Archive for June, 2012

 PageOne Curator Software

I have been evaluating content curation for some time now.  I have several curated blogs that are in the early stages of deployment and have been using a variety of different platform and software tools to assist me in my curation process.

Last month (May 2012) Paul Clifford released PageOne Curator as a WSO and I purchased it almost immediately.  Having worked with CurationSoft, which I like, I find PageOne Curator to be a more robust, complete solution for curating blogs.

Go to the bottom of this post to see the specific features I personnally feel make PageOne Curator the top choice for Blog Curation.

In the mean time, here are what others online have to say about PageOne Curator:

 

 

 

I picked up this impressive software from Paul Clifford today on the Warrior Forum, and it’s one cool tool.

‘Curation’ is the new buzzword, and worth looking into if you’re tired of the auto-blogging route that is fast fading into the sun.

PageOne Curator Software runs on Adobe Air, so works with both PC and Mac!

The software scours content sources to bring you fresh, relevant material you can use on your blogs, with your own introduction or take on the information, while linking to the original source and avoiding any copyright issues….More at PageOne Curator Software

 

First of all, curation is hot. Put simply, it’s the process that drives many of the biggest sites on the internet – just look at how many blogs simply collect the best of the day or weeks posts in their niche.

BIG HINT: if you are into a topic, where this isn’t happening – you should take the initiative and start doing this. (assuming there are no weird legal issues etc).

Look at the big gossip sites – they are all using curation. So what is curation – well, put simply it’s about finding hot content in your niche area, and then adding your own spin, or comments on what you find interesting too.

This means – it’s a FAST way to create content – but – it requires that you:

  • Find the best content sources
  • Copy those articles you want for curation
  • Add your own comments and add other content

Here is how and why Page One Curator is so good:

Page One Curator does all those three steps for you. It helps you find the right content and search through it, which will save you a lot of time….More at Page One Curator Creates Online Content – Marketing News Tip

 

 

Ok, here are the key features that for me, make PageOne Curator such an excellent choice for blog curation:

  1. Within a single desktop solution you can manage multiple blogs.
  2. It provides excellent search options:
    1. Import your custom list of RSS feeds
    2. Google Blog
    3. Google News
    4. YouTube
    5. Flickr
    6. Twitter
  3. The rich text editor allows you to build and edit your posts inside the software and then publish them to your blogs.
  4. You can insert images from your computer as well as from URLs.
  5. You can designate a post as “draft” as well as a “sticky” post.
  6. If you chose to buy the training package, you get both excellent software, but the training on how to best use it to curate your blogs

PLEASE, comment below with your thoughts on Curation & PageOne Curator…

 

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Content Curation Defined

It seems no matter where you are on the Internet today, especially if you are involved in Internet Marketing, you are be exposed to the concept of Content Curation.  In this first post to Curate Content it seems logical to first define what Content Curation is and probably just as importantly, what it is not.

Lets see how some of the industry thought leaders are defining Content Curation:

Content Curation Defined

How do you define content curation? There are some interesting perspectives on the definition of content curation from a number of marketers and strategists as assembled by Lee Odden of Top Rank Online Marketing in his post titled Content Marketing: Definitions of Curation & Context. My favorite is from MarketingProf’s Chief Content Officer, Ann Handley who puts it this way:

“Content curation is the act of continually identifying, selecting and sharing the best and most relevant online content and other online resources (and by that I mean articles, blog posts, videos, photos, tools, tweets, or whatever) on a specific subject to match the needs of a specific audience.”…More at Why Content Curation Could be the Best Marketing Idea in 2011

Content curation as a blogging model is widely misunderstood by most bloggers and marketers.  Many people would tell you that curation is about finding and posting links of related material around a certain topic or keyword.

And they would be wrong if the goal was to get people and search engines to appreciate and react to said content.  (And if your goal is to use curation as a means to get attention, then make money, from what you are doing.)

Real content curation is a set of links and snippets to other material on the web along with insightful, expert analysis provided by the curator….More at Home

The Trick To Good, Effective Content Curation

You absolutely must tie the content you curate into a post (i.e. links to different angles from different authors, bloggers, and news stories around the same topic) with original commentary.  Commentary that makes sense and seeks to draw new connections, parallels, or shed new light on a topic others are writing and sharing information about.

Cheap content is easy to spot because it carries little value. Curation, is more, much more than just finding some links and publishing them.

For curation to be done well it needs context. Publishing some links is of not much benefit to anyone if you can’t explain why this content has been chosen, it requires some rationale for the choice and also: it needs to take the story further.  Read more at Silicon Valley Watcher…

…More at Home ‘Content curation’, defined, is similar to an art curator – a collection of interesting or relevant content.  In a sea of information, culling the useful information, collecting it, and sharing it is becoming increasingly valuable.  SocialMediaB2B offers these posts every so often.

The post is simply a collection of other stories, and packaged up in one post.  Each has a short description of what that post is about, and then a link to it.  They do the work so you don’t have to…More at Digital Detective: How to Get Smart on Practically Anything on the

Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. “

In the above, the author goes to great lengths to establish a general picture of Content Curation.  Kanter has also created what is a very succinct diagram explaining how the process of Content Curation should ideally work. See below.

Content Curation Matrix

Content Curation Matrix

While Kanter provides a good primer, the following should be even more complete….More at What Is Content Curation? « curatable

 

Content Curation Definition

curationsoft.plus101.com Content Curation Definition. Content curation, or curation blogging, the process of sharing information on topics that people do a lot of searching for, but don’t want to weed through all the junk to find the good stuff. It i…

 

TEDxGrandRapids – Steve Rosenbaum – Innovate: Curation!

In a world of bandwidth and content abundance, we’re overwhelmed with data, tweets, blogs, check in’s and media. It used to be we surfed the web. Now the waves of the web are just too big. Curation is the new magic that makes the web work. Bringing t…

 

It seems that the key to curation, at least as I currently understand it, is all about distilling down a wealth of information about a specific topic into its most useful components AND adding context to that information in a way that saves readers time AND makes the final information more valuable as a result of the distillation process.

I would also suggest that adding in “your” personality and experience both in the distillation process and your unique added content will determine the group of followers you will ultimately attract.

Add your thoughts on what Content Curation is, below:

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