How to do a Ping Back.


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?

  1. Make the actual URL active within the post.
  2. Place the URL within a word of a sentence of the content of the post.
  3. Place the URL within an Image of the post.

WordPress Ping Backs Image

Numbers 1 and 2 are done the same way.

  1. You highlight whatever it is that you want the reader to click on in order to go to the other post.
  2. You then click on the Insert/edit link Icon.
  3. You place the URL within the Paste URL or type to search field of the pop up box.
  4. You then click the blue box with the white arrow within it.
  5. You are done.
  6. 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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193 thoughts on “How to do a Ping Back.

  1. I was wondering if you could come over to my place and do it for me. I’m so computer illiterate that every morning I have to wait for my neighbor to wake up and come over and turn on my computer for me. Although I can now say I have learned how to turn it off all by myself. I just unplug it.

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  2. I’m curious. does this work outside of wordpress? I’ve tried to do pingbacks to blogs outside of wordpress (blogger, tumbler, etc) and it never seems to work. Is it because you can’t do their category page or home page? but many About Me pages have a comments section? Just curious

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  3. If you click on the settings button (the one that looks like a cog wheel) between steps 3 and 4, you can set the link to open in a new tab, rather than obscuring the page where the link has been inserted. That way the person who follows the link doesn’t have to remember to go back to the original page. (Well, OK, they have to remember to go back to the original tab, but it’s still visible).

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  4. In all of my posts for NaPoWriMo, I linked a thumbnail for NaPoWriMo with the proper URL for that day, as well as a URL link within a phrase, such as “NaPoWriMo Day 20”
    Some days my pingback didn’t appear in the NaPoWriMo blog that day, and I realized it was those times I activated the pingback through the image (thumbnail), instead of the phrase. I’m guessing that’s because it would have linked back to the image, and not my post.


  5. Really good to know about the URL for category pages. I link back to weekend coffee share and I will change that! Also, when you click the gear wheel you get the option to click to have the URL open in another window so as not to leave your site.

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