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SciTechLab’s QuickGuide Series: Using Pingbacks and Trackbacks

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SciTechLab QuickGuide Series

Pingbacks and Trackbacks
By Robert Reuss
December 3, 2007

 
     
     
 
                           
 
QuickPoints
  Pingbacks
    To use pingbacks:
      1)   Turn your blog-entry’s pingback feature on.
      2)   Include an ordinary link on the blog-entry back to the other site.
      3)   Publish your blog-entry.
  Trackbacks
    To use trackbacks:
      1)   Find and copy the special Trackback URL on the other site.
      2)   Paste the Trackback URL into the Trackback Box on the blog-entry composing form.
      3)   Publish your blog-entry.
                           
 
     
  Pingbacks and trackbacks are simply methods for one blogger to give another blogger credit and let them know their blog has been useful. As a whole, they are called linkbacks. Linkbacks are a way to get your blog a wider audience.

 
  The Other Blog
Lets say I’m reading Today’s Stem Cell Research (TSCR) blog (left) and I use information from the entry “Boston University Successfully Treats Amyloidosis Patients Using A Stem Cell Procedure.”

If I write on my, blog SciTechLab (below), about how five of 17 amyloidosis patients who received a second round of treatment had a complete remission from their initial treatment and I want to let the TSCR blog’s author know I used some information from TSCR, I would use either a trackback or a pingback.

 
     
  SciTechLab BlogPingbacks

Pingbacks are the easiest to use. The title of my entry “Amyloidosis patients benefits from a second round of treatment” has a standard hyperlink, "http://www.stemnews.com/archives/ stem-cell-research.html," to TSCR’s blog entry: . When I posted the entry, I checked the enable pingback box on my entry.
To use a pingback, I do not have to do anything else! The blogging software automatically sends the pingback-signal to TSCR. Kool!

 
 

On SSCR’s end the software will automatically check for the existence of a live link back to SSCR’s site on my SciTechLab blog. If a live link is found and TSCR has pings activated, then TSCR will adds a link back to my SciTechLab blog beneath its blog-entry. I have successfully pinged TSCR.

 
  Trackbacks
If you want to use trackbacks, you would need to search for a special link called a trackback link or trackback URL and copy the link’s URL address.
 
 
Trackback URL
 
  These links are usually located just below a blog-entry. You’ll find two forms of trackbacks. Shown above is the hyperlink style. This looks like a regular link. To copy the URL address, just right-click it.

Below is a trackback link that is written in plain text style. Copy the URL address (http://scitechlab.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/scitechlabs-quickguide-series-using pingbacks-and-trackbacks/trackback/) just as you would any text.

 
 
Trackback Plain Text
 
  Once you have copied the trackback URL, the URL needs to be pasted into the trackback box that is on your bloging site’s "Write Post Panel."  
 
trackback Box
 
  Now post the blog-entry.

After the entry has been posted, your blog server software will send the trackback-signal to my SciTechLab blog site which will then add a link back to your blog beneath the SciTechLab blog entry.

Note: Many sites disabled trackbacks (but not pingbacks) because of their susceptibility to spam because unlike pingbacks, a live link isn’t needed.

 
     
 

Some Useful Links:

WordPress Trackback Tutorial

All About Trackbacks and Pingbacks with WordPress

 
     
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