Are you looking for a way to produce articles quickly?
Curating content can save you time and your sanity. Today, we are sharing 5 tips that will help you curate content like a pro.
We are all busy. When our schedules – both personal and professional are filled to the max, writing articles may feel like the last thing you want to do. Why blog when there are deadlines to meet, meetings to attend, and laundry to fold?
One really great way to quickly produce articles is to curate content. In this article, we’ll share what content curation is and how to do it like a pro.
Defining Content Curation
Believe it or not, but Wikipedia provides a helpful definition of content curation:
“Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.”
Neil Patel of Kiss Metrics defines content curation as:
“Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast majority of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful way.”
Content Curation Is Not… Copying and pasting someone else’s work.
Content Curation Is… Sorting through the tons of information out there on the Internet about a specific topic, picking out the best, organizing the information and presenting it to your readers along with your unique voice.
Before getting too overwhelmed about the sorting through the tons of information out there part, check out the following 5 tips to curate content like a pro.
How to Curate Content Like a Pro
- Curating Content From Yourself
If you’ve been writing blog articles for any amount of time, one of the best places to find content to curate from is yourself.
This idea is brought to you by Dorien Morin-van Dam of More in Media through a comment she left on one of the blog articles that I wrote back in March of 2013.
Look back at your most popular articles. Is there a common topic or theme? Create a new article by curating from those articles.
- Use the 3 Cs
Create, Contribute, and Collect.
The 3 C’s help to give your curated articles a little direction.
- The Create piece reminds us that while we are curating, it is important to still write original work while curating the article.
- Contribute is about inviting your readers to add to your content.
- Lastly, Collect the best information out there on the web for your readers.
For more information about the 3 C’s and to see Dorien’s original comment, please see, The 3 C’s To Successful Content Curation.
- Pulling from a Consistent Set Of Sources
This time-saving tip is brought to you by Matt Heinz and Hubspot. Matt recommends to utilize what they call a “core set of sources” when curating content. The sources provide you with good, consistent content and are similarly themed.
I have a “core set of sources” for each of the blogs I write for. I do this for a few reasons:
- Curating content,
- Educating myself,
- Adding Your Voice
This “golden nugget” is brought to you by Matthew Collis and The Huffington Post. Matthew uses the analogy of a college professor only providing a class with 10 minutes of course material and then walking away to an article curated without the writer’s voice added in.
Adding your own voice can be done by explaining why you are sharing this information or what you’ve pulled from these articles that is worth sharing.
I agree with Matthew when he writes that by doing this you will demonstrate your expertise when you add your voice to the curated content.
- Give Credit and Make Friends
Steve Rosenbaum and Mashable are the sources of this tip and while this tip should be obvious, Steve and I agree that it still has to be said. Whenever you curate content, you must give credit back to the source.
In addition, this is a really great way to make friends on social media and grow your network.
Bringing It Home
In closing, don’t miss out on adding valuable content to your blog when your schedule is busy. Instead, use these 5 tips and curate content like a pro.
Do you have any content curation tips to add to this list?
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