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If you use trackbacks and pingbacks properly, you will find it easier to build links, direct traffic to your site, and establish beneficial connections with other website owners.

What is Trackback?

Trackback, in simple words, is a method of informing another website that you have referenced it in your blog post. On the website you’ve credited, there will appear a link and short excerpt of the blog post you’ve created.

How to find Trackback Url

When you trackback, you need to use the special trackback link of the articles you intend to reference. You can usually find these links before the comments section or right below the blog post.

In case it is in hyperlink form, right click on it, and select “Copy link address”.  If the link is in text form, simply highlight it and copy. Below you can find trackback addresses both as a hyperlink and text form.

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trackback url

Note that trackback links should be copied separately if you intend to reference several blog posts. You should also know that some blogs have their trackback turned off. If you cannot find the URL on the blog, get in touch with the blog owner and ask.

How to Send  Trackback

You should configure WordPress send your trackbacks before publishing your article.  Send trackbacks box is not shown by default when you edit a post. First, you should enable it by clicking on Screen Options located on the top-right corner of the WordPress post editing panel.  Then, put a check mark on “Send Trackbacks“.

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how-to-enable-trackbacks

Now you can send trackbacks. A new box shown below will appear when you edit a post. Enter your trackback links. You can send multiple trackbacks. Keep in mind that you should separate those trackback links by space.

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When you’re done entering your trackback links, you can now publish your post and the blogs you’ve referenced will be informed of your action.

What is Pingback?

Pingbacks are notifications you get from WordPress (or other Content Management Systems) when someone links to an article on your blog.

With WordPress’ buil- in pingback, you don’t need to send a trackback for the links you already linked within your content. If configured, WordPress will automatically send a pingback to other blogs that you link to.  You can activate this feature,by going to Options->Discussion in the admin panel and check on the Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)

How to check whether other blogs allow ping backs

It is safe to assume that majority of WordPress sites allow for pingbacks. However, there are instances when the website owner has it moderated or turned off.

Look for this HTML code to find out if the website is pingback supported:

<link rel=”pingback” href=”…” />

You can find a link and text like the one below if pings are enabled on the website.

How to check whether your Pingback or Trackback request worked

It takes few moments for the other blog to respond to your pingback or tracback. However, you will also find some website owners moderate the pingbacks and trackbaks. Some event went onto disabling them,

You can find out if your pingbacks and trackbacks worked by clicking on the Edit option on your blog post and scrolling down to the Custom Fields. You can find the URLs notified when you published your blog.

There are cases when pingbacks or trackbacks do not work as they intend to. You can resolve this by getting in touch with the website owner concerned in a very polite manner. Explain the situation and provide them the troubleshooting steps to rectify the problem.

Best Pingback and Trackback Practices

Don’t send pingback and trackback to the same blog.  You can irritate website owners with this or give off the impression that you are attempting to spam. You should only send a trackback if you actually use their content for reference because otherwise, it’s spamming.

In case your trackbacks or pingbacks do not show on their intended sites, avoid repeating the process in the hopes it will appear after numerous tries. Just leave a comment with your blog link on the entry you’ve referenced and wait for the site’s owner to approve it.

How to allow trackbacks and pingbacks on your own wordpress blog

You can set the default ping status of your WordPress site by going to the Options menu.  Set it to accept trackbacks and pingbacks as this will make managing your blog easier for you, especially if your posts are trackback or pingback enabled.

Click on the Options->Discussion in your admin panel. Then, check Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.) Once done, click Update Options.

How to allow trackbacks and pingbacks per post

You can enable or disable trackbacks and pingbacks features per post. If you choose this option, you override the previous settings in the Options panel. In the post editing window, you can put a check mark on the Allow Pings. Once that option is checked, that particular post will be enabled for trackbacks and pingbacks. 

I hope you like this article. If you happen to have any questions regarding WordPress trackback and pingback, don’t hesitate to comment below.

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