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Content curation should be a daily habit for all marketers

Content curation should be a daily habit for all marketers

It is possible to build daily habits that guarantee to give you higher ranking and greater marketing success.

Read the full article at: www.searchenginejournal.com

In his article, Neil Patel lists 5 daily habits you can (and should) start doing if you want your rankings to go up and get more results out of your content marketing efforts:

1. Write and publish one article – 1 hour per day for 1 to 2 articles per week.

2. Update one old article – 10 min per day.

3. Post a link to an article on every social media platform – 5 min per day.

4. Interact on one forum – 10 min per day.

5. Reply to one Tweet, Google+ update, Facebook post, and LinkedIn discussion, etc. – 10 min per day.

He explains exactly why you should get these 5 habits to ensure you greater results in your content marketing strategy and then gives you practical insights on how to master those habits.

This list is great and I try my best to spend about an hour doing them every day, simply because they do work. Given our experience, I’d like to talk about a sixth practice that has had a real impact on our content marketing ROI, and that I’m sure Neil would like. It’s content curation. Let me know Neil!


6. Curate an article

Time required: 20 minutes. For one blog post. For real.

20 minutes a day would give you one article a day. Not too shabby heh?

You don’t have to do it every day, but since it takes in average 4 hours to write a full article (in our analysis that’s the average we’ve observed even though I’m sure some people can write much faster), if I spend an hour a day writing an article from scratch and the last 3x 20 minutes I have in the week to curate 3 blog posts, that means I can publish 4 articles per week.

Of course, just like writing, it’s not going to take you 20 minutes right away or every time. But practice makes perfect.


The benefits of content curation

- it keeps you posted on what is being published on your domain by experts, magazines, competitors, etc. You know what your audience likes to read (given the number of shares of the articles) and you can curate accordingly to answer questions your audience is asking.

- it allows you to interact with the actors in your domain. Just like Neil Patel explains in his point #3 to interact with others. And it’s what I’m doing right now! I hope that curating his article and letting him know that I wrote it by commenting his blog post will engage us in a first connection that could grow with time. Who knows, maybe he’ll even publish a guest post for us one day!

- it makes your google rankings go upBruce Clay proved it in a study to calculate the validity of claims that content curation was bad for SEO. He conducted an experiment with the objective of learning whether curated content was able to reach the same SEO rankings as original content. Here are the results:

bruce clay experiment curation vs duplicate

- it’s a great way to publish more content, especially if you find yourself buried in marketing tasks and don’t have enough time to write a complete blog article every week. And since “businesses with websites of 401-1000 pages get 6x more leads than those with 51-100 pages” (Hubspot report), publishing more content is important. Almost as important as publishing good content.

As Jason Miller, Senior Content Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, puts it, “content curation not only alleviates the pressure of having to devote valuable time to creating original content, but it also adds credibility and third party validations to your efforts.”


How to start curating today

If you don’t have a curation tool, it may take a while to find the appropriate content to curate.

Fortunately for you there are very good free tools that allow you to automate the content discovery part to find for you content that fit exactly your needs.

Not just an RSS feed that gives you all the articles a company blog publishes. Rather, a powerful search engine that will narrow down your search within the blogs you like to the keywords you’ve set (long tail is always more efficient, for obvious reasons). Those tools also allow you to link your social media channels and schedule your messages for you:

example scoopit of an article and curation

And of course, if you want to step up your game, you can upgrade your tool to get a more complete platform, allowing you to:

- integrate with your blog,

- set publishing goals for your blog and your social media channels,

- schedule all of your social media messages on your channels,

- analyze exactly the results of each action you’ve set (views, visitors, leads generated, and the same view per blog post).

Just in case you were wondering, curation is not duplicate content. Here is an article that explains why.

And if you’d like to see how content curation can help you improve SEO, you should read this eBook!

improve SEO the power of content curation - CTA end article download ebook

Image by Andrew Stawarz.

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July 06 2015


How to make your content ridiculously easy to share

How to make your content ridiculously easy to share

Sharing is caring. It’s cliché, but oh so true. While share counts may not be directly tied to your social media and content marketing ROI, many brand publishers measure the success of a piece of content by how many shares it gets.

In earlier posts we’ve talked about the psychological motivations behind what makes people want to share. We’ve also covered how to get in your audience’s head to find out what they want you to share (in other words – what they’re most interested in). For this installment of the sharing series, we’re focused on helping you make content easy to share by formatting it. These are all the tips and tricks of formatting and timing that have been shown to make a difference.

Apply even a handful of these, and you should see a nice 5-10% lift in share counts. Expect even more of a bump if you combine these tips with the knowledge and tactics from the last two “get more shares” posts.

Of course, you should always be tracking the ROI results on your content, too. Though we love big share counts, it always comes back to ROI for us.

