There will be numerous definitions for Ping if you check a dictionary, but what we are discussing here is obviously limited to the pinging your blog.

In general, we want to let search engines and people to know that we have updated our blog, and that can be done by pinging ping servers which would in turn ping other web services like feed aggregators and blog search engines.

Some of the blog scripts these days have automatic ping feature, Wordpress for instant are set to ping Ping-o-matic by default whenever the Wordpress blog is updated.

There are some cases that the automatic ping are not working well, and the problems are normally from your blog hosting server which are not supporting the feature.

If you don’t have enough confident with the automatic ping, you can ping manually by using Ping-o-matic as mentioned, as well as other ping servers like Pingoat and Blogflux.

Don’t overdo it though, make sure you ping only if you did updated your blog. Over-pinging might cause your blog to be listed as sping (or ping spam).. you won’t want that.

There are another form of blog ping, which is between blog to blog, lots of the time it’s called a trackback or pingback.

Trackback is often use when you want to notify other blogs about some posting that might interest them, or when you write something that are referring back to their post. It’s also use for the fun side as well, like tagging for memes etc.

Blog software like Wordpress support automatic pingbacks, where the blogs you linked to will be automatically pinged, vice versa.

It’s a bit more complicated if the blog that you linked or linked to you are not using the same blogging software. You will have to send trackbacks manually in this case.

Just like pinging ping server, same rule applies when pinging other blogs.. don’t overdo it. Make sure you really have something meaningful to offer when pinging others.

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