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Old 17th September 2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default What are trackbacks?

What are trackbacks? How do they benefit a blog and the readers of the blog?

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Old 25th September 2004, 12:17 PM   #2
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Ok, I found a resource that answers "my what is a trackback" question:

A Beginner's Guide to TrackBack

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"This document is an introduction to TrackBack from a non-technical perspective. The goal is to illustrate how the system can be used to enhance cross-site conversations and build community."

Basically, it's a way to automatically notify another site that you commented on that site. Or, it can be used to notify a central site (such as a directory or search engine) that you've updated your site.

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Old 27th September 2004, 10:54 AM   #3
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I have one experience with Trackback. I came across a blog I wanted to comment on and the blogger asked readers to comment on their own site and then trackback. I commented on my blog and tried to Trackback but couldn't. I even emailed the blogger and asked--he pointed me to http://www.haloscan.com. I couldn't figure it out, so I just gave up.


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Thanks for pointing out http://www.haloscan.com/. That's a new one to me and I'll have a look.

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Trackbacks are great however you need to be careful about causing "trackback spam". Basically a track back is a way to cross file different blogs on the same topic. For example I track back to a comment you made about how to make a car into an airplane from my blog as I am discussing the same topic. Now your blog will show a link to my blog and the post I made. This is only for inline trackbacks. The problem with this is that you get a lot of viagra sites track-backing into major and minor blogs so that links show up and they get their site all over. Most blog owners check their trackbacks and will delete them if this is done.. so be careful when trackbacking to someone that you are actually discussing the same topic.

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