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  1. drmike,
    I found the following statement on a blog.

    "Please do not send me Trackbacks without providing a link to the entry you are referencing. Any Trackback sent that do not have a valid link will be automatically deleted, and you'll probably be auto-blacklisted too. So don't do it."

    I do not understand. I thought that trackbacks were like the references or footnotes that one uses to acknowledge the work of others that they have referred to in their writing. So I don't get what this person is going on about or why he sounds so "heavy" (auto-blacklisted) .

    How does one send a link along with a trackback anyway? There's only one line and you put a space between trackbacks so where would the link go? Does he mean you should also send a trackback to your own blog post when you send a trackback to the writing of the other party?

  2. Um, I think what the user means is that if you link to content, link to the actual content rather than just the top level of the blog.

    EG:

    http://coyotes.wordpress.com/2006/07/22/blogging-the-dark-side

    rather than

    http://coyotes.wordpress.com

    I think!

  3. trackbacks don't appear on your blog at all, they only appear as a comment on the blog you are tracking back.

    if you mean it as a footnote, it's best to just add a link at the end of the post. that will automatically generate a pingback, as well as granting greater authority to the linked post (as far as search engines are concerned).

    posting a trackback without a link would only grant greater authority to your post. hence the trackback-ee getting snippy.

  4. It's means the other blogger is being a stuck up little ... :)

    Picture that your writing a post and throw in a link to a post on my blog just for the heck of it. What you're writing has nothing to do with my post. You're just doing it in an attempt to gain a link and maybe gain some readers.

    The blogger you uses that rule has had that happen to them and they don't like folks doing that.

  5. team geekery - kewl
    got lots of info and crossed eyes too %(
    but this was *the ticket to comprehension*
    "Picture that your writing a post and throw in a link to a post on my blog just for the heck of it. What you're writing has nothing to do with my post. You're just doing it in an attempt to gain a link and maybe gain some readers."
    :0 - you mean being a link harlot - gottcha
    now the foregoing how to's become useful
    thanks guys :)

  6. It sounds like the blogger in question is trying to discourage spam blogs from trackbacking to him. I once got a trackback from a spam blog that askimet failed to catch.

  7. Only once. WOW! Well, that's a testament to how well it works then, isn't it?

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