Make blog posts look better with Zemanta

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We’re all short on time, and one of the things that bugs me the most when I’m rushing to get a blog post out (and I blog for a fair few clients as well as myself!) is having to source images, put links in the post, and generally make it look spiffy.

So I was delighted to come across Zemanta a couple of months ago, and can honestly say it has saved me so much time it’s unreal.

As I type a blog, Zemanta suggests links for me, has a gallery of photos and pictures (along with copyright attributions) I can choose from, and even suggests tags for me! The list of ‘related articles’ at the end of this blog post was suggested by Zemanta too!

It’s free to use,  and comes as a plugin for your browser (Firefox only, it seems) – just plug and play! I use it on WordPress and Blogger blogs, but it also works on other platforms, including Ning (although it’s not fully supportind on Ning).

If you struggle to make your blogs look good, hate sourcing and attributing pictures, and need a bit of help, I’d highly recommend Zemanta – go check it out!

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About Nikki

Author of many 30 Day Blogging Challenges, Nikki spends her time helping small businesses with Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing. With 17 years of experience, she hasn't yet found someone she couldn't help to get more business from their website.

Comments

  1. Hey Nikki, Zemanta is one of my MAJOR loves online. Have you found their ‘search’ facility where you can tell them to refine the article / image search?
    they also enable you to search your own content, submit your content to Zemanta for inclusion in their suggestions [great way to promote your blog] and have in-post link suggestions to websites and brands mentioned.

  2. It comes for Chrome as well. Like Rebecca I like the search facility, it makes things very easy.

  3. Thanks for sharing this tool – I just installed (using Internet Explorer 8) and it couldn’t have been easier! Just experimented with it briefly in WordPress and wish I would have known about this sooner. Love that it recommends tags for your post!

  4. I have used Zemanta on some sites on and off for years, however, I think your missing one killer feature of Zemanta and that is you can register a full text RSS feed of your blog/site into the Zemanta network to share your posts (only 300+ word, quality posts make it) as a source of information for other bloggers to reference.

  5. I’ve used Zemanta on and off for years too, but stopped using it when I ditched flaky Firefox for Chrome and Safari, so glad to hear that it now works with the former.

    The search feature was pretty nifty. My biggest beef is that for highly technical subjects like cancer biology, the pictures and links are a bit disappointing as are the related links it suggests (too many scraper sites appeared) but if you’re blogging on more general topics, it works much better.

  6. Safari .. Yuck thats a horrible browser 🙂

  7. LOL Andy!

    Seriously, I find it faster and less crashy/unreliable than Firefox. It runs all the bookmarklets I need too 🙂

  8. I agree Chrome is good I must admit I find myself using it most of the time, I know both Safari and Chrome use webkit but I just find Safari horrible to use. However, at end of the day speed isn’t everything, as you pointed out, its usability that matters.

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