Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post because it seems that everyone lately has been discussing blog curation, and it’s effectiveness as a way to come up with relevant and informative blog posts. If you don’t already know what it is, blog curation is simply gathering tid bits of content from popular websites and blogs, and sharing them in a blog post of your own. You simply write a post about their article with a link back to their site. You can actually include more than one of these in the same post. This of course won’t really make much sense for all types of blogs, but for most it will. If you have a personal blog, it can work wonders. The whole idea behind it is that your site could become the “go to” site in the mind of your visitors because you are doing all the hard work for them. You are the one that found all the best stuff and shared it in one place with your own opinion on the subject matter.
As cool as blog curating may be, it does take quite a bit of time. Well, as far as gathering the information is concerned. The actual writing of your post will take no time at all once you have all of the content ready. Most people open up notepad or their favorite text editor, and just copy & paste what they find. This can obviously become a pain in the ass, but there is some good news. With the popularity of blog curating, some software developers have been busy making programs that take the pain out of blog curation. The first one that comes to mind is called “Curation Soft” http://www.curationsoft.com .
This software is really cool because it’s easy to use. You just search for the keyword of your choice, and BAM all the content you need will be right there. You can then drag and drop it right into your blog post, and add your 2 cents under each section you add. It’s that simple. You also don’t have to worry about copyright infringement because their software is built to ensure that you can’t get ion any trouble. This includes photo licensing, content being properly sourced with a link to it, and more. You can read more about the features on their site, but I recommend you watch their 6 minute video to see if it’s something that you could use for your blogging efforts. They do have a free option if you want to test it out though, so that’s good.
Now of course, it does cost around $40 for a single user license so it’s really up to you if you’d rather save time curating your blog posts or save money. My suggestion is if you’re just starting out and don’t have much money, just curate your posts by hand and maybe purchase it later. But, if you don’t mind forking over the $40, I think it’s a great deal.
Tell me what your thoughts are on blog curation in the comments below. Also, if you want to see a perfect example of this, just go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com