What is content curation?
The term “content curation” has often been misused or incorrectly defined. The idea of content curation is to gather content from an outside source and distribute it to your audience after some careful filtering, sorting and editing.
Rather than creating all your content yourself, sometimes you might want to share some other great content you find on the web. This is what content curation is all about.
All you have to do is pull in content from the sources of your choice then manually filter and sort it, making sure you only select the most valuable content for your site. Besides manually filtering through all the content, you must also add value to the content already provided through the use of annotations, helping your user better understand the content in the context that it was published.
Content curation in WordPress can be handled through the use of plugins. Some of these are purposely designed, while others are content aggregators with the added functionality of curation, and others are simply WordPress versions of great curation services already on the web.
Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best content curation plugins currently available for WordPress. Let’s check them out.
WP RSS Aggregator is the most comprehensive and elegant RSS feed solution for WordPress. It’s the original and premier WordPress plugin for importing, merging and displaying RSS and Atom feeds on our WordPress site.
With WP RSS Aggregator you can display feeds from one or more sites right on your blog or even aggregate feeds from multiple sites. You can add any number of feeds through an administration panel, and the plugin will then pull feed items from these sites, merging them and displaying them in date order.
It’s got a selection of premium add-ons that add some great functionality too. The most popular extension is Feed to Post, and with it you can import RSS feeds directly into posts or custom post types, populating a site in minutes. Among its many features, by setting the imported feed items to Draft you’ll even be able to edit the post before publishing, ensuring you get the most out of it.
The core WP RSS Aggregator plugin is free and can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository. The premium extensions range in price from $25 up to $150 for the Advanced Feeds Bundle (includes 3 extensions; Feed to Post, Keyword Filtering & Full Text RSS Feeds).
MyCurator is a content curation software that makes it easy to build quality content for your WordPress site. It works tirelessly in the background to deliver a pipeline of interesting and usable content to you throughout the day.
It also offers some great curation tools for you to use to curate the content. You can use Get It Bookmarklet to curate content as you browse the web, while Notebooks lets you save the best articles and posts you find for use in your original articles or to build complex content curation posts.
Originally a powerful corporate level content curation software, this WordPress plugin uses a cloud process to perform intensive AI processing and article classification. What this does is it allows you to train MyCurator to find only the best, most relevant articles for your site while weeding out any off-topic and spammy content found on the web.
While MyCurator allows you to curate content for a single Topic (equivalent to a WordPress category) for free, you’ll need to use one of their paid plans to access the cloud service.
There are 2 paid plans; the Pro Plan, at $10 per month, allows for up to 6 topics of curated content and use on 2 sites, while the Business Plan, at $30 per month, allows for unlimited topics and use on up to 6 sites.
The WordPress Curated List Manager plugin lets users organize links and content around categories and display them as a curated collection.
It is a great tool for producing content marketing and building an engaging WordPress knowledge base. You can try out a free demo here.
Here’s a look at some of its features:
- Multiple lists
- Tags support
- Fast filtering support
- Styling options
- Last update date indicator
- Number of items/links included in list
- Many ordering options
- Two link types: icon or checkbox
- Optional subtitles
- Image support
- Automatic NEW tag
- User personalization
- Category widget and shortcode
- CSV Import and Export
- Order Links in Category
The plugin is priced at $39 for a single-site and $69 for 5 sites, as well as being included in the CM Publishing Tools bundle.
The Storify WordPress plugin brings the power of Storify, the powerful social media storytelling platform to your WordPress site.
It enables you to turn what people post on social networks into compelling stories. You can collect the best photos, videos, Tweets and more form around the world and publish them as simple, beautiful stories embedded into your WordPress posts or pages.
It’s a great way to chronicle an event through what people have been sharing, be it a conference, wedding, election or natural disaster. It’s even got an extensive API for you to customize the plugin’s functionality to meet your needs.
Storify is a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository.
Editorial Assistant by Zemanta is a WordPress plugin that allows you to find related posts and related images while you write your post, and pick them manually. This not only saves you time but also increases your SEO.
You can use related posts from your own blogs and the network, and they can have thumbnail images too. By manually selecting the most closely related posts you’ll be doing a lot of good to your site’s SEO. When adding related images, all it takes is one click, and it even adds the proper credits by default.
Zemanta analyzes your post, after which a point and click interface is provided from where you can insert the related posts and images. This time saving technique makes the process more efficient and can save you valuable time.
Editorial Assistant by Zemanta is a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository.
Curation Suite is a quick, simple and visual content curation solution for WordPress. It solves the three biggest challenges you face as a content curator, namely finding the content, building and citing great posts in a short period of time, and promoting your content across all popular networks instantly or on a set schedule.
With Curation Suite you can easily find and curate various types of content, including videos and social media. It’s got a number of features including visual image selection, a visual curation editor, a YouTube video search and even one click link saving among others.
Once you’ve chose the cited content you want, you can add anything you want to your post using add to post action buttons. The selected content is added right into your post box in a way that won’t conflict with any theme or other plugin you may have installed.
The Curation Suite System is a $147 one-time payment. There is also a Quick Start Package with a lot of additional guidance for content curation at a cost of $697 (already including the $147 cost of the Curation Suite System).
The Curation Traffic WordPress plugin enables you to use the content curation strategy on any WordPress blog or site.
With this plugin you get a bundle of three things; CurateThis, the push button content pulling bookmarklet; the Curation Mastery Training; as well as the Ultimate Call to Action Plugin, which allows you to created niched specific call to actions.
It works using a bookmarklet in your bookmarks bar. By pushing this button when you find the content you want, a new window will pop up, starting a brand new WordPress post, triggering a number of time saving things to happen. These include automatically pulling the headline, finding the best images, publishing, scheduling or saving to draft, and more.
The Plugin Bundle costs $19, and it includes the Curation Traffic Plugin ($97 value) and a lot more. There’s also an all-in-one bundle including a number of curation themes.
Listly is a WordPress plugin used to easily integrate List.ly lists to posts and pages on your WordPress blog or site. It allows you, as the publisher, to add or edit lists, add items and embed lists using shortcodes.
It allows your audience to actively contribute to your posts, while still giving you the power of a moderator. With this one plugin you can create, curate or collaborate to build awesome, people-ranked numbered lists.
Listly makes your visually-appealing lists reusable, shareable and embeddable as responsive content. This empowers our audience to contribute to the list content on your blog, giving it an extra level of engagement that will keep growing and developing your content.
Listly is a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository.
Press Forward is a plugin that provides an integrated editorial workflow for curating content aggregation and curation within your WordPress dashboard.
It’s been designed for bloggers and editorial teams that would like to collect, discuss and share content from a number of sources on the web. It includes a feed reader embedded within the dashboard, a bookmarklet to capture content from the web, tools for collaborative and editorial work, as well as a process for republishing aggregated content.
It’s also got a long list of other features including full text, image, video and post metadata import for each item, nomination of single items for further review prior to publication, batch import of feeds from OPML and more.
Press Forward is a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository.
In conclusion, from all the plugins above you can see how valuable the idea of content curation can be for your WordPress blog or site.
It adds great content to your site without having to compose it all yourself. You can share the awesome content other professionals have compiled on your own site, adding value to your own site without having to do all the work.
All the plugins above do a good job of this, some more detailed than others, and some more functional than others.
Have you used any of these or any other curation plugins? Let us know in the comments below.