Delete All Trackbacks on WordPress Blog & Disable Self Pings

If you’ve had a wordpress blog set-up and running for a while, you will probably have trackbacks mixed in with the real comments eespecially those posts and pages which have linked often by you and others. And also nofollow links are also being counted as backlinks there no use keeping 2 way links.

Wordpress Trackback

WordPress Trackback

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# Disable Self-Pings Trackbacks on WordPress

Some people really like that WordPress sends pings from your own site to your own site when you write posts. It gives them a trail of related posts. Some people do not like this behavior, Since it clutter their comments. This plugin disables intra-blog pinging & trackbacks.

> Plugin Link : no-self-ping | Plugin Search : “No Self Ping

Disable Trackbacks Completely on WordPress

Go to Dashboard > Settings > Discussion

Disable Trackbacks Completely on WordPress

Turn Off “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)”

# Delete All Present Trackbacks

Go to Dashboard > Comments

Search for “[…]” and it will show all the trackbacks on your blog… (you can set your screen options to show 200+ comments per page)

Delete WordPress Trackbacks

Select All and Bulk Delete (Send to Trash). Meanwhile send to trash is new function which is available in wordpress 2.9+.

Do you think disabling trackback and pingbacks is good idea, or should we allow track back to show our love towards people who linked to our blog posts?

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COMMENTs ( 36 )

  1. Mathew says


    If I don’t ‘accept’ these trackbacks from internal linking in my comments, will they still pass through page rank?

  2. Nihar says

    Thanks for the information. I was looking for a way remove the clutter of self pings. I have 1400+ now started removing it…

    Thanks again for the tip.

  3. says

    I am still a bit confused about pinbacks and if I should delete them or show them. But reading a lot of different posts, it seems that they do not influence your SEO ranking no matter what you do. Is that correct?

  4. bineet says

    Hi how we can stop automatic approve trackback and pingback on our wordpress blog site. we have a large of spam in form of pingback and trackback .

    • says

      @Bineet Are you using Akismet plugin???
      That will be really helpful.. You can also disable Pingback & trackback feature from Settings> Discussion
      “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.) “

  5. Anne Wayman says

    Thanks… needed to stop displaying trackbacks… googled and here you are with the solution… thanks!

  6. Kavita says

    I too was getting my own site trackbacks and thought it to be some spam and virus problem. Thanks for the info. Maybe wordpress should give an option to use this feature or not. But I am still not clear whether nofollow links are also counted as backlinks.

    • Kimberly Castleberry says

      Google actually does still bleed some PR through the nofollows even when we tell them not to. Nofollows definitely count as actually somewhat solid backlinks. If you comment on a blog that the url field is still nofollow you are still getting some SEO credit, its just maybe 1/10th as much as if it is DoFollow. Google uses its “own discretion” to decide how much credit it gives the nofollow link and those links still have to be paid attention to.

  7. MostlyBlog says

    Good info i am using this plugin now and it is really good as we all know self ping is not important.

  8. Tony M says

    I’ve always used a no self ping plugin on my blogs for those exact reasons. I don’t need my site referring to itself. If I want to create additional readership I will use other methods.

    One of the best Ive found lately is the linkwithin plugin widget that says you might enjoy “post 1,2,3,4,or5” and displays an image as well. I see in my analytics people are clicking all over that.

  9. FAQPAL says

    I just think it shows appreciation to fellow bloggers for helping to promote your posts.

    To each his own, but I would list them seperately at the end of the comments.

    • Gouri says

      This plugin is helpful when you do not want to show appreciation to yourself :)

      Consider this:

      When I write in my ‘post A’ that my previous ‘post X’ (hyperlinked) got PR3, Post X automatically gets a ping from post A which will make Post X leak its PR towards post A. Now presuming that I am trying to build a strong reader base & PR for post X, then, this will come in my way badly as whenever I am refering to post X, I am leaking its PR.

      This plugin will be highly useful in such scenarios.

      • says

        Finally, someone who responded what I meant to imply… here.

        If fact I have seen this on my blog… where high page rank posts giving away PR juices to posts I didn’t even Link to… later I found out there were trackbacks.

  10. Navjot Singh says

    My Suggestion is to accept trackbacks but never show them on your post. Trackbacks are only useful to the blog author if he wants to check where he is getting links but for a average blog reader or commenter, trackbacks are not very worthy and just waste space. So you should hide them on the post page but keep them enabled.

    • says

      Hi Navjot,

      how do you actually do that – is there a way to hide them but keep them eabled without using a plugin?

      e.g. presumably unchecking ‘Allow Trackbacks/Pingbacks’ on the individual page/post is not doing what you suggest, but how can I hide them whilst keeping them enabled?

  11. FAQPAL says

    I always show trackbacks and pingbacks. If fellow bloggers take the time to link to my content, the least I can do is allow their trackback to appear.

    It’s called being social and engaging with other bloggers.

    • says

      You are right about that… thats way tracksbacks are meant for… but not all trackbacks are worthy…. and there is no use of self (intra-blog) trackbacks. What do you think ?

      • FAQPAL says

        Self trackbacks can lead to additional pageviews and keeping the visitor on your site longer. This could lead to that visitor being a repeat visitor.

        • says

          Agreed… :) You mean like Related Posts…

          But one thing is for Sure..
          Trackbacks quite are helpful when a “Blogger” is Reading someone else’s blogs, helps to know the recent links backs and what’s currently hot there.

          • Rajesh Kanuri @ TechCats says

            I will agree with FAqPal and even I think that self ping will help in increasing page views when we considering ping back as the point of exit from the site. .

  12. Karen @ Blazing Minds says

    My question is, if we disable and remove the trackbacks and pingbacks will it help our blogs in the long term with pagerank etc or is it just mainly as a form of de-cluttering the blog?

    • says

      Karen if we are showing trackback from the similar websites it won’t effect page rank, but these days most of the trackbacks are sent via auto feeds or twitter harvester, which doesn’t deserve a link back. In another word, accpeting trackback is showing your appreciation to people who linked to your article. Another side of it is, it will drive traffic away from you, as showing trackback acts as an exit point.
      Getting back to your question, if you use some theme which shows trackback and excerpt as seperate entity, this will not make it look cluttered.
      but the final decision is yours, do you want to show trackback or not. :)

    • says

      Harsh is right…..

      But I think, Suppose you have a high page rank “post” say “pr-3” . Now it might be there a Lot of Trackbacks to this post from other posts on your blog. Its true the page rank juice will be passed to the trackbacked posts pages. But why waste it like that, esp when you can edit that post and target some keywords from inside the post to some other post you want to rank high on serp.

      Believe me this works…..

  13. Stefan says

    This is actually something I want to have in a standard version of WordPress. A majority must be against showing their own trackbacks.

    • says

      Initially I was not aware of how to get rid of that, the day I got to know about no sefl ping plugin, even i wished the same. As showing trackback from your own blog does not make sense.