WordPress ping list are very useful to extend your blog reach to major search engines. We all know that blog has a big advantage over static/dynamic sites in the form of Ping. If you are not aware of pinging feature of WordPress, then here are my 2 cents for you.
When ever you publish, edit or modify a post, WordPress sends ping to all the Ping services which is listed under your ping update service. So this way, ping services get notified about new post and search engine will quickly index them.
Now by default WordPress notifies all major ping services but we can always extend our limit by pinging more services by adding them manually.
Over the time, I have compiled a list of ping services for WordPress, which will help you to ping more services. Here is list of my working WordPress ping list:
Here is a quick guide for newbie to add these pink update services.
How to add or update WordPress ping list:
Login to your WordPress dashboard. Go to Writing under settings tab and scroll down to update services and add all the above ping list. Here is a screenshot for quick understanding:
Though, pinging is useful but excessive pinging is bad and WordPress has one major issue with pinging. Do you know, when ever you edit your old blog post or make any changes to any post, WordPress ping that post again. It’s useful when you are making major change, but if you are making some minor change to many blog posts, it’s bad for your blog and excessive pinging lead to ping spam. To control this feature of WordPress, you can use plugin like Cbnet Ping optimizer which controls the excessive pinging. It pings the blog post when you publish a new post. Update: With WordPress 3.5, you don’t need any Ping Optimizer plugin.
Well, controlling WordPress ping update services is just first step to SEO and there are many things which you need to do to SEO optimization of your blog. You can refer to my WordPress guide for more comprehensive and detailed post on WordPress.
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