WordPress Trackback Tutorial

Teli Adlam —  December 27, 2005

When used properly, trackbacks and pingbacks are an excellent way to build links and traffic to your blog, as well as building relationships with other bloggers.

What Is Trackback?

In layman’s terms, trackback is a way to notify a website when you publish an entry that references it.

When you send it a trackback, a link with a short excerpt of your entry will appear on the referenced website.
Example of a Trackback

How To Locate The Trackback Link

When you want to trackback, you will need to use a special link provided on the blog you want to reference.

Most trackback links appear just after the blog post content and before the comments.

Sometimes the link will appear as a plain text link:
Example of Plain Text Trackback Link

Other times it will be a hyperlink:
Example of Hyperlinked Trackback Link

If the trackback URL is hyperlinked, you’ll need to right click on it and select “Copy link location…” (or your browser’s equivalent), otherwise, you can highlight and copy the link.

If you plan to reference more than one blog entry, each trackback URL will need to be copied individually.

(Please note: Not all blogs display their trackback URL in plain view, some blogs even turn off their trackback. When in doubt, contact the blog author.)

Sending A Trackback

Before you publish your blog entry, you’ll need to tell WordPress to send your trackback notices.

Paste the trackback URLs into the box next to “Send Trackbacks To.”

In WordPress 1.5, the box appears in the Advanced section below the post content box. Note: you’ll need to be in Advanced Editing mode to see the Advanced options box.
Example of Trackback box in WordPress 1.5

In WordPress 2.0, it’s just below the Upload box. If the Trackback box itself isn’t revealed, click on the ‘+’ sign.
Example of Trackback box in WordPress 2.0

Once you’ve added all the URLs you want to trackback, the moment you hit the Publish button, the blog(s) will be notified.

WordPress’ Built In Ping Feature

WordPress takes trackback to a new level by allowing pingbacks.

Pingbacks allow you to notify a weblog of your entry just by posting its permalink directly in the content of your blog entry. No special trackback link necessary.

To enable pinging URLs in the blog entry, make sure there is a check mark next to “Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)” in the “Options->Discussion” section of the WordPress admin panel.

Checking Whether A Website Supports Pingbacks

You can generally assume that most WordPress blogs will support the pingback feature, however, it can be disabled or moderated based by the blog owner.

If you want to be certain pingbacks are supported, you need only look in the HTML coding for a line similar to:
<link rel="pingback" href="..." />

If the site has pings enabled, a link with a brief sampling of the text around it will appear on their blog.
Example of Pingback Content

Checking If Your Trackback or Pingback Was Successful

Successful trackbacks and pingbacks usually appear within moments of publishing your blog entry, but remember that trackbacks and pingbacks can be moderated or disabled by the blog owners.

You can also verify that the trackback and pingback were sent successfully by clicking on Edit next to the blog entry you published and scrolling down below the Custom Fields. WordPress will display all the URLs that were notified about your blog entry.
Example of WordPress' display of pinged sites

Sometimes a blog may be having technical difficulties with the trackback or pingback system. If you believe that is the case, you can politely send the blog owner a message outlining the potential problem, being sure to include all necessary and relevant information for them to troubleshoot.

Using Trackback and Pingback Wisely

When sending a trackback, be mindful of sending a pingback. If the site you’re linking to has pingbacks enabled, be sure not to trackback. You may end up inadvertently posting two links to their site and this may annoy some webmasters, or may even be construed as attempted spamming.

Avoid sending a trackback unless you actually reference or link to the site you’re sending the trackback to, otherwise, it can be considered spam.

If your trackback or pingback doesn’t show up on the website, don’t try to force it by continually using trackback or pingback. Instead, head over to the actual blog entry and leave a note with a link to your blog entry manually. If the blog owner thinks it’s relevant enough, he will approve it.

Allowing Trackbacks/Pingbacks on Your Blog

WordPress allows you to set your default ping status in the Options menu. If you know that the majority of your posts will have trackback/pingback enabled, setting it to accept them could make your blogging life a little easier.

From your admin panel, click on Options->Discussion and place a check mark next to “Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)” and remember to click on Update Options when you’re finished.

Post by Post basis

You can also handle your trackbacks/pingbacks on a per post basis — this will also override the setting in your options panel. From the Write->Post screen, make sure there is a check next to “Allow Pings” in the Discussion box.

If there is no check mark in that box, then the post will not accept trackbacks or pingbacks.

Final Note

You are welcome to use this blog entry to test your trackback/pingback functionality, however, please do not spam it. Your trackback/pingback will not show up right away and may not show up at all if you didn’t actually link to this post or the URL on your blog returns a 404 error (yes, I check). However, whenever possible, I will pass by your blog and personally tell you whether the ping was successful if it isn’t approved here.

Teli Adlam


254 responses to WordPress Trackback Tutorial

  1. Cool site!

  2. Well, this tutorial is fine except…..for a newbie like me it’s very confusing.

    It explains how to get the trackback link from the other blogger’s blog post, and how to enter it in my wordpress trackback field…..great.

    But what URL do I enter in my blog post that references their post?

    The URL of their blog post – or the their trackback URL

    Please clarify,


  3. Hello Brent,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    The URL that you place in your blog entry is their permalink URL.

    For example, if you wanted to ‘pingback’ this blog entry (as many of the commenters prior to you have done), then you would simply blog about this page and link to it within your content.

    If you’re using WordPress and it’s set to notify the blogs linked in your content, then it would ping me back.

    As mentioned in the tutorial – there is no special URL necessary when using pingback. Just the entry’s permanent link.

    Bear in mind, this only works for blogs that have pingback enabled (usually WordPress blogs), otherwise you will need to manually trackback.

    I hope that clarifies for you,
    ~ Teli

  4. so, i dont use a trackback unless i am blogging about another blog post somewhere else?

  5. Hi Chase,
    Yes, something like that.

    Though your entire blog post doesn’t need to be about the blog entry you want to trackback, your blog entry needs to at least address the blog entry somewhere else and link back to it.

    Hope that helps 🙂

    ~ Teli

  6. Thanks for the help Teli. I’m getting the picture now.

    One more question regarding trackbacks, pinging etc:

    IF ——–

    1.) I use WordPress as my blogging platform
    2.) The blog I want to trackback to is also using WordPress
    3.) Their WordPress blog’s permalinks are pretty URLs and not
    the URLS ending with “P=**”, does the auto ping
    function still work.


    I know that if I make a post using my WordPress blog, and the blog I’m pinging is also WordPress, all I need to do is make a hyperlink in my post that targets their permalink. VERY cool function.

    So does this work if their WordPress blog has pretty URLs for permalinks?

    Thanks again,


  7. Hi Brent,
    You are correct – as long as the other WordPress blog you’re trying to ping has its track/pingbacks enabled, they will receive the notification regardless of whether they use pretty permalinks or not :).

    ~ Teli

  8. Thanks so much Teli. You have been my only real contact that gives me answers regarding the running of a WordPress blog platform. I’ve tried searching many forums, blogs, web sites, but your answers come fast and easy to understand.

    I’m loving the blogging world and I’m really loving WORDPRESS!!!

    Brent T.

  9. You’re welcome Brent, and I’m glad to hear you’re loving blogging and WordPress 🙂

    ~ Teli

  10. Hi Teli, I made a PNG file for easy customization of the default theme header. You can download it with the link below. You can create a professional, custom look to the WordPress default theme – you’ll be done in just a couple of minutes!

    (link removed – 404 error)

    Have fun – Brent T.

  11. Thank you Brent,
    That was mighty kind of you and I’m sure it’s going to be very helpful.

    Also, the image in your file is loverly 🙂

    ~ Teli

  12. I can see how to send a trackback or a ping, but how do I see who is pinging me or tracking me back on their blogs? I am using haloscan.com for trackbacks now, but is there some built in trackback listing for wordpress? Am I to assume a trackback URI is the same as the permalink on wordpress?

  13. Hi Egoiste,
    The default WordPress comments will show the trackbacks/pingbacks in line with the other comments.

    If you’re using HaloScan to manage your blog’s comments and trackbacks, then you’d need to consult the HaloScan documentation to see how to enable/view those features.

