Zemanta for Recommended Links, Photos, Articles
WordPress.com has partnered with the folks at Zemanta to make blogging easier and faster by letting you quickly add recommended links, photos, tags, and articles. With just a few clicks your post goes from simple to snazzy.
For a full set of questions and helpful answers on how to use Zemanta, please see this full detailed FAQ.
How to Activate Zemanta
To activate Zemanta, go to Users -> Personal Settings in your Dashboard.
You’ll see a new option near the end of the page called “Additional Post Content” that lets you add Zemanta to your posts. Selecting this option turns on Zemanta, and you can turn it off at any time by unchecking the box.
Be sure to save your changes by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “Save Changes”.
Lastly, on the Add New/Edit Post screen, expand Screen Options in the top right and check “Recommendations”.
How It Works
When you create a new post you will see a “Recommendations” module in your edit post window. (You may have to scroll down fairly far in your edit window to find the module. You can drag the module up higher if you prefer). Once you have started writing the post, you can click “Refine” to have Zemanta generate recommendations for you.
The more information you have in the post, the more recommendations it can give you. Clicking “Update” will refresh the results, which is useful if the topic of your post has changed a little from the first time you hit the refine button.
In this example, the user has clicked on a recommended photo, as well as an article and a recommended link (located below the post). Zemanta automatically adds them into your post as you click on them.
Here’s how the post looks after it’s been spiffed up by Zemanta:
A Few More Details
You can use as many of the Zemanta recommendations as you like, or you can ignore of all of them — totally up to you! Once you’ve added recommendations, you’ll need to manually delete any that you don’t want.
Currently, Zemanta works on English-language blogs. It only works in the visual editor mode. It’s not available on private blogs. Photos recommended by Zemanta are copyright-cleared, but we encourage you to check out the photo’s license if you have any doubts (you can do that by hovering over the photo).