I was tasked with reviewing the MyCurator plugin from the folks over at TargetInfo and I’ve got to say, I don’t get it.
I’ve watched the four and half minute intro video three times, read through the entire site twice and all MyCurator seems like is a RSS reeder with some slick options for posting other people’s content to your own blog.
The features for training MyCurator on what type of articles you like and then posting them are pretty clever, I’ll give it that. It makes the process of putting other people’s content on your blog really simple. But here’s the issue I have: you’re still putting other people’s stuff on your blog.
I’m not above linking to other people’s work, at all, I think it’s great to share good content from others with your blog readers, but I don’t need a dedicated plugin to do that.
Maybe I missed the boat on this ‘curation’ thing but it doesn’t make sense to me why entire blogs would be dedicated to this. I have an RSS feed that does this for me already.
As far as monthly fees are concerned, the pricing isn’t great but then again, it isn’t terrible. You’re pretty much going to have to cough up the $10 for the pro plan unless you’re blog is incredibly focused. $30 a month for the business plan seems reasonable when compared with the pro plan.
The issue, as I see it, is whether or not the plugin itself offers any value to you and your blog. If you’re into curation then this is worth checking out, for sure. It makes curating posts fast and simple, which is definitely nice.
The question you have to ask yourself is, if you are a startup blog and you’re looking to create content that is representative of what is unique about you or your business, why are you going to post other people’s content?
No matter what market or niche you are in, you created your blog and/or business because you want to offer something that has never been offered before, right? So why not spend your time creating content, learning how to be a better communicator and developing your unique voice?