Every time you write a blog post and hit publish, you want to be sure that post is “pinged.” This will help you increase your blog traffice. In other words, it will increase the readers of your blogged book.
What is a ping? A ping is a push mechanism by which a blog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal, which is a set of specifications and implementations that allow software running on disparate operating systems and in different environments to make procedure calls over the Internet, is sent to one or more “ping servers,” which then generates a list of blogs that have new material. That’s a complicated way to say that when your blog post is pinged, a blog catalog or aggregator knows you have added new content.
In some cases, you have to manually ping your content or set up an account. I used to do that with Technorati when I used Blogger. In most cases, this service is automated if you set your blog up correctly or if you sign up with a blog catalog or aggregator. In WordPress this is an automated service.
How do you set up your blog to get pinged? It’s pretty simple really–at least in WordPress. After you log into your WordPress blog, go to “Settings,” then “Writing,” then scroll to the bottom where it says “Update Services.” You’ll see this copy: “When you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the following site update services. For more about this, see Update Services on the Codex. Separate multiple service URLs with line breaks. Then you’ll see a space to add site update services.”
Here are services to add. I suggest you add at least the first one on this list. It’s best to add them all:
Click on “Save Changes.” Now, watch your traffic increase.
I don’t see the option available anymore under “Writing > Update Services” Is it someplace else??
It’s the last item on the page. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Writing page (under settings). You’ll see “update services.” This is in WordPress.org.
Olivia Ashe says
Hi, do these work for WordPress.com or just .org? I’m tired of going to every site and adding them manually, takes me hours.
Nina Amir says
You should be able to add them in WP.com and have it happen automatically.
It’s 2020 and it still works! Thanks a lot for sharing this.