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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Trackback Report

In my last post I tried sending a few trackbacks again. Not surprisingly, none worked. Just as I speculated, however, my link to another WordPress site resulted in a pingback. My post excerpt wasn’t posted, but the link back to my blog showed. The owner of the trackback-receiving blog has full control over the excerpt, so it’s possible he set his up not to show any excerpt at all.

(I looked at the source html for his site, and was disappointed, but not surprised, to see the link back to my site was tagged as “nofollow”. All that means is that Google won’t give me credit for the link when it evaluates my PageRank. I speculated on the potential for abuse in the trackback system previously, and apparently the “nofollow” tag is the answer. My WordPress blog automatically inserts the nofollow tag in all external links in the comment and the commenter’s supplied website, and I would have to load a plugin to stop it. In short, it seems I can’t rely on trackbacks to sprinkle links throughout the Web and therefore increase my PageRank. But trackbacks could pull people here, and if they like my blog they can link here themselves. Tough, but fair.)

I sent trackbacks to two of Web’s blogs. The Movable Type one, which he was able to use to send a trackback to me, does not display comments or trackbacks with his posts, so I can’t see if it worked. The Serendipity blog reported that my trackback failed when I try to click through the link, and on the blog itself reports no trackbacks for the subject posting.

I was trying to search the WordPress forums and noticed that a lot of the links that came up in the search resulted in server errors. I managed to read one post that seemed to describe my problem, and there was a reference to a bug report, which itself had a broken link to what I hoped would be a fix. As it turns out, the WordPress Codex is down, and with all the server errors at the support forums, they seem to be having problems, too. But it’s entirely possible that my not being able to send trackbacks is due to a know bug in WordPress, and not because I’m an idiot. I just have to what for WordPress to get back online.

Posted by Greg in My Website


This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 at 14:48 PST and is filed under My Website. You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Trackback Report”

  1. Web says:

    I had the comments and trackbacks turned off in the MT blog because I was getting spammed out the wazzu. I have re-enabled them temporarily so you can try tracking back to something to see what happens.

  2. Proceedings of the Radial Symmetry Institute says:

    Comments ‘n’ trackbacks

    This entry has comments and trackbacks enabled….