Pingbacks in WordPress
Let’s start with the pingback and how that actually works. A pingback is considered to be a special type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post (the other blog needs to be set to accept pingbacks). So how do you create a pingback? All you need to do is link your post to another blog post. If that post has pingbacks enabled, the blog owner will see a pingback appear in their comments section.
Think of a Pingback as automated comments:
- Person 1 publishes a post.
- Person 2 publishes her own post, including a link to Person 1’s post.
- Gossh automatically sends a pingback to Person 1’s post, letting Person 1 know that someone has linked to them.
Person 1’s post then displays a special type of comment linking to Person 2’s post. Pingbacks appear mixed in with any other comments on the post.
Can I stop self-pings?
Self-pings are pingbacks that you create when you link to your own blog posts. These can be useful to some and annoying to others. You can stop your blog from pinging itself by using a shortened version of your URL for the link. Normally when you create a link, the entire URL including http:// is used. This will cause a self-ping. To prevent self-pings, remove the domain from the link, keeping only the slug — the part of the URL that comes after the the extension, for example the “.com.” Here is an example on using the slug only:
Instead of this:
use only this:
How do I send out update pings?
Many services want a “ping” from you to know you’ve updated so they can index your content. Gossh handles it all for you so when you post, we send a ping using Ping-o-Matic!. This is a service that pings several different search providers all at once, like Google Blog Search
You can disable pingbacks on individual posts via the Discussion module on your Add New or Edit Post page:
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