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Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Trackbacks Still A Problem

Still having problems figuring out how to use trackbacks. I’ve tried writing about articles on other people’s blogs and using the trackback URI they supply to send them a ping, but when I check later, my post doesn’t appear as a trackback or comment on their blog, so no one knows at the other end that I’ve written about their article. I was wondering whether my trackback comment was being held up for approval on the other end, but I guess there’s no way to tell.

Documentation on how to actually do a trackback in WordPress is very scarce. I can find documentation on how the system is supposed to work in the WordPress codex, but no “for dummies” instructions that says “ok, do this, then this, then… etc.” The best description I’ve found so far is at loadedreality, which is also a WordPress blog, but his example doesn’t look the same as in my normal Write Post screen. I’m trying to trackback him now, but since it is a WP blog I should also get an automatic pingback, so I won’t know whether my trackback attempt was successful. I also haven’t figured out whether a blog author’s requirement to leave a name and email to comment affects my trackback attempt or if the trackback just goes around that.

Web kindly answered my request to do the reverse to me – leave a trackback on my blog – so I could see what the other end might be seeing, but it didn’t help much because his successful trackback just went ahead and posted and I just got a notice that a trackback had been left. He’s also successfully commented on my blog before, and I hadn’t on the places I was trying to leave a trackback, and again, that’s another unknown that might be a factor.

Another annoyance that might be related is the the way that I get a pingback whenever I link to a previous post of my own, such as the last time I griped about trackbacks. At least I get to see how a pingback works from both ends, but I don’t want my new post to be listed as a comment on my old post. I haven’t figured out how to blacklist myself, and I don’t want to fool around with my settings until I see my trackbacks working.

If I ever figure out how to do this, I’ll have to write it up, complete with screenshots, which would be something that might attract some traffic, but I don’t know that anyone would see it. I just used my Google parser to search for “wordpress trackbacks” and my site didn’t show up – Google reported 1,290,000 results but only gave 553 in filtered, moderate safeSearch mode, and my website wasn’t in the listings. **Sigh**. My PageRank is still as low as it can get – a 0 out of 10.

Well, here we go again. I will either be successful or not when I push the “Publish” button.

Posted by Greg in My Website

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One Response to “Trackbacks Still A Problem”

  1. Levi says:

    I’m glad my site helped you to a degree, I think you’ll be happy to know your ping-bck worked (linking to my blog in your post) but remeber a trackback must be done with the propper trackback URL and you must post that link in the little ‘Trackback’ text box in your Write page.

    You can see the pingback on my post.