Experiencing Problems With Pingbacks On Your WordPress Blog? Then Please Read This.

Pingbacks have not been working on my blog since 8th April 2106. I’ve read a few posts from other bloggers experiencing the same problem.

I contacted WordPress today as I thought it rather strange that they were still not working.  I thought the problem was affecting all WordPress sites, but it seems not. They’ve now added my blog to a list of other blogs experiencing the same problem.

They have staff looking into the problem. In the meantime, if you are participating in one of my weekly photo challenges then I recommend that you copy and paste the link to your post in the comments section of my post. I’m also not being notified of any links or Pingbacks other bloggers may be making to any of my posts.

Given that WordPress were not aware that my blog was affected by this problem, I would recommend that if you are experiencing the same problem with Pingbacks that you report it to WordPress so that they can add your blog to the ever growing list.

You can contact WordPress by clicking on the ‘help’ button on your blog. To get to it click on the photo/logo/icon of your blog,  located in the top right-hand corner next to the notification button and you’ll see the help button at the bottom of the menu on the left-hand side of the page that opens. Once the page has opened report the Pingback problem to them. They will want some examples from you so I would recommend you have some links to affected posts ready to send to them.

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88 comments

  1. Is this an ongoing issue and what is the resolution? My pingbacks are not working even if I ping myself. I have two sites on the same host. Same theme, same enabled settings. One site gets pings and the other does not. I have no idea how to fix it.

    1. I’ve not heard of anyone else having these problems and since I reported the problem to WordPress I’ve not experienced problems with pingbacks. My recommendation would be to contact the WordPress helpdesk and report the problems you are having with them. They’ve always been very helpful when I have contacted them and usually fix problems within a few days.

  2. I wonder if it has to do (somehow, even if it is technically impossible) with the enhanced encryption that was being touted last weekend…. New and improved usually means trouble. o_O
    Thanks for the heads-up, Hugh. Mega hugs.

    1. Yes, so it does, Teagan. I can’t believe I’ve now been without incoming pingback notifications for over a week. I’ll be asking for an update from WordPress early next week, cause it’s driving me crazy. 😡

  3. I used to get ping backs a long time ago. I don’t have much traffic anyway. I think I have five followers/commenters. Can you reblog me, then I’ll check n then you can erase it? Dear me, so many troubles w a capitol T.

    1. Hi, Kim. Pingbacks are not connected with reblogs. Providing you have pingbacks enabled on your blog then you can test to see if they are working by linking back to one of your posts in a new post. If you then get a pingback notification when you publish the post then your blog is not affected. I hope you find that your blog is not affected as I’ve now been without incoming pingback notifications for a whole week now.

  4. I don’t think my blog has been struck by this particular problem but I haven’t been blogging as much as usual – too busy editing – so perhaps I better keep an eye out just in case. Thanks for alerting us to the problem, hope your blog ping back problem is sorted out soon Hugh.

    1. You’re welcome, Marje. You’ll only know about the problem if you or another blogger create a pingback to one of your posts and you don’t get a notification. That’s how I discovered that my blog was affected.

  5. Does it let you know they’re not working, or are you left wondering if the person you sent it to received it? Pingbacks have been working for me, but I’m self hosted. 🙂

    1. You’re left wondering, Debby. However, there are no problems with my outgoing pingbacks, it’s the incoming ones that I am experiencing problems with. I currently don’t get any notification from WordPress that a pingback to one of my posts has been created. I should get an email notification asking me to approve any pingbacks and they should also appear on my blogs dashboard awaiting approval. Neither are currently happening.

      1. Ohhhhhhhhh, that’s interesting. I know I’ve gotten some pingbacks about people reblogging some of my posts, but I’ve also noticed from time to time just by visiting my usual blogs I follow that someone has reblogged me and I would never have known if I didn’t visit. Also keep in mind Hugh, there are still many bloggers who just aren’t aware of pingbacks yet, lol. 🙂

        1. All great information Hugh. I’m sure many bloggers aren’t familiar with a few things available in the dashboard. I know it can be overwhelming. When I first began blogging, I was afraid to touch anything in there for fear I’d do something wrong, lol. It takes time to learn the ropes. 🙂

        2. True, Debby. I was the same until I did WordPress 101 and 201 courses. They taught you just everything about the dashboards. However, from time to time, I still can not resist tinkling with the settings. 😀

  6. Just checked my settings, all boxes that should be ticked are, so I’m definitely having issues. Have let WP know and also reblogged your post. Thank you for this Hugh.

  7. Reblogged this on soulgifts – Telling Tales and commented:
    To my fellow bloggers – the pinback gremlin seems to be having a ball at the moment. I know he’s been to my site as I get no pingbacks Not sure if any of you are receiving pingbacks I have added to my posts. quite widespread. If you suspect you’re under gremlin attack have a read of Hugh’s post. It is very informative.

  8. Hi Hugh,
    Thank you so much for the heads up that I am not the only one having this problem. I assumed it was just me Or that WordPress changed something. I miss the notifications. I will try what you suggest. If it does not help, I will contact WordPress. I am self hosted. Will they help me?
    Janice

  9. Thanks Hugh. I think I have a much better understanding of pingbacks having read all through this. I suspect mine are not working as I get no notifications. Will go and check in Dashboard first and take it from there 🙂

  10. I’m not sure if mine are working. I think links within my blog are working, but I don’t remember ever getting a ping back notification from someone else, so I must check my settings. Thanks, Hugh.

