Scoop.it's smart suggestion engine crawls more than 40 million web pages every day. 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 out of this great technology.
Having problems? Check out our troubleshooting and optimization guide.
1. What's a topic?
A topic is simply the Scoop.it page on which you will be able to publish curated pieces of content. You can use a Scoop.it topic as a blog or content hub.
2. Create your first topic
When you sign up for your account, the first thing you'll be prompted to do is create your topic.
Enter the name of your topic and select the language you'd like to curate and receive content suggestions in. Note: while the Scoop.it website is in English, you can discover, curate and publish content in many different languages.
Click on Create a Topic and you're ready to go!
3. Enter your first keywords and play with the filters
When you are on your topic page, you can click on "Suggestions". You'll then be able to enter your first keywords and look for content:
You can also play around with the different filters on the left:
Prioritize by freshness or relevance
You can sort your suggestions by relevance or you can prioritize freshness and get recent content first. Don't forget to click on the Apply button.
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 on Apply.
4. Fine-tune your search
Be aware 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.
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".
Also, it's very important for you to be able to use the "Exact Match" feature. Whenever you enter keywords with the "Exact Match" box checked, quotes will appear around them.
Let's see some examples:
- will return content with both words. As the Exact Match feature is off, our Suggestion engine will take into account oher forms of these words as well (ex: renew, energies...). Also, the two words won't necessarily be next to each other.
- will return the exact expression = the two words next to each other with the exact same spelling. The Exact Match is recommended for brands, acronyms, proper nouns, expressions.
- 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 do not add any stop words (a, the, for, by, about...).
- You can also combine exact match and non-exact match to improve your results.
Combining keywords is a great way to be more specific and get the content you really want to publish.
If you want to go further you can click on "Advanced Configuration" and then "Configure your Advanced Filters". It can be particularly helpful if you want to blacklist some websites (see "None of these domains").