It doesn’t matter if your blog is brand new or has been around for a while. If you want your blog to do well in the search engine result page ranking it is dependent on content.
That content must possess the following:
- Provide a value.
- Be relevant.
- Be informative.
- Topic should be well researched.
What are curation tools and why use them?
Curation tools are used for research and gathering information. They help you gather; research, images, and more in one place until you have time to read it.
The reason you use these tools is to save time. Research and gathering information will generally take more time than actually writing the post.
The 16 essential curation tools
We have put together the 16 essential curation tools you need to be using.
- Listly – this tool not only helps you make a list post but allows readers to make additions to the list, vote the list up and down, comment on an entry, share the list, or even embed it directly to their own blog or website.
- Utopic –this is a visual bookmark tool that allows you to find, save, and sort webpages for later use. Set up is easy you sign up with your Twitter or Facebook account and then you can create your bookmarks using a bookmarklet or chrome extension. Diigo is another such tool.
- Kippit –full of useful features this allows you to save URLs, read articles, watch videos, share notes, and more. Your collection can be set to private or public or you can share with the people you work with. The pages and content that you capture with kippit will be searchable, have the ability to organize it, and readable on your devices as well as being able to be shared.
- Pocket –integrates with over 500 other aps like Evernote. It also keeps all your interesting images, articles, and videos in one place. The content can be grouped by tagging and built-in search functionality makes finding the tagged articles easy.
- Pinterest –this social site will allow you to search topic or subject and then pin it to your own board to read later. You can also share your pins with others and see what others are pinning to their boards.
- AllTop –gathers feeds from many news sources like CNN Fox and others, also shares fun social content, tech content like techcrunch all into one place. You can then share that content with your readers.
- Triberr –great for industry news and relevant content to share.
- Hootsuite –manages social sites and grabs suggested content from the selected subjects you chose.
- Top Writers Reviews – provides reviews of writers, gathers topics, and shares information.
- Curation Traffic –gathers all types of information then allows you to share it in ways that your readers or market will find interesting and useful.
- Juxtapost –this is a great tool that saves content into categorized pasteboards so they can easily be curated. Its social discovery can browse others streams for popular content.
- Pearltrees –helps organize, explore, and share web content naturally based on your interests.
- Bundle Post –this is a must have for bloggers as it helps discover, distribute, and promote in less time by scheduling social media content.
- Marketing.Ai –this workflow editorial calendar tool can trace the phases of content properties, converse about directing to buyer identities, and trace the groups of content issued over time.
- Magnify – used for video gathering and allows you to insert hundreds of top-quality sources to enhance your site with up-to-date, opportune and contextually-relevant videos.
- CurationSoft –allows users to gather content and establish an authoritative voice so they can become a go to source of information for their customers.
These tools can truly help your blog become a rock star by providing relevant interesting content that has value without spending endless hours on research.
If you would like a list of free content creation tools, you can find them here.
Creating content from your curated information
Once you have gathered, sorted, and organized your curation of research you can begin to create content.
Start by making an outline of the topic you will be writing. Once you have your outline filled out use it to write your rough draft.
Polish the rough draft and when it is ready, publish it to your blog. Remember when you write a post; generally it needs an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
If you are just starting writing or maybe need a brush up on writing, here are some tools for improving your writing.
Don’t forget that you can add graphics such as infographics, photos, videos and more to your content to make them more interesting for your readers.
You can have the best information in the world but if you can’t write the content so that it is appealing to your audience then it really isn’t valuable.
You will need to practice writing like anything else we learn the more you practice writing the better you will become creating content.
Curation tools can really help you make your blog better with more accurate and informational posts. They will save you time and not many of us have a whole lot of extra time to spend searching for information.
After you have it gathered and organized you can put together some very useful content to share. Do not forget to put some graphics, photos, or even humor in it from time to time.
Using any of the tools listed above will certainly get you on your way to gathering organizing and then creating content that will make your blog rock!
About the author: Patrick Cole is an entrepreneur and freelancer. He is also a contributing blogger for several websites. Patrick loves self-education and rock music. Connect with Patrick via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.