    Trackback URI/Permalink URI
    Please don’t assume that the trackback URI is the same as the permalink for WordPress, they aren’t.

    They are two different URIs used for two different purposes (although the end tends to be the same).

    However, if you use WordPress and are writing about a post on another WordPress blog, it would make the most sense simply to pingback the entry (i.e. use the permalink within your content).

    If that blog were to have pingbacks disabled for whatever reason, and left trackbacks enabled – then you would need to use the trackback URI.

    I hope that makes sense and clears it up a little for you :).

    ~ Teli

  14. Thanks a lot Teli.
    The problem with my trackbacks not showing was that the template I was using didnt include them, just formatting and code for comments. I used the code from NoScope on separating trackbacks and comments to figure out what was going on. I dont think this is very well documented on WordPress.org at all but at least I learned something trying to figure it out =]

  15. I asked this question at a different blog…..but it never appeared.

    Anyway…I changed to a new theme and it took many hours to configure it, but when I was all done I noticed there was not trackback information on any of the pages.

    Does this mean I have to scrap the theme I like, or is there a plugin or something that displays trackback info on my comment pages etc.?

    I did notice that when I view the source code of my pages there is a trackback URL, but yet not displayed for my visitors.

    I’m using WP 2.0 – any help would be super duper….;-)


  16. Brent,
    You don’t need a plugin to display the trackback information.

    If you can see the trackback information within the source code, then chances are you only need to uncomment a certain section in the comments.php file.

    I’d suggest reading through the Read Me file (if one was included with the theme) or contacting the theme author for instructions on what, specifically, to uncomment.

    Hope that helps get you going in the right direction.

    Warm regards,
    ~ Teli

  17. Thanks Teli,

    I switched to the “bloglife” theme and now I’m in heaven.


  18. Your tutorial is wonderful, but for some reason I can’t get trackbacks or pingbacks to work from my WordPress blog.

    I’ve even tried a trackback to this entry, which appears to be working for everyone else! Can you point me in the right direction for additional assistance?

    I have everything turned on properly and am following your excellent and very clear instructions, trying pingbacks AND trackbacks individually or together. WordPress 2.0.2 installed.

    Am I supposed to do something with .htaccess or mod_rewrite? They’re mentioned in various old help files, but there’s no clear instructions anywhere.

  19. I should mention that

    You can also verify that the trackback and pingback were sent successfully by clicking on Edit next to the blog entry you published and scrolling down below the Custom Fields. WordPress will display all the URLs that were notified about your blog entry.

    did not work for me.

  20. Hi Maria,
    Thank you very much for your warm compliments – they are appreciated.

    The first thing I want to ask you is whether you’ve enabled automatic notification.

    You can do that by logging into Options » Discussion – and making sure there is a check mark next to Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.).

    If that’s already enabled, then you can try using the Trackback URL for this entry.

    Since I need to review the comments/pingbacks/trackbacks on this site, it won’t show up right away – but if you let me know when you send it, I’ll let you know whether I received it.

    If it still doesn’t work, you’re welcome to e-mail me and I’ll do my best to help you through it :).

    Also, when you say that “[trackback verification] didn’t work for you” – what do you mean? Nothing shows up there or you don’t have a section that says “Already pinged”?

    ~ Teli

  21. Yes, automatic notification is enabled. I just tried another trackback using the link you provided.

    I’m thinking the problem may have something to do with my server. It’s Mac OS X 10.4 Server, which uses Apache. If I can’t get it work right from my existing setup, I’ll set up a new blog for testing on an ISP’s server.

  22. Oh, I missed that. I don’t have a section that says “already pinged.”

  23. More evidence that the problem is related to my server: I just tried a trackback from a WordPress.com blog I have. The “Already Pinged” section shows that the ping was sent (although I don’t see the trackback here yet).

  24. Hello again Maria,
    I was going to suggest that it may possibly be server related.

    However, I haven’t received a trackback/pingback from the WordPress.com blog either.

    Because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t something on my end, I went ahead and did a trackback/pingback from my own WordPress.com account and it worked from me.

    It took publishing the WP.com entry a couple of times, but it finally went through. I also decided to test from a variety of my other blogs and they all worked fine too, if that helps :).

    ~ Teli

  25. In searching through the Codex and elsewhere, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s either a ping “stuck” in the queue (which will required a flushing with MySQL commands) or insufficient memory allocation on my computer for PHP (which will require modification of the php.ini or .htaccess file).

    I still think this tutorial is great and will be referring to it in the blog article I write about my current problem.

    Thanks again for your help. Keep up the good work!

  26. I’m glad to see you’re on the right track to getting it figured out Maria – and thank you again.

    If there’s anything else I can help with, just say the word 🙂

    ~ Teli

  27. This is a great tutorial, since I have been having trouble figuring out this trackback and ping terminology. I successfully did a trackback post on my blog today, so I am really excited!

    My question, however, is how I make sure that trackbacks are enabled on my posts. I am on wordpress.com, so maybe that’s not possible. I have the check box for “ping” allowed. But I’m not sure what to enter into the “Trackback URI” field. Can anyone help me out here?

    Thanks in advance.

  28. Hi Lawrence,
    Thanks for the compliments and I’m glad the tutorial could help you understand trackbacks a little better.

    You can allow trackbacks to your post in wordpress.com by having a checkmark next to “ping” (seems you already have that covered). That’s if you’d like people to trackback the posts you publish.

    When you want people to trackback your posts, you don’t need to worry about adding anything to the Trackback URI field – that’s only if you are tracking back someone else’s blog post :).

    I hope that clarifies, and if you have any additional questions, just let me know.

    ~ Teli

  29. Teli,

    I think I understand much better now. Thanks for taking the time to clairify the situation.

    I do have one additional question, though. How do I go about getting text at the bottom of my posts that says something like “trackback to this post”? Would I need a plug-in or a different theme that supports this? I kind-of feel like wordpress.com is pretty limited as far as customization goes. I’d also like “Digg this” and del.icio.us bookmarks, but that’s pretty off topic here.

    Thanks again,

  30. I’m glad I could clarify Lawrence.

    How do I go about getting text at the bottom of my posts that says something like “trackback to this post”? Would I need a plug-in or a different theme that supports this? I kind-of feel like wordpress.com is pretty limited as far as customization goes. I’d also like “Digg this” and del.icio.us bookmarks, but that’s pretty off topic here.

    Actually, unless the theme you’re using supports it, you can’t.

    WordPress.com is pretty limited in that respect because you cannot edit the themes/upload your own plugins.

    This is done to maintain safety for everyone on the WordPress.com servers and is understandable.

    The same goes for adding “digg this” and “delicious” links – unless you manually add them at the end of the content within each post (that can become tedious).

    Honestly, if you wish to customize your WordPress installation, theme, etc. – I would suggest setting up your own hosted version of WordPress.

    If there’s anything else, lemme know.

    ~ Teli

  31. Thanks again for the help. I figured I would have to do it manually. I guess it’s time to fire up AutoHotKey and make a script that will do the work for me. 🙂

    Thanks, LF

  32. You’re welcome Lawrence. Any time.

    If you’re using a desktop blogging application to publish to your blog, it may have a feature where you can add your own custom tags.

    If that’s the case, then you can just add a couple custom tags for digg and del.icio.us 🙂

    (or, as you say, fire up AutoHotKey and develop a custom script — if that’s easier.)

    ~ Teli

  33. Very informative. I am a little new to how trackbacks etc. work. What I would like to know, is that I don’t see a ‘trackback’ hyperlink between the post and the comments. Do permalinks work the same way? Because i have those enabled on the post header.

  34. Hi RC,
    Thanks for the kudos and I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful.

    I just took a look at your website and I see that you do have a trackback link between your post content and the comments area.

    Permalinks can act as a pingback link if the person who is blogging about you uses software that supports pingbacks (WordPress) and vice versa.

    Is that what you were asking? If not, let me know.

    ~ Teli

  35. Good info on trackbacks. Short and to the point.

  36. Hi Teli,

    I am just getting the hang of this trackback thing, and I tried to do a trackback on my site to this post but it didn’t show up.

