We’ve all heard that content is king when to comes to a website. It brings visitors to the website, drives social sharing campaigns, and builds credibility. Creating content takes time and a site without new content can stagnate. If your site doesn’t give readers a reason to return often enough they might forget about you.
One way to help produce content and keep your readers happy is to use a content curation tool. Content curation tools help keep your site updated with articles for your readers and help reduce the noise and save readers time by giving them exactly what they’re looking for.
This is especially helpful for small niches. For example, if your audience comes to your site for the latest web design news you can use an aggregator to bring in content from around the web. This will save them the time of having to do the research for themselves.
They also make great research tools by reducing the time it takes to do the research discover the hot topics for the day or the week. You can subscribe to a few feeds and get the news you need in one place.
In this article we’ll take a look at a few of the best content curation tools for 2016.
WP RSS Aggregator is the most popular WordPress plugin for displaying RSS and Atom feeds. Build your own site with aggregated content from as many sources as you want. Showing the content is easy as you can import, merge, and display the feeds using shortcodes or by calling the display function from within the theme itself. It requires PHP 5.3.9 or higher, so you might need to upgrade or ask your host about upgrading your PHP version.
One thing I found interesting is you can name each feed source individually. You can also limit the number of feeds that are displayed by source and by age. The time interval for the import is adjustable so it will curate content as often as you want it to. It has a pagination feature if you want to show page numbers, which can be helpful in leading your visitors through your website.
You have a lot of control over how the links work, such as having them to open in a lightbox, a new window, or the current window. You can them up to be either follow or no follow and you can control whether or not visitors leave your site to follow the link.
Another thing I liked is that you’re not limited to images and links. It will display videos from range of video websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion, giving your visitors multiple types of visual content. You can even export a custom RSS feed based on your feed sources. Importing and exporting the feed sources for use on another site is easy to do. No matter what type of media your visitors are looking for you can provide it for them, which is a great way to have your site stand out and provide the content they want.
There are several premium add-ons that add functionality. You can add feeds to widgets, have control over categories, keywords, experts, and thumbnails. Prices range from $15 to $77 each for a single site. You can save money with bundles. The Simple Feeds Bundle is $44. The Advanced Feeds Bundle is $139.
I found setting it up to be so easy that I didn’t even read the instructions. To get started simply click Add New Feed Source, give it a title, paste in the URL of the feed source, set the limits, and validate the feed. It’s all intuitive, so you don’t have to spend time learning to use it before you can get a feed posted.
Once you have your feeds paste in the shortcode into a page or post and hit publish. The result is a clean post with links. You can easily add features such as thumbnails and excerpts with premium add-ons.
FeedWordPress is a free aggregator that syndicates Atom/RSS content for display as posts on your WordPress blog. You can use it to show a snippet of the original article along with the author’s name, categories, and a link to the original article.
There are several settings that you can adjust so you can have more control over how your site looks and behaves. Perhaps the most important is you can choose to post articles manually so you can have more control over what is posted, or you have them to post automatically if you already know you want all of this links to post. You also have control over how the links work so you can determine if they open in a new widow or the current window.
It’s compatible with your custom post settings and post types, so the links will blend in with your site the way you want them to. You’re not limited to the number of feeds you can syndicate, so you can provide your readers as much information as you want and even include comments and comment feeds.
Feedly is an online service that lets you subscribe to feeds from blogs, YouTube, publications, alerts, collections, and internal business content. It provides an easy way to organize, read, share, search, and find new and interesting feeds within both niches and broad topics. You can even share the results with teams using project management tools such as Trello, Slack, and others. It’s especially good as a research tool.
Feedly makes it easy to post to WordPress using IFTTT (requires Pro subscription) along with a WordPress recipe to create content for your website.
The free edition has unlimited feeds. For more sharing options you can subscribe to the Pro account for $5.41 per month. It adds Evernote, Pocket, OneNote, shared collections, LinkedIn, HootSuite, Bufffer, IFTTT, and more. The Team edition is $12.08 per month and adds Slack, Trello, Office 365, shared tags, deeper Google News integration, and more.
Scoop.it! is a free content curation service that lets you share content on websites, within newsletters, on social media, and within blogs. It will curate content to WordPress, but that feature requires the Business account which costs $67 per month.
I found Scoop.it! to be easy to use. Just create an account and then choose your topic and keywords. Once you have it set up it will deliver content in your browser as cards that you can interact with, read, share, etc. Results are filterable by publication date and content type such as articles, documents, pictures, videos, social networks, and by user suggestions.
To help you choose what you’re looking for you can sort them by relevance or freshness. You can click on the Scoop.it! button to share the content on your WordPress website, social networks, etc., and you can schedule when the posts are shared and even add your own notes and choose whether to include a link and enter a list of tags. Scoope.it! can get expensive, especially if you want more features, but it does give you an easy way to search for sharable content that you can share on many networks. One downside is it isn’t automatic so you’ll have to select everything manually.
MyCurator is a WordPress plugin that curates content from RSS, Twitter, Google Alerts, YouTube, and more from your keywords and sources. Articles are delivered to you throughout the day and are classified based on their content. It uses the content to create posts for you complete with an image and link. Once it creates the posts you can set it up to fill in the content and post for you, set it as pending so you can review it, or you can choose excerpts and add your own comments before posting.
One thing I liked about the way it works is how you can view the topics and choose what to do with each one individually. There are several things you can do with them. For example, you can post them as articles or add them to a tool called a notebook for use later. You can do several things with notebooks, such as store articles and use them for weekly roundups, keep track of ideas, or store articles for future reference, or use the images in your articles.
The free edition includes 1 topic, 2 notebooks, 5 sources, and works on 1 website. The Pro plan is $10 per month and allows for 6 topics, unlimited notebooks and sources, and can be used on 2 sites. The Business plan is $30 per month and allows for unlimited topics. It can be used on 6 sites.
It has a lot of features but it also takes a lot of setup and can be confusing if you don’t go through the video training. I highly recommend going through the video training as it will save you some time over trying to figure it out yourself.
Content curation is a great way to provide fresh and relevant content to your audience without having to write it all yourself. There are a lot of content curation tools to choose from. This list should provide anything you need for content curation from simple setup to advanced features.
How about you? Do you use content creation tools? Did I leave out your favorite? Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.