How are you using your blog to share the best content with your audience? Do you have a systematic way to collect and present information?
Today I am reviewing Curation Suite, a content curation software that I’ve been using on my blog for over a year. Curation Suite helps you curating the best articles from various sources and it will beautifully organize this information in your blog posts.
Beth Canter has a good definition of what content curation is:
Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amount of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a theme. The work involved sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.
Content curation can be seen as a 3-step process:
Now, let’s see how Curation Suite can help you curate your best content.
Curation Suite is a lightweight WordPress plugin that works with any theme and any plugin you have and will not slow down your site. Curation Suite is built exclusively for WordPress, which is the world’s most popular and powerful method for creating a website.
Using the Curation Suite plugin, allows you to curate and publish content that engages your readers and puts you in a position of authority.
Curation Suite works straight from your WordPress dashboard. Whenever you are creating or editing a blog post, you can invoke Curation Suite and insert your best curated content in a snap.
When curating, you have several options on how to format the content. You may want to include a thumbnail image, a video, a tweet, etc. You can add quotes, cleanup the headline, insert the author’s credit. Curation Suite will retrieve these content snippets for you. All you need is to include what makes sense to you.
Here are the primary benefits in using Curation Suite:
Quickly discover content to curate right within your WordPress dashboard by using Curation Suite’s built-in search. Using this highly intuitive search you will be able to discover and curate content from the following sources:
The on-demand search empowers you to search all popular search engines and social networks for the best content to share or publish on your site.
You can easily cite and add the right content to your post when using Curation Suite’s one-click curation and the curation visual editor.
You can curate from anywhere, at anytime using the CurateThis shortcut– or save a link for later with the custom AddLink shortcut (works on mobile devices too).
After you install the Curation Suite plugin, a small toggle button will display in your blog editor. Clicking this toggle will display the Curation Suite window.
The Curation Suite window has several tabs. From the above image, the Search tab is selected. You can enter your keywords, and decide the source you wish to search. From the search category pull-down, you can choose from Google News, Pocket, Youtube, etc. At the top right, you can click on the tutorial link, which will launch a useful tutorial video:
In the example below, I searched for SEO in Twitter, Youtube, and Pocket. I selected one article per category and curated it in my WordPress editor:
Before each curated content, I inserted a fake commentary for illustration purposes. It is recommended to add your commentary to add value to the curated content.
Here is a preview of the draft article:
As you can observe, I did not put too much effort to create this piece. Curation Suite did all the searching and formatting for me.
Curating with your own links is one of my favorite Curation Suite features.
First, you need to install Curation Suite’s CurateThis button on your web browser.
Next, whenever you find an interesting article you want to curate, you just click the CurateThis browser button. Your web browser will display a small window asking you to choose your bucket. A bucket is a category where you want to store your content. For instance, social media, blogging, SEO, etc. From the example below, I only have two categories. I selected Blogging and I clicked “Add Link & Close” button.
This action saved my link into Curation Suite, ready to be curated.
From WordPress, you can list all your saved links by selecting Curation Suite’s Links tab and then the “Load Bucket Links” button. In the example below, I collected five links that I curated in this blog post.
Clicking on the Curate symbol displays a curation pane (curate tab):
From this pane, you can change the appearance of the curated with a few clicks. Here are some important ones:
In the above example, I curated an extra two paragraphs taken from the Main Content (83) link.
Once you are done, click the Add to post button. This action will enable you to align your curated content — left, center, or right.
Very simple, isn’t it?
Finally, proceed with the remaing links.
You will find several content curation examples on my website. I used Curation Suite to create them all. Let me give you a few examples:
I will be honest with you. I only emailed Curation Suite’s support team twice for basic questions and I received an excellent service. This product is robust and I never had issues with it.
Curation Suite has an extensive tutorial video collection. It will help you to jumpstart your learning curve with this product. This is what I recommend to beginners. Go for the tutorials and you won’t need support.
Ever since I started using Curation Suite, this product has been under constant evolution. New useful features keep emerging, making this product a real gem.
Curation Suite costs $97 for an unlimited personal site license. It’s a one-time payment.
After trying several curation tools, I discovered Curation Suite and I stayed with it. In my opinion, it’s the best of breed.
Curation Suite is always with you. It will help you curating content from your WordPress dashboard. You can also save your favorite articles to Curation Suite from your web browser on a desktop or mobile device.
You will enjoy using this product and it will save you time.
Verdict: I highly recommend Curation Suite
Feel free to ask me questions!
Summary: Curation Suite helps you to quickly curate the best content.
Steve Williams is a blogger, consultant, and entrepreneur. He helps people thriving with digital marketing and blogging.