What are the Trackback and Pingback in WordPress

What are the Trackback and Pingback in WordPress


What is a Trackback?

Trackback is that when you like what an article on someone else’s WordPress blog or website has to say, you may wish to leave a comment on it. Because the topic interests you, you may want to link that comment to your website as well, so your visitors can also learn from the topic. That’s when you would leave a comment on the post including a Trackback.

Think of it as someone sharing an article on your Google+ Home, or handing you a newspaper article saying “I think you’d be interested in this.” By adding a Trackback, you’re saying to your viewers that you liked something, and think they might as well.


Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them. If you link to a WordPress blog they’ll be notified automatically using Pingbacks, no other action necessary.

Think of Trackbacks as the equivalent of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper or chapter in a text book.

To send a Trackback, add the Trackback URI from the other blog post to the Send Trackbacks module in your blog post before you publish it. A Trackback URI from a WordPress blog will end with /Trackback/.

What is a Pingback?

Pinback is that when you you link to a post or article on a website or blog, it will create a link in the comment section of that page, which is a Pingback. The link to that other site can be added on any page of your website. The followers of that article might click on your link and check out what you have to say as well.

Pingbacks also work within your own website. If you add a link in one post to another post on your site, wordpress will create a Pingback for you.

A Pingback only includes a link; it does not include any other content.


A Pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where Pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about Pingbacks is as remote comments:

  • Person A posts something on his blog.
  • Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post. This automatically sends a Pingback to Person A when both have Pingback enabled blogs.
  • Person A’s blog receives the Pingback, then automatically goes to Person B’s post to confirm that the Pingback did, in fact, originate there.

To create a Pingback, just link to another blog post. If that post has Pingbacks enabled, the blog owner will see a Pingback appear in their comments section that they can approve.

Comments are styled differently for each theme. Here is an example of how a Pingback appears.

How Trackback and Pingback are Helpful for Website?

Trackbacks and Pingbacks can benefit your website from an seo perspective. It is a link to your site from another site, which search engines will recognize. If you get a Trackback on a site with a good reputation and regular traffic, you may get a number of visitors to your site from that link.

If you comment on another person’s blog with a Pingback or Trackback and they approve it, it’s another link to your website. Their readers may choose to visit your link, therefore increasing traffic to your site.

Are Trackback and Pingback are spam?

Because of the power of Trackbacks and Pingbacks to add a backlink to a website, they are a major target for spammers. On average, 95% of the Trackback and Pingback requests that come through to your site will be spam. If you have a plugin such as akismet, it will filter out the majority of these for you.

Review the ones that do come through your spam filter on occasion. If the person is adding a relevant question or additional material to what you wrote, and the site they’re linking to be a legitimate business or blog that relates to what you are saying, you may choose to approve the Pingback or Trackback.

How do turn off Trackbacks and Pingbacks?

If you decide you do not want any Trackbacks or Pingbacks allowed on your site, you can turn them off in your wordpress settings. Click on settings, then discussion. Then uncheck the “allow link notifications from other blogs (Pingbacks and Trackbacks)” box.

This does not stop you from visiting other websites and leaving comments via Pingback or Trackback on their site.


  • Trackbacks & pingbacks are used for notifying site owners that someone else has referenced or linked their blog posts in their own posts
  • Sending of pingbacks is automatic upon someone’s linking to your site content
  • Publishers initiate trackbacks by entering URL in “send-trackback-field”
  • When received trackbacks & pingbacks can be trashed or approved similar to the blog comments
  • Upon approval of the trackbacks & pingbacks, these are published in comments section with a backlink to corresponding blog post
  • Overtime, majority of trackbacks and pingbacks are spam
  • Notifications for both of these can easily be disabled for the future site posts

Trackbacks & Pingbacks are good means of checking links made from your site by others. Following up them helps in response being made to other site-owners in this field. Due to the presence of higher spam levels in the practice, it is convenient and preferable to disable notifications regarding trackbacks & Pingbacks.


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