    Let me know if I did something wrong, or it is just waiting to be moderated.

    Thanks for the great info!

  37. Hi Evan,
    Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad to hear the trackback tutorial was helpful to you.

    Yes, your trackback was moderated as all comments to this blog are. I’ve approved it now and you should be golden. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  38. Hi Teli,

    Thanks for the info. I think I have a grasp on how this works now, although I can’t seem to find an easy solution for displaying a trackback URI on my Classic Nation weblog with the IN3D V1.0 theme. Is there an easy way that I can make this happen, so all of this information is available in the comments section of a post there?

  39. Hey,

    thanks so much for the article, its not a mystery to me anymore.

  40. Is this by design or a bug? A link to get a trackback URI from one of my posts only appears after at least 1 comment has been posted. If there are no comments, there is no link to anything resembling a “Get a Trackback URI Here” link.

    Example: This post here from my site

    I got a trackback to show up but only after I created that one comment. Is this how it’s supposed to work?

    I’m using WP 1.5
    I’m using the Almost-Spring theme
    I’ve required registration to post a comment (this is done only to avoid comment spam, though some still comes through) — I also require that every comment is approved first by the admin.

  41. Hi Grubgirl,
    You’ve inadvertently answered your own question :).

    If you require that an admin approve all comments before they’re visible to the public, all trackbacks/pingbacks will need to be approved also.

    Hope that helps out,
    ~ Teli

  42. Yes, Teli – -thanks! I changed some configs on the Admin Panel, mainly to allow comments w/o registration or admin notification. Now I can do what I’m doing here. 🙂

    And, to understand how WP uses Trackbacks, it seems to be integrated with Comments by default:

    Site A wants to reference Grubgirl’s post B, and so Site A gets the Permalink URI from post B, and puts it in Site A’s “trackback to this URI” field in its Comments form.

    Grubgirl’s post B wants to reference Site A’s post A, then Grubgirl goes to post A, gets Site A’s Trackback URI, adds it to Post B’s Advanced section of its Edit mode.

    I think I’ve finally got it. What was confusing was that I did not see separate links for “permalink,” “Add a comment,” and “trackback URI” like I had seen in other vendors’ sites. Right?? Playing around with it also helps with understanding it.

    Now I hope I can keep out all that comment & trackback spam. UGH.

  43. Hi Grubgirl,
    To answer your question

    Site A wants to reference Grubgirl’s post B, and so Site A gets the Permalink URI from post B, and puts it in Site A’s “trackback to this URI” field in its Comments form.

    Not quite. Site A (if it’s not a WP blog or does not have pinging enabled), would need to take Site B’s trackback URI and place that in their blogging application’s trackback field.

    Grubgirl’s post B wants to reference Site A’s post A, then Grubgirl goes to post A, gets Site A’s Trackback URI, adds it to Post B’s Advanced section of its Edit mode.

    If Site A isn’t a WP blog and doesn’t support auto ping, then yes, you’d get Site A’s trackback URI and place it in the ‘Send trackbacks to:’ field of your WordPress blog.

    Whether or not you’ll see “comments”, “trackback URI”, “permalinks”, etc will depend on the theme’s creator and the settings of your blog.

    For instance, if trackbacks aren’t enabled on an entry to this blog, the trackback URI is not displayed, same with comments — the comment form isn’t displayed.

    I hope I was able to make it a little more clear for you and if you’d like to know anything else, please be sure to let me know. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  44. Perhaps you can answer my question – not about the standard-trackback-thing but perhaps I get some advice on this:

    I use WordPress 2.0.2 and I have the above mentioned settings in WP for automatic trackbacks activated. So far so good but instead of sending only a few lines – like “[…] interesting tutorial right here, you should read it,[…]” my blog always trackbacks the whole article. Like “[…] After I surfed on the web to find a solution to my trackback problem I found an interesting turorial right here, you should read it, it made some things clear but I think I had to google a lot to find a solution for this bug or problem, strange.[…]”. You get the idea I think.

    I looked in every option in the dashboard, in the writing area and so on but I can’t find a solution for this problem. It’s rather unpolite to post the whole article as a trackback but I can’t help it at the moment. Any ideas?

    Ad Astra

  45. Hi Ad Astra,
    What’s happening is that your blog is sending a pingback – anything that starts and ends with […] is a pingback, not a trackback – and the pingback will include the paragraph surrounding your link to the site.

    Sometimes it will be short, if the paragraph is short, and other times it will be long and sometimes the whole article (if it’s a short, one paragraph post).

    The only way to get around this is to disable automatic pingbacks and use the manual trackback function in WordPress, also you can combine that technique with an excerpt to define what text will appear on the blog you trackbacked. Or, you can write shorter paragraphs that surround your links. 🙂

    I hope that helps out,
    ~ Teli

  46. Thanks. That helped.
    Writing shorter parapraphs – I think about it. 😉
    Ad Astra

  47. Hey – thanks for explaining this; was a bit lost. Am less lost, but still wandering.

    I am confused about the difference between pingbacks and trackbacks, and how I can tell one from the other when I am referencing someone else’s site. Sounds like pingbacks are automatic (no special links, just regular URL to the weblog post), whereas, the trackback require a special trackback URL … but do I use the trackback URL in my post or just in the “send trackback notification” field ?

    And, if I put it in the post, do I still need it in the notification field ? Pingbacks, it seems, don’t require any of this, but I depend on it being a wordpress site with pingbacks enabled.

    Safe bet is always trackback then?


  48. Hi Damon,
    Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful, now let’s see about answering your questions. 🙂

    do I use the trackback URL in my post or just in the “send trackback notification” field ?

    You use the trackback URL in the “Send trackback notification” field. While putting it within the post content will still work if you have “Attempt to notify any Weblogs linked to from the article (slows down posting.)” activated, it’s not a wise idea.

    Some blogs don’t use a trackback URL that redirects to the post when accessed directly in a browser like WordPress does and when your reader clicks on the link in your entry, she may be greeted by an unpleasant error.

    To see what I mean, click on Seth Godin’s Trackback URL. I would trackback to his blog if I put the link in my content, but my readers would end up unhappy.

    Summing up: Permalink in the content. Trackback URL in the notification field.

    …if I put it in the post, do I still need it in the notification field ?

    Not really, no.

    Safe bet is always trackback then?

    Yes, but WP blogs are pretty easy to spot when you’re linking to them. I’d mainly worry about those blogs that aren’t WP powered when deciding to use a manual trackback link.

    Hope that makes sense and clears everything up. If there’s anything else, don’t hesitate to ask.

    ~ Teli

  49. This is a great article, I’ve done exactly as described but it seem’s that I have to follow the last instruction, manually post a link to my post (edit: see URL in name)

    Im actually quite new to WordPress and am starting to get the hang of it, what I was wondering though was which plugin do you use to display the Adsense by each post? Its very untrusive and seems to be displaying the appropriate advert. I have Adsense Deluxe installed but not activated, is this what you are using?

    Many Thanks

  50. Hi Alimul,
    Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words.

    Actually, you didn’t need to stop by and manually post your link, though I do appreciate it. All comments, including trackbacks, are moderated in accordance with my comment policy. That’s why it didn’t show up right away 🙂

    I’m not actually using a plugin to display my AdSense codes, though you can use the AdSense deluxe plugin. I hard coded the AdSense into my single entry pages (single.php theme file) and styled it accordingly.

    Hope that helps and if there’s anything else, don’t hesitate to ask.

    ~ Teli

  51. OK, I see now. I was wondering if it was a case of just waiting.

    I’ll have to look into Adsense Deluxe, may just be a little easier. Are you using Tahoma as the font here? Looks very easy to read.


  52. Hello again Alimul,
    Yes, the font here is Tahoma followed by Arial, Verdana, Geneva, and then sans-serif. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  53. Hey, thanks for the trackback tip. I am glad I found your blog.

  54. Well it is not hard to figure out what trackback is from the descriptions. However, it is much harder to find where it is on my page. I have WP2.0 and whatever theme I tried to install, it never gives me tracback link, just the comment link.

    So basically that entire tutorial is quite useless. The main point – how to make that somebody could trackback to you (not the other way- not from you to somebody else) – is missing and majority of search results in Google discuss that – how to send trackback to somebody, not to how get it toward your site.

