Creating consistent blog content for your website can be a time-consuming effort. And, while it is crucial you publish regular content on your website, the truth is that it doesn’t always happen.

There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of a website. For instance, content creation, security and backup measures, constant updates, design overhauls, and even running an online business. However, your site visitors do not care how much is on your plate at any given time. That’s why many website owners have given in to the increasingly popular method of autoblogging.

In the past, we have shared with you how to automatically post content from one website to another, some of the best autoblogging plugins on the market today, and even how to build a complete autoblogging website from the ground up. However today, we are not going to go into the technical or step-by-step details of autoblogging. Instead, we are going to develop a better understanding of how you can curate and aggregate quality web content for your website using the popular WordPress autoblogging plugin WP RSS Aggregator.

Content Creation Definitions

In the online world, buzzwords such as “content curation”, “aggregation”, and “content sharing” exist, sometimes without any real meaning. In fact, many novice website owners may not even be able to tell the difference between the terms. This can lead to confusion about website content and affect overall success.

Let’s look at some of the common words related to website content and clarify their true meanings:

  • Content Creation. Creating original pieces of work whether that be written works, images, or videos.
  • Content Sharing. Sharing a piece of content created by yourself or other authors with others.  This is done via your own blog, on forums, or through social media channels.
  • Content Aggregation. Sharing pieces of content created by others automatically using an aggregation tool. The aggregation tool, often a WordPress plugin, pulls content from multiple web sources and posts it on your website for site visitors to view. The content can display as an RSS feed or as actual blog posts.
  • Content Curation. Similar to content aggregation, content curation is the act of pulling content from multiple sources and manually publishing only the very best pieces of content on your website.
  • Autoblogging. The act of using software to collect content from various third-party sources to place on your website as blog posts. This consistent feed of content ensures your website has fresh content at all times, even when you are not manually publishing your own blog posts. The content you collect can manually be placed on your website as blog posts after your approval (content curation) automatically (content aggregation) or can be automatically share on your website in an RSS feed (content aggregation).

In short, the definition we are most concerned with today are content curation and content aggregation as it relates to the WordPress autoblogging plugin WP RSS Aggregator.

But Can You Curate and Aggregate Content on Your Website with a WordPress Autoblogging Plugin?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Though some may make the case that autoblogging tools are used for spamming, the truth is blogs have come a long way since the days of splogs. In the past, spamming blogs were typically used to increase search engine rankings of other affiliate websites via fake articles. However, these type of scraper sites have been on Google’s radar for a long time. And for that reason, the way Google requires blogs to display in order to get noticed for higher rankings simply does not match the layout of a spam blog. Therefore, over time splogs have devalued and have lost much of their appeal.

So, aside from those that wish to take advantage of helpful autoblogging plugins in order to “get ahead” in the competition, it turns out that these autoblogging tools can actually have a very positive impact on your website as a whole.

WP RSS Aggregator as an Autoblogging Tool for Content Curation and Aggregation

WP RSS Aggregator - Autoblogging WordPress Plugin

WP RSS Aggregator is a free WordPress plugin (with a bunch of cool premium add-ons) that allows you to gather content that is relevant to your site visitors and display it on your website via an RSS feed. In addition, this plugin can have stricter restrictions placed on the type of content you allow on your website. For instance, collect the content you want from third-party sources and post the content you approve of, leaving everything else unpublished.

Altogether, WP RSS Aggregator is a comprehensive tool meant for both content aggregation (automatic content sharing) and content curation (the manual process of collecting and publishing valuable sources to share with readers). This is why WP RSS Aggregator ranks high on lists of the very best autoblogging tools available.

A Quick Review of WP RSS Aggregator and What it Can Do For You

Here are some of the best ways you can use the WP RSS Aggregator autoblogging plugin on your WordPress website:

In the end, using WP RSS Aggregator will allow you to grab and publish content from all across the web at your discretion (content curation) or collect and display content on your website easily and automatically (content aggregation).

But Wait, There is More

In addition to the core WP RSS Aggregator plugin, the talented team of developers behind this autoblogging plugin have created some awesome premium add-ons to help your curation and aggregation efforts.

  • Feed to Post. Import content from external sources, store them as WordPress posts or custom post types, and publish. Or, import content from multiple external sources and automatically display them as posts. Or, do both. This add-on works as either or both a content curation and aggregation tool.
  • Full Text RSS Feeds. Connect the Feed to Post add-on to WP RSS Aggregator’s Premium Full Text Service and share full content with your readers.
  • WordAi. Also used with the Feed to Post add-on, WordAi spins imported content into unique content adding even more value to your website.  This related content now becomes your related content and will not affect SEO rankings.
  • SpinnerChief. Again used with the Feed to Post add-on, SpinnerChief works much like WordAi does. Turn curated content into exclusive content that your readers will enjoy.
  • Excerpts & Thumbnails. Used with the core WP RSS Aggregator plugin, this add-on includes thumbnail images and excerpts of feed sources alongside post titles.
  • Categories. Also used with the core WP RSS Aggregator plugin, this add-on allows you to assign categories to your RSS feed sources so only content with particular terms will appear in your feeds.   
  • Widget. This add-on lets you add a widget to any part of your website to display your RSS feeds.
  • Keyword/Tag Filtering. Determine specific keywords or tags and control, import, and store curated content that relates to those specifics.

