The 4 Biggest Content Curation Mistakes And How To Avoid Them Content Curation

The 4 Biggest Content Curation Mistakes And How To…


This is a must read if you are starting curation.  It is so easy to think that shortcuts such as automation or just posting excerpts with links, will yield benefits to your site.  That might happen in the short term, but eventually Google catches on and it quits working.  If you don’t link to the original article, or publish the whole article on your site, it can get worse – we have had clients that received cease and desist orders from other sites and threatened with fines.  MyCurator is a great tool for helping you find valuable content quickly, making it easy to review and then publish the best pieces for your site.  But it is just a tool and must be used as part of a content marketing program where you provide ideas, insights and information for the visitors to your site, including why the content you curate is relevant to them!

The main reason that content curation is topical now, is the perceived ease at which content can be profited from – through curating the content of others – to avoid the rather more time intensive process of producing it yourself.

This post explores why this is true – if you are careful, and outlines some shortcuts you can use to curate content without either falling foul of the law, or getting slapped by Google for doing it.

Because there are so many sites curating really badly, it is likely that Google is scanning websites to identify sites which are attempting to automate the process. This is likely to continue as the ‘carrot’ of autopilot content creation tempts many more into taking an easy path to apparent content marketing riches.

Convert Web Pages Content Into RSS Feeds: Web Page To RSS Converters - Sharewood Guide Content Curation

Convert Web Pages Content Into RSS Feeds: Web Page…

You may find a great site or blog that you would like to curate articles from but it doesn’t have an RSS feed.  While our Get It tool will let you capture individual articles, you have to remember to go and visit the site regularly.  This article from Robin Goode at Master New Media recaps a group of tools that let you create an RSS feed from a site that doesn’t have one.  This will allow you to add the new RSS feed as a source and use MyCurator to capture articles automatically as they are published.

In this new Sharewood Guide I have collected the best free tools to convert any web page to RSS.

Web page to RSS converters are free tools, usually web-based, that anyone can use to keep changes of any site which doesn’t offer a RSS feed for its readers.

RSS feeds are very intuitive and easy-to-use: to create a feed just grab the desired page’s URL, paste it into the box, and click generate. Some of these tools, will also offer advanced options to let you refine which of the items present on a specific web page need to be included in your newly generated RSS feed.

Here the best web page to RSS converters I have found out there (if you know of other ones, please help me out by adding them in the comment area at the end):

5 easy ways to curate content on your blog Content Curation

5 easy ways to curate content on your blog

A good, thorough article on curation.  One of the key features of MyCurator is that it makes searching for and finding good content so easy.  This article just popped up in my list of curation articles after being found through a Google Alert.  It was easy to review the full content in  a pop-up and then quickly publish it.

I like to think of content curation as utilizing existing content in a new, value-added way. It isn’t sharing entire pieces of other people’s content with your audience (that’s syndication), and it isn’t compiling lists of links with no additional commentary (this is content aggregation, and Google doesn’t like this!) Content curation is a bit of an art form, and takes some time to perfect. But once you’ve figured out a strategy that works, you’ll have a process in place for regularly finding, compiling and editorializing content your audience will love!

9 Powerful Ways of Effective Content Curation Content Curation

9 Powerful Ways of Effective Content Curation

If you are starting out with content curation or just want to review the key elements, this is a straightforward bullet point review.  MyCurator saves you time in your curation process, but you always want to make sure your goals are being met with your actual content and that your process is aligned with those goals.

Content Curation Content curation can play a significant role in achieving your business goals—saving time, effort, and budget in the process. From curating your own existing content to collating third party content to engaging with other curators in your niche to following social dashboards—there are a number of ways to gain traction from content curation for your business.

How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People's Content on the Internet Content Curation

How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People’s Content…

This is a nice, all encompassing article on how to quote sources you use in your curations, original articles and on social media.  It is critical that when using content curation on your website that you always attribute any articles to the original source.  MyCurator makes this easy by pre-filling the post with the original article link.

The best content marketers aren’t afraid to share. Share content. Share links. Share ideas. Share data.

The thing is, sometimes marketers get a little protective of their stuff because there are less-than-scrupulous people out there who take content and then try to pass it off as their own. All that hard work, and none of the credit. Not cool, less-than-scrupulous people. Not cool.

An Introduction to Content Curation Content Curation

An Introduction to Content Curation

This is a well written article that clearly sets out how content curation can help your site or blog.   No Marketing puff, just simple examples like the quote below.

Of course, with MyCurator, sifting through the web is so much easier.  It finds articles throughout the day that match your interests.  With some simple training you will get highly targeted articles, weeding out 90% or more of content that doesn’t match your needs.


Ever had a trusted friend share their thoughts on the latest movie you should go see, or the fabulous dessert at a new restaurant? The person didn’t just say, “Go check it out”. They probably added their opinion along with just enough details to get you interested so you’d buy a ticket and watch the movie yourself.

Content curation is like that. The more you share good quality stuff, the more reliable you become as a content resource


MyCurator Version 2.2


Version 2.2 of MyCurator Content Curation software ensures comparability with WordPress version 4.2.  In addition the embed of YouTube videos has been updated to allow for more success.  This fix helps with changes made by Google in the YouTube url naming.  Some other updates include more changes to picture capture for reliability and for paid subscribers,  a new Get It tab to Publish directly to you site while specifying Categories rather than relying on Topic/Categoty identification.

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What happens to all of the Images found by…

You may find that your  Media library is filling up with images as MyCurator finds articles for your content curation.  MyCurator not only pulls in the full text of an article, it also collects the images found in the article.

MyCurator only stores one image per article in your media library, usually the first image it finds. All of the other images you see in an article are just links, they aren’t stored in the media library. Still, that may be a lot of images stored if you get a lot of training posts per day.

Fortunately, MyCurator always deletes images for any Training Posts that you do not make into a live WordPress post. Training Posts are automatically deleted after 7 days (you can change this in the Options Admin tab) along with the stored image. So while you may see a lot of images in your media library, it doesn’t grow forever, ending at about your average amount of Training Posts per week.

If you would like, you can turn off image capture by clearing both of the Image capture options in the Basic tab of the Options menu item.


MyCurator Version 2.1.4

The new version of the MyCurator content curation software for WordPress adds some key new features.  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, articles are getting published in multiple places all around the web.  We’ve added a new filter to remove articles with duplicate titles within the same Topic.  This will catch duplicates that show up on different websites or with slightly different URL’s but are really the same article.  The new option is in the Curation tab and is named “Remove Duplicate Titles Within Same Topic”.  The option should be checked after the update is installed, but you can clear it if you feel you may be missing some content that happens to have the same title.

In rare cases, the memory requirement to check titles across all training posts may cause the background process to stop.  This should only happen if you have 1000’s of Training Posts and your host only allocates a small amount of memory to your site.  You can clear this option if this is the case.

The second major addition to this release is the ability to add a start and end date to your Topics.  If you have a business or pro plan, you can now add Topics and schedule when they will be active.  This allows you to selectively generate content for specific categories.  Other minor fixes include removing the old featured image from your media library when you use the click-copy feature to add a new featured image, as well as some cleanup of PHP warnings that have caused some problems for clients that run their site with debug on.


New MyCurator Cloud Process


We have updated the cloud process to work more efficiently and to handle more requests from clients.  The new version will only work with MyCurator version 2.0 or newer.  If you are still using an older version of MyCurator, then you will need to upgrade your plugin to access the cloud services.  No changes need to be made to your API Key or any other account information.