6.4.1 How can I get more accurate results from the suggestion tool?

1. Edit your Keywords

You can edit the keywords you chose for your topic when you created it to fine tune your content suggestions. To do so open the suggestion panel of your topic and edit the keywords directly from there:


When you're done click Apply and Scoop.it will update its search for the best content matching these keywords.

Note that keywords can be single words (eg: curation) or expressions (eg: content curation). To combine several words into an expression simply add the coma after the last word of the expression, eg: content curation,


2. Manage your sources

By upgrading to Scoop.it premium versions, you can fine tune your suggestions even further by using Scoop.it to discover new sources of content or even add your own sources.

Whatch this short tutorial on how this works:

 

or read the information below.

From your suggestion panel, go to “manage sources”. Here, you can look for new sources by keywords. Enter a keyword in the dedicated field, and press enter: the suggestion tool will be looking for potential sources related to your keyword.


Then, select the ones you find interesting/relevant and they will be added to your list of selected sources. To delete irrelevant sources click on the red “-” button.


3. Add manually your own sources (RSS feeds, customized searches, OPML file)

From the Manage Sources menu, click on Advanced Sources to see options to add your own sources. This can be very useful to add media or blogs that you trust in your industry (and don't worry if they cover much more than your topic: you can filter them as per #4 below). 


Here, you can add your own sources from Twitter, RSS feeds, FB page… and even import your own OPML file (a standard for organizing RSS feeds that most RSS readers support). And one of the features few people know about is that you can use custom searches in these advanced options, such as “#keyword” or “@keyword” for a custom twitter search or “keyword1 + keyword2 -keyword3” for a custom Google News search. Also, you can use quotation marks to look for a phrase instead of isolated keywords.


4. Use Filters 

All your sources can be filtered through options available by clicking on the Filters menu of the Manage Sources screen:


Chose the filter you'd like to apply to your sources from this pop-up window:


Click Save: your sources are now optimized to facilitate your curation work.


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