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Every time I read Curah’s tagline I immediately think of the TechNet Wiki community spirit. “Curate the web and share what you know”. It’s the sharing aspect that reflects the essence of what the Wiki is all about. Curating the best parts of the Wiki is definitely a community win! In this post I’ll be highlighting the efforts by the community to curate articles from the TechNet Wiki within Curah.
Curah was officially launched on November 20, 2013 and since then I’d say it’s been a great start. You can visit Curah at http://curah.microsoft.com and follow the team on Twitter @mscurah.
Curah previously highlighted on the Wiki Ninjas Blog
Curah has already been highlighted twice by other Wiki Ninja Bloggers:
Curah related articles on the TechNet Wiki
With the above links you'll find resources to get you started on your curator journey. There are English and Japanese resources available at this time. If anyone can translate the portal and resources to other languages, the community would be grateful.
Since the intent and scope of Curah is to enable everyone to curate and share the best technology articles from all corners of the Internet, let’s start with some overall Curah statistics (not specific to the TechNet Wiki).
I think these numbers are great for the first two full months an the numbers are growing daily. The name of the game is provide quality expert curations, not quantity.
Wiki Related Statistics
Now, of course this post is all about highlighting articles from the TechNet Wiki! Here is the same table as presented above, but this time with TechNet Wiki specific numbers related to curations in Curah!:
Here are some general percentages related to TechNet Wiki curations in Curah:
Who's curating and who's articles are being curated?
As both Curah and the TechNet Wiki both rely on a large community of passionate individuals to contribute content, this next set of statistics recognize the top 15 contributors in three different categories. Congratulations to everyone on these lists! The first two categories represent work done within Curah. The third category is a listing of Wiki Article Authors (Article First Publishers) whose work has been curated in Curah.
Curation Keywords and TechNet Wiki Tags
This next table highlights the top 30 keywords curators used to describe curations that included one or more link to the TechNet Wiki. Also included are the top 30 TechNet Wiki Article Tags from the set of TechNet Wiki Articles curated within Curah.
As a suggestion to everyone, if you add a TechNet Wiki link to a curation in Curah, please add the 'Curated in Curah' tag to the article within the TechNet Wiki.
Note on Curah Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Curations with a thoughtful title, description and keywords do in fact appear and rank well in Bing and Google search results. As you would expect, the title, description and keywords you provide appear within the appropriate meta tags in the HTML of your curation.
As an example, I have a curation titled “SharePoint: TechNet Wiki Guru Awards - Monthly Winning Articles” and this is ranked pretty well in Bing and Google. At the time of this blog, when I search for “technet wiki guru awards” it is ranked #5 in both search engines. When I search for “technet wiki guru awards sharepoint” it is the #1 result in both search engines. I'd say these search results are pretty good indeed!
For Curah SEO Tips visit Curah: SEO Best Practices for Content Curators.
The Statistics will keep on coming!
I plan on posting regular updates on statistics related to Curah and the TechNet Wiki over at the Wiki Ninja Announcements Blog.
I hope you found this post insightful. To everyone in the Wiki community - great work embracing Curah! Keep the curations coming.