Content Buddy Tutorials
Content Buddy is a premium plugin that enables you to easily add curated content to your website. If you’re one of my clients, you have this plugin through April 2012. (That was the only license I could buy, as a developer.)
After that, if you want to continue using the Content Buddy plugin with support, you’ll need to work directly with the Content Buddy staff, to renew your support license.
Here’s why you’ll want to use software like Content Buddy:
I love software like this, of course. It’s why I now include it with all of my websites.
However, if all you do is throw together things from others’ websites, with no discretion or added commentary, you may be wasting your time. For insights, I recommend this post by content curator Robin Good:
Today content curation is sold, promoted and marketed as the latest and trendiest approach to content production, SEO visibility, reputation and traffic building. But is it really so? …
Here’s another intro video, showing the ideas behind Content Buddy. The info is similar to the previous video.
Here’s a demo of how this WordPress plugin works:
Here’s how to set up and save a campaign within Content Buddy:
Here’s how to set up an RSS feed within Content Buddy:
All he’s showing you is how to add content with this plugin. Though you can just drag-and-drop a few articles, click “Publish,” and consider that an adequate post… well, I’m not sure your website will earn bookmarks and raves at social media. However, that’s up to you.
On the other hand — and this is strictly my own, non-legal opinion — if you use the Google Images option, you’re playing with fire for a couple of reasons. First, whenever you hotlink (use files on someone else’s server), you’re running the risk of those files being moved or blocked from use.
In addition, there are significant copyright issues. You can’t just use any images you find in Google Images; they must be in the public domain or under a license (such as a Creative Commons license) that allows you to use them. If you ignore that warning, programs such as TinEye.com will catch you.
Don’t get me wrong: I think this is a great plugin. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have bought it and I wouldn’t include it with websites I build for my clients.
However, common sense (and some copyright insights) are important to get the most from this plugin or any other curation method or software.