WordPress.com has partnered with the folks at Zemanta to make blogging easier and faster by letting you quickly add recommended links, photos, tags, and related posts. With just a few clicks your post goes from simple to snazzy.
For a full set of questions and helpful answers on how to use Zemanta, please see this full detailed FAQ.
How to Activate Zemanta
To activate Zemanta, go to Users -> Personal Settings in your WordPress Dashboard.
You’ll see a new option near the end of the page called Additional Post Content that lets you add Zemanta to your posts. Selecting this option turns on Zemanta, and you can turn it off at any time by unchecking the box.
Be sure to save your changes by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Save Changes.
There’s also a different way around on how to turn on your Zemanta plugin.
Click on Add new, just as if you would want to create a new post.
On the upper right corner you shall find the drop down menu called Screen Options. Tick the box next to Use Zemanta to find related content. For the Zemanta plugin to appear, you’ll have to refresh the site.
If you have already been doing some editing on your blog post, do not forget to save it, because WordPress doesn’t support auto-save function anymore! Here are some screenshots on where to find that option (click on it to expand).
After refreshing the site, Zemanta’s Recommendations widget should appear on the right side of your screen.
How It Works
When you create a new post you will see a Recommendations module in your edit post window. (You may have to scroll down fairly far in your edit window to find the module. You can drag the module up higher if you prefer — see screenshot above). Once you have started writing the post, you can click Refresh to have Zemanta generate recommendations for you.
The more information you have in the post, the more recommendations it can give you. Clicking Update will refresh the results, which is useful if the topic of your post has changed a little from the first time you hit the refresh button. The filter option is not your classic search as it still takes into account your text, but it also allows you to specify a term that the Zemanta recommendation engine should keep an eye out for while suggesting content
As you write your blog post, Zemanta is analyzing your text behind the scenes and picking up the most important keywords. These keywords are then translated into your suggested tags/labels, images, related posts and in-text links.
In this example, the user has clicked on a recommended photo, as well as an article and a recommended link (located below the post). Zemanta automatically adds them into your post as you click on them.
Here’s how the post looks after it’s been spiffed up by Zemanta:
Pretty nice, eh? 🙂
A Few More Details
You can use as many of the Zemanta recommendations as you like, or you can ignore of all of them — totally up to you! Once you’ve added recommendations, you’ll need to manually delete any that you don’t want.
Currently, Zemanta works on English-language blogs. It only works in the visual editor mode. It’s not available on private blogs. Photos recommended by Zemanta are copyright-cleared, but we encourage you to check out the photo’s license if you have any doubts (you can do that by hovering over the photo).
Link Love – Why is linking out good for you (by Zemanta – social blogging) from zemanta on Vimeo.