The fundamental strength of your online marketing and promotion heavily relies upon the quality of your content, whether it is on your blog, your website or your social media profile. Generating quality content can be a bit difficult if you don’t have sufficient budget and resources. Mindlessly publishing at low cost doesn’t do any good. It may, by hook or by crook, increase your search engine rankings for particular keywords and expressions, beyond that nothing much can be achieved, because eventually it is the quality that converts visitors into paying customers and clients.
Quality content can be generated using two methods
- Creating new
- Curating existing from other sources
The basic idea is providing quality information to your visitors. When they come to your website they must go back enriched and informed. So before deciding whether you want to create or curate you need to decide
Why you need quality content on your website?
The content on your website solves the following purposes
- Informs and educates your visitors
- Helps them make better purchasing decisions
- Conveys to your visitors that you have authority over your subject
- Encourages your visitors to come back to your website for updates and more information
- Engages your visitors and creates opportunities for interactive experiences
- Increases your search engine rankings
- Helps you maintain a vibrant presence over your social media and social networking profiles
- Encourages other website and blog publishers to link to your website resulting in more diverse traffic
- Helps your present and prospective customers and clients look beyond the corporate wall and experience the human side of your business
All these objectives can be achieved either by creating new or curating existing content.
Why create new content?
For the obvious reason that if everybody started curating we won’t have anything original to link to. Other than this, creating your own content generates more trust and a sense of authority. It gives you an opportunity to share your knowledge. It also makes your website a unique source of valuable information. It increases the intellectual value of your online presence. If you just curate you are simply referring to external sources with your own comments in the and perhaps. You are always sending traffic to other websites and there are very few websites that send traffic to your website.
Why curate existing content?
Content curated from external sources introduces variety and some different perspective. When you need to provide value to your visitors you shouldn’t discriminate against other publishers. Since your primary concern is providing good information, and if that information already exists and it exists in a better manner than what you can produce, then there is no harm in linking to it with your own opinion. Content creation also helps you when you want to present in-depth information from different sources. For instance, on a single page you want to compile the best content writing tutorials from different websites. Along with your own opinion, you can also introduce opinions from other content writers of repute.
Creating the perfect balance between original and curated content
So you can create a good balance between original and curated content. I would prefer a ratio of 60:40 – 60% original and 40% curated.
Of course you can use any ratio and even in the reverse order (40:60) – it depends on your audience, the familiarity that you enjoy with your audience, and your true intentions. If you curate simply to increase your search engine rankings, people can easily see through it. But if you really want to provide valuable, high-quality content without bothering whether that content comes from your own website or from other websites (just make sure you are not plagiarising and simply linking with your own comments), this can be a good strategy.