Are you looking for ways to save time blogging?
Scoop.It saves you time with many of your blogging tasks.
Like StumbleUpon, Scoop.It is so effective, you don’t even need to have ever visited the site to get mass traffic from it.
This post will offer a tutorial, testimonials, and an explanation of the benefits you can receive from using this free site.
What is Scoop.It?
Scoop.It is a content curation site. You will find the best content on the web placed there, or scooped, by others. It has potential to increase your influence across the web, bring you mass blog traffic, help you meet like-minded, engaged bloggers, and offer you quality material to read on topics that interest you.
The articles you collect appear in a newspaper-style format. The name of the site is appropriate since reporters get a “scoop” on new stories to cover.
The site can be compared to Flipboard.com. Flipboard allows you the opportunity to “flip” or curate your own content into a magazine. Scoop.It allows you to “scoop” your articles into a newspaper.
Like at Flipboard, other users who are interested in your topic see your content, so you gain visibility.
Unlike StumbleUpon, a site that frowns on you curating or “stumbling” your own content, you can go right ahead and scoop your own content without repercussion.
By looking at the screenshot, you can see that Jay scooped my content into his newspaper. As a result, I received traffic from Scoop.It which appeared on my dashboard.
How to Use Scoop.It
- Go to Scoop.It.
- Click Sign up for free and make an account. You can choose to sign up with your Facebook or Twitter account information.
- Click Create a topic. Select your area of interest.
- Click your avatar in the upper right.
- Click New Scoop found at the top of the screen. Enter the link. With the free version, you can scoop up to ten articles a day.
- Click which social media stream you want to publish your link on.
- Share your insight is an option so you can explain why you found the content worthy of sharing.
- Type in an appropriate tag so others can find the article.
- Click publish.
- If you want to see your scoop, click view.
- To get back to your home page, click the Scoop.It logo in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
- Scoop other people’s articles more than your own. According to site user Jeff Domanski, you will have a better user experience at Scoop.It if you follow this tip.
I asked Jeff to what degree you should scoop your own versus other people’s material. He replied,
I think it’s perfectly fine to Scoop your own material. I think the usual simple guidelines apply. Be transparent. Always include your own material as part of a wide range of curation and try to stay high quality when you do scoop your own material. Maybe the 80-20 rule applies – 20% max of your own.
I chose Jeff to interview since he’s scooped (curated) my articles, and I’ve received traffic as a result.
What if you can’t find other people’s articles to scoop?
How to Find Content To Scoop
Easy! You can:
- choose from suggestions on the right-side panel
- click “Get Suggestions”
- publish any content from any website quickly using the bookmarklet
- copy and paste a link in the input box
- rescoop other curators’ content
2. Only curate your best content. People upload the best content of the web to Scoop.It. You should too. The premier bloggers use the site. By increasing your visibility at Scoop.It, you are helping to increase your reputation in your niche.
Next to your picture in the upper right, there is a drop-down menu.
Click it. You will see the following:
Settings: Here is where you can edit your bio.
Click “Notifications” to edit your Email preferences.
Like many sites, there are terms you need to know to be successful.
- Scoop – You save and promote your content
- Rescoop – You save and promote other people’s content
This screenshot shows an Email I received from Scoop. It is showing me the notifications I received in just one day.
As can be seen, the folks over at Scoop.It made me the featured blogger after just two visits to the site. I received visibility at Scoop.It after just one day. Since Scoop.It boasts the most influential people in blogging as its users, I’d say that’s a pretty good return on my time invested.
By looking at this screenshot, you can the tools at the top of your home page.
- The first circle shows where you search for topics of interest and writers whose work you might want to read.
- The second circle shows you your notifications. When I clicked it, I saw the notifications that came in the Email.
- The 3rd circle shows the number 8. This indicates I had eight notifications waiting for me since I’d been in last.
How to Find Curated Content to Read
Look at the screenshot above under “Understanding Scoop.It.” When you click your topic of interest, every type of content format appears on your topic. You can filter what interests you.
One of the topics I am interested in following at Scoop.It is “blogging”. The site indicated there were 100 suggestions on my topic of interest. As you can see, I could look at any of these or even what other people suggested for me. If I am not interested in that format, I could just uncheck the selection.
Benefits of Using Scoop.It
- Increased visibility I promoted my articles twice and was made the featured blogger.
