Do you ever have trouble figuring out what on earth to post about on social media?
You’re likely on at least one, if not 5, social media networks and racking your brain every day as to what in the world you can talk about 1, 2, 4, 10?? times per day.
The easiest way to have plenty of content to share, without having to write tons of original content yourself?
The internet has a ton of information, but not all of it is going to be related to you or your business. This is where content curation comes in. Content curation is basically gathering websites and blogs that are about a topic of your choosing to help with blogging, social media, general education, and more.
Instead of having to scour websites and social media sites manually, searching by individual keyword or phrases, there are actually websites that do content curation for you to save you tons of time. And the good news – a majority of them are free!
To save you time and money, here are 6 free content curation sites for you to start using now.
Alltop describes itself as “the online magazine rack of the web”, and is filled with the top blogs from around the internet. There are hundreds of topics to choose from, and they are sorted alphabetically for easy searching. Many find Alltop to be the best content curation site because you can add the RSS feeds from all your favorite blogs (that are on Alltop) to create a personal page of your favorites called a custom “MyAlltop page” which can then be shared with your followers.
Post Planner is a Facebook content curation and scheduling application. You can search by keyword, find trending content, and then schedule a post, without ever leaving Facebook!
Post Planner has become my favorite way to find quote images and helpful blog posts on a variety of topics quickly and easily. I love that I can even tell which posts are already doing well on Facebook – which makes it likely the posts will do well for me too!
Feedly is a downloadable aggregator, but unlike others of its type, it does not have to stay in iPad. Feedly can be added to Android, Kindle, and your Safari browser, all for free.
All you have to do to use Feedly is to join for free, then add all of your favorite websites to it for it to gather the content from it. From Feedly, you’re able to share content with Facebook friends, though the contents of your reader account are private (unless you choose otherwise).
Think about it. Pinterest is a great way to curate content!
The vast majority of content curation tools gather only the newest articles, blog posts, videos, and infographics. To really understand just how great Pinterest is as a content curation tool, you must first know that the half-life of content on the internet (or the time it takes for content to get 50% of its total views for its lifetime) is very short, no matter the platform. Take for example Facebook, whose half-life for content can be as short as only 90 minutes!
Pinterest, on the other hand, has the half-life of 3.5 months! This is because of the way the website is presented with boards and search of its content. This gives content pins a much longer opportunity for exposure to its readers and gives you content that you would not otherwise have found through regular search or content curation tools. Plus, Pinterest is absolutely free and fun to use!
ContentGems is an excellent service for content curation! ContentGems is a monitoring service that screens over 200,000 RSS feeds for news, social media accounts, blogs, and other sites for keywords and phrases that you choose. You are also able to choose which words the phrases should not include and should always include while scouring these feeds.
In addition to content curation, ContentGems gives you the option of using multiple one-click sharing to social sites, including straight to Facebook and Twitter, WordPress, Buffer, Hootsuite, and more. For a basic account, ContentGems is absolutely free to use and does not charge to connect to your social media scheduling tools.
Zite (Becoming FlipBoard)
You can discover great new content in only a few minutes by using the Zite app. If you’re more of an on-the-go entrepreneur, then the free Zite app is the perfect fit for your lifestyle. The mobile app conforms to your individual interests. Zite aggregates its content based on an algorithm that compiles your chosen topics against the popularity of the posts and articles in the app. Very unique way of gathering and distributing content, and it’s a great app to use for content curation even if you aren’t on-the-go.
What is your go-to content curation website or app? Share in the comments below!