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Difference between trackback and pingback?

Nov 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Hi guys, I am new to blogging and was looking at the difference between these two.


A google search revealed that trackback is basically used to tell other blog owners when you are talking about their post. It shows up on their page with a little description of your post and all.


But i couldn't find what pingback is? Is it similar?



Nov 30, 2011 at 5:11 PM


Nov 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

1. Trackback

Trackbacks are used to notify authors of other blogs that you’ve referenced them or wrote something similar in an article you authored. You don’t necessarily have to link to an article to send a trackback. You can find the option to send a trackback at the bottom of each new post. Just copy and paste the link to another article and you’ll send a trackback. Trackbacks are often overlooked as it is just easier to send a pingback than a trackback.

2. Pingback

Pingbacks occur when you link to an article on another blog. The author will receive an email notification that you published a post that links back to one of their own previously published works. Pingbacks are commonly seen in the comments section of an article. They link back to the newly published article. Pingbacks differ from trackbacks because you have to actually link to the article within your post to notify the author.

Looks like a reasonable definitions to me.


Dec 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Oh i see. So i guess pingback is what is going right now. And all I have to do to use it is just put a link in my post? And i get an automatic backlink to my article?


Also, i couldn't see a box where to put the trackback url when creating a new post.