1. Add those sharing buttons!

I’m sure you’ve noticed them. All the sharing icons or buttons next to every blog post. Sometimes they’re right below the headline. Sometimes they’re in the footer area. You can see our social sharing buttons just to the left of this sentence, hovering in the margin. Click on a few to see how they work. :)

Whichever plugin or tool you use for your sharing buttons is up to you. We like DiggDigg (that’s what you’re seeing to the left). But some sites favor Shareaholic or AddThis. What’s best depends on your needs and your WordPress setup.

2. Get the headlines right.

This applies to every social media update, from blogs posts to Facebook to YouTube. Writing headlines is an art, but here’s the ideal character length of a headline for each of the major social media platforms.

  • Twitter: 71–100 characters
  • Facebook: 40 characters
  • Google+: 60 characters
  • LinkedIn: 80–120 characters (16-25 words)
  • Subject lines for emails 28-39 characters

Want more insights on How to Create Perfect Headlines for Social Media Posts? See social media expert Pam Dyer’s recent post on that topic.

3. Get the images right.

“The visual web” is a popular term right now. It points to a trend so powerful that in a few years we may not even be referring to “the visual web”… the web may be visual by default.

As you probably know, social posts with images get shared way more often than text-based updates. Here’s just a few of the many data points supporting that.

For Facebook:

For Twitter:Add images to your tweets to get more retweets

For articles:

This is a segment of the infographic, “It’s All About the Images” by MDG Advertising.images make updates and blog posts more likely to be shared

Here’s just one more chart that shows which kinds of images work best for blog posts. The image is from Social Fresh, based on data from Quick Sprout.

which types of images get more social media shares

Bonus: Use video.

If the visual web is hot, then video is white hot. On almost every platform, videos draw eyeballs and keep them glued to the screen. Here’s how much videos boost engagement on Facebook: videos help you get more shares on Facebook

4. Get the content format right.

Ever noticed how many lists there are online? There’s a reason for that – they get shared like crazy. So does content that answers “How”. Quizzes and infographics do well, too.

Which content format does best depends on which study you reference, but it depends even more on your audience and which platform you’re promoting the content on. I especially like this chart from a study done by BuzzSumo. It shows which formats do best on which platforms:

Which content formats get the most shares on which social media platforms

5. Get the timing right.

When you share can have a huge affect on your results. For instance, I get the bulk of my retweets late in the evening, from 8pm to 11pm. So while I still tweet throughout the day, I tend to use that special time to promote content I want to get the most attention.

Timing also includes day of week, of course. There have been a number of studies done on which day of the week is best. Here’s one from Noah Kagan:

which day of the week gets the most social shares

The data here is interesting, but take it with a grain of salt. Every study of what’s the best day or time to share has a fatal flaw: It wasn’t done for your audience.

Your audience may be active at a different time than the average social user. They may also gravitate to different social media platforms, like Tumblr instead of Facebook, or Pinterest instead of Twitter. That will further skew when is the best time to reach them.

Test as much as you can, or just check your social media analytics tool to see when your content tends to get the most shares. It’s usually pretty easy to see the sweet spot.

6. Get the length right.

While headline length matters, so does the length of the body of your post, tweet or update. Here are the results from the very popular and widely-shared infographic from SumAll, “The Internet is a Zoo: The Ideal Length of Everything Online”:

The ideal character count to get the most social shares

And so as not to leave anyone out, that same infographic recommends 16-25 words for LinkedIn posts (aka updates – not pulse posts.)

As always, take these “ideal lengths” with a grain of salt. What works best for general audiences may not work best for you. And just to show you how one study varies from another, check out Fast Company’s round up of the ideal lengths for social media updates.

7. Include hashtags.

This won’t work for every platform (namely LinkedIn and, according to some, Facebook) but almost everywhere else, using a hashtag or two can give your content a lift. Here are the recommended number of hashtags for each platform:

Twitter and Google+: 2-3 hashtags

Facebook: 1-2, if you use them at all

Instagram: 11 or more hashtags

Pinterest: 1-2 hashtags

Tumblr: 3-10 hashtags

8. Use open graph tags

“What’s an open graph tag?”

It’s a bit of code embedded into your page that activates when someone tries to share your content. Open graph tags are put on the pages of your website. They get you more shares because they let you to format how your content appears when it’s shared. They make it easier for people to just click a link and have a nice-looking thing to share, instead of having to cut and paste and fuss around.

“Sounds cool. But do I have to code these tags?”

Nope. All you gotta do is install a plugin. I recommend Facebook Open Graph, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags.It makes setting up open graph tags a snap. It’s also free, widely used, and updated very frequently. That means it’s likely to work when the social platforms change their setups, which happens almost once a week. If you can get that installed and fill out a few simple text fields, you too can reap the benefits of open graph tags.

If you want the advanced course in open graph tags, check out the official open graph protocol page, or Facebook’s page about them.

What do you think?

Those are my best tips. What’s working for you? Have you made any formatting or timing changes to your social media updates lately that caused a spike in shares? Tell us about it in the comments.


For more lean content marketing tips from Mark Schaefer, Rebecca Lieb, Lee Odden, Jason Miller, Erika Heald on many other inspiring content marketing influencers, download our free ebook.

Image by Niklas Wikström

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