Ever wish you had a blogging assistant who helped you write posts that are full of great links, photos, and tags? Wish no more: We’ve partnered with the folks at Zemanta to give you a hand at quickly jazzing up your posts.
Once you’ve activated Zemanta, you’ll see several new widgets on your edit screen that let you quickly add recommended links, photos, tags, and articles. With just a few clicks your post goes from simple to snazzy.
Here’s a quick video overview:
How to Activate Zemanta
To add Zemanta, go to Users > Personal Settings in your Dashboard. You’ll see a new option near the end of the page that lets you add Zemanta to your posts. Click “Help me find related content (images, links, related articles, and tags) to use in my posts.” Hit “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page. You can turn it off at any time.
How It Works
Here’s how Zemanta looks in your edit window. (In this example, I’ve opened and dragged the Zemanta “Recommendations” widget up next to my text box.) It’s giving me a set of recommended photos, articles, and one link to add to my post.
I then clicked a photo I liked, as well as an article and the recommended link. Zemanta automatically adds them into my post as I click on them.
Here’s how my post looks after it has been spiffed up by Zemanta:
A Few More Details
If you don’t like the results Zemanta is giving you, you can hit “refine” to see a new set of recommendations. And if you’ve changed the topic of your blog post, hitting “update” will give you new choices. You can use as many of the Zemanta recommendations as you like, or you can ignore all of them — totally up to you!
Currently, Zemanta works on English-language blogs and can only be used in the visual editor mode. It’s not available on private blogs. Photos recommended by Zemanta are copyright-cleared, but we urge you to check out the photo’s license if you have any doubts (you can do that by hovering over the photo).
Please see this page for more helpful details on how Zemanta works, as well as our Support document on Zemanta.
- Aug 17, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
- New Features
Aug 17th at 8:57 pm
You folks are so wonderful, innovative, and creative, to add this as a new feature. I feel so blessed to be here on wordpress.com and I pray God bless you all!!! Thank you.
Aug 17th at 9:03 pm
This is fantastic! And thanks for clearing up the copyright question. Zemanta will cut my research time in half or more! Now, if only there was a way to make my writing go faster. I’m heading to my dashboard now to add this feature. Oh, and by the way, could you possibly have picked a cuter puppy?
Aug 17th at 9:07 pm
Never heard of Zemanta before, but it seems pretty nifty.
Aug 17th at 9:19 pm
i am very excited while reading but then the final paragraph made its fatal blow, just for english bloggers. it’s when i’m knocked down. too bad for us, non-english bloggers,
Aug 17th at 9:23 pm
very very very cool !!! 8)
Aug 17th at 9:25 pm
Hm, this has been around for quite some time now as an add – on for Firefox. Weird, it’s just catching on now!
Aug 17th at 9:35 pm
It took me a while to read this – I was totally distracted by the puppies. I’ll give Zemanta a try, though I’m reluctant to give my readers any more excuses to navigate away from my blog!…….
Aug 17th at 9:42 pm
Now I have a “blogging assistant.” Nice
Aug 17th at 9:49 pm
This looks so awesome. Can’t wait to try it. WordPress.com is constantly evolving, going from fantastic to super fantastic all the time. Thanks.
Aug 17th at 9:54 pm
Supergreat addition to the backend of this program. Thanks a bunch! Marilyn
Aug 17th at 10:03 pm
This is an awesome function! Cannot wait to try it. This takes us into a whole new dimension of making our posts so much more full of detail.
Aug 17th at 10:26 pm
The recommended photos are beautiful. I will often use them. Thank you.
Aug 17th at 10:28 pm
Looking forward to see zemanta in indonesian language blogs
Aug 17th at 10:30 pm
Thanks! This is a new feature I never really thought of – but I’m off to try it out!
Aug 17th at 10:36 pm
Wow this is amazing and looks so simple to use! Kudos to you guys over at WordPress, you really are working hard to bring us new content almost every day!
Aug 17th at 10:40 pm
This sounds really cool! I like that it recommends links to me. Can’t wait to try it out now!
Aug 17th at 10:42 pm
Wow, this sounds interesting. I think I’ll try it out.
Aug 17th at 10:47 pm
Cool concept, I might have to use it in a day or two
Aug 17th at 10:59 pm
I’ve never heard of Zemanta, and I am a professional online writer. This sounds interesting…I don’t blog about cute puppies…but if they give me stuff on bizarre, crazy stuff, I might be in love with this thing!
Aug 17th at 11:01 pm
Wow, this is amazing! I’m going to use this.
Aug 17th at 11:10 pm
By the way, shih-tzus are so cute!!
Aug 17th at 11:22 pm
Sounds great! WordPress is surprising us by lots of features updates. I was spend lots of time to find right pictures for my blog posts. Hope this will reduce my strain.
Aug 17th at 11:24 pm
I think I’ll give it a go!
Aug 17th at 11:34 pm
Love it! You all are coming up with some excellent changes!
Aug 18th at 12:25 am
Great application — thanks for bringing it to us. I especially like that the photos are copyright cleared. I will definitely give this a try!
