I have been using this awesome plugin for a while now called Zemanta. You have probably noticed all of the helpful links to other sites in my posts. Whenever I mention something like Google or The New York Times, Zemanta makes a link to their site.
If I say something like, I was walking through The Castro District in San Francisco, it will put a link to a wikipedia article about Castro. And if I say, while in Castro Ryan and I saw the movie Wanted starring Angelina Jolie, it will make links to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Image by davidanthonyporter via Flickr
Another cool feature is the image embedding. If I said something like, “I was really look forward to seeing the Ansel Adams exhibit”, Zemanta will find a relevant picture. And if I wrote about all of the fires in California from the lightening storm, Zemanta will allow me to embed a snippet of a related news article discussing the fires across California.
It even suggests tags for blog posts!
But it isn’t perfect, write about San Francisco and it will suggest these tags:
- San Francisco
- San Francisco California
Sometimes it will suggest tags that seem to have no relation to the posts. “United Kingdom” pops up a lot. I’m not exactly sure why.
Overall it has to be the most used plugin on my blog. I have used it on every post since its installation on the site and recommend it to anyone else blogging. Linking to other articles, embedding meta-tagged images and posting links to news articles will at the very least increase your chance of being picked up in a relevant search.
Get Zemanta, it will change the way you blog.