Blogging Tip

If you’re using WordPress or another engine that has Pingback functionality, might I suggest that either 1) You disable that option or 2) You either ping or send a TrackBack to a given post? Personally, I recommend option 1). I’ve yet to figure out the utility of Pingback, given that it’s not nearly ubiquitous while TrackBack is.

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  1. Jay says:

    I’d noticed your blog shows both pings and trackbacks, while others don’t. Wondered what was different about it.

  2. Jay says:

    Ah, I forgot…

    In WordPress the pingbacks are optional and not related to trackbacks. It’s actually better to turn pingbacks off for speed of the post saving.

    In pMachine, trackbacks only work after pings are turned on. I seem to recall a great deal of frustration trying to get trackbacks to work before someone let us in on the secret.

    One would hope Expression Engine does not work the same way.

  3. DeWaun says:

    I found this article on a blog about Trackbacks vs. Pingbacks. It might be useful.

  4. Paul says:

    Thank you DeWaun, some of us had no idea what was being spoken about.