As content marketers, we all have faced challenges trying to manage information overload in the course of scouring and researching the web for content ideas. Every single day, we ask ourselves these questions:
- How do we discover content and trends that are important to our business?
- How do we stay informed about what other content creators (or even competitors) are writing about?
- How do we curate and organise a huge amount of content effectively?
- How do we ensure that our most trusted sources constantly “send” fresh content our way?
Enter Feedly. Feedly is a free content curation tool that helps you discover fresh content from your favourite websites/blogs and organises them in an easy-to-consume manner to keep you productive. Feedly brings together fresh, updated content to your dashboard by using the RSS feeds provided by those 3rd party content sites.
In this simple tutorial, I will show you how to get set up quickly with a free Feedly account and be on your way to discovering great content!
Step 1 : Sign up for a free Feedly account
Simply connect your Google or Facebook account or sign up with your email address. I’ve connected my existing Google account for convenience.
Step 2 : Follow at least 5 of your favourite websites/blogs
Once you’re logged in to Feedly, start by clicking on “Add Content” from your dashboard to go to the discover page. Use the search box to find a topic or website that you like to read about or click any one of the featured topical tiles underneath that interests you.
Within the search results, if you see a website that you like, just click the “Follow” button. From here on, Feedly will keep grabbing updated content from this site and put them on your Feedly dashboard! Keep doing steps 1 and 2 till you have 5 or more sources of content. You will then have a handful of stuff to read!
Step 3 : Organise your content sources with feeds
If you’re curating and reading content of various topics, it makes a lot of sense to organise them on your Feedly dashboard. If you had followed through with steps 1 and 2, you should have 5 or more sites on your dashboard now. Feedly allows you to organise them into “feeds”, which you can simply think of as folders on your computer.
To create a new feed, click on “Create New Feed” from the left panel and give it a meaningful title. Make as many feeds as you need. You can then move your content sources into the relevant feed. Neat.
A sample of my feeds looks like this:
Step 3a : Creating and using boards
Boards, like feeds, can be used to organise content. Boards serve a slightly different purpose by allowing you to group together individual articles instead of content sources.
To make a new board, look for the “Create New Board” link on the left panel and click on it. Give your board a useful title and you are done.
With your new board, you can “pin” all your handpicked articles around a specific topic/project. To pin an article, click on the star icon located at the top of that article’s page. Then, choose the board that you want to pin the article to. That’s it.
OK, you’re all set up with Feedly now! You can now browse articles in neatly-organised categories by simply clicking on the feed titles or board titles. Oh and don’t forget – you can download Feedly from the App Store or Google Play to read on the go. Enjoy!
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