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Robin Good's insight:
What are the key steps that a blogger should follow to effectively curate content online?
Silvya Rosenthal Tolisano shares her personal workflow to curate content as a blogger, by highlighting the seven key steps she suggests to go through when preparing content for a blog,
and by reminding those already doing it
The key element of curation is adding value, not collecting large amount of items on a topic. That's what a collector does, not a curator.
Useful. Informative. Great illustration. 8/10
Original article: http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/15/blogging-as-a-curation-platform/
Reading time: 4'
Robin Good: If curation is all about finding and sharing great content, what's the difference with what so many bloggers have been doing until now?
Here is a key passage from her article: "Many bloggers spend their time selecting what they consider the best of what other people have created on the web and post it at their own sites, just like a magazine or newspaper.
Or they provide a mix of this along with writing or otherwise creating their own content. Not to split hairs, but curation involves less creation and more searching and sifting; curation’s more a matter of focused filtering than it is writing.
Because content curation is expected to be based on such focused filtering, it begins far more based on topic selection.
This is much different from blogging, where bloggers are often advised to “just begin” and let their voice and interests accumulate over time to eventually reveal a primary theme.
Some collectors just collect what they like as they stumble into it. …Sometimes, collectors just keep piling up stuff, no matter what it is. Even if this isn’t hoarding, it’s not-so-much of a purposeful pursuit.
But professional curators, those who manage collections for museums or other organizations, and serious collectors, they maintain a specific focus.
And rather than stumbling into items, they continually seek for specific items.
The definition dictates the curation — and everything from funding to their continued employment is based on how well their collection meets the collection’s definition.
While blogging success may be thought of in many different ways, the success of content curation lies in how well you define, search/research, and stick to your subject."
This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.
"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."
There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:
Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content
If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense
****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience
I love this one!
Here's the tip
****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.
You can build on a topic in different ways:
**Beg to differ politely
**Provide additional tips and insights
**Ask clarifying question(s)
This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.
**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]
Margot Bloomstein, a content strategist talks about how to combine curation to your content strategy by showcasing lessons she has adopted from museum curators and so much more.
What caught my attention:
**She talks about copywriting issues. Because a curator goes way beyond aggregating which is just gathering content, they arrange it in order of relevance, point out what you should pay attention to and many other important things. It takes a lot of thought to assemble pieces in a cohesive manner, add context to it, ad take it to the next level.
**It is appropiate to give the curator credit if you're going to repost or use it in any manner.
Lots of people might know about this, some do not, no matter what, it's still good to see it in print. Human curation works and will play a significant role on the web.
Excerpt: After almost a decade, Google is somewhat sheepishly admitting that humans are, well, useful after all.
What Google is embracing -- finally -- is the emergence of human curation as a central and critical editorial effort in the increasingly noisy web. Curation, it seems, trumps robots when it comes to both interestingness and editorial tone and voice.
I’m seeing more Scoopit links in my Twitter stream and I’m not crazy about it. Sure it’s quick and easy to share with Scoopit. But it not quick and easy to consume. For me it's all about the econ...
Appreciate Bryan’s and Joseph’s comment, but I rarely use Scoop.it as a pass through. More than 90% of the time I’m adding “rich snippets” to content I Scoop.
Rich snippets are “blog” posts that fall between Twitter and the 500 to 1,000 words I would write in Scenttrail Marketing. I often create original content ON Scoop.it because whatever I’m writing falls in the crack between Twitter’s micro blog and what I think of as needing to be on my marketing blog.
Via Martin (Marty) Smith
Robin Good's insight:
Well, I can't really agree more with Marty's point.
This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.
Rian speaks for many of us who are overwhelmed, overloaded with content that gives us no value at all. This is the problem
"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"'
Here's what caught my attention:
****The wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick scanning – just enough time to capture those almighty eyeballs. And the reality is that “Alternative Attention sources” simply don’t exist.
The Scoopit team agrees!
****The Opportunity: This is the time for all good curators to come forward - 2012 will be the year of the content curator -
**Know your audience
**Know their pain points
**Find and select the best content, add your own opinions, information or anything that will provide more value for your audience
**Select only the best content, don't just aggregate links that add to the noise
**Become a trusted resource - many opportunities will come to you, it's your time to shine
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/tF0opI]
Via axelletess, janlgordon
This post is from Darwin Ecosystem
With the increasing need for relevant content, Discovery engines are becoming tools that save time and encourage effective information consumption.
Content discovery engines are similar to, but different from search engines.
Instead of simply providing results for a specific search query, discovery engines allow users to monitor topic-specific developments.
There are many types of discovery engines, and the technology that drives them and the way they present information differs greatly.
Why Are Content Discovery Engines Gaining Importance?
**more people recognize their potential to transform information consumption.
6 Traits of Highly Effective Content Discovery Engines
*Monitor Unique Topics of Interest
*Independent from sources
*Eliminate the noise
*Display Emerging Patterns
There is an increasing need for relevant content to benefit users of the web.
As content repository increases in size, discovery engines will be a primary means of finding new information.
****In order for content discovery engines to succeed, they will need to find the right balance between:
This post was written by Tony Karrer from Aggregage
He has some interesting things to say about an article he read by Ville Kilkku, which was all about the future of content curation, the title of the piece he's referring to in this post is "Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation".
He then talks about three major trends in content curation:
From individual content curators to crowdsourced content curation: Individuals cannot keep up with the pace of new content, even though they have better discovery tools than before. Crowdsourcing can, although it is not suitable for promoting radical new ideas: the dictatorship of the masses is unavoidably conservative.
From manual to semi-automated content curation: Individual content curators are forced to automate as much of the process as possible in order to stay relevant. From content curation to people curation: When there is too much content, you vet the content creators, manually or automatically. Those who pass get exposure for all of their content.
What caught my attention:
How do these trends interact? Social networking of the content creator is vitally important in order to create an audience as isolated content becomes increasingly difficult to discover and curation focuses on people instead of individual content. Build it, and they will come, is dead.