What Kind Of Curation Site Should You Use?

BY DEANNA | kitsch-slapped.com

No doubt about it, content curation is growing. If all the news stories about it wasn’t convincing enough, the number of clients asking me about curation would! Here’s a simple little primer on the two major types of curation sites — and a decision tree I made to assist clients.

PinterestLoveIt, and the like are image-based eye-candy. At best, this type of curation is like a great store window; it might just lure a lookie-loo inside (to the original site) for a sale. At worst, this type of curation is content theft (allowing curators to garner the traffic and exposure at the expense of the creator of the image, product, etc.), or is just a bunch of spam links sent out in numbers large enough that even a tiny percent is hoped to garner a sale or conversion. (Please don’t do either of those worst-case scenarios!)

Snip.ItScoop.It, and the like are article-based brain-candy. Images from the sites themselves are generally used, but the focus is the articles. The best of these sites (which most definitely includes those named) aim to not only avoid content theft but to get readers to actually read the content at the original site by not allowing entire articles to just be reposted.

Neither type of content creation site is better than the other; your goals ought to dictate which type of curation site you use. This is where the decision tree will help you. Click the image for a larger view of the content curation site decision tree.

How To Kick-Start Blog Content

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Whether you’re still planning to start a blog or want to revive an old blog, you need a kick-start to help you get on the winning path. The most important element of your blog is your content. To kick-start blog content, you just need to read on and apply the tips that will be mentioned in this article. It’s now time to get started.


How to Kick-start Blog ContentResearch is the most critical part if you want to kick-start blog content and create effective blog posts that will attract a lot of traffic. You basically need to know everything that’s going on in your niche along with what kind of audience you want to reach.

Also, you need to see the kind of competition you have and look at the most popular blogs in your niche. Take stock of current trends, news and events. Also, look at what readers are sharing and linking. Determine the most common concerns of your audience. Once you have done your research, you will be able to know what kind of content you need to create.

Determine the Most Common Questions from Readers

After the first step, you probably already have an idea of the topics readers are trying to learn about. The next step is determining the exact questions that most of these readers are asking. You need to find specific questions that most of your audience is asking.

A little online research can get you on the right track. Look at online forums and discussions regarding your niche and you will know what kind of questions are the most common. To kick-start blog contenteffectively, you need to know what kind of questions you should be answering.

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Why Your Content Must Spring Legs and Walk Around The World

See on Scoop.itGabriel Catalano the name of the game

This piece is from Convince&Convert, I selected it because it addresses a challenge that those of us who create or curate content face on a daily basis – how do we make our content socialable?

Here’s an excerpt:

We know how difficult it can be to find balance between intrigue and usefulness. We understand that it is much easier to talk about or simply develop a tool than it is to create a talkable tool.

Meanwhile, there is a realization that we need to develop a hybrid content marketing solution – one that is social and has substance.

Socialable content has to invite discussion, create a call to action, while informing people.

Here are some highlights:

Give your content youtility:

**Answer common questions. Does your website have a FAQ section?
**Why not translate that into useful, shareable content?
**Ask your consumer base what they need. What better way to find out what appeals to your customers than simply asking them.

Make Your Content Talkable:

**Make your content human. Sometimes utilities can fall flat if we don’t offer a way to show how they can and have impacted others
**Provide testimonials and attach real stories to your utilities so your audience can identify with their purpose.
**Add bits of entertainment, humor, fun. Is your content just boring?
**Give it elements that people would actually want to share and talk about. Simply add the ability to share. Creating something useful is more than half the battle. Often times, we just forget to let our audience spread the word. Leer más “Why Your Content Must Spring Legs and Walk Around The World”

How to Create Content Maps for Planning Your Website’s Content | via sixrevisions.com


How to Create Content Maps for Planning Your Website's Content

Content mapping is a visual technique that will help you organize and understand the content of a website. It can be a simple and valuable part of your site’s overallcontent strategy. This short and simple guide should help you get started.

What is Content Mapping?

Content mapping is similar to mind maps, but it’s focused on a site’s content. It will help you explore and visualize your content.

More specifically, content mapping allows you to see your content as it relates to the goals of your client, the goals of your site users and all the other pieces of content in your website (as well as external websites), allowing you to spot gaps (and opportunities) in your content development strategy.

I’ll cover two types of content mapping in this guide:

  1. Mapping your content to goals (the goals of the client and the goals of site users)
  2. Mapping your content to other content

We’ll focus on creating functional content maps that can be used (and understood) by everyone involved in the development of a website.

Note: Content mapping may lead to mind-melting over-complication! Content mapping should be quick and easy (just like a brainstorming session), but when you start referring to paragraphs as “information units” and blog posts as “content blocks”, it may be a sign that you may be making the process more complex than it needs to be.

