Learn how to find relevant content
Paper.li was designed to take the work out of finding good, relevant content for your topic. When you first created your paper, you put in a topic word(s) and we did the rest.
Our platform does a pretty good job, for a "robot". But just like a web search that doesn't give you exactly the result you want the first time, your first go at a paper.li might need your human-touch. If you don't get exactly the results you what in your paper's first edition, you may also need to fine-tune your paper's content settings to get better content results for your paper's next edition.
From your Paper Settings Dashboard, click Content > Add Content Sources and get started!
Add a Genius Source
If you’ve just created your paper, we’ve automatically added a Genius Source to your content source list, based on the keywords or article URL you entered. But you can add another Genius Source by entering some keywords in the search field "Search for a topic" and clicking enter. If we find content, you'll have the option to add the Genius source to your list of content sources.
Add Twitter source(s)
Nowadays, most every news site or subject expert, big and small, has an account on Twitter and is sharing news and information on topics from A to Z. Twitter is the single most used way to bring in excellent high-quality content. Spend some time curating Twitter users that are sharing content relevant to your topic and add them as a source.
If you are using your Twitter timeline as a source, and the result is a paper that is not specific enough to your topic, you are probably following too broad of a range of Twitter users for your timeline to be useful as a source. Consider replacing your timeline source with a Twitter list instead, consisting only of Twitter users who are sharing content on your topic.
Add RSS feed(s)
Most people are interested in many websites whose content changes on an unpredictable schedule. Examples of such websites are news sites, community and religious organization info pages, product information pages, medical websites, and blogs. Repeatedly checking each website to see if there is any new content can be very tedious.
Most websites now offer their readers the option to be notified of new content using an RSS feed. If you find a website with great content that you think would be perfect for your paper, you can easily check if the site offers an RSS feed. By adding the RSS feed to your paper's sources, new content from that website will be automatically entered into your paper, without you lifting a finger.
Add a Facebook Group or Page
When you add a Facebook group or page to your Content sources, any content shared on that group or page will be automatically added to your paper.
Add Youtube Channel
When you add a Youtube channel to your paper as a source, anytime a new video is added to the channel, it's captured by your paper. It's a nice way to add dynamic content your paper.
Add Content from G+
As with Twitter, G+ can be used to add content from a particular user (or yourself) who shares content about your topic. Or, you can enter a search term to discover what people are sharing around that topic.
And more! Add Content from Scoop.It!, Pinterest, and Instagram
- How to Add Your Favorite Scoop.It! Topic
- How to Add Content From Pinterest
- How to Add Content From Instagram
Add content "on-the-fly" using the Paper.li Bookmarklet
If while browsing the web, you run across an article, video, or image that you'd love to add to your paper, add it to either your draft version of your paper or to your current edition using the Paper.li Bookmarklet.
If after reading this article, you're still not getting the results you want, contact us! We'd love to hear from you to learn how we can help.
What to do next? If you're satisfied with your content and ready to promote it, learn how to activate promotion to your social media accounts!
Last edited: Julia Yaziji March 3, 2016