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Pinging With Pingers

Ping, in the most simplistic terms, is an Internet tool that knocks on the doors of search engines and directories to invite them to crawl your website or blog.

WordPress includes automatic pinging through Ping-o-Matic, but you can also do manual pinging if you choose. Elliott Back offers a huge list of pinging services, too, worth investigating.

And remember, pinging is like submitting to a search engine, do it more than once in a reasonable length of time and you can be penalized. If you abuse pingers, they will block your access, so don’t go crazy with this list. Use it thoughtfully and wisely.

And pinging everything on the planet does no one any good if that particular search engine or directory arrives on your site to find it is inappropriate for its needs. Why waste time. Stick with pinging services which serve your audience.

For example, Pingomatic covers mostly English speaking services, while Pingoat and Blogflux Pinger cover many foreign languages. If your blog is not in English, then you would definitely want to check out the foreign language pinging services and skip the all English services.

For the most part, if you are a WordPress user, stick with the automatic functions and you will get covered very well. If you need more coverage, here is a list of ping services and the number of search engines and directories they ping for you.


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  1. Posted December 12, 2005 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Forgot another good one:

    http://www.PingTheEmpire.com

    we switched to this one because they actually offer a script you can copy into your own web page or blog that allows you to Ping directly from your own site!!! Too awesome!

    Think they ping 20 or so directories!

  2. Posted December 14, 2005 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Here is another one that is gathering interest: Just Ping. It pings 10 “international” servers. I just tried it and it gave me a list of locations rather than services.

    Santa Clara, U.S.A.
    Austin, U.S.A.
    New York, U.S.A.
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Paris, France
    Nürnberg, Germany
    Sydney, Australia
    London, United Kingdom
    Hong Kong, China
    Stockholm, Sweden

    It pings “checkpoints” not tagging services or search engines.

    So just to clarify, check which services or servers a pinger uses to make sure your pinging efforts have a purpose other than testing how long it takes for a server to connect with your site around the world. This is handy for testing site speed, but not for announcing your site needs to be crawled because it’s been updated.

  3. Posted April 10, 2006 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    nice list of ping services, thank you

  4. Posted May 5, 2006 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Lorelle:

    First let me thank you. I LOVE your website and you have helped me learn WordPress in so many areas. I have a question. I think I have been banned from Technorati. They will not accept my articles, updates. How do I get unbanned? I think they banned me for submitting duplicate articles on my sites:I have 2 incidences of wordpress:
    christian-dating-service-plus.com/blog/ and christian-dating-service-plus.com/. I did not know I could not submit both at the same time? Anyway, any thoughts on how to get unbanned.
    Lastly, how often can we submit to RSS services?

    Thanks…Your site is the best…helping a neophyte like me learn about wordpress and the web.

    David

  5. Posted May 5, 2006 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you.

    As for whether or not Technorati has banned you, you have to ask them specifically. They have contact information on their site. If you are banned, then they will also have the information on how to get unbanned.

    But do consider a couple of things. First, the “dating-service” may work for your specific needs, but it is a flag for all search engines of a potentially unwanted and abusive site. Not saying yours are, just understand that these words reek of porn and spam. Such is the world we live in today.

    Second, if you are using WordPress, then don’t submit your stuff anywhere more than three times a year. In fact, don’t even bother except for submissions to way off the road directories or search engines. Using pings, your stuff is already being submitted, so save the energy.

    The same goes for RSS services. If they are on the ping list for WordPress, don’t bother. If they are not, then read their instructions. Usually one submission gets you in and consistent new content keeps their attention. You don’t fall off over time. Once you are in, you usually stay, as long as you have something worthy for their crawlers to crawl.

    Technorati is having a few technical problems right now, I’ve heard through the grapevine, that I’m sure they’ve solved by the time you read this. Who knows. Either way, Technorati is not the end all and be all of things you want to be listed in. Write original content that gets you listed by Digg, del.icio.us, or the other social bookmarking services and you will get all the bandwidth screaming attention you would like.