We’re not building a site map, so try to keep your head above the concept of web pages and websites. You should keep yourself open to external content (e.g. tweets) and websites.

Why Should You Create Content Maps?

The primary purpose for creating content maps is to help you begin content development with a strong focus on site goals and the types of content you need to produce.

Below are some other reasons why you should create content maps.

Content Mapping Helps with Technology Decisions

By having a good vision as to the direction and potential requirements of the site’s content, we can make wise decisions at the start about the technologies we’ll use, and make sure that the content management system we choose will meet the needs of our content.

Content Mapping Helps Create a Shared Vision

Through common language and a shared vision of how everything works and fits together, you can encourage collaboration and additional idea-generation between the different individuals, teams and components involved in the website production process.

Content Mapping Helps Quickly Spot Gaps and Opportunities

By being able to visualize your content, you can potentially spot gaps that need to be filled and opportunities for additional content.

What You Need to Get Started with Content Mapping

Here are some things you’ll need in order to get the most out of content mapping:

  • An understanding of business goals: This includes knowing your clients well, and knowing what they want to get out of their website’s content.
  • An understanding of the site’s users: You know what content the site’s users need and why they go to the website.
  • An understanding of content requirements: You know the requirements and limitations (e.g., style, technical, legal, etc.) of the content you will produce.

If you’re working on an existing site or a site redesign project, it would also be wise to conduct a content audit (which I discuss in an article about incorporating content strategy into the web design process) to get an idea of what content already exists. While this might not be an incredibly fun experience, discovering content that can be re-purposed will save you tons of time in the long run.

Content Mapping Tools

In my opinion, the tools you use for content mapping aren’t hugely important; you could scrawl these maps on your kitchen wall using crayons if you wanted to.

However, it’s a good idea to create content maps using web-based tools that allow you to quickly share your outcome with the rest of your team.

Any tool that allows for diagramming and mind mapping can work. Two of my favorite tools are OmniGraffle (a diagramming tool for Mac) and Balsamiq (a wireframing and prototyping tool).

You can use a diagramming tool like OmniGraffle to create a content map.

Mapping Content to Goals

Your first two content maps should be linear. And, to be honest, they’re not really maps at all, they’re more like a paired list.

The first map will map your content to the goals of your client. The second map will map your content to the goals of the website’s users.

Mapping Content to the Goals of the Client

We can map the business goals of the client to the content that will achieve those goals.

Here’s a simple example of mapping content to the goals of the client:

Mapping Content to the Goals of the Site Users

For the other map, you’ll then want to map the content to the goals of the users of the site.

Here’s how you might map content to some of the goals of site users:

What Are These Content Maps For?

As you can see in the above examples, some client goals and user goals may have multiple results. This is a good thing — the more results, the better because we then have the potential to meet their goals in more than one way.

You should gain two insights from these maps:

  • An idea of the content you need to produce, as well as a list of any existing content you can readily use.
  • Labels for your content. These could be simple labels like “Help and Support” or “FAQ”.

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Who is a King? Design vs Content


What is more important: Design or Content? It’s a quite eternal question, which comes up every single time the beginner appears in the web. Everybody wants his website was noticed and had users, which would be willing to come back. These two things walking side by side, I can say, like the body and soul of a website.

As the saying goes, “never judge a book by its cover”. You examine how a site looks first and then you get to know what it talks. Of course, it all depends on individual, because every rule has the exception. There are people, who spend all the day long searching for inspiration, browsing the web looking for good design and caring less about the website content. There are also other people, which are interested in the useful information and they don’t care about design. But the most people don’t know what they are looking for and their searching end up in the incredibly beautiful website that has interesting content as well. Therefore this site would be bookmarked and shared on the social networks. If you want to have such kind of site, you should be sure that it has a good design and people keep coming back because of the quality and useful content you have. It sounds like a very difficult task, but not impossible.

Who won: Content or Design?

Before you would choose one from these two things, ask yourself first. Most of the people, who have created a site or just going to do it have any idea about designing a site and writing content for it. This person would go to the professionals which are able to do these things for him and to manage success, but first they need particular information, but not the general one. A writer needs any ideas on what to write about and I’m sure, without a mockup or sketch design, he would not be able to write something really good.

design and content

I do believe that content is the main thing, it’s a thing on which the whole website works. But still, content is a goal, but design is just a fulcrum and a bridge between your ideas and reality. When you manage to make a person stay on your site with the help of a good design, you need to make him come back with a quality content. I’m trying to say that formally the design is obtained as a secondary player, but it could be decisive reason in the certain case. If you spoiled the design, you would had low traffic even if the info would be best of the best. Design is the medium in which content is presented, both should be good.