Aug 18th at 12:34 am
If you are a Windows user, try out Windows Live Writer instead. It’s a blogging program that imports all of your WordPress settings and even your exact theme into the program, so as you’re writing it, you’ll get a good idea of how it will look before it is done (No more need to hit the preview post button a thousand times!). It lets you upload the post with one click of a button and takes you to the finished post on your web browser when it is done (If you want it to take you, that is. If not, simply un-check the box as it is uploading). The preview button on Writer even shows you your other posts and widget settings as well, so you will know how it will look as you are writing it and since that button is just right next to the window that you are writing your post in, switching back and forth between the two is a breeze. I love it and don’t use the cramped WordPress post format anymore (No hard feelings guys!). I highly recommend it (And no, nobody is paying me to say any of this. It is my personal opinion).
Aug 18th at 12:34 am
I had been using the Zemanta firefox addon (which is identical to this) for quite some time. Stopped using it cause one couldn’t control its position & on load, it used to push the preview & other buttons/sections down.
By adding this to the dashboard, that small irritating issue of position ctrl should be resolved now i guess
Aug 18th at 12:39 am
Wow This is so cool..!!! You guys rock !!
Aug 18th at 1:13 am
Wow! This really IS the coolest! I just HAVE to try this one out!!
Aug 18th at 1:16 am
Anything to make perfection faster. Thanks.
Aug 18th at 1:18 am
I’ll try it now. Tks so much!
Aug 18th at 1:23 am
I can’t wait to try this. It looks like it has tremendous potential.
Aug 18th at 1:33 am
nice job! i think you are saving a lot of ppl from some annoyances
Aug 18th at 1:57 am
It keeps getting better at wordpress!
Aug 18th at 2:00 am
Fascinating. I only use my own photos, but I suspect it could save me a lot of googling-time for links,
Aug 18th at 2:32 am
Nice, I m loving it
Aug 18th at 2:36 am
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Aug 18th at 3:23 am
This is interesting… I’m trying it now
Aug 18th at 3:36 am
I will definitely try this out. I’m looking for ways to add content and jazz up my site. Sounds like just what I need.
Aug 18th at 3:42 am
Whoaaa…. I’lll try it…. It saves my time searching for pictures…
Aug 18th at 3:56 am
I’ll give it a try. It sounds and looks like it could be very helpful. Thanks for posting!
Aug 18th at 4:00 am
This feature is only for blogs in English or it works in all languages
Aug 18th at 4:10 am
The link to activate Zemanta isn’t coming up on my personal settings page. I even searched the page for the phrase “Help me find” and “Zemanta” and neither showed the link. Am I doing something wrong?
Aug 18th at 4:13 am
Whoa, really nice feature for amateur blogger like me! I’m gonna try this out for sure!
Aug 18th at 4:31 am
Will it work if I edit earlier published articles? Is it advisable to use with earlier published articles?
Aug 18th at 5:05 am
Super awesome.. This sounds like a complete package..
Can’t wait to start up.. Thankyou WP
Aug 18th at 5:09 am
Very cool! I am excited to try it on my next post
Aug 18th at 5:40 am
Yikes. Automatically generated content. Looks a bit spammy.
Aug 18th at 5:44 am
thanks guys and gals! (;
Aug 18th at 6:21 am
I activated this on my blog…it’s gonna take some time for me to get used to this, but it’s sound very interesting.. Will give it a shot!!
Aug 18th at 6:40 am
Very interesting. Thanks!
Aug 18th at 6:42 am
Aug 18th at 6:44 am
Lemme give it a try!
Aug 18th at 6:52 am
Nice add. And it does work in German, too!
Aug 18th at 7:25 am
Hmm, doesn’t that make all blogs more similar when we’re linking to the top-ten-suggestions by Zemanta? I think it takes away quite some creativity from the blogs and the bloggers. Sorry, but I don’t think I’ll be using it.
I like the ideas (and the amount of those ideas!) you guys keep coming up with, though!
Aug 18th at 7:38 am
Im trying very hard to resist this new feature coz i’ve promised myself to keep it very very….simple (as possible).
Aug 18th at 8:05 am
when will the version for personal blogs come? I’d love to use it.
Aug 18th at 8:27 am
I itried it out and it’s superb! Especially with the related articles! Good job WordPress team! You nailed it bigtime!
Aug 18th at 8:47 am
Just used this for the first time – brilliant! Thank you.
Aug 18th at 8:54 am
I thought the whole point of doing a blog was to put your own stuff up on the net. Why on earth would I want to use some boring stock photo from Wikpedia.
Aug 18th at 9:28 am
Trying it out now!
Aug 18th at 9:37 am
Amazing idea! let’s try it.
Aug 18th at 9:42 am
it seems pretty nifty.
Aug 18th at 10:15 am
Once again, another unbelievable innovation for us here. I used to have a server based installation on my other blogs but this way is so much better and much less stressful. You guys are saving me heaps of time as well, finding links and tags for my stories on crime. Thanks