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10 Goldmines for the Savvy Content Prospector

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Digging up stunning content that will delight your audience doesn’t have to be hard work – if you know where to look. Here are ten of our favorite places that make content curation easy.

1. Email. Many of the internet’s top blogs now offer the option to subscribe via email. Why not set up a new email account just for these subscriptions? That way, they don’t clog up your inbox, and you’ve got one place where you keep on top of everything.

2. RSS Feeds. With the death of Google Reader, RSS feeds may be on their last legs. Even so, many blogs still use them. If you want to go the RSS route, we recommend Feedly as the perfect Google Reader replacement.

3. Social Media Friends. If you’re anything like us, you follow a ton of interesting people on social media who share all kinds of fascinating stuff. That doesn’t stop you from sharing it too!

4. Social Media Search. Twitter’s advanced search makes it easier than ever to find tweets packed with content you can create. And if that’s not enough, Facebook’s new search bar has made it easier to find content on the world’s biggest social network. Still not satisfied? Try Topsy – it’s the all-in-one solution.

5. Google Alerts. This is probably the least used and most effective tool for discovering hidden gems. The only problem is, you have to sift through tons of dirty coal to find the shining diamonds.

6. Google Blog Search. Do you worry you’re missing out on the hottest content in your niche? Then head over to Google’s Blog Search Tool. You’ll quickly catch up with the latest and greatest.

7. AllTop. Now this is cheating a little, because AllTop is a content curator. But there’s nothing to stop you taking the best of AllTop and sharing it yourself.

8. Ask People. Everyone loves to help out, especially if it’s easy for them to do so. Let your friends and co-workers know you’re collecting content on a topic. They’ll email you stuff you’d never have come across yourself.

9. Reddit. Reddit is lovingly called “The front page of the Internet” for a reason. Though if you’re curating content, you’ll want to dig a little deeper than the front page of Reddit into subReddit groups, where content is shared on specific topics.

10. Quora. Still on the fringes of the mainstream, yet popular enough to be packed to bursting with great content, Quora is a curator’s dream.

Now share your secrets. Where do you go to find top-notch content for you to curate?

Lori R Taylor is the founder and executive editor of Social Caffeine. In 2009 she started her own direct response focused social media agency, REV Media Marketing LLC, coining the phrase given by her young son, “You bring the rain, we’ll make it pour.” Follow Lori on Twitter.

David is our acting editor. He’s British, but we don’t hold that against him.

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Nick @ Wishpond September 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Reddit is a total goldmine, I love it. Subreddits like /r/ProLifeTips are chalk-full of content that provide great “Youtility”.

One to add to the list would be BuzzFeed. They curate some of the best image, link and quote lists of engaging content online. Any business can easily find posts with 15 great images, related to their specific industry, to “Buffer up” your content schedule.

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David Masters September 12, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Good call! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Nick @ Wishpond September 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

No problem 🙂

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Viktoriya Semyrodenko October 10, 2013 at 5:29 am

I would also add scoop.it to the list. It’s pretty easy to work with and is great for content curation.

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