    Ok let’s say I did not find any them that automatically insert tracback to my site. Maybe somebody mentioned – bloglife – I do not know where to get that. Then, I am looking into the page source of my blog, ok some themes contain mention that there is tracback – but it is hidden, invisible for a user, unless he looks in the source. http://rdoctor.com/medical_link/

    So anybody knows how to turn on trackback on my own site?

    Then, ok, i just manually took the tracback URI from the source of my blog and inserted it into the edited entry. Ok. Still does not work.

    Now I am inserting that trackback URL into the box in WP and does not do anything – I have two blogs on the same site, trying to trackback form on to another, nothing happen. No comments anywhere.

    I already checked the boxes – allow comment etc.

    So what is the solution of these problems?

  55. Hello Joan,
    Thank for stopping by, reading, and commenting.

    I should probably make it clear up front that the above tutorial is on how to use trackback/pingback and not how to set up trackback/pingback for your own blog.

    If the trackback link doesn’t display automatically on your blog, and you’re using WordPress, then it has to do with the theme itself (or possibly some WordPress settings).

    You’d have to consult with the theme author to get information on displaying the trackback URL.

    Also, if your trackbacks aren’t showing up properly on each of your entries, it’s a good idea to make sure that your WordPress settings are correct, and make sure that you aren’t accidentally using a spam catcher that marks them as spam and deletes them.

    ~ Teli

  56. Hi there,

    I’m putting up a WordPress 2.0 blog with benevolence 1.0 theme. I’ve read like 10 tutorials about trackbacks and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to display the links to each of my posts (i.e. others’ trackbacks and/or pingbacks to me) within the loop or within each post. Is there any way to do this easily? I’m open to using Technorati but I have no idea how to implement. Comments and permalinks were quite simple, this is confusing for some unknown reason.

    Thanks in advance


  57. Hi Rick,
    The comments/trackbacks/pingbacks are lumped together by default. If the theme you’re using (haven’t tried Benevolence, so don’t know) makes use of the comments template, then they should show up automatically – just make sure you have ‘allow comments and pings’ checked when you publish a blog entry.

    To check if the theme makes use of the comments template, open the single.php file and look for <?php comments_template(); ?>. If it’s there, then it may be a problem with having comments/trackbacks disabled from the user admin panel.

    Hope that helps out,
    ~ Teli

  58. Thanks,
    Nice trackback tutorial. Thanks for the info. Bye.

  59. Hi Teli,

    I am impressed with your patience, answering every post with courtesy for over 9 months. Even when some questions that you had already answered further up the mail trail, were asked again. 🙂

    Well done,


  60. Yes, but how can you receive/scrape trackbacks FROM other blogs like Blogger that fail to send you a trackback, assuming you would like the contexually relevant links to show up?

  61. Hi Marcus,
    I’ve always been told that patience is a virtue. Plus, I enjoy helping whenever I can. 😀

    Thank you for the kind words, they certainly are appreciated and have brightened up my day. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  62. Hi Romerican,
    In order for trackbacks/pingbacks to work properly, there must be communication between the two websites, therefore, there’s no way to scrape trackbacks from other blogs.

    However, there is a way to use a blog search in order to see who’s discussing your article (though, it’s not foolproof, and unless the blog is listed in the search it may not appear).

    This is a the method used at Boing Boing instead of trackbacks/pingbacks – see their ‘blog comments’which leads to the Technorati search for the URL– and there is a tutorial at Particle Tree discussing the replacement of trackbacks with blog search.

    Hope that helps and if you have any other questions, please ask.

    ~ Teli

  63. thank you very much, that was helpful.

  64. You’re welcome kmh, I’m glad you found it helpful.

    ~ Teli

  65. Online Marketing Mentor October 29, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I had no idea about Trackbacks. Now I can do them.

  66. Ituloy Angsulong November 5, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Great tutorial on trackback technicalities. I’ve learned so much. Trackbacks can be very helpful in building a p2p environment on the internet. That’s what the web is meant to. To connect!.

  67. Hi Teli,

    Great article – you’ve shone a lot of light on this subject for me 🙂

    I’m wondering if you could explain how TechCrunch seperate the display of Trackbacks/Pings from comments?

    Here’s an example: http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/11/12/listen-to-podcasts-on-any-phone/

    Is this done with tags in comments.php?

    Cheers in advance!

  68. Thanks for this extremely clear explanation of a great link-building technique. I like the way you assumed nothing and left nothing to chance. So many experienced bloggers who are technically ahead of the game are unable or unwilling to provide proper instructions for novice WP users. It’s so refreshing to find someone like you who wants to share knowledge without skipping over the basics.

  69. Thanks for the great advice. I never realized the value of trackbacks ’til now.

  70. Eileen,
    Thank you for your truly kind words. They serve as encouragement and I look forward to providing you and everyone with more (hopefully clear) WordPress tutorials. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  71. I think I’m getting my head around all this, but it concerns me that
    a linked-to site can get multiple entries because I include both a
    permalink and a trackback. I know there are ways to tell if pingbacks are supported, but wouldn’t it be better if WP did this

    It seems to me that WP could keep track of which pingbacks are successful and then ignore any trackbacks to that same (well, similar) address.

  72. Hi Brian,
    The likelihood of including both a trackback/pingback is decreasing. I’ve only seen this problem occur with older versions of WP and no other blogging software (not saying it doesn’t exist, I just haven’t noticed any).

    If the blog you’re linking to is outfitted with WP 2.0.x, then it shouldn’t be a problem because it will only display the pingback and nix the trackback automatically in most cases.

    However, handling this from your blog’s end would require a bit more effort because it’s difficult to tell whether a pingback/trackback was successful without the target blog sending out some sort of confirmation.

    When in doubt, check the trackback URL – if it appears to be just the permalink with /trackback/ added to the end or wp-trackback.php, use the permalink. When the trackback URL is obviously not a WordPress link, use the trackback function.

    In the end, double notification is just something to be aware and mindful of, but nothing to fret over. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  73. Teli,

    Thanks for your response.

    I may have missed something here but I just want to be absolutely sure. When I do the trackback – should I have the pingback check box in WP WYSIWYG editor checked or unchecked?

    I did my first trackback after reading your post and don’t think it has worked. I had the checkbox checked because when I post a plugin called pingomatic pings a list of services including technorati. I thought I needed the box checked for this to work.

    I’d be greatful if you could clarify for me please.

    Thanks for your help.


  74. Hello Eileen,

    It appears you’re confusing pinging update services with pinging other individual blogs that you link to.

    Ping-o-matic is a service that notifies blog update websites. These websites keep an index of blogs, along with when and how often these blogs post new content in general. There’s no need to link to these websites within your content (unless you’re discussing them) and are completely separate from trackbacks/pingbacks. In fact, you don’t need to worry about anything if you haven’t changed your default WordPress settings.

    Trackbacks/pingbacks are ways to notify individual blogs when you link to them or discuss them in one of your own blog entries. If you wish to allow others blog to notify you when they talk about one of your blog entries, then you’ll need to leave a check mark next to the allow pings box in your write post page. If you wish to notify other blogs when you write about them, then you’ll need to follow the instructions outlined in the trackback tutorial.

    I hope that does clarify for you and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

    ~ Teli

  75. Ok. I want my trackbacks and stuff to show up in my comments. How do I do that?

  76. Hello Scott,
    If you’re using WP, your trackbacks and pingbacks will show in your comments by default unless the theme (or a plugin) you’re using modifies this behaviour. Check with the theme author if your trackbacks or pingbacks aren’t showing up in the comments section of your entries.

    ~ Teli

  77. Thank you for this great tutorial, much apprciated!

  78. Hi Teli,

    First of all, I must say this is a very informative and helpful post. I’m about to launch a blog of my own and your post has helped me answer many questions that I had about trackback and pingback. However, I’m a little worried about the privacy issues regarding trackback and pingback though.

    You mentioned in your post that “When sending a trackback, be mindful of sending a pingback. If the site you’re linking to has pingbacks enabled, be sure not to trackback.”

