Pingback – Howto

What pingback does – an example.

Suppose you read a post on someone else's blog, Blog-A say, and you think there is relevant content (posts and comments) on your site, Blog-B.

It would be helpful if readers of Blog-A could see the post and comments on your site Blog-B. That may or may not be possible. There are two ways of doing this – pingback and trackback. This article deals with pingback – see trackback.html in the same directory for 'Howto Trackback'.

The difference between pingback and trackback is what is shown on the remote site. With pingback the remote site, Blog-A, shows a link to your site, Blog-B.
With trackback your post on Blog-B is reproduced as a comment on Blog-A, and since it is possible to spoof the source address, readers of Blog-A may be misled as to who really posted the comment.

Is pingback possible?

It will be possible if

Here is how it is done:



It may happen almost immediately or there may be a delay before the link to the post on your blog (Blog-B) appears on the other blog (Blog-A). Many site administrators require contributions to their blog to be moderated before publishing.

What can go wrong

No output on remote site


If you get a spam problem (with or without ping/trackback) try using akismet . The akismet module is already installed. You just need to enable and configure it.

For further help on trackback see WordPress Trackback Tutorial - by Teli Adlam