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How do pingbacks work?

Dec 12, 2008 at 10:25 PM
I'm new to blogging, so I don't have any experience with pingbacks and trackbacks and how that interaction works. Honestly, I find those two things to be one of the most confusing features ever devised. Right now I am running blogengine on my home computer for development sake. I noticed that there is a pingservices tab with a list of servers to ping. I also noticed that in my settings I have enable pingbacks and trackbacks send and receive both checked. Now each day I have been dicking around creating new posts and just testing stuff out. Since I had those options enabled am I pinging those services each time I add or update a post? If so, what does that do? Does it display those updates somewhere? I'm totally confused on these issues, please help.