    I just want to know whether you enabled both pingback and trackback on your site, because I saw one blog entry has a permalink to this post and the comments has a trackback to that entry.

    So, am I correct to say that a blog owner should turn off either Pingback or Trackback in the WordPress->Options->Discussion? to avoid having two linkback?


    p.s. is there a RSS comment feed that I can add? 🙂

  79. Hi Bernard,
    I’m glad to hear the tutorial was helpful for you.

    However, I’m a little worried about the privacy issues regarding trackback and pingback though.

    Why? Trackbacks and pingbacks don’t send personally identifiably information unless you put it in your post.

    When I made the reference to sending a pingback/trackback to the same blog, it was mainly for WordPress 1.5 users and below. In the earlier versions of WordPress, it allowed both links to slip through, however, the newer versions of WordPress 1.5.0.x and up will take the pingback in favor of the trackback (only publishing a single link).

    If the blog you’re linking to isn’t WordPress, it’s relatively safe to assume you need to trackback and don’t need to worry about pingbacks at all.

    So, am I correct to say that a blog owner should turn off either Pingback or Trackback in the WordPress->Options->Discussion? to avoid having two linkback?

    No, because there is no way to disable either or. You either have trackbacks and pingbacks enabled or you don’t.

    If you’re running the latest version of WordPress, you needn’t worry about the two-link problem.

    I just want to know whether you enabled both pingback and trackback on your site…

    Trackbacks/pingbacks are enabled on this post, however, they are enabled on a post by post basis on the site itself.

    p.s. is there a RSS comment feed that I can add?

    The beauty of WordPress (when pretty permalinks are enabled) is that you can slap /feed/ to just about any URL to create an RSS feed.

    WordPress Trackback Tutorial Feed
    OptiNiche Website Feed

    Hope I’ve answered your questions, if you have any others, don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  80. This is sure a good tutorial for a newbie like me.

  81. This is a really great comprehensive tutorial on trackbacking and pingbacking. It’s good that you wrote about the WordPress built-in trackbacking system under the the advanced section of the post editing screen. I was just about to use a manual third-party pinging website or just write a plug-in for WordPress that would do what the makers built in.

    What I was wondering is if the built-in WordPress “Already pinged” list means that the ping was attempted or that the ping was attempted, successful, and confirmed/acknowledged (with at least a code 200 or something). Thanks!


  82. This was extremely helpful! Thanks for all of the info Teli!

  83. Joseph Santiago March 15, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Thank for this great information about tracback and how this increase the backlink to one blog. This can help any person who want increase her traffic and popularity in search engine. Very important is remember use this tutorial wisely when sending a tracback or pingback.

  84. Nice tut for WP users. I’m forwarding it to some friends who use Wp but don’t understand trackback.

    Question: why don’t you publish a trackback url? If I wanted to trackback from a non WP blog how would I do it? Would the permalink URL work?

  85. Hello Derek,
    Thank you for the compliments and I’m glad you found the tutorial useful.

    As for why I don’t publish my trackback URL, it was by design. On this blog, trackbacks/pingbacks are turned on based on individual posts (not by default) and in the beginning, the vast majority of my posts did not have it enabled, so I simply left it out of my theme when I created it.

    Moving into my redesign of the site, I will probably add it back because I’m allowing trackbacks/pingbacks on more of my entries.

    For the second part of your entry, if you’re using a WordPress powered blog, then yes, the permalink would work just fine because WP would send a pingback. If it’s a non-WP powered blog, then you would need to use the actual trackback URL (simply add /trackback/ to the permalink).

    ~ Teli

  86. Hi,

    thanks for this. I have been searching for a simple explanation to trackbacks and pingbacks for more than a year. I’ve been doing it, and it worked sometimes but I was never sure what I was doing. A bit embarrassing maybe but I’ve never been able to quickly find a good explanation of trackbacks and pingbacks.

    I like this one because it’s short, to the point, simple and easy to follow and also shows you exactly where in different versions of wordpress to do the stuff.

    So, today I made my first trackback with confidence, knowing exactly what I was doing.

    A simple thing perhaps but it had become a big problem for me and was slowing me down. I’m sure other people have had the same confusions.

  87. I’ve obtained more confidence in myself. Before I was not sure of what I was doing. Now I’m able to trackback confidently. Thanks.

  88. Teli – I never thanked you, but I appreciate your response to my question.

  89. How To Spot-er April 25, 2007 at 6:30 am

    This is one of the best tutorials on trackback and ping for WordPress I have found so far! Thank you.

  90. Thanks heaps for this. I was wondering how to do it and your site indexed on top of Google, so thanks.

  91. Hi, I’m very new to the WordPress platform and I looked a lot through specialized website about the trackback thing and I found that this article describes in the best way the concept, thanks a lot! I will use this important feature in the next articles.

  92. Hi! how can I put the “trackback link” in my posts in wordpress? there’s an automatic setting or I must put it inside manually?

    thanks again


  93. Hi Lorenzo,
    By default, a majority of the themes will display the trackback link automatically if trackbacks are enabled for an individual entry.

    If you’ve enabled trackbacks and still cannot see the link, then you may want to open up the comments.php file and see if there is some code you need to uncomment.

    If you’re using a pre-made theme, I would suggest reading through the included Read Me or contacting the theme author to find out how to make the trackback link visible.

    I hope that helps,
    ~ Teli

  94. Hi Teli, your help is very usefull but where in the administrator panel I can enable the trackback links? I see only the one in the post section where I have to put the url linking to other blog. THKS!

  95. Hi Lorenzo,
    I now understand what you mean and just realized I didn’t address it in the entry.

    To make sure you have trackbacks enabled on your WP blog, if you know that a majority of your posts will have trackback enabled, then you can have it turned on by default whenever you write a new entry. Click on Options -> Discussion and make sure there is a check mark next to “Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)”.

    This setting can be overridden on an individual post basis (you can also leave it deactivated and still manage it on a post by post basis). When you’re in the Write->Post screen, there will be a box called Discussion, make sure there is a check mark next to “Allow Pings”.

    I’m going to update the entry with this section so others will know how to enable trackbacks/pingbacks on their blogs. Thanks. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  96. I’m here again Tel 8-).

    I enabled everything you say but again the link to the trackback doesn’t appear, for example you have this link to the bottom of your post -> trackback from your blog -> “http://www.optiniche.com/blog/117/wordpress-trackback-tutorial/trackback/”

    I can’t find it in my template. Can I manually add this link in that this way -> name of the post + /trackback/ ?

  97. I found it! here it is the code to show the trackback link:
    (code removed by WP)

    yeah! 8)

  98. Thank you… I finally understand Trackbacks 🙂

  99. So, if I want to alert another blogger that I have referenced his/her blog, I take the “Trackback URI” that they inserted into their post, and I put it into my post in the appropriate text box.

    BUT, how do I post my own trackback URI so that other bloggers can use it in their posts to alert me when they reference my post?

  100. Hi,

    Thanks for publishing such a good article. I’m newbie for wordpress. I have follwed your steps and tried using trackbacks. But, i hope i have missed something. So, i’m not able to get the tackback link in my post. what ia have done is,

    1. I have added a post and added this link in tackback url :

    2. I have “allow ping” is enabled in my discussion box

    3. I have “Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.) ” is enabled in Options-> Discussion

    4. I published the post.

    5. Now, I can see only the post in my user page without trackback url.

    Should anything to be modified to get the trackback url in my post or anything i have missed?
    Please make me clear…

  101. Thank you for the excellent tutorial. It was just what I was looking for.

  102. Hi Teli
    I’ve tried (9th Sept) doing a pnigback from my new WordPress blog (www.solstice-it.com/blog) to here but t hasnt appeared – so I assume it hasnt worked. I ‘m just about to try a trackback.


  103. Hi Andy,
    It appears that your trackbacks/pingbacks aren’t working because I haven’t received any from your blog. I even checked the Akismet spam folder and it wasn’t in there.

    ~ Teli

  104. Scratch that Andy! The trackback come through, sorry for the confusion.

    ~ Teli

  105. Hi Teli,
    I ‘ve discovered that pingback doesnt work for me because my wordpress is on a shared server that has Port 80 blocked, which apparently pingback needs. This is done to stop recursive loops with faulty scripts, and because its a shared server they wont unblock it…..so anyone else on a shared server, beware.


