Instant Curator has been updated to version 2.03 by the Profit.fm team with one improvement and one subtraction:
- The Google AdSense shortcode (ic_adsense) has been added to allow easy insertion of Adsense ad units anywhere inside of posts.
- The ArticlesBase shortcode (ic_articlesbase) was removed because of difficulties with their API.
The loss of ArticlesBase as a content source means one less shortcode for retrieving article length text within Instant Curator. I wanted to go over the options that we now have as content curators for extracting full article length text into our posts with an emphasis on getting both quality and unique content.
Instant Curator – Options for Getting Article-length Text
- Article Directories –
ArticlesBase. The latest update mentioned that Ezinearticles might be a replacement for Articlesbase, but my experience with Ezinearticles is that they don’t like any service that scrapes their content. A new option is GoArticles, which is available starting in Instant Curator 2.04. Instruction guide is here.
- Syndicated content – Google news and PRWeb. These articles you get back through the ic_google_news and the ic_prweb shortcodes are good quality articles meant for syndication, but they of course won’t be unique. Far from it, the same content is actually being syndicated all across the web. You could wrap it inside of an ic_thebestspinner shortcode to make it more unique, but then you’re quality would take a dive and you’d be sacrificing legibility for a marginal increase in uniqueness.
- Automated PLR – Articlebuilder. I consider this the worst option, as you’re getting run of the mill PLR content that’s being used by thousands of internet marketers. There is an ic_articlebuilder_inject shortcode available for shorter snippets, but I wouldn’t count on Articlebuilder being the backbone of your content strategy if you want to show visitors quality.
- Content Brokers – The TextBroker shortcode should have been here already as it’s been promised for months. If this shortcode ever comes to fruition, you could do something like
[textbroker keyword="smoothie recipes" length=300]
and someone at Textbroker would write you a 300 word article on smoothies and charge your Textbroker account (it’s approximately $1 for every 100 words at Textbroker). This is probably one of the bests options for both quality and uniqueness, but it costs money.
- Upload your own content – This is probably the most sensible solution for most people. Simply write out your content, together with the keywords you’re targeting, and upload it through a CSV importer. This gives you a great way to test out different shortcodes. If you don’t like what the upload is giving you, tweak your upload template by introducing different shortcodes and try again.