Pingbacks are every blogger’s best friend and, as bloggers, we should use them at every opportunity. They bring extra traffic to our blogs and can be used to promote posts with a similar subject. Don’t know how to create one? Click here for my step by step guide.
Whenever another blogger creates a pingback to one of my blog posts, I’ll always go and thank them. However, sometimes, I don’t always know that a pingback has been linked to my blog. Why? Because the pingback has been associated with the home page of my blog.
While there is nothing technically wrong with a pingback linked to the homepage of a blog, the blogger whose blog you have linked back to does not get a notification that you have created a pinback to their blog. Therefore, unless they follow your blog and read your post, they may be unaware that you’ve linked back to their blog. The solution is to always create a pingback to a particular post or the ‘about me’ page of a blog. That way, the blogger will get a notification that you have linked back to their blog, and they can then thank you. In return, they may even link back to one of your blog posts which could result in extra traffic and followers for you.
Here’s an example. This is the home page of my blog.
Take a look at it, so you compare it to the other links I’m about to also ask you to take a look at.
This is a link to an actual post on my blog. It’s the post from week 2 of this series.
See how the name of the blog post is actually embedded in the link?
And this is the link to my ‘about me’ page.
Very similar to the web address of my homepage but, this time, the word ‘about’ is attached to the link.
Not all bloggers allow pingbacks to their posts. However, always remember to thank a blogger who creates a pingback to one of your own posts or ‘about me’ page.
So, when you next create a pingback to another blog, always use the link to an actual blog post or the ‘about me’ page of a blogger. Get out of the habit of just inserting or typing in the home address of the blog.
Any questions? Leave them in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you.
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