  106. Hi Andy,
    Actually, your pingback works, too. I just saw a pingback from your blog, which I just approved, so there may be something else going on that you’re not aware of. 🙂

    ~ Teli

  107. hmmm! – well I think the bottom line is it works. As they say, if it aint broke dont fix it!

  108. Hi Teli,
    Thanks for the great tutorial! Made trackbacks/pingback much clearer 🙂

    Though I still have a few questions which I’m not 100% sure about…

    Is the only way to check if a blog allows pingback to check the source code? Also, when a trackback/pingback does go through – what chunk of text is displayed?

    On my blog, I have pingback enabled, and the other day I wrote a new post which included the permalink to an older post – because of that, it created a pingback! Is there a way to disable this?

    Thanks heaps!

  109. How long should a trackback comment take to be posted? I tried it from my site, and nothing is appearing here yet.

    Like Andy above, I use WordPress.

  110. Hello Jeremy,
    I generally check comments/trackbacks multiple times throughout the day. On average, it only takes about 24 hours for a valid trackback to appear on the blog. (Trackbacks which don’t actually link back to this entry or posts which are deleted aren’t approved.)

    On my end, I haven’t received any trackbacks or pingbacks from your domain name. I’d suggest trying to send it again and let me know when you do so I can be on the look out for it.

    ~ Teli

  111. Teli,

    Okay, I just tried it again. If this works, I think maybe my initial problem was that I thought I could trackback simply by having a link to this post within the body of my blog post.

    At least, I read on the WordPress codex that doing that should work since it is supposed to automatically attempt to send a ping to any blog I reference in my post.

    Anyway, I have now put your blog post in the trackback section of my post to see if that works.

    If so, my question is this: what if a post doesn’t have a “trackback” link listed? Does that mean you just can’t trackback to it?

  112. Hi Jeremy,
    The trackback came through, but as mentioned before, your pingback didn’t.

    You’re right that most WP installations will try to pingback any website/blog linked in the body of a blog entry — of course, that’s assuming it’s set to in the options panel.

    I couldn’t tell you why your pingback didn’t come through here because this blog is set to accept trackback/pingback.

    what if a post doesn’t have a “trackback” link listed? Does that mean you just can’t trackback to it?

    If pingbacks aren’t working and there’s no trackback link, then it could be one of two things:

    1) The theme doesn’t display the trackback links; or
    2) Trackbacks for that entry are disabled

    In the first case, if you’re sure it’s a WP blog, then you can add /trackback/ to the URL if the blog is using pretty permalinks or /wp-trackback.php?p=#, where # is the ID of the post (found in the URL ?p=#).

    In the second case, then the trackback/pingback simply wouldn’t work.

    Hope that helps.

    ~ Teli

  113. Hi Teli,

    Thanks for this post. I got your message that my trackback for my post didn’t work. I deleted the post and re-published it. Let me know if it works this time.

  114. Thanks for the great post! Blogging is somthing new to our company and we were surfing for wordpress tool and found your blog! Keep up the good work here!

  115. Thanks for the information on using trackbacks and pingbacks. I had been confused about using them but your article was very thorough and informative.

  116. I am going nuts!!!! I saw a blog that has trackbacks – a list of who has linked to the specific post. Great. So, I downloaded a trackback plugin, enabled everything, and I still can’t get trackbacks to display. I get recent comments to display, but I can’t display where others have linked to my blog. Any help would be wonderful. http://www.staciecmorris.com/wordpress2

    Thank you!!!!

  117. Marie | real estate homes for sale November 9, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    My site is fairly new and so am I in wordpress. I’m just beginning to realize the many advantages of using wordpress versus the xsitepro that I use to create my websites in.

    But it is so overwhelming all the available tools that makes wordpress not only webmaster friendly but also reader friendly. And your instructions on tracking back is one of those tools that I’m sure will help my blog.

    Thanks a million.


  118. It is a good option for trackback but I have never used it. I know a lot of people use it but I’ve never seen a point yet.

    I like your layout template and blog atmosphere.

    Have a great day.

  119. Wicked post, thanks for the info.

    I’m new to this blogging stuff and I hadn’t realized something as cool as trackbacks actually existed. I believe I may be using a trackback to this entry on my blog. Ha!

  120. Hi Teli,

    My website was deleted just after I placed a trackback to this article. If you went to check you would have wondered were it went! If it wasn’t for Technorati still having the first paragraph of my posts still showing, I wouldn’t have been able to resurrect them. Anyway I’ve done a trackback for (Dec 2nd again) so its not at today’s date. I nearly called for your help on fixing all my WordPress problems, I wish I knew as much as you!

    Thanks again,

  121. Hi
    Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I can understand clearly what is trackback and pingback now. Your lively discussion here is very informative and most interesting.

  122. RSS Noob here. I want to use CaRP to make a portal site of RSS feeds for a certain subject.

    I can put the feeds in posts or pages, but what is the best way to trackback/pingback these? The feeds all link to the origin sites posts. Do i need to do more?

    My goal is to create an authority site with feeds to start, and original content to come. Then i will provide links to my store of products.

    Does this make any sense???

  123. Hi Teli,
    I am a beginner with WordPress and your tutorials are very helpful.
    Great and thanks.

  124. Great tutorial! Thanks. I am working my way with plugins, themes, AdSense etc. in WordPress and this tutorial was certainly helpful.

  125. Thanks, that was a very helpful tutorials (if read with the comments!)

  126. Hi all,
    I am completely new to this, but at least I get the picture…
    I have 1 question, though.
    Not all blogs have their post trackback uri publicly displayed. How do i get them?

  127. Steve Patterson April 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    This is great! Thanks for sharing.
    My question is, does anyone know a way that you can add to each post something like this:

    Trackback this Post and have it link to the trackback URL.
    including a note beside it saying, right click and copy paste.
    I am not sure on my blog how to get that to work.
    I am new to using a self-hosted blog, switched over from LJ to WP.
    Thanks for the help in advance.

  128. Teli, great tutorial, you couldn’t have explained it any better. I’ve read a few tutorials before I got here and I was still confused until I got here. Glad I found this post and your blog. Thanks.

  129. Teli. Very useful post and an impressive tutorial. Many tutirials have-had been published on this, but the information stated on this page clearly outlines the details.

    Your work is appreciated.

    Thanks – Tina

  130. Hey Teli! First of all brilliant post. I’ll definitely be coming back here to check this site out more thoroughly soon. I have recently put up a site, listed here, which has a wordpress blog on it, and the tips you gave here were extremely useful. Nicely done. One thing though, your question, “Are you human?” doesn’t leave room for truthful answers. So to answer more accurately yes mostly, after my first cup of coffee, *grins*. Seriously well done apart from that, though.

  131. I have a self hosted wordpress blog. I am not seeing any trackbacks on my blog. I checked in options>discussion and I do have the box checked for trackbacks, but they are still not showing up. Do you know why?

  132. Man.. it took me a while to finally understand what you’re saying, Teli. Or I think I got it. Correct me if I’m wrong.. to trackback/pingback to somebody’s blog/post, I need to include the blog’s/post’s link in my blog/post. And since my blog is already trackback/pingback enabled, that person will be automatically notified of my trackback/pingback.

    Am I correct?

  133. Hi Teli. Thanks for you excellent explanation.

    I wonder if pingbacks can work through redirects. For example I have several urls that all point to melbourne.mrjohnnytan.com.

    If someone writes in his blog about melbournecandy.com/tours-prices/ which redirects to melbourne.mrjohnnytan.com/zh/tours-prices/
    will the pingback work?

    Also I’ve trouble receiving pingbacks to my homepage, is that possible at all?

    Thanks a lot!

  134. SEO Binh Nguyen October 27, 2008 at 5:35 am

    This must be one of the finest tutorial I ever found on the Internet nowadays. That makes me put your blog in the bookmark.

    I’m actually searching for a solution to enable my WordPress Page to also pingback to other blogs. Currently only posts do and this annoy me because I want to link to other blogs from my pages too.

