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Old 22nd April 2005, 01:07 PM   #1
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Can someone explain the trackback to me? I have a blog but have not really investigated all the features or put a marketing effort behind it. I need to bone up on this stuff to make sure I'm taking full advantage!

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Hi St0n3y - good to see you here

I don't think there is a better explanation than the one provided here

http://www.movabletype.org/trackback/beginners/

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In a nutshell, TrackBack was designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, "This is something you may be interested in." To do that, person A sends a TrackBack ping to person B.


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Old 22nd April 2005, 02:09 PM   #3
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That's just what I needed. Thanks Logan!



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Hi St0n3y! You snuck in when I wasn't looking. I'm glad to see you here.

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Trackback is really cool when used properly but we had to disable it because trackback spammers kept innundating us with junk trackbacks.

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Thanks for the welcome, Robert!

I disabled comments entirely on my blog because I didn't want to have to deal with the spam problem. But on my new site I'm going to enable them again. I've got a lot of catching up to do on the whole blog thing and I'm not entirely sure I yet understand the trackback deal.

Somebody tell me if I'm wrong here... lets say I blog about what somebody else blogged. I link to that blog in my blog but I then should add a trackback if I want that blogger to know that I blogged about his blog?

Sounds pretty Smurfy to me.

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Somebody tell me if I'm wrong here... lets say I blog about what somebody else blogged. I link to that blog in my blog but I then should add a trackback if I want that blogger to know that I blogged about his blog?
Exactly. One benefit of this is it creates the opportunity for the other site's visitors to learn more about the topic discussed by following your trackback link on the other site to your site and reading what you had to say.

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Old 30th April 2005, 09:19 AM   #8
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thank you this thread was very helpful. I'm trying to develop a level of traffic to several blogs that will allow me to generate advertising income. I've been blogging since february and I'm getting there but it's nice to know another avenue to generate traffic.

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