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Content Marketing Zen: The 5-Step Process to Creating Remarkable Content


Kick-ass social media advice for the real entrepreneur.

5 Steps to creating remarkable content

This is a guest post by Gregory Ciotti, founder of Sparring Mind.

It likely comes as no surprise to you that content marketing is on the rise.

From getting more exposure to your business to creating a ‘cult of personality’ that later serves to drive an entire business, creating remarkable content is the surest road to generating brand exposure and creating goodwill among prospective customers.

The question is then, just how does one go about creating content that is “worthy of remark“?

Most of us know great content when we see it, and can even create some ourselves from time to time, but it can be tough to envision what our “process” really looks like if we haven’t though about it.

Today I’m happy to introduce you to what I call the “Content Marketing Zen” process of creating remarkable content.

I’d like to think this 5-step process cuts out the fluff and time-wasting stages of creating great content, and gets down the essentials of researching, positioning, forming, creating, and promoting of the kind of content that builds businesses.

So let’s get into it! :)

Visualizing the Content Marketing Zen Process

I love it when information (of any variety) gives me a breakdown of what I’m about to learn.

This introduction prepares me for key points and keeps me interested, when I’m faced with a wall of text, I quickly lose focus and interest (as I’m sure that you do).

That’s why I wanted to start off this post with a pretty little infographic that gives a great outline of the 5-step process of creating great content and prepares you for what you’re about to learn.

Feel free to share it on your own site by using the embed code below the graphic.

The 5-Step Process to Creating Remarkable Content

1.) Researching Your Content

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

— Albert Einstein

If you want to provide comprehensive, fresh, and unique content, you’re going to need to start with step 1: research.

Research typically entails gathering data for your post that you can present in a way that either generates new insight or compliments tactics that you are about to go over.

For instance, on my post covering how bloggers can use YouTube, I gave information on the growth of the YouTube userbase over the years.

In addition to this more “standard” form of research, I also sought out a variety of YouTube tactics from across the full spectrum of YouTube users, from large YouTube partners to companies using YouTube to even other blogger’s uses of the platform.

I did this research because although I had a fair amount of information to share about YouTube, I wanted to make sure I was covering things in a fresh perspective and that I was offering a complete picture for how to effectively use the platform.

Francisco himself offers us a great example of doing good “research” in his latest post onFacebook for WordPress.

I say “research” because I don’t want folks thinking that they have to dive into academic papers (like I sometimes do) or slog through a huge slew of boring statistical charts just to come up with new content.

Research simply means that you are taking the time out to be informed before posting.

In Francisco’s example, he gives a step by step analysis of all of the new features of the Facebook plugin for WordPress, goes over installation and even gives his final thoughts on its usefulness.

If you are going to create content that has massive amounts of utility (read: provides value), you must do your own due diligence to make sure the information you are about to publish is up to snuff.

2.) Positioning Your Content

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

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Frases SEO que quitan el hipo

Cada vez es más habitual encontrarse cursos sobre SEO, conferencias, seminarios, blogs, foros… y comentarios entre gente que dice hacer o ser SEO. Entiendo que no se puede saber de todo, pero cuando vendes que sabes, y repito vendes, cobras un dinero por ello… al menos hay que tener la decencia de estar bien (in)formado. El SEO es una profesión, y toda profesión se aprende estudiando o bien por tu cuenta, autodidacta, pero no todos cursos están hechos para formar. Muchos de ellos simplemente están hechos para “ganar dinero” y aprovecharse de la demanda de formación en marketing online.


English: seo block

Es común encontrarse alguien que ha leído sobre SEO y ya se piensa que es SEO. Yo el otro día leí un artículo sobre radiocirugía como técnica eficaz para tratar lesiones cerebrales, y no por ello soy neurocirujano. En este mundo tan abstracto “sin titulación” homologada cualquiera se pone una etiqueta.

Luego es normal encontrarse comentarios oídos a consultores SEO, o en cursos SEO, como:

–          ¿Dónde se pone el robots.txt?

–          La campaña de linkbuilding se debe empezar a los 3 meses de lanzar la web, y nunca antes.

–          Hay que tener muchos H1 que es lo que posiciona.

–          Te aseguro las primeras posiciones

–          Una página en ASP es más difícil de posicionar

–          Haz la web en flash que no pasa nada.

Y así unas cuantas más, y es que no todo el que se dedica al SEO está formado o es conocedor de  lo que hace. Hay ofertas de empleo en las que ni si quiera se requiere experiencia, y luego esa persona es quien gestiona tu estrategia SEOLeer más “Frases SEO que quitan el hipo”