Zemanta: Your Blogging Assistant

Last week we stumbled across a tool called Zemanta. For all you bloggers out there, this service might just save you a bundle of time AND send additional traffic your way.

Read on for our review of how Zemanta works, and tips for how we recommend VigLink users leverage it.

What it Is

Zemanta helps you get the most out of the blog posts you create, by doing a lot of the “heavy lifting” when it comes to optimizing your blog entries for search engines and social media sites. Before publishing a blog entry, you may find yourself….

  • Searching for  the right image to include in your post (and one that adheres to copyrights)
  • Combing through text to ensure appropriate words and phrases are linked to the correct resources
  • Scanning for tags to include at the end of your post (or searching that list of “most used tags”)

Zemanta does this for you — and quite well. We’ve been experimenting with it on the VigLink blog (using their WordPress plugin) and found that the user interface is easy-to-use and their recommendations mostly relevant.

How to Use it

It’s a great way to enrich your blog entries from an SEO perspective — providing lots of ideas for links, images, tags and even related articles. And all suggestions are optional, meaning you can pick and choose which you’d like to include.

Also, when you start using Zemanta, the content you create will be added to their catalogue of suggested articles. So, you may see additional traffic coming your way when other sites opt to link to your blog entries in their related articles section.

How to Download Zemanta

Zemanta is available as a browser add-on or server side plugin. They support most major blogging platforms including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Blogger, to name a few.

Click here to check out the full list of options.

As a note: all links (excluding the one above) and tags within this article were added by Zemanta.

What do you think? Give it a try and tell us how it works for you.