For those that seek more knowledge about blogging pingbacks and trackbacks, find a quick explanation below from the blogging masters WordPress. I often get asked about pingbacks and trackbacks so decided to share some information about it.

What is a trackback?

TrackBacks was designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, “This is something you may be interested in.” To do that, person A sends a TrackBack ping to person B.

A better explanation is this:

  • Person A writes something on their blog.
  • Person B wants to comment on Person A’s blog, but wants her own readers to see what she had to say, and be able to comment on her own blog
  • Person B posts on her own blog and sends a trackback to Person A’s blog
  • Person A’s blog receives the trackback, and displays it as a comment to the original post. This comment contains a link to Person B’s post

Source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging#Trackbacks

What is a pingback?

Pingbacks were designed to solve some of the problems that people saw with trackbacks. The official pingback documentation makes pingbacks sound an awful lot like trackbacks:

For example, Yvonne writes an interesting article on her Web log. Kathleen reads Yvonne’s article and comments about it, linking back to Yvonne’s original post. Using pingback, Kathleen’s software can automatically notify Yvonne that her post has been linked to, and Yvonne’s software can then include this information on her site.

Source: http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging#Pingbacks

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