Curationsoft review


For Christmas I bought my daughter Kate a great piece of low-cost software called CurationSoft, to help her fill her niche sites with fresh content, and to get more traffic to them so that she makes more money.

Note: updated traffic stats near the bottom of this review.

 

 

 

 

(In case you think that software is a terribly mean present to give to a girl for Christmas I also bought her a nice white iPad to play with :) )

She loves both presents, though the email telling her about Curation Soft didn’t excite her anywhere near as much as opening the iPad box. And so far she’s spent about 3 hours using CurationSoft and she’s used the iPad until she’s boggle eyed and the tips of her fingers are sore from tapping and swiping the screen.

But it’s CurationSoft that’s making her money. Now that she’s seen how using it has almost immediately increased visitors to the site she’s using it on, she’s totally won over and singing its praises.

BTW, before you ask, there’s no way I’m giving you the name of her site, or even the niche. So please don’t email me about it. She wants me to keep quiet about it because she knows that a mention here will have dozens of you niche marketers rapidly jumping in to compete with her. And you would, don’t deny it :)

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you Kate’s traffic success is because I’m personally amazed at the huge traffic increase it’s given her. I thought it might help a bit, but in a month her visitors have more than quadrupled. And get this – she hasn’t added any new articles, and she’s not done any backlinking.

All she’s done is just semi-automatically (drag and drop) added fresh content to 15 of her existing articles. (BTW, the software works on both Macs and Windows)

And it took her less than 10 minutes an article to curate the content she wanted to use on her pages and add it to the existing mix of articles and reviews.

So she’s spent just two and a half hours quadrupling her visitor numbers (real people, not bots)

To me this is amazing. Especially as Google like’s what she’s doing, and so do the individuals whose content she has used a line or two from and linked to. They like it because a) they’re getting a link to their content, and b) quite a few of them are chuffed because she’s ‘quoted’ them. She knows this because they’ve tweeted about it, or commented on her site.

And she’s not gone out and added any new links, though some people whose tweets and other content snippets she’s used have linked to her. In fact it seems they’re quite proud of being ‘featured’ on a web site so they’re tweeting about it and posting a link to the site on their Facebook pages. This probably explains the traffic increase more than anything else.

Also, we all know that part of Google’s new ranking algorithm is favoring fresh content. It seems that adding to, or reworking existing content works just as well.

The full version of the software is just $59 (a year) but there’s a fully working free trial you can test. The only difference is that you’re limited to just one content source (Google Blogs) rather than the 8 in the paid version.

Seeing all you do is enter a keyword or short phrase, select the content source you want to use, and press go, it’s very simple to use. If you’re not convinced simply give the trial a go. You’ve got nothing to lose.

It’s been out for six months, or maybe longer now, and the people behind it are all well respected online: Jack Humphrey and Peter Lenkefi to name but two.

>>>> Highly Recommended <<<<

Stats Update 20th Feb – A record traffic week.

Stats Update 5th March – Compare week 7 above to the graphic below. Week 8 of using Curation Soft caused the visitor numbers to smash past the previous record week.

how using curation soft has improved visitor numbers dramatically

At first I had my doubts about the whole curation craze. My thinking went along the lines of “It’s theft. Sites are stealing using other people’s content to profit from”  But I’ve changed my mind. Sites use just a short snippet of your work. Maybe 2 or 3 lines, and in return you get a link back to your site. You get traffic from it, from both searchbots, and real people who are interested in your content and want to see more. It’s been written in more than one place that ‘curation’ is what the web of 2012 will be all about. And on the evidence of Kate using this blog curation software for just a few weeks, I can see why some people are saying that.

There’s quite a lot of content – examples and stuff like reviews and news items about the world of curating – on the blog on the curation software site. The site is not a sales pitch one. So if you want to know more about curation blogging you can read a lot more before even testing the free trial offer.

phil

Comments

  1. You’ve been *missed*!!!!
    Keep mending and feel better.
    Lets make 2012 a memorable one.
    Best Wishes….Keep in Touch!!!!

