A lot of people worry that content curation is stealing. I hear it from many people when I introduce them to MyCurator. “Can you take others content?” or “Isn’t that illegal?”. Well, yes it is stealing if you take all of their content and don’t say anything about where it came from!
Sharing content is different though. That is what content curation is all about. First, you don’t take all of the content and post it on your blog. You read through the piece and find something meaningful, or insightful or that proves or contradicts your thesis. Maybe a paragraph, 50 words, 100 words – it really isn’t important what the length is but whether it is something that highlights the curated post you are creating.
Next, a big part of sharing is recognizing where you got the information from. If you post some content from someone, you create a link back to their web page, to the original article that they posted. Its that simple. Where you put the link, how you phrase it, all of that really doesn’t matter, as long as the link is prominent and specific. I do think it is also nice to mention the authors name as Corey Eridon points out in the article I’ve linked to below.
With just these two steps, your living the good life on the web, no more ‘black hat’ hacking or trying to fool Google with plagiarism. Besides, Google will catch up to you. You may get an early bump when posting a bunch of copied content, but they’ll figure it out, and your site rankings will plummet.
Inspiration came from this article, which has a lot of great tips about sharing across all of the social media at blog.hubspot.com