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  1. Amy Hakser
    Amy Hakser March 4, 2015 at 15:10 | | Reply

    Nice collection! I’ve tried out a couple of plugins listed here, and am currently running my 3 blogs on ExpressCurate plugin. I found its features really useful, especially the optimization options.

  2. snogards99
    snogards99 March 4, 2015 at 22:58 | | Reply

    Any SEO experts out there –

    Does curation come with an SEO penalty? How is that avoided by these plugins?

    “By manually selecting the most closely related posts you’ll be doing a lot of good to your site’s SEO.” Is that really the case?

  3. Charles CM Bannister
    Charles CM Bannister March 5, 2015 at 02:10 | | Reply

    Please ignore the previous comment which was the victim of word jumble
    Curated content is not just content that is cut and paste from another website. It is content that is acknowledged as being derived from a named source which has been expanded upon or annotated to add value to your readers. For example I might find a post on cyrated content on WP Mayor and reference the article on my blog with additional comments about how this practice really can add SEO points to your page by giving real life examples

  4. scottscanlon533
    scottscanlon533 March 5, 2015 at 02:18 | | Reply


    Thanks for mentioning Curation Suite. One addition I wanted to share is we have a content discovery addon called the Listening Engine. Most people think of it as a mix between feedly and buzzsumo, as it gives you a very feed like view and you can sort content on various social data. This addon helps you find prime content to curate and it works right within your WordPress dashboard just like Curation Suite. The Listening Engine addon also opens up a few other curation features.

    I’ll also add to the SEO question.

    We teach and follow what Google/Matt Cutts and others have said on this subject. Good curation will enhance and not hurt your SEO of your site. The key is to do what Charles mentioned above. Always curate from high quality sources, add your own thoughts and commentary, and focus on adding value. Generally you don’t want to cite more than a 6-8 sentences and you want your commentary to be 200-300+ words. What I just described there would be what we call a single source curation. Your citing a single source and your wrapping the cited content with your own thoughts or commentary.

    1. snogards99
      snogards99 March 5, 2015 at 17:31 | | Reply

      Thank you for the clarification and I believe I understand. I’d really like to split my blog with curated content on the right and my own blog entries on the left or main body. On days when I don’t have a full, original blog entry, I’d like to quick comment on someone else’s article and provide it to my readers.

      Is this something Curation Suite is designed for?

      1. scottscanlon533
        scottscanlon533 March 5, 2015 at 18:31 | | Reply

        That’s completely doable but this is more a function of how you categorize your WordPress site than how Curation Suite treats your content. This is something we see quite a few people do, that is separate their curated content from unique content.

        What you would want to do is either setup your categories or use tags to split out specific content. Then in your right hand side you would only show content from certain categories or certain tags. For some sites using a tag works better for others using categories.

        As far as how Curation Suite integrates. The content it curates is all what we call raw content. Meaning we ensure we don’t do any shortcut tricks or put any footprint with your content. This is important because that means you can change themes, use other plugins that need to see the content and it works just like your own content you create.

        Not to confuse the issue but our Listening Engine addon adds a few more curation features that make this a little bit easier as well.

        Bottom line what you want to do is possible with not just our plugin but much of these on this list. Although some treat content differently.

        1. snogards99
          snogards99 March 6, 2015 at 20:07 | | Reply

          Scott, thanks for the info. I went thru the Curation Suite site and it looks really powerful. I think I have more questions than I had before, but when it comes time to revisit this I know where to start!

  5. Andy
    Andy March 5, 2015 at 14:13 | | Reply

    I installed the Storify plugin and then all admin pages went blank. Since it hasn’t been updated for 9 months I think it’s safe to say that plugin doesn’t support newer versions of WP.

  6. Mel Viticus
    Mel Viticus May 1, 2015 at 17:45 | | Reply

    Hi Mark, I didn’t see “Scoop.It” on your list…. have you heard of it?

