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Thursday, February 8, 2007

How-to create Trackbacks

Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger

Today's Linkjockey pick is exclusively for geeks that blog. Sorry to the rest of you, but you have been warned.

First, gimme the FAQs; what is a Trackback?
Let's say that someone creates a blog entry. If I like that entry, I might write about it in my blog and create a link to the original blog. If the original blog uses Trackbacks, I can tell its server that I've linked to it, and a link to MY blog entry will be included in the cool original blog.

Um, why do you care? It's feels nice to have the cool blog refer to my cool blog. Something happens when websites link to each other; it's like a kiss, and it makes Google happy. It's even better if you can get a popular website to link to yours directly. It will increase your site's Google ranking and pagerank so that your site appears earlier in searches.

There are also similar things called: backlinks, linkbacks, pings, and possibly linkbacktracklinkbacklinksbackpingbacks. Since Trackbacks are created by lines of code, some blogs support Trackbacks, and some don't. Since I'm hosted by Blogger, my server doesn't allow/encourage Trackbacks.

What can I do? Ahh, finally we get to the point of today's pick, Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger. Since my server doesn't let me Trackback, this really simple workaround lets me add Trackbacks to my fantastic website to other blogs.


Nafcom said...

I am also using blogger but you can add Trackback (without adding their commenting system) at HaloScan, that's at least what I have done :)

Anonymous said...

the author thanks for the post!