I think you’ll agree when I say: As a beginner, WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks are confusing.
But why? Both features have been around since the early days of blogging. Still, many WordPress users don’t know they exist or how to use them effectively. Usually, many users start learning about pingbacks/trackbacks after a ton of spammy links appear in their comments.
In today’s post, we cover all there is about WordPress pingbacks and trackbacks. Firstly, we help you to understand the difference between the two. Secondly, we cover the pros and cons of using pingbacks and trackbacks. Thirdly, we show you how to enable/disable trackbacks and pingbacks. Fourthly, we help you to decide whether to use them on your WordPress website.
Somewhere in the article, we cover a couple of pingback/trackback best practices. That’s not all; if you choose not to use pingbacks/trackbacks, we cover a couple of alternative methods to build natural links and offer your readers more content. To top it all, we throw in a couple of useful plugins for good measure ?
If that sounds great, pour yourself a mug of coffee and let us get down to work.
What Are Pingbacks and Trackbacks? Plus, Why They’re Important
A WordPress trackback allows Jane to inform John that she linked to his content in one of her articles. A pingback is an automatic version of the trackback. Call it an upgrade with a few differences.
In most WordPress themes, trackbacks and pingbacks appear in the comment section – in a separate section or alongside other comments. It’s a neighborly way of Jane letting John know, “Hey, I have your back,” or “Here’s something you might be interested in.”
What Are Trackbacks?
The trackback protocol was first released in August 2002, by Six Apart Ltd, the guys behind the Movable Type CMS. It’s was designed to provide a means of notification between websites.
The feature was first implemented in Moveable Type 2.2, but today, all major blogging tools such as WordPress, B2, and Blogger support trackback.
According to the WordPress Glossary:
A trackback helps you to notify another author that you wrote something related to what he had written on his blog, even if you don’t have an explicit link to his article.
This improves the chances of the other author sitting up and noticing that you gave him credit for something, or that you improved upon something he wrote, or something similar.
Think of them as the references at the end of an academic paper or a chapter in a textbook.
To use trackback, you must have a trackback URL.
But…How do you get a trackback URL?
Well, that’s extremely easy.
Firstly, go to the post on the other person’s blog and find the trackback URL. If they use WordPress, add /trackback/ at the end of the post’s permalink
This article was written by Freddy and originally published on WPExplorer.