  2. Neil Shearing says:

    Good to have you back, Phil. :)

    I’ll look forward to the next newsletter… in 2013. :p

    Neil.

  3. Hey Phil, in issue 392 you asked for some feedback on why people hand’ purchased Curationsoft… – OK I’m probably different to most because I’m already running a full time business, but I have to admit that I even came close to buying (and was def going to do so through your link….

    So – what didn’t I? Simple. I don’t have the time to even look at it and I”m way past the point of buying stuff that I don’t have time to look at immediately :)

    But I might still come back.

  4. Hey Phil, in issue 392 you asked for some feedback on why people hadn’t purchased Curationsoft… – OK I’m probably different to most because I’m already running a full time business, but I have to admit that I even came close to buying …

    So – why didn’t I? Simple. I don’t have the time to even look at it and I’m way past the point of buying stuff that I don’t have time to look at immediately :)

    But I might still come back :)

  5. I’m another one who bought Mini Site Profits more years ago than I care to remember and it got me started in affiliate marketing. I always devour anything Phil writes, and am delighted that he is back in action again after his long illness.

    As to why I didn’t buy Curationsoft, I suppose I couldn’t see any compelling reason to buy it right now. It’s something I made a note of, and might revisit some time in the future I can see a definite use for it in my projects. But, to be honest, there are probably hundreds of products already in that ‘maybe one day’ category!

    I was also a little bit put off by the price, and in particular that it is an annual subscription rather than a one-off payment. And finally, I’d like to have seen some real-life examples of how the software is being used, with links to the sites concerned. As things stand, I didn’t fully understand how the software works and what exactly it does, which makes it hard for me to visualize how I might use it myself. Sorry!

  6. I was interested enough in your curation discussion to investigate it more and actually start up a couple of sites on Scoop-It. That’s a fun site that does virtually nothing for you in terms of making money or SEO, at least in the basic mode.

    I can’t really say why I wasn’t interested in Curation Soft. I would have preferred the demo to have provided more than just Google blogs so I could have tried to create a couple post with all the options. I bought something similar from these guys a couple of years ago, Video Poster and Utility Poster, that did the same thing and they stopped supporting it. Like one day the software would not log in to the server. Awesome.

    The way it drops a couple of sentences and a link is reminiscent of the old directory generators to me in a way. I may actually buy the thing but figure I’ll use it to find content then post it the way I want to.

    Glad you’re back. You were the first person I followed in the MMO realm way back in ’04 or so.

  7. Just a thought (another one)… here’s a possible income earner for you –

    that review above is well written and well illustrated; I’d pay a few bucks to be able to use that exact same review and place it on my own blog… saves me the time and hassle of having to test and track it myself – maybe others would to (for this and for other *things*).

    Paul

  8. Hi Phil, Re: poor results with CurationSoft.
    Drop the word Curation. It means nothing to most people and its too easy to flip over. A total lack of Keyword value.

  9. orestes says:

    Hi Phil,
    Glad to have you back and as you can see we all have been missing
    you.Pray that you be whole.

    Blessings!
    Orestes

  10. The “stats” you’ve shown don’t really show anything. There’s no real numbers attached. For all we know, those charts are based on 20 visits a week. And if she hasn’t done any backlinking, that’s probably exactly what she’s getting. As nice as Curationsoft may be, visitors aren’t going to start flocking to a site simply because someone makes a lot of posts. It just doesn’t work like that.

    • What’s happening Earl is that quite a lot of the people whose tweets and blog snippets she uses are linking back to her. They’re happy that someone is ‘quoting’ them on a website so they’re tweeting about it and posting a link to the site on their Facebook pages and blogs, etc. This probably explains the traffic increase more than anything else. Plus in the past 6 months or longer the major search engines are taking social linking into account when ranking pages/sites.

      Phil