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Enhanced Trackbacks – Making Trackbacks Work for You

Understanding trackbacks and pingbacks and pings can make you crazy. I’ll have a better explanation article for you soon, but I wanted to point out a helpful article to those who already have a clue on what trackbacks are, and how to enhance them to really make them work for you using a little javascript in your WordPress Templates.

Kafkaesquí, one of the gurus of WordPress knowledge and support, has come up with an enhanced trackback solution that will put more power into your trackbacks links.

Linking to a trackback, as opposed to just displaying the URL in some textual fashion round about the comments section of a post, is a bit of a problem in WordPress. This is because it doesn’t really take you anywhere, at least not in the way one tends to expect, if you follow the link. The point of a trackback URL is to—and hopefully this is obvious—send a trackback “ping” from somewhere else, preferably another blog. Doing anything else with it is like banging on a door with no house attached, and as far as WordPress is concerned this is a pretty stupid thing to do. So if you visit a trackback URL from a WordPress blog, WordPress assumes you’re more interested in the post it derives from, and redirects you to it.

This isn’t for the timid or code shy, but his documentation is really clear. If you want to make trackback links work for you, check it out.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 12, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Hello, and thanks once again for all the great material you have here.

    Do you have an article explaining, could you point me to an article explaining, or could you explain how one goes about keeping normal comments separate from trackbacks/pingbacks below their posts as you have done?

    Thanks again!

  2. Posted December 12, 2007 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    @Philip:

    I haven’t “done” anything with this Theme. The Sandbox Theme comes like this. WordPress.com bloggers have no control over their Theme’s code. However, I did write Separating Comments and Trackbacks in WordPress – The Answer, two years ago and it should still work. I haven’t tested it in the latest version of WordPress.

    Many Themes have them separated now, so you can use their code if the one I recommend doesn’t work for you.

  3. Alexrat
    Posted May 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Great to see an article that finally helps marketers understand the reasosns for linking to other sites, even your competition. Totally backwards from what we marketers from the mid to late 90’s learned about linking to or even mentioning competition on our sales page. But there in lies the difference, all we had back then were sales pages, no content, no free information, nothing but pitch. Nowadays its quite a different story, web 2.0 demands we flip everything we know about linking upside down and do the exact opposite of what we learned starting out. To this day it is weird to me to link to competitors or people I overlap with considerably. But I do willingly and with 99% glee, because it brings 35% of my first time visitors back to my site according to my stats.


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