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How to Use Trackback when Blogging

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

A trackback is a way for bloggers to communicate between their weblogs. If another blogger wishes to share information on the article via their own weblog, trackback will ping the original entry to notify the author of the response.


  1. At your own blog, type up the information you wish to share with your readers.
  2. In the trackback field on your blog's entry page, enter in the URL of the article you are referencing.
  3. The original blog will be notified, and an excerpt of your own entry will be created in the original article's comments along with your entry's URL.


  • In MoveableType, trackback is also called "URLs to ping"
  • In WordPress, trackback is found under the Advanced Editing (older versions) or Trackbacks (version 8.x+)
  • One of the major advantages of using trackback is they can be used as a discussion board, between different Websites communicating on similar interests and resources. The only problem of using trackbacks is that they are extremely vulnerable to spam.
  • For applying trackback it is not necessary for the both sites to be physically linked with each other.
  • Your own blog entries already have trackbacks enabled for other readers to comment remotely. When someone trackbacks to your blog their details will be listed under your own blog comments. A small title and the URL will be displayed that allows your readers to click to read more.
  • Trackback is not yet available on LiveJournal[1] (at May 2008).

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