Zemanta: A blessing in disguise for bloggers?


We’re all aware of the relevance of meaningful tags & hyperlinks that need to be inserted in a blog-post. While writing a blog-post a bloggers needs to spend time & effort thinking about appropriate tags which would make it easy for other bloggers to locate the blog-post.

A powerful plugin from Zemanta enables bloggers to focus on ‘writing’ while it takes care of their hyperlinking, images and tagging needs.

The punchline sums it up ‘Have your browser understand what you are blogging about and suggest pictures, links, articles and tags to make your posts more vibrant. We are making blogging fun again.’

I learnt about Zemanta in Tom Raftery’s post and since then I’m in love with it.

How does Zemanta work?

a.) Download & install the Zemanta plugin from here. [The integration in WordPress.com was seamless ].

b.) Zemanta sidebar appears in your blog-editor.

c.) Now when you write a blog-post Zemanta starts searching for related articles, images, tags and hyperlinks. The auto-mated suggestions is based on the number of characters you write.

The good things first

> As a blogger you can now focus only on writing and quality content.

> Forget about what to hyperlink and what no to hyperlink

> Forget searching for images on google.

> Forget thinking about appropriate tags for you post..

Scope for Improvement

> Tom says they’re using semantic search. Considering that Zemanta is relatively new there is definite scope for improvement in the quality of search.

Like I mentioned, Zemanta appears to be solving a big problem for an average blogger. The concept is beautiful and I am pretty confident that Zemanta is here to stay. It is actually solving a key problem which is in the blogosphere and as they say the whole blogosophere will be Zemified !

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14 responses to “Zemanta: A blessing in disguise for bloggers?

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  11. manuscrypts – try it and let me know about your experience !

    Jure – thanks for update. Glad to know about the forum.

  12. Thanks for giving us a try 🙂

    Just wanted to say that we’re happy of any feedback. We have a forum – getsatisfaction.com/zemanta or you can just send me a direct mail – jure@zemanta.com and I’ll try to help you.

    We have a new release almost out of the door, so expect to see some nice changes very soon.

    Jure Cuhalev, Zemanta

    • S Dudley

      I am using Zemanta on Infopirate and I am very impressed. We have a lot of post by newbies that don’t really understand what is going on.

      We pick the best of their posts and upgrade the post using Zemanta. They get a shock when they see what their one line bookmark has morphed into but always come back with – How the heck did you do that! After we give them the link to install zemanta they are hooked.

      I do wonder if having too many relevant articles listed from Zemanta draws visitors away. Is there a feeling for what is the best number of cross linked articles to put for one blog post?

      Thanks
      javaman
      infopirate.org

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  13. veree cool… trying it right now..thanks 🙂

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