Scoop.it's smart suggestion engine crawls more than 40 million web pages every day so you don't have to. Simply give us a few keywords and we'll find content gems that you can easily curate and publish. This article explains how to get started and how to make the most of this great technology.
1. How to choose and refine your Keywords
You can edit the keywords you chose for your topic when you created it to fine tune your content suggestions.
When you're done click Apply, and Scoop.it will update its search for the best content matching these keywords.
2. Choose specific keywords and combine them into keyword expressions
Be careful that some keywords might be too vague to specifically filter the content you want. For instance, if your topic is about "renewable energy market trends", energy will be too vague as it's also used as a noun in many common sentences.
Note that keywords can be single words (eg: curation) or expressions (eg: content curation). To combine several words into an expression simply hit enter after the last word of the expression, eg: content curation, Be careful, "renewable energy" is not the same as "renewable" "energy":
- will return content with all the forms of the word renewable and energy (ex: renew, ernergies...). But the two words won't be necessarily close by the other.
- will return the exact following word "renewable following by energy" - this is the exact match. The exact match is recommended for brand, acronym, proper noun, expression.
- will return (1) content that mentions the word "renewable" (which is unspecific and vague) and (2) content that mentions "energy" (also unspecific and vague).
- When the exact match is not used (with quote) do not add any stop words (a, the, for, by, about...).
- You can also combine exact match and non exact match to improve the result.
Combining keyword is a great way to be more specific and get the content you really want to publish.
3. Add your own sources
You can fine-tune your suggestions even further by using Scoop.it to suggest content from sources you trust. Let's say your audience is interested in big data and you trust Mashable as a news source. Mashable doesn't always publish on big data but they occasionally do. And when they do, it's content you might want to curate and share. Here's how you can use Scoop.it to suggest content from Mashable about "big data" while ignoring the rest of their content.
From your suggestion panel, click on "Advanced Configuration".
Here, you can manually add your own sources: RSS feeds from blogs or publishers you like, but also sources from social networks or content platforms or even import your own OPML file (a standard for organizing RSS feeds that most RSS readers support). The Scoop.it Suggestion Engine will then filter your manually added sources according to your keywords. This is a great way to filter a reputable blog to find just the posts that mention your keywords of interest. For instance, you can add MarketingProfs as a source and use keywords such as "social media" or "content marketing" to receive only content suggestions from MarketingProfs that mentions social media or content marketing.
Note that you can use custom searches in these advanced options, such as “#keyword” or “@keyword” for a custom twitter search. Also, you can use quotation marks to look for a phrase instead of isolated keywords.
Once you click Add, your sources will show in the right column. To remove a manually added source, simply click the trash icon next to it in the right column.
4. Making the most of the Scoop.it suggestion engine
If you do the above, you'll probably have great content suggestions already. But here's how to go even further with advanced features.
Prioritize by freshness, relevance or popularity
By using the first option on the left of the suggestion panel, you can prioritize freshness and get recent content first. Choose Freshness from the drop-down menu shown below and click the Apply button right above.
Filter on specific content types
By using the filters on the left of the suggestion panel, you can zoom in on some specific content formats. Check or uncheck the content types you want to filter/leave out and click Apply right above.
Using Suggestions to monitor only specific sources
Click here if you want to use Suggestions to only monitor your own sources.
However, keep in mind that we now have a new module called Content Monitoring, specifically designed to help you follow your own trusted sources.
Using Advanced Filters
All your sources can be filtered through options available by clicking on the "Configure advanced filters here" link of the Manage Sources screen:
Choose the filter you'd like to apply to your suggestions from this pop-up window:
Click Save: your sources are now optimized to facilitate your curation work.