Update (28th Feb 2023) pingbacks on WordPress are now working again.
Are you experiencing problems with not getting pingback notifications on your WordPress blog? You’re not alone. Many other users are experiencing the same issue.
Over a week ago, I realised I no longer received pingback notifications from WordPress. Even when linking to my posts, I got no notifications, hence no links in the comments section.
The problem meant that if other bloggers linked to any of my blog posts, I didn’t know. Hence, I could come over as rude for not thanking those who were linking to my blog.
I contacted the WordPress Happiness Engineers, and to cut a long story short, they finally acknowledged that the problem was (and still is) across the WordPress platform.
I received the above reply on 26th February 2023.
Strangely, I’m getting pingback notifications from self-hosted blogs but not from WordPress.Com blogs.
How To Get Around The Problem
If you publish posts inviting other bloggers to create a pingback to your post, ask them to copy and paste the URL address of the post in the comments section. You can then visit their post.
However, beware of the spammers who may take the opportunity of this problem and leave a link or comment that has nothing to do with your post. Before clicking any links from bloggers, you’re not used to seeing, check the URL address in the comment first.
Mark comments or links as spam if they look suspicious.
Another way to identify spam comments is that most have no Gravatar image.
While the problem persists, I’d also recommend adding a reusable block to your posts (like the one in the green box on this post) in case anyone links to any of your posts.
When WordPress finally fixes the problem, you can delete the reusable block, which will then disappear from all your posts.
Not sure what a pingback is? Click here for details.
Not sure how to create a reusable block? Click here for details.
Please leave any questions about the current pingback problem in the comments section.
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