Are You Making the Most of Trackbacks and Pingbacks in WordPress

November 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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If you are new to blogging, you may be confused by the talk about using trackbacks and ping backs.

Some people love them; others demonize them.

This guide will help you figure out how to make ping backs and trackbacks work for you.
What are ping backs and trackbacks?
Both trackbacks and ping backs are ways for bloggers to communicate with one another, but they can get a little tricky.

Trackbacks are comments (with embedded links) that will appear on your blog and another  blog, linking your two blogs through this one comment.

Ping backs are alerts that let you know information from your blog has been posted or linked to from another source like twitter, face book or another blog letting you know that your material is being used.

Ping backs don’t show up on your blog anywhere (for the general public to see), but trackbacks do.
Are you interested in more information about these blogging tools?
Can trackbacks be used to your benefit?  Something to keep in mind is that Trackbacks can get tricky, since they often turn up in the form of useless spam that has nothing to do with your blog.
Trackbacks can be risky because they may lead visitors to another site that is  competitive with  your site.
A smart way to handle trackbacks is to moderate your website vigilantly, erasing negative trackbacks and responding positively to good links to positive sites.  If you use tracks backs correctly, you may build up a good flow of traffic for yourself and several other sites.

How can you make the most of ping backs?

After you enable your blog’s ping back software, you will get a ping back whenever someone posts a link to your blog (if they are also enabled for ping backs). It’s a good way to find out who likes your stuff without the hassle of editing comments and protecting yourself from spam. It also gives you an opportunity to build partnerships with other bloggers who are approaching the same audience as you.
Once you understand trackbacks and ping backs, you can use them to improve your blogging venture.
If you really want to get into Ping backs and trackbacks click this link and find some good reading.  WordPress Codex Link

by Cararta at Skipper Works

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