13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 3: Are You Making This Big Mistake When Creating A Pingback?

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.

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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.

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2017/01/29/13-weeks-13-quick-blogging-tips-week-2-how-to-add-delete-and-manage-the-categories-of-your-wordpress-blog/

See how the name of the blog post is actually embedded in the link?

And this is the link to my ‘about me’ page.

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/about/

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.

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63 thoughts on “13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 3: Are You Making This Big Mistake When Creating A Pingback?

  1. Hi Hugh,
    I think I understand the difference between a pingback and a reblog, but is there any advantage of one over the other? Also, how would I be notified when someone did a pingback from my post? To my knowledge I have never had a pingback. Thanks

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    1. Hi, Chuck, I think the main difference between the two is that pingbacks are used when linking to a similar post or a writing/photography challenge, whereas a reblog is something you’ve chosen to share because you enjoyed the post so much and don’t have any plans to write a similar post.
      Pingback notifications show up on the dashboard of your blog and, if you have selected to receive email notifications, you’ll get an email from WordPress informing you of the pingback. I think your blog is self-hosted, but I have had notifications from self-hosted blogs when a pingback to my blog has been created.

      I hope that helps?

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      1. Thanks Hugh, yes your explanation was a great help. I am so naive with my site. Any tme I want to make a change or add something, it is a monumental task. Often it is hit or miss until I get it right. So much to learn.

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  2. Oh that’s where I went wrong. I’ll go back and change my mistake. Thank you for informing me.
    How have you added a stumbleupon button? I search today but couldn’t find that particular one in my dashboard. I’ve linked all my other accounts but WP doesn’t offer stumbleupon.

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      1. Doesn’t it depend on the type of home page? Because I have static home page and you can leave comments and likes but still there is no way for a pingback. Anyway, it is as it is and it is only important that we know. We don’t need to understand everything… lol!!

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      2. Take a look at the web address of your homepage, Erika. Although you’ve chosen to have it as a static page, WordPress does still not know it’s an actual post because there is nothing after the dot com; hence pingback notifications to it won’t work. 🙁

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  3. Awesome advice! I, too, did not realize that bloggers did not receive notice of homepage pingbacks. This has helped to solve a big mystery for me!

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    1. I hope so, Marje. Although I’m still surprised by how many well-established bloggers still make the mistake of using a home page for a pingback. I hate to think that there are bloggers out there who have used a pingback to my blog and I know nothing about it.

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  4. I get the emails when a pingback links to my site. That way I can go see what’s going on! It’s always so exciting to get one (I got one today from Marje at Kyrosmagika on the review of my book)! Great advice as always, Hugh!

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    1. I don’t know why WordPress don’t inform us about this, Graeme. I think we’ve all made the mistake of linking back to the homepage of a blog. Hopefully, this reminder will help. I don’t like the thought of not thanking someone who has linked back to my blog.

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