9 Content Curation Sources You (Probably) Haven’t Thought Of

This article skips the “What is Content Curation” part (there are 100s of articles dedicated to just that!) and goes straight to the resources that you can tap into to pull out the highest quality content that resonates with you and your audience.

Oh, and 1 thing before we get to the main dish: Even if you don’t like curating content, this article may still come in handy for when you are seeking new ideas, topics or angles for your own publications. So… Keep reading!

As a bonus, you’ll find a simple “online marketing schedule” that you can use to become a pro!

If you are want to know more about content marketing, check out this E-Guide Content Marketing Tips & Tricks.

Google

Google Alerts

Using Google Alerts is probably the easiest way to get your hands on highly relevant content based on keywords or topics. Basically, you will be notified whenever a new blog post, news article, or video about your desired topic hits the web. Talk about fresh, new stuff!

Google News

You can also keep things strictly to news. Google News is, if you want, like Google Alerts for news-specific industry-related stuff (both local and national). If you have a “News” section on your blog, it’s the perfect resource.

Pinterest

Contrarily to popular belief, it’s not a “women-only” website. It’s a resource full of high quality images.

“But what the hell am I gonna do with images!?”

Remember that infographics are images. Pinterest is full of them. That is something you can use in itself (by repinning it on your own account or by sharing it on your blog for example). Or if you want to dig deeper, you can go to the source page where the image is coming from, where you can find more information, or more stuff around a similar topic. (Also Read How to Successfully Market on Pinterest)

Twitter

Most people just follow other people. That’s cool. But if you want to uncover awesome content in your niche, you’ll have to start following hashtags and keywords as well. Okay, maybe “following” isn’t the correct technical word here, but you get the point. You need to track them, and follow the people and brands that use them.

Hootsuite or Tweetdeck may make the task easier.

Yes, it’s almost sad that most people don’t see Twitter as a source of valuable content; it truly is!

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great place to find industry-related news or blog posts. However, a lot of people just rely on the stuff that their network shares. That’s very limiting. You can join groups relevant to your industry and get connected with other professionals.  Remember, Linkedin is a platform for professionals, and the quality of content and ideas shared are much better than any other social network.

Subscribe

Almost every niche-related website has a way for you to sign-up to their email list. Spend a few minutes looking for quality sites and blogs (Crappy sites are likely to send you crappy emails…). Subscribe to their email list or to their RSS feed.

I would recommend setting up a separate email account just for this, and to sign up to just 4 – 5 newsletters at a time. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed and can quickly spot who is being too spammy and sending only low-quality content (then you can unsubscribe).

It’s a great “set-and-forget” way to get quality content delivered straight to you.

Delicious

Gone are the days when Delicious was a social bookmarking site; it’s now like a spaceship-fueled social network (and that’s thanks to its brilliant idea of integrating with Facebook and Twitter!).

Find stuff that other people are actively sharing on their social accounts…by keyword! By now, you can see the potential, right?

A Few Last Words about Content Curation

You may not like to curate content, but you need to understand that it’s not really a bad thing. Do you seriously think that you are the only one who can come up with interesting stuff in your niche? That’s pretentious, right?

Occasionally sharing stuff from external sources shows that you care about your audience, sometimes more than your own benefit – and this always comes back to you in a good way!

Here’s a the bonus schedule we promised in the intro:

  • Spend 1/3 of your time creating and publishing your own content
  • Spend 1/3 of your time sharing others’ content (only content that you deem worth sharing of course!)

Now, THAT’S a well-balanced marketing plan!



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