Purposes & Types of Content Curation

By Chitraparna Sinha | Blogging Guide

Sep 24

I quote from Content Curation Manifesto that content curators,

…will bring more utility and order to the social web. In doing so, they will help to add a voice and point of view to organizations and companies that can connect them with customers – creating an entirely new dialogue based on valued content rather than just brand created marketing messages.

These words imply that content curation:

  • will improvise the social media;
  • will enhance the outlook of blogs;
  • will redefine brand image;
  • will revitalize the current company marketing strategies.

What is Content Curation?

As I understand, content curation is akin to collecting things, storing them in a big museum and displaying them to the museum visitors.

From content development perspective –

content curation is all about collecting interesting and informative written words on a specific niche, storing them on your blog and then curating them and putting it on display for the readers.

Curated content adds value to your blog not by placing links to certain blog posts but by evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting issues and perspectives that your blog readers are yet unaware.

Content curation is about developing a specialized repository of knowledge that catapults your status as an “authoritative blogger”.

All this being said, let’s see the origins of content curation.

Origins of Content Curation

There is no fixed date or year to pinpoint its genesis but industry experts unanimously believe that the germinating point of content curation is the act of sharing information around.

In a corporate study researching over one million articles, Curata finds:

(1) 87 percent of the one million articles were curated content (gathered and shared)!

(2) 13 percent of the one million articles were original content.

(3) Original content gets less click-through as compared to those original content which use a combination of “third party” (curated) content – MOST IMPORTANT!

(4) Combined blog posts (curated + original) featuring images get more clicks than others.

From these stats, I can concur one thing. Content curation is not a new trend. It has been functional for the last couple of years but it is only now that a formal name is been given to this.

Content Curation Purpose

Collaboration is the only purpose of content curation. It is a pay-it-forward mentality where it is expected by blog visitors from the blog writer / owner to share or talk about issues from multiple perspectives and multiple speakers.

To do this, you have to collaborate.

Types of Content Curation

I found 5 types of content curation methods mentioned on SEO MOZ. I will mention them briefly here:

(1) Following a very specific topic and building a chronological list of its developments from various sources – Chronological Content Curation.

(2) Aggregating content on few chosen niches in one location, like your blog, and referring them to readers – Aggregated Content Curation.

(3) Reading and merging different perspectives about any chosen topic and using the ideas to form a new point of view – Mashed Content Curation.

(4) Filtering news and information about a topic and feeding it to the blog readers – Distilled Content Curation.

(5) Lending general insights or drafting  pattern on one or more topics from multiple sources – Elevated Content Curation.

How to Curate Content?

Content curation demands skills. Not everyone can sift through information, identify crucial information, ideate them to add newness and lastly, share them continually with blog visitors.

If nothing else, you need time to do this stuff.

The article you are reading now is an example of content curation, preferably falling under the mashed and distilled content curation type. Scoop.it is a popular content curation tool.

Do you use content curation on your blogs / business websites? Drop a comment here.

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About the Author

Chitraparna Sinha is the founder of Esmee Network, a company that offers digital marketing solutions to business owners through creatively engaging content development and marketing services across multiple verticals to improve branding and business revenue. She is writing on BloggingTips since early 2012.

Secret Insider September 24, 2012

Content curation is a cool idea, not sure if what I do is classed as content curation, I read something, find it interesting and write something about it using the facts I have read about. Does that count?

Regards SI

    Chitraparna Sinha September 25, 2012

    Yes, it definitely counts, either in the 3rd or 5th category, more so when you are linking to your sources, even if you make it a no-follow link.

neu September 25, 2012

Scoop.it one of the best content curation website. You can choose free or premium account with lots of great features. Premium account can even use your keywords in content, I think that good for linkbuilding or backlinking.

    Chitraparna Sinha September 26, 2012

    Yes, even the free account is very resourceful for content curators. Do you curate content?

Jyothis Thaliath September 25, 2012

An excellent post there Chitraparna,
I use a few website to curate my posts, some work better than others at delivering more exposure to my blog. I feel we are about to see so much more in the way of curation and this is only the beginning. It’s something I welcome, I just hope other read so they understand what it really means.

Jyothis Thaliath September 25, 2012

An excellent post there Chitraparna :)
I use a few website to curate my posts, some work better than others at delivering more exposure to my blog. I feel we are about to see so much more in the way of curation and this is only the beginning. It’s something I welcome, I just hope other read so they understand what it really means.

    Chitraparna Sinha September 26, 2012

    What all tools do you use for content curation? I want to prepare a list and contribute it here.

Mark Tilly September 25, 2012

I use curation a lot. I’ve found the more I curate articles, the more I learn and then the easier I find it to write my own new content. If you want to do curation entirely within your WordPress blog, you should check out the MyCurator plugin at http://www.target-info.com/mycurator/. MyCurator is a complete content curation platform. It’s unique AI based feed reader learns to discover new and interesting content you would never find on your own.

    Chitraparna Sinha September 26, 2012

    Thanks for recommending the plugin Mark. I have already installed it and let’s see how it works. :)

Richard Ng September 26, 2012

Hi Chitraparna, yes, thanks for the complete coverage of the origin and types of content curation. I am currently using Scoop.it and paper.li for my content curation and love both of them.

With fast global adoption of smartphones and tablets, content curation has effectively gone mobile. Coincidently I’ve just posted a post on news aggregators (which is kind of similar to content curation), if you are interested, feel free to drop by and give me your comment:

http://someplus.com/2012/09/8-news-aggregators-with-unlimited-source-of-content-on-the-go/

Cheers!

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