WordPress has changed a few things on the tech side since I first wrote about doing Ping Backs 2 years ago. I’m also more serious in my approach to my Tip Blog Posts, so here’s an updated take on things.
What does a Ping Back mean?
For our purposes a Ping is when one website speaks to another website.
How does that conversation take place?
You take the URL from one Blog Post and place within the content of the Blog Post of the other website and make sure it is active/live/working.
What ways can you do a Ping Back?
- Make the actual URL active within the post.
- Place the URL within a word of a sentence of the content of the post.
- Place the URL within an Image of the post.
Numbers 1 and 2 are done the same way.
- You highlight whatever it is that you want the reader to click on in order to go to the other post.
- You then click on the Insert/edit link Icon.
- You place the URL within the Paste URL or type to search field of the pop up box.
- You then click the blue box with the white arrow within it.
- You are done.
- Extra-If you want your link to open in new tab click the Gear next to the blue box with the white arrow and check the box that says Open link in new tab then click Add Link. (Why do this? You don’t really want people to leave your site. So if the link opens in a new tab, they still have your site up and you have a good chance of the reader checking out other things on your site.)
For an Image.
You click the image and then repeat steps 2-5 above.
Why do a Ping Back in the first place?
The Ping Back will appear in the comments of the Post of the other site, letting the owner as well as any other readers aware that you have participated or made some type of comment regarding the post. This will encourage Traffic to your blog.
I ask for people to do a Ping Back in the various challenges I host on my blog. Some blogs receive hundreds of extra visits each year because of doing Ping Backs.
There are URLs that won’t send a real Ping Back to the original Blog.
If you were to use the URL of my Blog’s Home Page or the Category Page of one of my challenges, the reader of your post would be able to click the link and visit me, but I would not receive a Ping Back. If you think about it, it makes sense. There isn’t a comments section on a Category Page nor a normal Home Page.
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