is on my audiences’ minds?
  • What are they excited about?
  • What are they interested in?
  • What sorts of challenges do they face? Can I relate to these challenges?
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25 Digital-Marketing and Social-Media Experts to Follow on Twitter

Following experts in your field on Twitter is a great way to find content to curate to your site.  This article lists some of the luminaries in the field of content marketing and curation.  You may want to follow them to keep up to date in the field.

In MyCurator to follow a twitter feed, use our menu item News, Twitter, YouTube and set up a feed.  Use @ followed by the username in the search string.  You also need to set up a twitter app, directions are in the Twitter tab in Options.  Once set up, MyCurator will look for an article link in each tweet and grab it from the site.

Twitter is a great source of information. Every tweet is 140 characters or less, allowing you to quickly scan your feed and engage with the content that interests you. While this eliminates a lot of unnecessary noise, you still need to be following the right people if you want to be constantly flooded with great information.

In no particular order, here are 25 digital marketing and social media experts to follow on Twitter.

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Judging Content Curation From Your Crazy Aunt’s Attic to the Smithsonian

A different way of explaining good curation.  They use the metrics Amount, Cohesion, Breadth, Integrity and Extension with a great example of each.  Creative post on curation.  MyCurator provides you with the tools to meet each of these metrics in your own curation.

A big focus for content marketers is creating unique and engaging content that builds awareness for your brand and product and sets you up as a thought leader within your community. However, the success of your content curation is largely dependent on execution.

As my old calculus teacher likes to say, “You gotta know what you know, and know what you don’t know.” There are several factors to consider when trying to understand where you fall on the content curation spectrum.

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The 4 Biggest Content Curation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

 

This is a must read if you are starting curation.  It is so easy to think that shortcuts such as automation or just posting excerpts with links, will yield benefits to your site.  That might happen in the short term, but eventually Google catches on and it quits working.  If you don’t link to the original article, or publish the whole article on your site, it can get worse – we have had clients that received cease and desist orders from other sites and threatened with fines.  MyCurator is a great tool for helping you find valuable content quickly, making it easy to review and then publish the best pieces for your site.  But it is just a tool and must be used as part of a content marketing program where you provide ideas, insights and information for the visitors to your site, including why the content you curate is relevant to them!

The main reason that content curation is topical now, is the perceived ease at which content can be profited from – through curating the content of others – to avoid the rather more time intensive process of producing it yourself.

This post explores why this is true – if you are careful, and outlines some shortcuts you can use to curate content without either falling foul of the law, or getting slapped by Google for doing it.

Because there are so many sites curating really badly, it is likely that Google is scanning websites to identify sites which are attempting to automate the process. This is likely to continue as the ‘carrot’ of autopilot content creation tempts many more into taking an easy path to apparent content marketing riches.

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Convert Web Pages Content Into RSS Feeds: Web Page To RSS Converters – Sharewood Guide

You may find a great site or blog that you would like to curate articles from but it doesn’t have an RSS feed.  While our Get It tool will let you capture individual articles, you have to remember to go and visit the site regularly.  This article from Robin Goode at Master New Media recaps a group of tools that let you create an RSS feed from a site that doesn’t have one.  This will allow you to add the new RSS feed as a source and use MyCurator to capture articles automatically as they are published.

In this new Sharewood Guide I have collected the best free tools to convert any web page to RSS.

Web page to RSS converters are free tools, usually web-based, that anyone can use to keep changes of any site which doesn’t offer a RSS feed for its readers.

RSS feeds are very intuitive and easy-to-use: to create a feed just grab the desired page’s URL, paste it into the box, and click generate. Some of these tools, will also offer advanced options to let you refine which of the items present on a specific web page need to be included in your newly generated RSS feed.

Here the best web page to RSS converters I have found out there (if you know of other ones, please help me out by adding them in the comment area at the end):

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5 easy ways to curate content on your blog

A good, thorough article on curation.  One of the key features of MyCurator is that it makes searching for and finding good content so easy.  This article just popped up in my list of curation articles after being found through a Google Alert.  It was easy to review the full content in  a pop-up and then quickly publish it.

I like to think of content curation as utilizing existing content in a new, value-added way. It isn’t sharing entire pieces of other people’s content with your audience (that’s syndication), and it isn’t compiling lists of links with no additional commentary (this is content aggregation, and Google doesn’t like this!) Content curation is a bit of an art form, and takes some time to perfect. But once you’ve figured out a strategy that works, you’ll have a process in place for regularly finding, compiling and editorializing content your audience will love!

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9 Powerful Ways of Effective Content Curation

If you are starting out with content curation or just want to review the key elements, this is a straightforward bullet point review.  MyCurator saves you time in your curation process, but you always want to make sure your goals are being met with your actual content and that your process is aligned with those goals.

Content Curation Content curation can play a significant role in achieving your business goals—saving time, effort, and budget in the process. From curating your own existing content to collating third party content to engaging with other curators in your niche to following social dashboards—there are a number of ways to gain traction from content curation for your business.

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How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People’s Content on the Internet

This is a nice, all encompassing article on how to quote sources you use in your curations, original articles and on social media.  It is critical that when using content curation on your website that you always attribute any articles to the original source.  MyCurator makes this easy by pre-filling the post with the original article link.

The best content marketers aren’t afraid to share. Share content. Share links. Share ideas. Share data.

The thing is, sometimes marketers get a little protective of their stuff because there are less-than-scrupulous people out there who take content and then try to pass it off as their own. All that hard work, and none of the credit. Not cool, less-than-scrupulous people. Not cool.

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An Introduction to Content Curation

This is a well written article that clearly sets out how content curation can help your site or blog.   No Marketing puff, just simple examples like the quote below.

Of course, with MyCurator, sifting through the web is so much easier.  It finds articles throughout the day that match your interests.  With some simple training you will get highly targeted articles, weeding out 90% or more of content that doesn’t match your needs.

 

Ever had a trusted friend share their thoughts on the latest movie you should go see, or the fabulous dessert at a new restaurant? The person didn’t just say, “Go check it out”. They probably added their opinion along with just enough details to get you interested so you’d buy a ticket and watch the movie yourself.

Content curation is like that. The more you share good quality stuff, the more reliable you become as a content resource

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MyCurator Version 2.2

 

Version 2.2 of MyCurator Content Curation software ensures comparability with WordPress version 4.2.  In addition the embed of YouTube videos has been updated to allow for more success.  This fix helps with changes made by Google in the YouTube url naming.  Some other updates include more changes to picture capture for reliability and for paid subscribers,  a new Get It tab to Publish directly to you site while specifying Categories rather than relying on Topic/Categoty identification.