    If you happen to know the answer, please email me. I can’t subscribe to your post because there are too many comments, and that will make my inbox full.

    Thank you.

  135. I’ve got a couple questions… Do I use the trackback URL in the hotlink in the post? Or should I use the standard link for the hotlink, then use the trackback url in the advanced options section? Does it matter? Can I do both?

  136. Sabine Engelhardt November 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for all the explanations.

    I just installed WP 2.6.3 and tried a trackback to a friend’s blog on wordpress.com. It was never received there. Then I tried a pingback — same.

    Now you say I should have tried the pingback first, but I didn’t know that. I’d like to set that pingback anyway, so how can I get my WordPress to pingback to that friend’s blog?

    Thanks in advance for your answer.

    Greetings, Sabine

  137. There’s always new stuff to learn… even if its really old stuff LOL… I’ve looked at the trackbacks panel within WordPress a few times over the last couple of years and have always been too busy to look into it.. Doh!

    And then today, I thought I’d research Trackbacks – hence coming across this blog, however – on reading the technical stuff about WordPress. . . I find that my setting to auto inform sites who’s links appear in my own blog COULD be doing the same job as trackbacks and I run the risk of upsetting other blog sites if it results in multple trackbacks !!!!

    Surprise surprise, I’ve left the panel alone again and not used it. Is this right ?

  138. I have read so many articles on Trackback and Pingback and to be honest, I still don’t see any reason to do either of them.

    This article was more thorough in its explanation but I still don’t see what possible benefit I would get by allowing another blogger to copy half a sentence from my blog and put into a comment on my post with a link to their own blog. That’s obvious spam.

    Why would I allow that?

    To me it looks ugly to have my the comment section of my blog cluttered up with these half sentences and links that take my readers away from my blog. So instead I mark them all as Spam and delete them.

    What am I missing?

  139. Thanks for the detail. I was searching for trackback info and laughed when I realized that if I had looked I would have seen the trackback feature.


  140. Thanks for the tutorial! I think I’m starting to grasp the whole trackback process, so I go to my last post to put the URLs I linked to in the trackback field (wordpress), but I stop….

    What’s the deal with sending trackbacks to non-blogs? What do they do with them? Do they have a way of displaying them, or is my trackback just teeing them off?

    Trying to maintain happy trackback karma 🙂

  141. Thanks. Yours is one of the few explanations of trackbacks and pingbacks which is understandable.

  142. Thanks! For the first time, I feel like I understand what trackbacks really are (and more importantly how to effectively utilize them).

  143. Thanks for the information. Great post. I have one question about pingbacks and seo.

    Does it make sense to allow pingbacks on your posts for SEO reasons?



  144. Very useful blog post, I am quite new to the word press functionality and only just about nailed the use of creating my own theme. This is awesome help, thank you.

    Nice comment Simon, though I think maybe something slightly stronger 😉

  145. Thank You for posting this, i was very confused with how this works because i simply entered a trackback link into the browser and got an xml page. Good points on spamming and making the links legit as well.

  146. This is great, but aren’t the lists of pingbacks and trackbacks supposed to show in the comments?

  147. Your article was an aha! for me, I just starting looking into how to increase traffic, did a search on trackbacks, and your site came up – Thanks!

  148. IT Computer Support New York July 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    This is I’m sure a “noob” question but when I approve a traceback in WP it leaves a comment summarizing my post on the post. I don’t really want a comment that simply summarizes the same post it is on.I want to approve the tracebacks (this is how to get traffic) but I don’t want redundant comments on my blog. Is this a configuration issue?

  149. Very well explained . Your tutorial will be very helpfull for those that just started the blogging stuff. Nice job.

  150. Active Xtream July 23, 2009 at 9:43 am

    awesome! thanks for the sharing…. but i still not really understand how to do setting for my own blog…
    i’m using wordpress 2.8.2…
    please advice if don mind.
    thank you

  151. I know this article is 3 years old, but I though I’d give it a try. Thanks for putting it together. I’ve got a better concept of what the Trackback and Pingback are for.

  152. I have just posted to my own blog with a link here to test whether I have understood correctly about pingbacks, but (given the uncertaintly that often exists about whether it will work) I am not sure how either pingback or trackback either adds to or makes it easier to achieve the result of what I have done “by hand” in this comment.

    Another question I have (which is actually what brought me here in the first place) is about moderation. I recently found a trackback on a blog of mine where I thought I had restricted comments to those from previously approved contributors and started searching for info about trackback and pingback moderation. There appear to be some plugins that do this but I gather from your tutorial (or rather from one of your earlier very helpful answers to comments) that these should no longer be necessary as WordPress now treats all three the same way.

    And finally(?) yet another question – does WP always list comments and trackback/pingbacks in a single list or is it possible to separate them as I think I have seen on some other blogs?

    Thanks for your help (if you are indeed still following this thread after all these years!)

  153. Rita R. Handrich November 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I have been trying for months now to find out what I have to do so that when SOMEONE ELSE cites our blog post, that trackback shows up under the post itself rather than in my comments box.

    If you can tell me the answer to that one (is it a plug-in for example) and how to make it work–you would solve a long-standing annoyance for me!


  154. I am having trouble pingbacking using wordpress. I have an installation on a cheapo ISP with safemode etc.etc. And since I have not yet seen a single pingback work I would be happy for any help figuring out if the problem is on my (or rather my ISPs) side.

    I have put a link in one of my posts (http://www.responsive.se/thomas/2009/12/11/katacasts), so if everything works this should arrive here.

  155. Hello Teli,

    I’ve been blogging for a while, but didn’t really understand pingbacks until recently. Without giving it much thought, I was generating them by linking back to earlier posts I had written, and, also without thinking that much about it, I was simply deleting them.

    Then I realized that I shouldn’t have been doing this because someone running across an earlier post would see, in the comment section, later blog posts of mine linking back to the one they had found. If they wished they then could see what I had later written on a similar topic by going to the later post.

    I want to restore the deleted pingbacks. I tried to do so by going into my later posts and updating them, and this did generate a number of pingbacks to my earlier posts. But, many of the expected pingbacks weren’t created.

    Why aren’t all of the expected pingbacks to my prior posts being created? How can I generate them?

  156. Please don’t think me dense, but trackbacks/pingbacks are confusing and I will spend more time studying them but for now here are my questions please:

    1. Do you leave trackbacks only for other BLOG POSTS? For instance if I am referring to an author’s website during my post, shall I leave that author’s website URL in the “Send Trackback” section in my WordPress post section?

    2. If a blog post has NO reference to a “trackback” or “pingback”, but it’s a very popular blog (say Problogger) then would it still be necessary to contact the blogger? Is trackback link always different from the actual POST URL?

    3. When I reference my OWN blog posts in a new blog post, I always get an email/comment approval for my own pingback/trackbacks. Is this normal? I don’t see any options for modifying this in WordPress.

    THANK YOU in advance whether you take time to respond or not I appreciate your content here very much.

  157. Thanks for your very clear and concise tutorial. I appreciate your comments very much. I sometimes use my blog just to store links for articles I use when researching. I had no idea I was sending pings to all those websites. Also, I may publish an article ten times before it is final, just to look at it. Maybe I should just be saving drafts and viewing those. I wonder how many pings I have sent to all the websites….Anyways, thank you very much.

  158. After reading all the comments (yes, ALL of them), I have come to the conclusion that you are very patient and kind for answering all the questions.

    Your theme is awesome as well. I now have 4 different blogs (for a club, a committee, my business as well as a personal one). Someday, I would like a professional theme designed specifically for me. Maybe you can help with that.

    I frequently us my blog as a journal. If I am doing research, I may save links with brief summaries. However, I don’t want that post to notify other sites for which I have posted links. The option “attempt to notify…” in settings appears to be a GLOBAL option, one that cannot be enabled/disabled for individual posts. I can see that the “Allow link notifications…” option can be enabled/disabled for individual posts, but apparently not the outgoing notification. Can you confirm this for me? In most cases, I want other websites to be pinged, but from time to time, I don’t. Is it just a matter of toggling that option every time publish a post, depending on my preference for that individual post?