    Also, I am just starting out and need a hungry (yet talented) SEO for my foundational stuff on the launch of my website– oh–and to teach me how to use one of these Content Curators….

    Probably somebody on the front end of their biz as I don’t make the “big bucks” yet…

    any recommendations?

    Thanks! Mel

    1. Angela
      Angela September 27, 2015 at 23:20 | | Reply

      Hi Mark, thanks for this article. Have you tried Curationsoft or ScoopIt since writing this? Mel Vicitus, are you happy with your SEO? If you’re still looking/looking to upgrade, I have just the person for you if you want to get in touch.

  7. Tracy
    Tracy October 17, 2015 at 16:48 | | Reply

    I used curation suite and then they billed me, turned it off, and would not return my calls or emails. I charged the entire suite back with Paypal because of non-use for an entire month. Not more than a week after the money is back in my account Amy Noteworthy, who apparently works there is looking to get revenge and leaves a one star review on my business facebook page! I’d stay as far away from Curation Suite by You Brand Inc. as you can get or suffer their wrath!

    1. scottscanlon533
      scottscanlon533 October 18, 2015 at 12:26 | | Reply


      First up, I do apologize for any frustration this has caused you.

      But a little balance here.

      We have responded to each one of your emails, support requests and phone calls.

      The bottom line was your subscription payment in August 2015 was skipped and never came thru. Our Listening Engine requires a subscription so it was de-activated. If your subscription has lapsed your told that when you access your Listening Engine via an error message.

      When your payment eventually came through in September we did turn it back on. But by that time you filed a dispute with paypal which we requested you remove. You did not.

      We shared this with you not only in our support responses but in the dispute responses with paypal.

      I’m not aware of Amy reviewing your company as you note above, I’ll talk to her and see if she did. I can tell you she didn’t do it on our behalf or at our instruction.

  8. Daniel Murphy
    Daniel Murphy May 8, 2016 at 05:52 | | Reply

    Hi Folks – What’s the best free plugin to gather content to manually curate it?

  9. Stephen
    Stephen July 23, 2016 at 21:31 | | Reply

    I have been using Press Forward on one of my sites and find that it is a brilliant tool, free to download and has fantastic features. It is easy to use and straight forward to implement and I cannot recommend it more highly to anyone looking to implement curated content on their blog.

    Take a look @ http://dotcomhunters.com/tech-news/

    Where I am putting Press Forward through it’s paces.

    1. Trevor Andrews
      Trevor Andrews August 28, 2017 at 05:34 | | Reply

      This link does not seem to work, it took me to


  10. Gary Davey
    Gary Davey August 15, 2016 at 10:59 | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve always been a little hesitant to lean into this type of activity on my own site, http://www.constructivworks.com but this really outlines and explains things well. appreciate the share and glad it came up in my search!

    have a great week and keep sharing!


  11. Chris Bradley
    Chris Bradley February 24, 2017 at 08:11 | | Reply

    Great post Mark, some new tools there I didn’t know about, thanks for sharing!

    We recently added a direct WordPress integration at https://publicate.it, so you can easily create curated web roundups and resource hubs to embed on your WordPress site. Would be amazing if you could add us to the list?

  12. alfredo
    alfredo March 10, 2017 at 09:27 | | Reply

    You saved my life! literally! (well not THAT literally)

    I ran into a plugin that was called kurator a while back and then it was discontinued. Then asked my design staff to look for something similar and said there wasn’t anything on the market regarding plugins.

    That was a couple of months ago.

    Yours was the first result and Wow, a lot of Very good quality recommendations! Our site now is running three and we can’t live without them.


  13. Ian
    Ian March 29, 2017 at 05:00 | | Reply

    Great list, thanks for sharing. I hadn’t heard of PressForward yet and it’s exactly what I was looking for.