- Increased traffic Jeff Domanski received over 300,000 page views from Scoop.It.
- Good return on time invested Scoop.It takes very little time to use. To receive over 300,000 hits with little time invested is definitely worth the little time you’re putting in.
- Make connections you wouldn’t meet in other places. I saw people I followed on Twitter.
- Your influence increases since Scoop.It is for curating the best content on the web.
- The site is easy to use.
- Scoop.It emails you your notifications and suggestions on content to curate.
- Scoop.It is free to use.
- Your articles become aesthetically pleasing. The newspapers at the site have a sleek appearance. This could further contribute to you wooing traffic to your articles.
- Scoop.It has an app so you can use it on a mobile device.
- You can choose a paid plan if you want more options.
- Like at Medium, you can publish an article at Scoop.It which you haven’t published on your own blog. This provides you freedom from not having to write about content in your blogging niche.
- Scoop.It has a bookmarklet. This makes it easy to collect content found on the web.
- Scoop.It has analytics. (See screenshot below).
- Scoop.It is helpful. When you curate content, instructions appear on the screen.
- When you arrive at Scoop.It, you will already have a formed community.
Look at the screenshot. Clicking “My Stats” will enable you to see your statistics in order to make comparisons. For example, it shows me which days I get more visibility so I can continue to use Scoop.It on those days.
Also, if I click “Me and My Community,” I can see that I have 333 members in my community. You might wonder how I already have a community of over 300 people when I’ve only used the site twice! The 333 consists of Scoop.It users that I am connected with on my other social media sites.
From Jeff Domanski:
1. Scoop.it can be a valuable tool and work to your advantage in two ways: as a standalone blogging and curation platform or as a supplement to an existing blog or newsletter. In my primary site, I’ve had 340k-plus page views and it ranks on page one of Google search for several keywords. That’s a big ROI (return on time invested) in visibility and it also drives traffic to my website.
2. It can serve well as a blog or newsletter for your own content without needing to develop and manage a website back end. It’s a fine curation tool as well. Flipboard and StumbleUpon aren’t as well suited for blogging rather than fast curation and sharing.
3. In the business level plan, you can integrate up to 15 topics into a WordPress website and adapt its design for a customized, fast to build website.
4. If you’re curating content, it’s a good idea to mix other content into pages and then include around 20% of your own content if you like blogging and writing your own editorial to support your topic or publishing goals. It is also easy to use Scoop.it as a solo standalone blog platform for your own content.
Raelyn Tan recommends Scoop.It as one of the 101 best blogging tools on the web. “Create boards of curated content based on topics you choose, share your thoughts on those content, and connect with others with similar interests.”
When asked the key to blog promotion, Ted Rubin answered, “Syndicate, syndicate, syndicate.” This is exactly what Scoop.It allows you to do since it is a content syndication site. You syndicate your articles you’ve already written.
Sherman Smith recommends Scoop.It due to the importance of content curation in blog promotion.
Wrapping Things Up
Perhaps the easiest part about Scoop.It is you don’t even have to have an account to benefit from the site.
I started getting traffic to a post I wrote last December from Scoop.It. As explained in my post 17 Reasons High Page Views Should Make You Panic, I always click an unknown link to see where my traffic is coming from in order to repeat the cause of my page views.
When I clicked, it, I saw that someone has curated my article How You Can Immediately Overcome Writer’s Block [37 Ways].
As can be seen from the screenshot, my the potential for exposure at Scoop.It is massive. Also, by clicking the green “Scoop.It” button, other people can rescoop my article as well leading for the potential to even greater exposure.
This article cited Jeff Domanski’s quote explaining he received more than 340,000 page views because of Scoop.It and his SEO improved as a result.
Again, you don’t need to use Scoop.It to receive traffic from it. However, due to the other ten advantages to using the site, I think you should.
Blogging is about giving and taking. The more you give to other bloggers, the more success you will experience as a blogger. When you go into Scoop.It, you are given the opportunity to share other bloggers’ work.
Scoop.It is win-win. You help other bloggers’ gain exposure, you find interesting content to read, you meet engaged bloggers in your niche, you establish yourself as an authority, and you have the potential for mass traffic.
Readers, please share, so that other bloggers find out about Scoop.It and the advantages of using the site.
Have you heard of Scoop.It? Have you used it? What is your experience? Would you recommend it to others? If not, does it sound like a site you might try to use? I look forward to your views in the comment section.