Trackbacks and Backlinks and Pingbacks

WordPress sometimes notifies me in comments that I have a “trackback.”  When I write a new post, I can also provide a trackback to another blog.  WordPress says: Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link other WordPress sites they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary.

So what is this stuff?

Trackbacks, Pingbacks, and (rarely) Refbacks are all forms of linkbacks.  Linkbacks enable website and blog authors to keep track of who is linking to – or referring to – their articles.

–        Trackback: Trackbacks are generally used for communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, the commenting blogger can notify the original blog with a TrackBack ping. WordPress, SilverStripe, Drupal, and Movable Type all support automatic TrackBack pings.  TrackBack is often used in place of the linkback term.  A little more prone to SPAM.

–        PingBack: Another way of notifying blog and websites of a reference or comment from another blog.  PingBacks are less prone to SPAM issues due to more modern technology.

–        RefBack: Uses no code, returns minimal information, uses HTTP values.  RefBacks often require a physical connection between blog and/or websites and are seldom used.

And Backlinks?

Backlinks, also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links, are incoming links to a website or web page. In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node.

Inbound links were originally important (prior to the emergence of search engines) as a primary means of web navigation; today, their significance lies in search engine optimization (SEO). The number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (for example, this is used by Google to determine the PageRank of a webpage).[i]

These terms are similar and confusing!  Know that linkbacks, etc. help a websites or blog’s SEO and pagerank.  Improve your SEO and comment on other blogs, refer to their content, and notify the original author with one of these tools.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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8 Responses to Trackbacks and Backlinks and Pingbacks

  1. teachercloud says:

    Reblogged this on SEO Issues and Website Marketing Blog and commented:
    Here is some interesting additional discussion about backlinks . . .

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  3. Whats up this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!%7

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