By default each time you add a blog post or page, WordPress informs a site called, http://rpc.pingomatic.com that you have updated your blog.
This is good as it informs numerous sites that you have added something new to your blog and it can generate traffic.
It also informs http://rpc.pingomatic.com whenever you edit a blog post or page.
And if you are anything like me that could be several times per blog posts / page.
Too many pings could get your site banned from the ping services.
For instance, if you edit your blog post 7 times…that’s 7 pings to http://rpc.pingomatic.com about the same blog post / page.
You don’t want to do that.
Install the free WordPress Plugin, MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
By installing MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer, it will only ping when you publish the blog post / page and NOT when you edit.
Action number 1: Install and register MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
Get More Traffic By Informing More Sites
By default WordPress informs only one site, http://rpc.pingomatic.com (which in turn tells several others). That’s ok.
But you can easily instruct WordPress to inform numerous more sites by adding the sites to your ‘Writing’ settings found under the ‘settings’ tab on the left hand side of your WordPress Dashboard.
This is the list of sites that I ping (I recently updated):
By adding more ping sites, you can generate more traffic.
Action number 2: Add the ping sites to your ‘Writing’ settings
Action number 3: Just go back to your MaxBlogPress Ping settings and make sure all the above sites have been added to the list, as well.
Completing the above 3 actions should take you less than 15 minutes and it is worth doing. It is a one-off job.
I’ve already d/loaded installed & activated the plug in, thank you so much !I edit a lot and really need this
I hope it helps.
Quick question.. you say 7 pings isn’t good as an example but if you only edit a post say once or twice at most, is that OK or is even that small number of edits a problem in terms of pings?
I don’t think one or 2 pings per post is a problem.
I am not really sure that pinging your website/posts to many times it’s a way to get your website banned. Unless you are doing it every x seconds or so, which I don’t think you are doing it.
Why am I saying this?
Because the existence of ping is just for what you want it not to do, to announce whenever your website content has been modified, updated.
So my opinion, unless you are doing some crazy ping/updates to your posts you can have the default settings.
I do think the ping sites will see you as a spammer and ban your account if you are pinging the same post too often.
Andrew this is great..I was looking something I can use that will only ping once..I will check this out..
“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”
You are welcome…I hope it helps.
I am still got confused whether we need to make a separate ping ?
You don’t need to make a separate ping if you carry out the 3 actions.
Andrew, I agree that pinging may ban your blog but not with search engines. Alot of pinging is problem for various pinging services like technorati and others. Searchbots don’t red-flag your site for so much pinging.
Maxblogpress ping optimizer is for everyone who posts 5 posts in a minutes, those who even make one post a day need not to worry about it.
I didn’t say ban from seach engines and I do think that pinging the ping sites with the same post could get your account banned.
Wow thanks for info Andrew, I was not aware that editing the post might get you into the trouble. I ma going to check the plugin you mentioned right now and also thanks for the list of all ping sites just added some of them, which were missing in my list.
You are welcome – I’m glad it helped.
Why would you want both WP and this Plugin pinging all the same sites?
Or does the Plugin use the list in WP?
The MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer plugin overrides what WP does.
Got it, thanks.
Wonder if there’s much value to all this post pinging anyway.
Not trying to be argumentative, just really have not researched it yet.
It doesn’t create a backlink from these sites does it?
And if not, who is looking at all these pings?
I know I’m not and I’ve never met anyone that does.
They don’t create backlinks but what they do is add your blog post description to all the different search engines out there.
Hey Andrew! Here from FB. Did this really quick, less than 15 min actually. 🙂 My question though is on the settings of the plugin it states, “The following services will automatically be pinged when you publish new posts or drafts.”
I’m new to all of this and this may seem like a really DUMB question, but does that mean when I do a draft, save it for editing at a later time, then publish it that it will get ‘pinged’ the first time my draft is saved? BEFORE the initial publish available on my blog? The part that confuses me is the last part, “…or drafts.”
Wow – less than 15 mins – that’s great.
It basically means when you publish.
So if you add a new post and then publish, it gets pinged.
If you save a draft and then publish the draft…it gets pinged.
I hope that makes sense.
I edit my post before I publish. Haven’t counted how many times I make corrections till I am happy with it.
Thanks for the information as I didn’t realise there was anything wrong with doing this.
Patricia Perth Australia
You are welcome.
Or you can just not publish the post until it is really done. Save it as draft at first, or use the preview button before publishing.
This way when you actually edit it to add some info, it will still get pinged and that is good if you have something.
But quite often I go back and edit my posts when new information becomes available.
great write up!
I had some of those sites already listed to ping but I did manage to add a few more and did learn about MaxBlog – which is def going to help me out!
Great, Chris…I’m glad the post helped.
Thanks Andrew, I particularly like that list of update services!
You are welcome!
I switched to – http://ultimateplugins.com/smart-update-pinger/ – after having major issues with MaxBlogPress (crashed my blog).
I informed them of the issue and they said they were “working on it” with several other issues and would contact me as soon as it was OK.
This was sometime in 2009…..
I remember you having that problem.
I think there are several plugins that do similar things…I just use the MBP one.
Thanks for sharing an alternative.
Great post! I am moved by your blogging techniques. Looking forward for more articles from you. I am new to this online marketing by blogging, and your site is kind of big help. Thanks much.
You are welcome.
I hope to see you again…soon!
this is great,, the list you have shared over here is great,, i collected many blogs list, but some of them get no follow, it confuse me a bit,,, but sitll they can give a boost to my website.
Now just a little action and off you go…
I have a question: Does wordpress ping those places even before we publish the article? In other words- when it’s still in the draft format, is it pinging? I edit my post at least 50 or 60 times before I actually publish it but I hardly edit afterwards, that’s why I’m asking.
I believe WordPress only pings at publish time and then each time your edit afterwards.
Sounds like you should be ok using your current approach.
I prefer using cBnet ping optimizer since it is free and no need to sign up or entering my email address.
It has worked well so far, but i also posted that maxblog press optimizer is also an alternative to cBnet ping optimizer.
Thanks for the list!
Happy New Year!
I think both plugins do exactly the same thing.
I just prefer MBP as I have many of his other free and premium plugins as well.
A couple of weeks ago I rapidly edited a post about ten times. I haven’t been pinging other blogs since.
I was searching for something like “am i banned from pinging” and found this post. Since being banned I’ve actually installed MaxBlogPress ping optimizer. Everything seems to show up on Google okay.
Any tips for becoming unbanned?
How do you know you have been banned?
I’ve been trying to learn more on pinging and how it can actually lead to bans, I’m glad your blog have the information I was interested in. Its really an interesting topic Andrew, I’ll look forward to come across more interesting posts.