I think curation does help to get more views (which doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of money), especially if it's not published in a big publication. My experience is quite different, I got curated 4 times out of 6 articles I published under the paying roll so far, sometimes immediatley and sometimes much later. I also usually add a tag or two that are not super popular, like humor, so maybe that helps in terms of competition...Good luck!