Zemanta For Bloggers? Good Idea, Bad Idea, Or Great Idea?

Filed as General, News on March 27, 2008 8:51 pm

Previously reviewed by TechCrunch, Zemanta offers itself as a useful tool to help make blogger’s post “more vibrant.”

Currently available only in Firefox and Internet Exploer (the latter still in beta testing), Zemanta’s main goal is to provide to help bloggers find relevant links to their articles by suggesting related content through words and images on the side (after you install it).

One of the great things about Zemanta is that it actually scans the web for Creative Commons content, so bloggers will be able to post useful images without the fear of being sued by an angry photographer/artist (provided they link back that is).

It may also help fend off bloggers block, which can creep up unawares upon authors (especially in the middle of a post).

Unfortunately the only draw back to Zemanta is that the software has the potential to be abused by sploggers, who may find it easier to leech off the backs of a future giant than to purchase the software to scrap content themselves.

That aside, Zemanta may prove its worth, especially if they are able to include video recommendations (hopefully beyond YouTube, although that may be a great place to start).

The software is currently only available in for Blogger, Typepad and WordPress.com and self hosted WordPress blogs (2.0 and up), although they will hopefully consider expanding the software to other blog platforms (such as Moveable Type).

Update: Corrected link for Moveable Type (Thanks Dave for the heads up).

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  1. By Dave posted on March 27, 2008 at 9:47 pm
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    I believe the link you have for Movable Type is wrong. Maybe it should point to http://www.movabletype.com/

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  2. By Vaibhav posted on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 am
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    It is definitely a good idea. Though the image suggestions need a lot of luck (as mentioned here: http://www.onlineobservations.net/zemanta-a-bloggers-aide-maybe/)…

    I personally use LiveWriter and so look forward to anyone writing a Zemanta plugin for that.

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  3. By andraz posted on March 28, 2008 at 2:37 am
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    Hy from Zemanta!

    Thanks for review!

    We are trying really hard and listening to what users are going to say and then try to fix the problems pointed out.

    Other types of recommendations are on our mind too, but first we will work some more on current ones and try to make them even more useful.
    More platforms are also in the making.

    About the video there is a question that it is really hard to find a good on-topic video for most of the blog posts (excluding the ones about presidential elections, plenty of material there… :)
    For example what would you like to have suggested beside this post?

    Most sploggers already have tools to include content, they are half baked but are there. If I joke a bit: it might be a dream to make Zemanta so good that even a splog becomes really useful content just by using it (I don’t think anyone ever approached splog problem from that angle :)

    Enough of joking, we hope to hear from you again and to have you as a happy user. Please send us mail or contact us through http://getsatisfaction.com/zemanta

    bye
    andraz

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  4. By andraz posted on March 28, 2008 at 2:46 am
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    oh, about live writer,

    we are looking into how to deliver that soon also.

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  5. By Robert Payne posted on March 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm
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    Holler when you have the Windows Live Writer version!

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  6. By D. Harris posted on March 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm
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    Great article, link is wrong but they’ll find it.

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  7. By andraz posted on March 29, 2008 at 4:58 am
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    Yes, we’ll try to bring livewriter plugin out soon.
    Please bear with us, haven’t slept enough for a few days now. :)

    bye
    andraz

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  8. By Eric posted on April 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm
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    Honestly, Zemanta makes blogging fun again. There is plenty of room for improvement, but even the basics are an excellent foundation.

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  9. By Bontb posted on April 9, 2008 at 9:08 am
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    I like it very much!

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  10. By Ben Walker posted on September 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm
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    Zemanta accomplishes exactly what it has set out to do. Use it on all my blogs.

    Check out my short review on it:
    Zemanta – Making Blogging Easier

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  11. By injury posted on September 19, 2008 at 8:07 am
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    So it is available for Movebable Type? If so, is there anyone who actually can help me design a Moveable Type blog in here?

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  12. By Andraz Tori posted on September 24, 2008 at 10:38 am
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    injury: Yes, it works on Movable Type, but unfortunately I cannot help you with blog design.

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  13. By Anton posted on June 4, 2009 at 9:55 am
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    Cool!

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  14. By Discrimination lawyer posted on August 7, 2009 at 2:45 am
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    I think this is might be a good tool for bloggers. Will definitely try it on my blog!

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  15. By San Francisco lawyer posted on May 22, 2010 at 2:21 am
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    This was a great article. I’ve never heard of Zemanta until today. Sounds like a great tool for bloggers. I’m a new blogger learning as I go. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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