    Also, I noticed that, in the preceding comments, that some are trackbacks and some are pingbacks. If WordPress generally will automatically use pingbacks over trackbacks, is it safe to assume that the trackbacks are from non-WordPress blogs?

    Thanks again

  159. Your wonderful article was written so many years ago, but the message still resonates. It’s a testament to excellent blogging. People will always appreciate good content.

    Keep up the good work.

  160. Thanks for this post Teli. I’ve posted on my blog about this to see if it works! Trackbacks and pingbacks are doing my head in…

  161. Hi Teli, Excellent tutorial on trackbacks and pingbacks.
    I have a query –
    (1) I often get pingbacks and trackbacks for my wordpress blog, but when I check the urls, I notice that they are not at all linking to my blog in any way, and just trying to promote their website or product by sending trackback.
    (2) What is the best way to check whether the site is actually linking to your blog or not.
    What do I do in this case, should I approve or trash these trackbacks?
    Please advice.

  162. Very informative, but i have a question. How do i find out whats my trackback url? I just cant figure it out. It doesnt display anywhere.

    Also, many other bloggers have pinged me back and have mentioned my posts and urls in their posts, but i never get any pings. Till date i have received 0 pingbacks.

    The ” Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks” is ON.. is there something else i have to do?

    Also i have noticed a number of blog entries where even the pingbacks from phpbb3 or other forum softwares are listed… pretty much every single reference to an articles is displayed there as a pingback. how’s that possible? Is it Kramer?

    Please help.

  163. Great to see an article that finally helps marketers understand the reasosns for linking to other sites, even your competition. Totally backwards from what we marketers from the mid to late 90’s learned about linking to or even mentioning competition on our sales page. But there in lies the difference, all we had back then were sales pages, no content, no free information, nothing but pitch. Nowadays its quite a different story, web 2.0 demands we flip everything we know about linking upside down and do the exact opposite of what we learned starting out. To this day it is weird to me to link to competitors or people I overlap with considerably. But I do willingly and with 99% glee, because it brings 35% of my first time visitors back to my site according to my stats.

  164. Thats a great way to understand if its a comment or pingback.. All I could understand was this:
    1. enter the URLs and hit update, that would send pings
    2. if I include your http://www.optiniche.com/blog/117/wordpress-trackback-tutorial/ link in any of my post, it will be pinged..

    How do i get constantly pinged by another blogger of something that I gave already read and commented. I mean are these auto- generated too?

    Once the post is published, can i still enter the URL and send trackbacks?

    You must have figured out that I am a newbie..

  165. Hi, teli just wanted to check suppose I take an image or some content from some other site and do not trackback or inform that site in any other way, is that legal. can i do that…..thanks

  166. Hi ive just read you blog and it is very informative with trackbacks.. however where can i locate my trackback url? or is just a matter of enabeling it in the admin section of a blog

  167. Pretty in depth stuff Teli. I’m still trying to get my head round the difference between ping and trackback, but will read over again when not so frazzled from work. thanks for the tutorial.


  168. Hi,

    I’m getting a lot of trackbacks to my site, and I feel many are hammy.

    I feel that trackbacks have helped me get to page rank 3 quite quickly, but I’m concerned they may have a detrimental affect on my site in the long run.

    Is there any known issue with these hammy in-links, and is there a way to block them?



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  70. WyriHaximus.net :: Pingback, Akismet and HTMLized modules - December 3, 2007

    […] Since I'm working hard on my site and blog and getting more visitors. I started looking into a way to interact more with other sites, so I came across Pingbacks and Trackbacks. (Also this post on BlueJar.com is very interesting to get more comments on your Blog.) Pingback is a way of way of exchanging links between site/blog owners, with a not to hard specification based on XMLRPC. After reading this post (kinda lost that post so had to search for it and I came across this interesting post aswell) regarding the difference between Pingbacks and trackbacks I decided to go for Pingbacks first since they are harder to spam then Trackbacks. (Well ok created a simple script that shows simple HTML with a link to the page your pinging back, once the pingback has been done and the page your pinging shows the ping you let it redirect to the page to spam. But this is just a side track, one not many people like but must kept in mind aswell cause we would become naive if we don't .) Using XML-RPC for PHP it was very easy to set up a server for receiving pingbacks . […]

  71. frankhagan.com » WP Pingback and Trackbacks - December 11, 2007

    […] In my search, I did find what I think is the best tutorial on pingbacks and linkbacks in WP: OptiNiche’s Trackback Tutorial by Teli Adam. I’ll be mining the site for more of this type of explanation; Teli Adlam does a very good job of providing concise, easy to understand explanations. […]

  72. Diary of a Four-Hour-a-Weeker - December 19, 2007

    More thoughts on applicability: Sold vs. Bought…

    Yesterday, I talked about how the concept of the reduced work week as envisaged by Timothy Ferriss’ Book mostly applies to repeatable, products or productizable services. But I think there’s more to it than that. Even in the product realm, …

  73. andreas04: close to attraction - December 28, 2007

    […] Teli Adlam says ‘When used properly, trackbacks and pingbacks are an excellent way to build links and traffic to your blog, as well as building relationships with other bloggers.’ To read the rest of this tutorial go to: OptiNiche […]

  74. Epiphanies, Inc. - December 28, 2007

    […] Trackbacking is one of 10 “inbound link strategies” flagged by Acorn Creative’s Kevin Skarritt as vital to increasing your online visibility and cuddle up with search engines. (Not hip to trackbacking? There’s a tutorial here, and the always helpful Wikipedia has good info on it as well.) […]

  75. SimpleIT’s Blog » Blog Archive » Great trackback tutorial - December 29, 2007

    […] I mostly play with WordPress on development & design part. I seldom blog. Yesterday was my first time trying trackback. I found a great tutorial at http://www.optiniche.com/blog/117/wordpress-trackback-tutorial . I’m writing this entry to test and also to thank the author. […]

  76. HIT-O.com » Blog Archive » Wordpress Template Downloads - Decisions, Decisions - January 3, 2008

    […] Also, this post is the first of mine using Trackbacks.  This is a great article on the Optiniche blog describing the use of trackbacks.  I realize I don’t have my URL’s optomised for search engines, but that’s next on the list of things to learn about. […]

  77. Blood Drunk - January 13, 2008

    Trackbacks. An Easy Source of Traffic…

    There is a good trackback tutorial that describes what they are, how to use them, and how they generate easy traffic to your blog. Always remember with trackbacks that you should always link to the site you are getting the trackback from otherwise it w…

  78. Pingbacks and Trackbacks | blog ex machina - January 28, 2008

    […] Pingbacks and Trackbacks are really very new to me.  I found this site that articulately explains them.  However, you know the Net it is widely used as much as it is widely abused.  I’ve read some posts that say quite a number of sites turn off their trackbacks (am not sure about pingbacks) because they are spam magnets. […]

  79. Blog Profit Cafe - February 2, 2008

    Trackbacking Part 2: is it really as ‘pinging’ difficult as it seems?…

    Well, I’m still apparently in the total newbie stage of my trackbacking experience… My pinging attempt in my last post seemed to have worked, but I must have pinged on deaf ears! Perhaps the site has now disabled the function? After some mo…

  80. Sebicas' Blog - February 14, 2008

    Trackbacks??? So confusing!!…

    I am trying to understand the concept of Trackbacks, Pingbacks, etc… it’s so confusing!! But I think I finally got a pretty good idea when reading WordPress Trackback Tutorial by Teli Adlam… thanks for the clarification Teli, I really…

  81. howardmackinnon.com - February 27, 2008

    Blog marketing: trackbacks…

    I am learning about trackbacks so this is an attempt to see if I can actually do it right. The idea is that if you post a riff on your blog . . . (time out for translation) . . .
    “post” = publish
    “riff” = a post (usually a short…

  82. How to Blog Successfully « Gavin Jones' Blog - July 27, 2010

    […] form of online interaction that incorporates technologies such as Real Simple Syndication (RSS), trackbacks and commenting (Cromity, […]

  83. WordPress Trackback Tutorial FAQ - August 5, 2010

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  84. 20 Most Valuable SEO Plugins For WordPress | Kill your Time - May 30, 2011

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