How Does Content Curation Work? In this episode we talk about how does content curation work? Exactly what is the process that you follow to curate content? In some ways we all curate given how we share things with social media, share things with our friends, co-workers, and family via email. But today we talk more about employing content curation as an inbound strategy. There really are 5 core steps to how curation works: Decide what you want to be known for. Find your sources Curate and add commentary Publish your curated piece of content Promote Let’s break down each one of those with a little bit more detail. Here’s the Details on How Content Curation Works The first step is decide what you (or your company) should be known for. What type of concepts, ideas, thoughts, and content do you want associated with? What type of things would you target market care about? This is probably one of the most important steps because when you define what you want to be known for you set the right foundation for curation success. Finding Sources We’ve said this before and we will probably say it again. Your sources are gold. You want to be able to consistently find sources that your target market and the people that follow you will appreciate. That means you don’t curate content that everybody else is sharing or curating. We talk a little bit about this in the Horizontal Content Curation . We suggest you also set up a listening platform, like the one we describe in Using RSS Feeds with Content Curation. Curate and Add Commentary Once you’ve identified your sources your next step is to find great stuff to share. That’s when you really want to curate and add your own thoughts. There’s 2 ways of thinking on this. First, you can expand on the original idea or ideas from your curated piece of content. The other option is to back up your reason or share you reason for curating this particular piece of content. You might even use both of these strategies on one curation but generally your doing one or the other. Publish Your Curated Content This part is important and we talk a little bit about it in the episode. The main point I would bring up here is it’s important that you own the platform. Without owning the platform the the question of “How Does Content Curation Work” breaks down a bit. That’s because curation in my mind only works when you can monetize right away. Sure there’s an aspect of building authority and trust but ultimately I like strategies (and marketing) where I can monetize the traffic and attention immediately. The post I reference above has more information on this concept. Promote It’s not just enough to find, curate, and publish. Your next step is to consistently promote your curated site and your curations. This is really where the traffic opportunity comes into play. First there is the immediate benefit of sharing your curations but if you take a long term approach something else happens as well. People will start to follow your curated site and content. That’s where the authority and trust comes into play. But if you don’t promote on a ongoing basis then the strategy of curation really will never pay off. Ultimately you have to get people to see your stuff so you can gain awareness, grow your permission channels or create sales. Ultimately following these steps is how content curation works. That’s all for a recap but we cover all these topics in much more detail in today’s episode.