Zemanta for WordPress

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).

Tonto National Forest - Ansel Adams Style

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:

  1. San Francisco
  2. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Zemanta for WordPress

  1. Thanks for a review 🙂 I’d just like to say that we use a few different approaches to figuring out tags, and that they sometime figure out something underlaying in the links or related articles that it’s not entirely obvious from the first glance. We are of course working on fixing that, but for now we build the interface in the way that allows easy picking of the suggestions you like and to discard the ones that don’t fit the topic or your personal blogging style.If you have any ideas or wishes, please get in touch either via our forums – getsatisfaction.com/zemanta or just drop me a mail – jure@zemanta.comJure Cuhalev, Zemanta

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