January 23, 2008

What is trackback?

Posted in tips -n- tricks, wordpress at 8:14 am by Kris

WordPress Trackback Tutorial

by Teli Adlam

When used properly, trackbacks and pingbacks are an excellent way to build links and traffic to your blog, as well as building relationships with other bloggers.

What Is Trackback?

In layman’s terms, trackback is a way to notify a website when you publish an entry that references it.

When you send it a trackback, a link with a short excerpt of your entry will appear on the referenced website.
Example of a Trackback

How To Locate The Trackback Link

When you want to trackback, you will need to use a special link provided on the blog you want to reference.

Most trackback links appear just after the blog post content and before the comments.

Sometimes the link will appear as a plain text link:
Example of Plain Text Trackback Link

Other times it will be a hyperlink:
Example of Hyperlinked Trackback Link

If the trackback URL is hyperlinked, you’ll need to right click on it and select “Copy link location…” (or your browser’s equivalent), otherwise, you can highlight and copy the link.

If you plan to reference more than one blog entry, each trackback URL will need to be copied individually.

(Please note: Not all blogs display their trackback URL in plain view, some blogs even turn off their trackback. When in doubt, contact the blog author.)…………..

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1 Comment »

  1. Teli Adlam said,

    Hello and good afternoon,
    I’m glad you found my trackback tutorial helpful enough to post about, however, I’ve noticed that you’re hotlinking images from my site. I would appreciate it if you could either remove this blog entry or upload the screenshots to your own server rather than link to them from mine.

    Thank you,
    Teli Adlam


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