After the interest generated from my previous post about content curation I have spent some time testing out some content curation tools. Some people may argue that content curation is just scraping content from other peoples’ websites but I think that done correctly it can create a useful resource for your readers. here’s a definition I picked up from Beth Kanter.
Content Creation is the organising, filtering and “making sense of” information on the web and sharing the very best with your network
What I was looking for was some tools or software that could help me find good quality content to curate. Help me organise the abstracts, and my comments and post to my sites with the relevant links. Not only do I want to be able to get traffic and rankings by providing useful content I want to be able to builds backlinks using pingback.
First I looked at Curationsoft which allows you to drag and drop any content you find on the web, curate it very easily and find the best of the best content that is out there. You can search multiple content sources, blogs, news, twitter, youtube, flickr, wikipedia and facebook and there is a promise of more to come.
There is a free version or a Pro version costing $59/year. The Free version only uses Google Blog search. Once you have found your content you can drag and drop each abstract into WordPress or any other CMS. You can then add your comments and edit your post. As far as I can see there is now filtering or sorting of the data found, you just gets the top 10 so you need to read each post a decide which abstracts to use. The abstracts are created for you so you need to check these and possibly edit them. This is a basic, easy to use tool which could save you a little bit of time. Or you can just use Google to search blogs or news, creat your own absracts and add links yourself.
Next I looked at PageOneCurator. This software gets data from RSS feeds, Google blog search, news search & Twitter. You can use this software to add images from Flickr. A link back to Flickr will be created automatically. There is a built in keyword research tool and you can upload directly to your blogs. There are more features with this software and the price is very resonable. $47 or $97 for a multiple user licence for outsourcers. There is also a 60 day money back guarantee so you can take it for a test drive.
Watch PageOneCurator in action
I also looked at some new software which is still under development, Cur8r. This is currently free but I am sure that once it is fully developed there will be a charge. There are no real instruction on how to use this but there is a video on Link Liberation 3 you can watch to get the idea.
One of the reasons for using curated content apart from getting uniue content for my site is to get some back links from authority sites. None of the software I looked at told me if the sites allowed pingbacks or used Do Follow links. So if I got a back link it would be more luck than judgement. (If I missed this option in any software please let me know)
After looking a few more content curation software packages I turned to some software I have been using for years, Market Samurai. There is a new section called ‘Promotion’ which will search through selected sources, Web2.0, blogs and forums to find relevant content and tell you if the site uses dofollow and if it ises pingbacks. Also you can see the PR and number of backlinks. Select the abstracts you want for your curated post add bullets or borders automatically if required then copy and paste into your post. You can use the Market Samurai publish option or copy and paste straight into your CMS
So I found my content curation software on my own hard drive. I know many of my readers already use Market Samurai for keyword research, competition analyses and other things so check it out for content curation as well.
Let me know if you have tried any content curation software and how you got on. I will let you know what results I get.
All the best