Comments »Pingbacks

A pingback is a special type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post, as long as the other blog is set to accept pingbacks. To create a pingback, just link to another WordPress blog post from within a blog post or a page on your own site. If that post has pingbacks enabled, the blog owner will see a pingback appear in their comments section.

Think of them as automated comments. Here is an example:

  • Let’s say you wrote a post titled “Great Post” and publish it.
  • One of your readers, who also has a website, really liked your “Great Post” and wanted to write their own post and link back to “Great Post”.
  • When they place a link (clickable text) back to “Great Post” on their own website, you get a notification.
  • This notification is the “pingback”. The pingback tells you and other website visitors – “Hey! Someone put a link to your post on their website”.

This notification then displays a special type of comment linking to Person B’s post. Pingbacks appear mixed in with any other comments on the post:

pingback example

Check out this article on pingbacks or the Introduction to Blogging article for a more detailed explanation.

The example above is from a blog using the Ryu theme. Comments are styled differently for each theme, so pingbacks on your blog won’t necessarily look like this example.


Can I stop self-pings?


Self-pings (pingbacks that happen when you link to your own blog posts) are useful to some, annoying to others. If you’d prefer, you can stop your blog from pinging itself by using a shortened version of your URL for the link.

Normally when you create a link, the entire URL including http:// is used. That will cause a self-ping.

To prevent self-pings, remove the domain from the link, keeping only the slug — the part of the URL that comes after the “.com.” Instead of this:

use only this:


Note: The Visual Editor may add the domain information back into the link. To check, switch to the HTML editor and make sure the link is displayed correctly in the href attribute for the link before publishing. Also, the relative link structure suggested above only works within the blog itself. The links will be invalid when used outside of the blog, like in subscription emails.

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How do I send out update pings?

Many services want a “ping” from you to know you’ve updated so they can index your content. handles it all for you. When you post, we send a ping using Ping-o-Matic!, is a service that pings several different search providers all at once, including My Yahoo! and Google Blog Search.

Pings are automatically sent if you have a public blog. If your blog is private or if you block search engines, pings will not be sent.

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Disabling Pingbacks

You can disable pingbacks on individual posts via the Discussion module on your Add New or Edit Post page:

pingback controls

Look for it in the modules to the right of the post editing box.

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