    Remember, this process of increasing your traffic takes time. Sometimes a lot of time. And the only way to move up the ranks is to 1) have good, consistent, focused original content of interest to others; 2) make sure your site is easy to use and see by people and search engines; 3) letting pingers and pinging do most of your site submission and promotional work on the web; 4) get friendly and known by other bloggers willing to write about your services (that’s where I’d put a lot of my energy); 5) tell your friends, neighbors, and everyone you can as word of mouth still out reaches social bookmarking services. ;-)

    Also remember that dating services are hit and miss. They are fads. They are of interest personally and globally as a fad and you have to live with the marketplace ebbs and flows.

    I’ve got more information here on site submissions that should answer the rest of your questions on this issue. Good luck and don’t worry about Technorati. Unless you know for sure, and your reason is not reason enough for banning, ask then put your energies elsewhere. Good luck.

  6. Posted May 10, 2006 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle…..You are simply the best…

    Blessings!

    David

  7. Posted August 3, 2006 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    How about autopinger.com? Autopinger is a free service to help you ping your blogs and podcasts to most available blog/podcast search engines and aggregators remotely and automatically.

  8. Posted April 7, 2007 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I need a sturdy list of pings for my blog network site. Thank you for this post.

  9. Posted February 15, 2008 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    This helped me a lot, thanks.

  10. Posted February 28, 2008 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Nice list!

  11. Alec
    Posted May 15, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Do these auto ping sites submit your website even if it is not a blog to search engines like Google and Yahoo? Thanks, Alec

  12. Posted May 16, 2008 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    @ Alec:

    Yes.

  13. Posted May 17, 2008 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    very interesting!! Thank you for your tips. Wonderful!!

  14. Posted June 6, 2008 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a great list this will really help us with the blog, I will pass on to others!

  15. Mike
    Posted March 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Any thoughts on sharing links?

    • Posted March 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Depends upon what you mean by “sharing links.” Link exchanges do not work. Pings work, but can also be abused.

  16. Thomas
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Feed Shark and a few others are among the few that still work.

  17. Posted March 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Is there any particular pinging site for Australia and New Zealand blogs?

    • Posted March 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Pingomatic, which is used by default by WordPress blogs, serves some Australian search engines and sites, but you’ll have to search for specifics, or add specific sites to your pings.

  18. Mike
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    i have just come across pingin for websites this was new to me and I appreciate the information.

  19. Katie
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the super-duper awesome tip. I never knew the difference between the function of pinging and tagging!

  20. Posted February 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Very Helpful! Thanks Lorelle!

  21. Abbie
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this very informative website. You are a gem in helping us out. I have to admit, I am very new and green at this. I created my site initally back several years ago when the URL was gelcorporation.com through WordPress (CPanel access). At the time, I was getting other sites promoting my business due to the code insite the WordPress template (I suppose). All was hunkey dorey. It wasn’t until I hired a javascript programmer to enter some code on my site (which worked out really beautifully), but then I changed the URL. I bought elearningsuccess.com and so gelcorporation.com doesn’t work anymore. THAT’s fine. The problem is that I lost any incident of other sites promoting my business (whether searching Google for Global e-Learning, elearningsuccess, gelcorporation…). Nothing shows up. I went to ping my sites and nothing still shows.

    Can you PLEASE help me? Otherwise, I have to hire someone to straighten it out.

    Oh, BTW, I’m probably going back to the drawing board this week and downloading a new WordPress Template for my elearningsuccess.com site. Think this might help? Only concern is copying/pasting that Javascript back in there (hoping it won’t ruin the pinging again).

    SO MUCH THANKS for you input.

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Pinging? Wow, are you off track. Links from other sites to yours are called “trackbacks” and if you change the URL to your site, you may lose any traffic coming from those sites to yours, but they have nothing to do with pings. Pings are automatic hidden notification to search engines and web crawlers that you updated your site. They have nothing to do with what you are talking about.

      Contact the sites that refer to you and ask them to update their links. They might not, but it helps to be nice when asking. If they are that old of links, get new ones.

      Put your energy into fixing your site and making it a pleasant and helpful place for humans and search engines will find you. And whatever JavaScript thing you are talking about, get rid of it. Whatever it is, it probably isn’t helping unless it helps humans first. Search engines reward design and content that rewards humans first, bots last.

      Good luck with your site.

  22. Ali
    Posted April 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    This has been very helpful. Thank you


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