Altogether, many WP RSS Aggregator add-ons can achieve your content curation and aggregation goals. With a little mixing and matching, you will be on your way to creating a website that autoblogs for you in a highly valuable way.

Using WP RSS Aggregator as an Autoblogging Tool

Now that you have a good understanding of what content curation and aggregation is, as well as what WP RSS Aggregator is all about, let’s see how the core plugin and premium add-ons can help you curate and aggregate content for your WordPress website.

WP RSS Aggregator (Core Plugin) – Content Aggregation

The free WP RSS Aggregator plugin is a great way to easily import, merge, and display content of your choosing from third-party sources in a RSS and Atom feed on your website. For example, you can aggregate as many sources as you want.  In addition, you can stagger them for optimal performance

WP RSS Aggregator - Feed Example

By using the generated shortcodes and placing them in your site’s posts or pages, you will have an automatically refreshed feed of valuable content coming in from niche-related websites for your site visitors to enjoy.

WP RSS Aggregator - Feed Sources

In the end, this plugin is a great way to start aggregating valuable content onto your website with very little effort.

Feed to Post Add-on – Content Curation and Content Aggregation

The Feed to Post Add-on is the perfect tool for aiding the WP RSS Aggregator plugin in your quest for curating content onto your website.  For example, Feed to Post imports feed sources from other websites and stores them as drafted posts in your WordPress dashboard. From there, filter through the content and manually publish what you want. This add-on also handles things such as categories and images that you would like to include in your curated posts.

WP RSS Aggregator - Feed to Post Settings

In an effort to help you maintain control over your curated sources, look what you can do:

  • Choose which third-party sources to import
  • Pick which post type and format
  • Configure publish dates
  • Embed videos into feed
  • Customize the update interval
  • Translate content using WPML
  • Create authors
  • Limit words in content or excerpts
  • Remove unwanted content
  • Force full text retrieval

Additionally, for those looking to do a little less content curation and a little more content aggregation (think more hands-off), the Feed to Post add-on also allows you to automatically publish collected sources as blog posts on your website without having to manually filter or publish anything. Simply configure the settings and let both the core plugin and add-on do all of the work for you.

The end result? A perfectly autoblogged website.

Excerpts & Thumbnails Add-on – Content Aggregation

The Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on must be used with the free core plugin, WP RSS Aggregator. Used an effort to add visual appeal to your RSS feed items, this add-on displays thumbnail images and excerpts alongside your RSS feed sources. In an effort to aid your content aggregation efforts, this is a great way to direct your site visitors to the very best content you have on your website.

WP RSS Aggregator - Excerpts & Thumbnails Example

To start, set excerpt word limits, enable a “Read More” link, and even add social sharing buttons for visitor engagement and brand exposure.

WP RSS Aggregator - Excerpts & Thumbnails, Excerpts Settings

Next, configure your thumbnail image settings. For example, change the height and width, default image, thumbnail links, and more. This way you know exactly what your site visitors will be seeing when they access your feed.

WP RSS Aggregator - Excerpts & Thumbnails, Thumbnail Settings

Categories Add-on – Content Aggregation

Also used with the core WP RSS Aggregator plugin, the Categories add-on assigns specific categories and tags to your imported content. This is done in the generated shortcode parameters used for displaying your feed items. In the end, you still maintain hands-free content aggregation using this and the WP RSS Aggregator plugin. However, you also boost your control a bit by narrowing the source types allowed in your website’s RSS feeds.

WP RSS Aggregator - Keyword Filtering Settings

Final Thoughts

Altogether, I think it is safe to say that yes, autoblogging tools such as WP RSS Aggregator can be used to curate and aggregate content for your WordPress website. Though not 100% content curation, and not 100% content aggregation, this autoblogging plugin offers a perfect mix of both.

With it you not only save time, you have the opportunity to manually offer the most valuable content to your readers as possible from outside sources. In the end, there are no other plugins on the market today that match up to WP RSS Aggregator’s ability to both aggregate web content in the form of RSS feed sources or published blog posts and curate content in the form of blog posts.

Have you ever used WP RSS Aggregator to curate or aggregate content for your WordPress website? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

About Lindsay Liedke

Lindsay is a freelance writer who loves all things WordPress. When she is not writing she can be found spending family time with her son and two silly nephews.