Do you like free?
My post 89 of the Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging offers you 89 free blogging tools.
Today’s guest author Patrick Cole describe more free blogging tools with one purpose– to curate content.
My post How to Increase Blog Traffic with Content Curation tells you what content curation is and where it’s done. Patrick explains how to curate content and offers you seven free tools so you can get started.
By Patrick Cole
Curated content is one of the favorites of any audience nowadays. With so much information available online, there’s nothing better than finding a list of reliable links, articles, products, or data ready to be clicked and consumed.
On the other hand, creating this kind of content can take a lot of time. You have to check a large number of sources to find the best ones and then review it. This way, the cost benefit of offering curated content on your blog might not be that great.
In order to find a middle ground in this situation, the best thing to do is to make the most of the top content curation tools. They will help you to cut short the time and resources that you spend collecting material and delivering information, so you can concentrate on creating awesome posts for your audience.
# 1 – Curata
A solution that learns while you use it. This is Curata, a self-learning software capable of self-improvement with hundreds of thousands of sources. Thanks to it, your search results will get better each time you use the tool and let it dynamically adapt to your needs. Curata also comes with easy-to-use saving, sharing, and organizational features, and it can enable crowdsourcing from across your organization. And all information you get is made available to you annotated and contextualized.
# 2 – Storify
If you work in a team of bloggers, or if you accept guest posts, you might love Storify. Its search engine is powerful and lets you search not only for texts but also images and videos. Plus, it will create a sort of newsroom, where your writers and editors can work together in real time and from multiple locations. Meaning that this is the best tool for breaking news and live events. And if you are running a hashtag campaign, you can also curate the best user content and generate a post from it.
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# 3 – Feedly
Feedly is a resourceful RSS feed reader in which you can type your favorite keywords and results in the form of news, blog posts, YouTube videos and more. This tool can be integrated with Hootsuite, Buffer, Evernote, Pocket, and Instapaper, and the content you share there can be directly shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or by email. You will also be able to create collections, so you can save and find your content easily in the future.
# 4 – Quora
Anything you want to know you can find in Quora. As they call themselves as “the best answer to any question”, you will be able to search it for reliable information from verified sources – you check the upvotes and downvotes ranking to find out if the public agreed with the suggestions provided. And if you are really stuck, you can also write your own questions and wait for help to come so you can make your blog more successful.
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# 5 – Scoop.It
Want a tool that not only curates content but also create a format to deliver it and a way to share it in one go? Then use Scoop.It. This is one of the content curation tools that will allow you to create a digital magazine, share it on social media, add it directly to your website or blog, or generate an email newsletter, all with one click. To make it happen, they have partnerships with MailChimp, Hootsuite, WordPress, Wix and more.
# 6 – Content Gems
Have fun searching and monitoring through over 200,000 RSS feeds available in Content Gems. But if it seems overwhelming, you will be happy to know that they have a large number of filters to help you to find exactly what you need, such as keywords or social signals. And you will be able not only to generate your curated content but also distribute it on social media or by emails, newsletters, apps, websites, intranets, and more.
# 7 – MyCurator for WordPress
MyCurator works straight on your WordPress’s blog. This plugin will help you to create curated content by gathering information filtered by keywords. Better than that, it will pre-fill the post with an image, attribution link, and an excerpt so you can customize it as you wish. Also, this tool can identify around 90% of the spammy and irrelevant content on the web so you don’t waste time reading useless information.
Wrapping it up
Curated content can bring a lot of traffic to your blog or site. Many people search the web looking for a reliable starting point for their research, as you know. And your blog can be this place where they will find information about the best of the best.
But you don’t want to spend entire days just looking for the right content to share. And to avoid it, you can use one of the best content curation tools available, so you can automate some tasks, such as collection material and sharing it.
So go ahead and choose your favorite. Or pick more than one, as many of them have different goals. In any case, your blog will 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. He is working as a writing editor at Resumes Expert.
Admin Blogger’s Commentary:
Patrick makes content curation sound easy.
You know what? It is easy.
Content curation is also quick and actually fun to do since you’re curating the content that interests you. Also, you’re using social media sites to curate the content, so you get to be social with other site users while you curate. Who knows, you might expand your blogging connections while you’re there.
Since you’re getting exposure to new audiences while you’re at these sites, your blog traffic could improve.
Look at all these benefits from seven free tools.
Readers, please share so other bloggers know about these free content curation tools.
Have you used these tools before? What is your experience with them? Which content curation tool is your favorite to use? I look forward to your opinions in the comments section.
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