  14. Katherine
    Katherine August 5, 2017 at 10:12 | | Reply

    Hi, this is a great list. Thank you! I work with several clients who use WP and they all want to gather stories… I’m looking for a way that people from all over can share a story about their connection to our nonprofits. They may have stories from the US, south america, Africa, etc. I want them to be able to post their story, then I can tag them with a “type” and then use them for my future marketing efforts by pulling them up by type. Can you help me? Sort of a newbie to WP.

  15. Trevor Andrews
    Trevor Andrews August 28, 2017 at 05:41 | | Reply

    Yes very useful Mark. Correct me if I am wrong but they seem to fall into 2 broad categories:

    1) Seem to focus on Automatic Website Pages that pull in feeds and displays them.

    2) The others seem to focus on creating a blog post and pulling in citations.

    Admittedly both may overlap somewhere, but I am looking for Type 2.

    I am self funding so reluctant to pay for anything until I know it works for me.

  16. Wayne Nelson
    Wayne Nelson November 3, 2017 at 21:55 | | Reply

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve marveled at WP News Desk. I love the Baskerville 2 theme. It is simultaneously simple and robust. And the use of RSS Aggregator and Feed To Post is brilliant!

    I have a dev building an identical site, albeit in a different industry. My question is: can the RSS family of plugins be configured to pull in content; make it available in an editable post draft; and be kept on the website?

    I ask this because on WP News Desk when a grid “card” is clicked, it takes the site user to the original source page of the content, which is off the WP News Desk site.

    I’d like to have my site’s Home Page be an Index, of sorts, that provides content choices to the user. And, when they’ve made their content choice, they are taken to the curated post on my site.

    Can this be accomplished with the RSS plugins?

    Thanks for a great article… and for all you do!


  17. Debbie
    Debbie April 9, 2018 at 19:42 | | Reply

    Curation Suite sucks. It is not user-friendly, their customer support is horrible, and they trap you into a subscription that you cannot get out of. I have two open tickets that are months old. No response. Also, I have requested they cancel my account through email, support ticket, and no one answers.

    1. William
      William January 1, 2019 at 07:22 | | Reply

      Agreed on the dismayed customer support of Curation Suite. Issued a support ticket way ahead of time to cancel the Listening Engine subscription and they acknowledged. But they still proceed with the renewal subsequently … despite I’ve removed my credit card details though. Have to waste time filing a dispute with the bank. Nevertheless, just the Curation Suite plugin itself (not the Listening Engine) is a pretty decent curation plugin though.

  18. Bill Krueger
    Bill Krueger May 17, 2019 at 13:55 | | Reply

    The Curation Suite is a great idea but hampered by it’s limitations and since it’s a closed system can’t be extended. I’m currently trying to get it to work on one of my sites and a lot of the functionality seems hit or miss, mostly miss. Their Listening engine brings up a lot of sites but the Curation panel doesn’t load any pages so this part is worthless. I can do a quick edit to get a draft post and I can use a browser to follow the links they find and get those pages to load just fine. Also, the limitation of 25 keywords is by far way too small a number for me to do what I want and even though I can extend that number to 40 by paying extra I feel that even that number is way too low. One other thing. Although they state they have ” On average our release cycle is every 2 weeks.” for Curation Suite their Changelog page shows the last update is “2.9.6 = December 6th, 2017”. Needless to say I’m looking for another solution for site curation.

    I’m also using the WP RSS Aggregator and that’s working quite well for me. It’s not the same scope as the Curation Suite but, for what it’s designed to do, it does it quite well.

  19. William
    William July 19, 2019 at 01:36 | | Reply

    CurationSuite/Brandinc just issued another unauthorised transaction – US97 charging me for their Listening Engine! And that’s despite the successful chargeback against them last year. The chargeback last year was clear cut as I had attached to my credit card bank the “hardcopies” (screenshot pdf) with Brandinc replied in Zendesk ticket that they had cancelled the subscription.

    Very unprofessional for them to do that. Now, I’ve to get the bank to block/cancel and re-issue me a new card. What a time buster.

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