I lost my Zemanta pet, you know the one that lets you attach ‘Recent Articles’ at the bottom of your WordPress blog?
Yes, in January, WordPress did away with Zemanta and now have their own “Recent Articles” feature which only lists past posts from your own blog that might be similar to the one you’re currently writing. I think this was a big mistake.
For those of you who don’t know, Zemanta is a third-party ultimate blogging assistant and it provided WordPress bloggers fantastic tools to automatically discover related articles to their blogs, in-text links and pictures. I can’t begin to express how much more efficient blogging became for me and how much easier my life was to find related content. It also sent my visitors to other blog sites around the globe, increasing other bloggers’ ‘hits’. What a fantastic idea, right? I mean, isn’t that what blogging is all about?
I don’t know what happened between WordPress and Zemanta, and honestly, I don’t really care. All I know is I wanted Zemanta back because I liked the idea of linking other blogs that my readers might be interested in reading.
After scouring the WordPress forums and asking a few questions of my own, I discovered WordPress bloggers can actually bring Zemanta back to their blogs. All they have to do is go to the Zemanta website and download their browser extension. It’s compatible with Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari.
So, if you’re like me and want your Zemanta “Recent Articles” feature back, just go here, click on your download and voila!
Don’t you love it when you find your lost pets and bring them home?