I use Zemanta every time I write a post. The artwork normally to the top left of any post is usually picked from a selection suggested by Zemanta. The tags I pick are, again, from a selection suggested by Zemanta. And that little “reblog” icon at the bottom right of every post? Yep, that’s from Zemanta too. Zemanta is a very useful tool in a blooger’s tool kit and I hope that this will persuade you to try it out on your own site.
Let’s take a look at what it does. From the Zemanta Learn page:
Zemanta is a tool that looks over your shoulder while you blog and gives you tips and advice, suggests related content and pictures and makes sure your posts get promoted as they deserve to be. We at Zemanta are thinking hard to help make blogging easier for you. We’re engineering better creative tools to help you get the most out of your blogging time.
And of course, to add to that here’s a shot of the Zemanta sidebar that you will see on your blog dashboard:
The picture (click for bigger) is taken from my own dashboard and is what I am seeing while writing this post. Zemanta analyses the text you write and suggests pictures and related online articles. An example of the articles can be seen at the bottom of this post. You then decide which one best fits the article and simply click the picture or article and Zemanta inserts it. Below the text area, Zemanta suggests links which may enhance your post (as they are usually links to Wikipedia, I tend not to use them). You can also add in your own sources: blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook and so on. The beauty is that it updates as you type: so the more you type, the more focused your images and links will be.
I don’t think I can overstate how simple this plugin is to use and how handy it can be. If you have a WordPress.org blog, use LiveWriter, MovableType blog, Joomla or Drupal blog install the plugin. If you use a different platform, try the browser plugin instead (you can even get a plugin for Thunderbird or Outlook).
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