Do Not Accept Pingbacks as Comments

Pingbacks are a unique system to WordPress that is used to notify the blog owner that another blog has linked to it. When another post is mentioned inside your blog, it creates a pingback in the comment area.

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It is important NOT to accept these pingbacks. They do not offer any value, and can actually slow down the page load time.

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The page has to go load the link, and there is no reason to add this as it doesn’t offer any extra SEO value. Pingbacks do serve some purpose, however, and the only way to decide whether to keep a pingback is how valuable the comment is to your blog.

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Does the comment ask a question or add value by answering a question? Is it related to your blog? Then accept that pingback! If it is spammy or to generalized, then DELETE that pingback!

Quality is what matters most in deciding to accept a pingback in WordPress

This same theory of blog behavioral etiquette applies when you are visiting other WordPress blogs.

DON’T drop a pingback if you are just spamming and not adding any value.

DO read the blog post, and come up with an intelligent response that adds to the conversation or spurs the conversation further with a well placed question.

Then you can make a pingback to content on your own blog that supports your opinion or view and offers FURTHER VALUE!

Have pingback stories to share? Share away in the comments below!

Jophiel Silvestrone

Written by: Jophiel Silvestrone

Jophiel Silvestrone has written 163 posts in the Tech Blog.

Jophiel grew up on a ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana near Chico Hot Springs. Working on the ranch instilled work ethic and self motivation. Filled with this drive, Jophiel started mowing the local school's yards twice a month throughout the summers, at the age of 12. He moved to Billings in 2004, where he has been deeply involved in the local business community ever since. A serial entrepreneur, Jophiel has ran multiple businesses in our local community. He now runs a web development company SkyPoint Studios. One of his favorite jobs though, is fathering his 11-year old son Jaoquin. "JJ" also loves technology.

1 reply
  1. Martin
    Martin says:

    its not a good idea to enable ping back option in your site. Because using it you will get lots of spam sites pingback in your comment field. I recently deleted lots of pingback from my site & after this i disable it.

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