What is a Trackback? Trackbacks give bloggers the ability to communicate between websites. Its almost like one person saying to another “This is something you may be interested in”. So for example: – We write a post on our blog. – You want to comment on our post, but you want your own readers to see what you have to say and able to comment on it. – You will then write a post on your blog and send a trackback to our blog post. – We will receive your trackback, and choose to display it as a comment or not. The comment display will be a title, excerpt and a link to your blog post.
What is a Pingback? Pingbacks give softwares the ability communicate between websites. Its almost like remote comments. – We write a post on our blog. – You write a post on your blog mentioning/linking to our article. – Your blogging software will automatically send us a pingback. – Our blogging software will receive the pingback. It will then automatically go to your blog to confirm that the pingback originates there (the link is present). – Then we will have the ability to display your pingback as our comment. This will solely be a link to your site. Pingbacks also work within your site. So if one of your posts link to another post, then your WordPress will send a self-ping. This can get really annoying.
What is the difference between Trackbacks and Pingbacks? – Trackbacks are manual whereas Pingbacks are automatic. – Pingbacks do not send any content. In trackbacks an excerpt of the content is sent.