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Three Tip Thursday: How do I find content to share?

April 18, 2013


Finding content to share can be a tricky task whether you’re first starting out in social or not. But, thankfully, there are a few places where you can start looking!

RSS Reader

Your first step should be setting up an RSS Reader. Our tool of choice is Feedly. A benefit of Feedly is that if you don’t currently have a list of blogs that you regularly read, you can use the native search feature to choose blogs by topic (as well as see how many subscribers they have, which will give you a good idea as to how relevant it is). You can organize your subscriptions into different categories, which can help based on your editorial calendar’s monthly themes.

Hootsuite

If you use Hootsuite as your social media dashboard of choice, you would be able to find content to share through a few of the apps. You can bring an RSS feed directly into your streams, as well as an app called TrendSpottr.

TrendSpottr is a tool that allows you to plug in a keyword or phrase that is relevant to your industry or the theme you are looking for content in. From here, it pulls in trending articles and blog posts to let you see what is popular on social media currently. This allows you to share popular items, but also see what people are looking for and sharing already.

Google Alerts

Finally, you should be taking advantage of Google Alerts. This is a free service offered from Google that will send you emails (or allow you to see results in your RSS Reader). Keep alerts on your industry buzz words and the key words you are using for your business. Select “best results” if you are searching on a vague topic, because otherwise you will have your inbox flooded.

There we have it! Three ways that you can find content to share. Now I turn it over to you:

How do you find content to share?

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6 Comments
    Laurie Apr 19, 2013

    Great tips! I use ALL of these and highly recommend them! I just curated this for Internetbillboards.com! Great article!

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      Ann Marie Apr 19, 2013

      So glad you agree, Laurie! And thanks so much :)

      Is there any major tool that you would add to the list?

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      Ann Marie Apr 23, 2013

      Thanks, Robin! I love Feedly. It’s a great layout, and I love the features it offers. I think the only thing that would make it better for me would be if it offered a Hootsuite share button. I haven’t used Feedburner, though, so I don’t have any insight on the two compared.

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      Ann Marie May 15, 2013

      Hi Heather,
      Thanks so much for your comment, and for letting me know you found this post through BizSugar! Niche social media sites are a great idea for finding content, I should add that the next time I do a post like this :)
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