Friday, July 24, 2009

How to use PingBack on your blog

What is PingBack?
If you link to a site in your blog and then run a PingBack utility it will post a link in the comments of that site to your own site.

Example:
Look at this --
link to pingback test page
I posted a link to this website which has PingBack enabled, and then ran a PingBack utility and now there is a comment from my blog with a link back to this post.

Why is this useful?
If your blog is topical readers may be interested in reading what you have to say about the subject, so they'll click on your link. Simply put, it will increase your traffic. It is widely accepted because you are linking to them, so they return the favor by linking to you. You are both helping each other, so it's a mutually beneficial relationship.

Read here for more information on why it's useful.

How to PingBack
I learned how to do this from this site: logofarchiver

Get all the programs/files required
1. Download the latest Python
2. Install Python
3. Download Trackback 'em All. It's the ZIP under Downloads section
4. Extract Trackback 'em All files
4. Download FeedParser. Get the ZIP file
5. Extract FeedParser files to the Trackback 'em All folder where you see "tball.py"

Setup a command prompt to point to TrackBack 'em All
1. Get a shortcut for Command Prompt (Start->Program Files->Accessories->Drag Command Prompt to the desktop)
2. Change the Start Folder to the TrackBack 'em All folder where "tball.py" is located (Right-click->Properties)

Commands
1. Now open up that Command Prompt shortcut. It should be pointed to your TrackBack 'em All folder
Add: tball.py -a /rss.xml
Send PingBacks: tball.py
It will say all the links it's attempting to process. A lot of sites will not have PingBack enabled. If they do have it enabled it will say "Sending PingBack to..."

To test it out create a new blog post and link to this:
http://ebestagent.com/trackback-tester/2009/02/24/wwwbabblrde-trackpack-pingback-testpage
Then run the TrackBack 'em All program. Finally go to that website you just linked to and check if theres a comment at the bottom from your site.

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