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Blog Exercises: Trackbacks Come Again No More

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.The power of trackbacks is to track the discussion of articles on your site across the web. They are generated automatically by the post when it is published, sending a trackback response to your site.

When the referring site owner moves their site, makes a domain name change, or does a total makeover that causes the database to be changed or updated, trackbacks can be re-released, flooding your site with redundant trackbacks as if the posts were just published.

Example of a duplicated, old trackback in the WordPress comment queue - by Lorelle VanFossen.

While we wait for WordPress and others to add some form of verification to duplicate trackbacks, it’s up to us to be responsible towards these unwanted trackbacks.

Note that the above image of a duplicate, old trackback is dated 2013 and the link in the trackbacking post is dated 2007. If a trackback comes in dated a year ago, possibly three or eight years ago, it is not spam. Don’t mark it as spam. If you permitted the trackback the first time, just delete it as this is a duplicate.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to check for duplicate trackbacks and delete them appropriately, and to be familiar with them in the future when they arrive in your comment queue.

These seems like a fairly simple blog exercise. It could be, but as with all of these blog exercises, this is about stretching your blogging muscles.

Delete the trackback after you visit the referring post.

If you didn’t say thank you before, take a moment to leave a comment or use their contact form (if comments are closed) to say thank you for linking to you, even if the thank you is past due. Remember, you can never say thank you enough.

If you notice they have changed their site, check to see if there is an announcement about the changes and congratulate them.

Look at the duplicate trackback as a change to re-kindle an old relationship or start a new one.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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  1. Posted August 2, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Still trying to grasp this on my new blog (rookie) So when I get a track back visit the page it originated from then delete it? I really appreciate your instruction, I read it daily….almost…

    • Posted August 2, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      Delete what? The trackback? Not unless it is spam or inappropriate.

      Be thrilled.

      • Posted August 2, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        Got it when I clicked the source blog they had my blog listed under relevant articles. I was thrilled. Cool.

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