How To

Make the Curated Content Attribution Link work for Your Site

To do content curation right, you have to follow the golden rule of attribution, attribution, attribution.  MyCurator automatically creates an attribution link for each article it finds.  You can format this link to make it work for your site.  We’ll cover the elements that you can control when formatting your attribution link.

First, MyCurator looks at the attribution link as two parts, an intro text and the actual link.  The actual link is called the anchor and is the part that you click on and it takes you to the source of the article.

Introduction Text

You have complete control over the introduction text.  The option “Link to Original Page Text” in the Format tab is the text that will be used for every link.  You can change this to anything you want.  Maybe just “From:”  or maybe “See More at: “, its up to you.  You can leave this blank and their will be no introduction text at all.

The other option you have is whether the introduction text is part of the Link Anchor.  Do you want the introduction text to be highlighted in your link color and be part of the ‘clickable’ anchor or not?  You control this with the option “» Do Not Use this text as part of Link Anchor” in the Format tab.  If you check this, the intro text will not be part of the link anchor meaning you won’t be able to click on that part of the attribution and go to the original page.

Link Anchor

The actual link wording is by default the domain of the original content.  The domain means only the website main address, not the full address of the actual article.  This shortened domain wording quickly tells your reader which site the content came from.  The actual link though includes the full page information and will take you directly to the original article.

You can change the wording of this link by clicking the option “Use Article Title Instead of Domain in Original Article Link” in the format tab.  Now the title of the original article will be displayed and not the domain.  When you click on this title, you will be brought to the original article web page as before.  The title will often be longer than the domain so keep this in mind when choosing this option.

Click Option

When a reader clicks on the attribution link, you can choose what happens next.  By default, the original article  will open in the current browser tab.  You can change this behaviour and have the original article open in a  new tab.  Just click the option “Open Original Article Link in New Tab” in the format tab.

Formatting with CSS

Finally, you can format this link on  your posts by using some custom CSS.  Many themes make it easy to add some custom CSS.  You can also use a plugin such as custom css manager or Jetpack.

To add custom CSS, you just need to know that the attribution link is contained in a paragraph tag, with an ID of mct-ai-attriblink.  You can select the intro text and anchor text with the selector “p#mct-ai-attriblink”.  You could select just the anchor text with “p#mct-ai-attriblink a”.

You could add styles such as centering the whole attribution on your page or bold the anchor text or changing fonts, sizes or colors to match your blog.

Attribution is one of the most important aspects of curation.  Make sure that you are displaying your attribution in the best light, and making it an integral format element of your blog or site.