When you become a blogger you hear about pinging. What in the world is pinging? How can it help my blog? A lot of bloggers don’t know what pinging is or even understand what it is. We will try to explain what pinging is and how it can help your blog and what services are available for pinging. When we are done today you will know exactly how to use pinging to make your blog most popular!
Pinging and updating go hand in hand. When a blog is pinged it is telling the blog tracking system that the blog has been updated. Thus, pinging is the process of telling tracking services that a site has been updated. This is what I am doing today. I am updating my blog and so the tracking services will learn through pinging that my site has been updated.
You ask, how does pinging work? A ping service scans regularly blogs for updates. When a blog is updated the pinging service is notified. Very much like search engine spiders. They both scan blogs for information and both report that information back to there specific site. A ping service only reports back new blog posts.
How can pinging be useful for my blog? Pinging in effect, tells people that there is a new blog posting available. Those loyal followers of yours will see the ping and want to visit your blog or those who have never seen your blog will see the ping and want to check out this new blog. Pinging really helps increase traffic to your site as it is showing that your blog has new information for your readers. Those who visit sites with pinging services will see this information in a form of a scroll on the left or right side or top of page. The scroll is usually in XML format and typically includes the title and URL of your blog as well as the date and time of your recent update.
So now that you know what pinging is, who offers pinging? There are several services available which you can use to have your blog pinged. Lets take a look at some of them.
Weblogs.com is probably the most well known pinging service. They monitor sites for updates and then pings whenever there is an update to report. Every blog software is available to use Weblogs.
This one is offered by Yahoo and has a built-in integration with movable type and other tools. The really neat part of this service is, it offers the ability to give out updates via Messenging services like AOL and ICO. It is a direct pinging service so those who sign up for subscriptions to your blog will be sent an email anytime your blog is updated.
Blogrolling.com is another one. It allows its bloggers to manage there updates through a web based interface. These updates are also highlighted on Blogrollings web site. Data is automatically retrieved from other sites like blogger.com and weblogs.com every five minutes. Often time your site could already be pinged by Blogrolling, and you don’t have to sign up for it. Search on the site for your URL before signing up.
Technorati is another service that pings blogs. It gets its data from a
variety of places and is definitely a site you should go to for
These are just 4 of the many different blog pinging services available. A quick search on Yahoo or Google will reveal many other possible blog pinging services to use for your blog. It is best to sign up for as many as you possibly can to ensure that your blog is well-pinged. A well-pinged blog will definitely help your blog attract more visitors. So sign up for as many as possible and watch your blog traffic increase.