Smart blogging made easy

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I’ve just discovered a little plugin, Zemanta ((h/t sudobash)), that claims it can make my blogging easier and I was wondering how true that might be. Thus this post, which is party a test to check the capabilties.

Apparently what this plugin does it that it finds related pictures, tags, links and articles to your post content and proposes them for you to use. I am already using the Photo Dropper WordPress plugin which can find for me Creative Commons licensed content in flickr that is related to my post, but Zemanta promises to take this a step further.

Currently it comes in the form of either a browser or a server plugin. The first form would be appropriate for someone who does not want to load up his blogs with extra scripts and generally blogs from the same place always (say, home). The second form, for which I went for, is better for someone who might blog from 2-3 different locations.

As I’m using it, it looks quite good. I especially like the automatic tag suggestions, and while there are other plugins that can do the same, it’s good that you don’t need 4 different installations. The only thing that wasn’t obvious is thatΒ  you need to save your article at least once before suggestions start coming in. However once they start, they update every 300 words to give you stuff more relevant to what you are typing in.

So I think I’ll keep it. I’ve already installed it in various of the blogs I manage and I think it will be especially useful for people who just don’t have much time to look around for images or think of tags.

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10 thoughts on “Smart blogging made easy

  1. Welcome to the Zemanta community πŸ™‚ Updates should be appearing even without saving and you can always press the button "countdown button" to force a new update.

    We're releasing a new version end of the week and I'm sure you'll find it even better that what we have now.

    If you have any questions or comments, please drop me a mail

    Jure Cuhalev, Zemanta

  2. Thanks Jure, unfortunately it seems that the Zemanta controls do not appear until the post is saved at least once when one uses the WP plugin. It's probably different for the Firefox addon.

    I'm waiting for the new version as well. Already I've convinced a bunch of people to use it πŸ™‚

  3. Afaik, at the moment it does not support anything other than english keywords but I think multilanguage is coming in the future

  4. Hm, okay – no use for me then, yet. Since I do not blog in english the interpreter might have some difficulties πŸ˜‰

  5. Thanks for finding and suggesting it. I consider it a keeper for now. I love the image gallery and especially like the automatic tagging – I am usually pretty lazy at coming up with good tags and this is just wonderful.

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