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    I have a few questions regarding trackbacks. I just returned from a blogging conference and would like to acknowledge quite a number of people with links to their sites. I’m not quite sure I understand the purpose of a trackback vs a traditional hyperlink. The information that I’ve looked out here and elsewhere really isn’t all that clear.

    Is there a limit how on many you can (or should) add?

    Is there a difference between a hyperlink and trackback? If so, which is better to use? I’d like to avoid looking like spam if possible.

    Do they get “pinged” regardless of which method you use?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    The blog I need help with is



    Hi. Does this include the information you have looked at so far?



    Yes and honestly, I’m totally confused.

    Underneath the area where you write the post (below copy a post, etc), there’s a section for trackback url’s. What’s the difference between putting the url there or in the post as a hyperlink?

    If there is no difference, I’ll just use the hyperlink and hope it pings the responding website.




    As you have been to a blogging conference and want to acknowledge other bloggers, I recommend you put hyperlinks in the text of your article, unless you just want to add a list of links. Even in that case you could put them in a list in your article.


    I have trackbacks enabled on many (though not all) of my posts, using the trackback and pingback option in the ‘discussions’ module (below where you can check to turn on comments per post) on the new post and the edit post pages.

    When you type links to other blogs in your post, all blogs are automatically notified and if the other blogger has trackbacks turned on, they will also appear beneath that persons post in their comments’ area in their own blog. If they don’t have it turned on, it won’t appear there. I’m not certain if they will see it in their comment admin area or not, I seem to recall that they won’t.

    I have never used the trackback URL area – have never had need to. I just post links in my blog. There is no limit to the number of links you can have in a post, that I know of, but if you post more than one or two links directly into a comment it might get caught by their spam filter and not appear. However, you’re not talking about links direct to comments so I wouldn’t worry about that.

    I’m not sure if it’s both ways, but you can choose to receive trackbacks and pingbacks in your own blog by turning it on in your Dashboard, via Discussion Settings.




    Underneath the area where you write the post (below copy a post, etc), there’s a section for trackback url’s. What’s the difference between putting the url there or in the post as a hyperlink?

    Please see this page > Settings > Discusssion
    Look for these settings at the top of the page:

    Default article settings
    Default article settings
    Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article
    Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
    Allow people to post comments on new articles
    (These settings may be overridden for individual articles.)

    It’s the first setting in bold lettering above that you need to enable. Thereafter “these settings may be overridden for individual articles.” below the editor box you simply tick the checkbox or not and that’s all you do.

    You do not need to place any links there are at all on individual posts and pages:
    Send trackbacks to:
    (Separate multiple URLs with spaces)
    Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress sites they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.

    Simply scroll down and checkmark this box
    __ Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.

    That’s it — that’s all you need to do.

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