      1. Hugh I’ve noticed on other blogs that ping backs show up in a posts comments. Even when I link back to my own post, I don’t get a ping back showing in my comments section, although I do get a notification from wp. Does that mean my ping backs aren’t working. Should they always show in the comments?

        1. Yes, they always show in the comments section, Ali, providing you’ve ticked the “allow pingbacks” box on your blog and you’ve approved the pingback request from WordPress (if like me you choose to moderate all comments and pingbacks).

  11. Sure enough just checked none of my pingbacks went through. Thanks for the notice,

    I’ll report it.
    Also the reblog button is missing from up top I’d like to reblog this but I guess that’s one more thing to report…
    Thanks

    1. Hi, Carol. The reblog button is just to the left of the like button on this post. I’ve just checked and it is appearing on my blog. Two other bloggers have already reblogged the post. Try refreshing the page and see if it reappears.

  12. Reblogged this on Linda G. Hill and commented:
    It’s more widespread than I thought. Please check first if your posts allow pingbacks before you complain to WordPress. I’m going to try to embed a picture here, but if it doesn’t work and you need instruction, you can click here to get a visual: https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/04/13/experiencing-problems-with-pingbacks-on-your-wordpress-blog-then-please-read-this/
    If you’ve checked the above settings and your pingbacks still aren’t working, please let WordPress know.
    Remember – it might only be your incoming pingbacks. If you’re expecting some, like I do with my prompts, you’ll know. If you’re not expecting any, ask a friend to try linking to one of your posts to see if you get a notification. If I get time later, I’ll help you. Please let me know in the comments.
    Got all that? Great! Please click on the original post to read Hugh’s thoughts on the matter!

  13. Mine stopped working on the 8th too. Notified WP on Monday, and I’m still waiting. I hope they get this sorted out soon. It affects my prompts (Wednesdays and Saturdays) as well. It’s a pain in the butt!
    Thanks for posting about it, Hugh!

    1. You’re welcome, Linda. I thought wrongly that it was a problem affecting all WordPress blogs, but it seems not. When I spoke to them today they asked me for examples and then said they’d add my blog to those they already knew about. I’m sure I’m missing out on entries to my weekly photo challenge and I hate the thought of bloggers thinking I’m ignoring them. I’m not sure what you’ve told your followers but I’ve asked mine to copy and paste the link to their posts in the comments section for the time being. WordPress told me that was a very good idea. I just hope they sort out the problem very soon.

      1. Yep, I had to do the same thing. It’s an inconvenience for those who participate in my prompts though!
        I have a pseudonymous blog – I checked there and they’re working fine. It’s also how I know my own outgoing pingbacks are working, just not my incoming ones.
        Grrr…!

    1. You’ll know by creating a pingback and checking with the blogger who you linked your post back to and ask if they received the pingback notification. You can also link back to one of your own posts and see if the Pingback works.

        1. Hi again Hugh. Sorry to be such a pest, but I’ve posted on your challenge Fresh. Have done a Pingback (I think) to your blog and also a couple to my own blog. I’m never sure what is the difference between a Pingback and a link. A few people have tried to explain to me but I can’t get my head around it.
          Could you do me a favour, please , and see if my pingbacks are working.
          After that I’ll leave you in peace (for today anyway) 😊😊.
          Helen

        2. Hi Helen, not a problem at all. I’m happy to help.
          I’ve had an email notification about your post but no notification that you’ve created a Pingback. However, we already know about that problem. I’ve checked the link to my post you have inserted on your post and it works 😀
          When you created the pingback to your two posts (which I can open from the links on your post) did you get any pingback notifications? That’s how I discovered there was a problem with my incoming pingbacks as I didn’t get any pingback notifications from WordPress.

        3. Ah yes I did get a Pingback notification. Oh this is exciting! I’m just about understanding. I feel a Eureka moment coming on.
          Thank you for all your help (and patience). I’m away to ping some more now ……

  14. I have never received a ping back on my blog. I assumed that was because I have a self-hosted hosted one with the Jetpack WordPress plug in. Now I’m not so sure. I do have the feature enabled but it never works!

    1. First of all, go to your blogs Admin dashboard and click on – Settings – Discussion Settings – Default Article Settings – Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) and check that the box is ticked. If it is, then the only way to test it is by writing a post and linking back to one of your previous posts or to that of another blogger’s post. If it’s to one of your own posts then as soon as you publish the post you’ll get a pingback notification from WordPress (this is how I discovered pingbacks were not working on my blog). If you don’t get one then your site could also be affected, Sarah. However, if linking back to another bloggers post then they too would need to have the ‘allow links notifications from other blogs’ box ticked for it to work.

        1. Sorry to hear the Pingback problem is also affecting your blog, Colleen. I’ve woken up this morning and the problem is still there. I just hope WordPress sort it out quickly as I hate the thought of anybody entering my weekly photo challenge thinking I am ignoring them.

        2. Good luck with the move if you decide to self-host, Colleen. I haven’t been convinced to move to self-hosting yet, but I’d be interested in hearing what you have to say about it if you do go down that line.

      1. While I think my blog is okay, my computer is up to the same old tricks so by the time a page loads, I have moved on to something else because I lost interest or patience. Oh well, it’s always something, right? The important thing is that we figure out what’s going on, right? 🙂

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