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Jill Olkoski

Jill has a MA in Clinical Psychology, a BS in Computer Science, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently owns Aldebaran Web Design in Edmonds (near Seattle WA) and enjoys educating her clients on topics related to small business website design.

In Jill's previous life, she spent 17 years in the engineering and quality organizations of a Fortune 100 tech company.


Pingbacks and Trackbacks: Great Feature of a WordPress Blog and Why You Should Enable Them

February 4th, 2008


I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking what the heck is a “trackback” and a “pingback”? This is my humble attempt to explain these two types of blog to blog communication and why you might want to enable this behavior in your WordPress blog.

Here’s how WordPress defines trackbacks and pingbacks. I read each several times and am still a bit confused.

But it’s all about having your blog automatically notify other people’s blogs that you’ve linked to an article of theirs, and hopefully if they have the trackbacks/pingbacks enabled, it will put a link to your article on their site, which is pretty cool.

Here’s the setting in the WordPress admin area to enable trackbacks and pingbacks:


Now, if you enable this, and you link to blog articles from your own blog articles, you’ll get these pingback notices via email. They confused me for quite a while until I realized what they were. It’s the same blog to blog communication, except that it’s the same blog. I just delete them when I get them.

I got my first pingback link the other day when I wrote an article, and in my article added a link to an article in the Click Fraud Network.

Their website added this automatically to the comments section of the article I had linked to:


So let’s review. I wrote an article. In my article I linked to their article. My blog sent their blog a pingback and said “hey, I’m linking to you”. And their blog, which also had pingbacks enabled, said “ok, I’ll add a link to you in my comments section”.

I’m already getting traffic from this article to mine!

J. Olkoski
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.

2 Responses to “Pingbacks and Trackbacks: Great Feature of a WordPress Blog and Why You Should Enable Them”

  1. Kate Says:

    Hi Jill,
    I already had it ticked and recieved mail this week to say they have added me to their Google feeds.
    Still don’t understand feeds but getting there.

  2. Jill Olkoski Says:

    Hi K,
    I’ve just written an article about RSS feeds, let me know if this helps:


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