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Get Traffic with Trackbacks

June 6, 2007

There are a lot of good reasons why you should link to other posts that you find helpful or that you get your information from. Linking is a big part of being a blogger, so help others by linking to their posts! You help your readers too, when you link to relevant posts. That way they can read on and learn more. But wait, that’s not all! When you link to another person’s post inside your post, it creates a link back to you, or a trackback (can also be called a pingback).

Up until I read Kevin’s helpful post, I did not really understand what trackbacks were, but now I’m taking full advantage of them! Some others who blogged about trackbacks were Stephen Welton, Dylan Kingsberry, and Leroy Brown. They’re all getting in on the pros of trackbacks!

If you don’t know what a trackback/pingback is, it is basically when you are writing a post, you link to another person’s post in yours. Then on their post page, if they haven’t turned trackbacks off, a link will appear to YOUR post. It helps generate a lot of traffic for you! So next time if you’re reading a post someone wrote about traffic exchanges and you get inspiration, instead of posting your ideas in a comment to their post, elaborate on what they’ve said and add your own thoughts to a post in your own blog, and link to their post! Thus, a trackback will develop, and you’ll have a link back to your blog. Of course, don’t go link crazy, and it’s especially important to link to posts that are relevant. Good luck with your future trackback success!

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8 Responses to “Get Traffic with Trackbacks”

  1. Leroy Brown on June 6th, 2007 10:09 am

    Yup, relevency is the key – if you end up sending trackbacks to non-relevent posts, you may end up getting marked as a spammer by many sites, and eventually by Akismet ( spam software ). That could mark the end of your trackback’ing days. So keep trackbacks on topic and you’ll be just fine,and enjoying the extra traffic.

  2. Tay on June 6th, 2007 12:01 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know you’d even get blocked by Akismet, etc. That’s pretty serious! Thanks for letting me know this information ;)

  3. Leroy Brown on June 6th, 2007 12:02 pm

    Yup, if enough site owners mark your trackback as spam, it’s possible. Akismet gets it’s info from the blogs on which it’s installed.

  4. Lisa on June 7th, 2007 12:22 am

    Great explanation of trackbacks. I was wondering about that.

  5. Tay on June 7th, 2007 2:53 pm

    Thanks Lisa. I was confused myself until I read Kevin’s post about them a couple weeks ago (or something like that). ;)

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  7. E.J. on March 21st, 2009 9:07 am

    Thanks, I didn’t understand till now what the pingbacks/trackbacks are and how they work. Certainly worth giving it a try! :)
    Cheers!

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