Some of you might have noticed the little groups of links at the bottom of posts, or how my images on posts here have started having a cool hover effect where you can see the description and source of the image as an overlay. It’s all thanks to a cool tool I discovered via being linked to from another site.
It’s spreading around the web like wildfire and I personally think it’s one of the best WordPress plugins created for a long time. It’s content creation on performance enhancing drugs.
Zemanta is a content recommendation engine that runs in your side bar as you type your blog post. In fact, even as I’m typing this review about Zemanta it’s bringing up relevant links about the product, finding links that I an automatically link to in my blog post based on the content of the post, and also bringing up a list of images that I could use in it’s media gallery.
The other seriously good feature about Zemanta is that it’s made my SEO enhancing easy. All I have to do manually now is adjust my SEO slug (there’s a plugin for that), and fix my page title if I desire. Zemanta brings up a list of all the tags that I might want to categorise my blog post as. Brilliant!
There’s one of two features I don’t like, such as I haven’t figured out how to add more than one picture from the media gallery yet (is it even possible?), and I have found the the contextual linking seems to heavily favour Wikipedia, which is fine, I just don’t want thousands of links to Wikipedia. I think they get enough credit thank you very much.
A plugin to keep an eye on
This is definitely going to be on my watch list. I’ve already recommended it to some of my web design clients and for clients that I’m writing for it’s bringing up relevant links that because I don’t really know the industry as well as they do, I wouldn’t have even thought of linking to. It’s saving me from myself. Neat.
Anyway, give it a go, install Zemanta yourself and run it for a few blog posts and tell me what you think. I reckon it’s great so far and apart from my two tiny gripes it works well for me.
Are your posts Zemified?
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