Six tips for finding incredible content for your websites
Everyone knows finding great content is arguably the most important aspect to building out social accounts, writing blog posts, researching target markets, link acquisition, and blogger outreach. The following 6 sites and tools are here to facilitate the discovery of great content.
1. Stumble Upon search – Stumble Upon search is a great way to find content around a specific topic. The premise is very simple: As people thumb up and tag content, that content gets dumped into the Stumble Upon database. It returns recent content that was popular and tagged with whatever search term you choose. It makes it super easy to rack up great content on whatever you fancy.
2. Delicious – The Delicious front page has been helping people find quality content for years. Unlike Digg, where the front-page is a collection for 50 or so sites, Delicious tends to be more diverse. This is great for you bloggers who trade in more unique content. It seems noisy at first but once you get the hand of their API system you’ll be aggregating content in no time.
3. Yahoo Pipes – This site acts as the Swiss army knife of slicing and dicing those confusing RSS feeds. People who say RSS is dead just aren’t using it properly. RSS and Yahoo Pipes gives you the ability to follow specific authors, combine multiple feeds into one and just about anything else you can think of. If you feel like you keep up with too much content, or are having problems sifting through the noise, give Yahoo Pipes a shot. It may make you fall in love with RSS feeds all over again.
4. Digg and Reddit – Did you really think we’d have this list without these two stalwarts? Every single user has an RSS feed which you can follow. Simply pick authors you like, and voila, instant content delivered right to wherever you want it. Digg set the gold standard for this kind of thing years ago, and thanks to Yahoo Pipes functionality, shows no sign of slowing down.
5. Tumblr – Tumblr has an exotic mix of random photos, odd situations and other interesting content that people share. Heck, one guy made a song every day for an entire year If you are not familiar with Tumblr, think Twitter meets blogging. This makes Tumblr a place to kind the kind of unique content you simply cannot find anywhere else.
6. Dapper – Not a scrape expert? Then Dapper is the tool for you. Based off of webpage DOM objects, Dapper allows you to identify specific elements related to each other on a page. Maybe you want to pull in only the images that hit the front page of your favorite newspaper sites such as the New York Times. Dapper allows you to pull all those images into an RSS feed. This flexibility lets you create your own content streams. Oh so classy, elegant, um and, dapper.
As you could surmise, these six are only the tip of the iceberg. They should give you a head start on building up quality content, however. Remember, content is king.
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