Author ChrystopherJ
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Here is the first semi-live training video from myself, with a little editing, I hope you like the style, but if you don't, then please do give me constructive criticism, as there's no point me doing these if they don't benefit you :-)

Please find part of the transcript below that contains the steps required.

In this lesson we are going to be looking at WordPress, and in particular, Pingbacks & Trackbacks.

Very quickly, what are Pingbacks & Trackbacks?

Well, they are a method for other blog posts out on the internet to let another blog posts know that they have linked to them from within their post.

I.e. If you have written an awesome piece of content that another author has found and liked, and they decide to mention your post within a ost on their own website, then you will more than likely receive a Pingback or Trackback in the form of a Comment.

You can then deal with this comment as you would any other comment, I.e. you can either Approve it or Reject it.

The purpose of this lesson is to show you how you can disable these Pingbacks & Trackbacks, as to be honest, they are usually used by spammers to send you junk comments.

OK, so let's get started.

To find the Pingbacks & Trackbacks settings, you need to login to your WordPress backend, which is also known as the WordPress Admin, the Admin Dashboard or the WordPress Back Office.

Once you have logged in, you need to click on Settings and then on Discussion.

From here, you can then untick Pingbacks & Trackbacks.

You will also notice just above this setting, that you can also turn off Pingbacks & Trackbacks from your own posts to other posts out on the internet.

I.e. If you do not want to notify other website aurthors that you have added their posts link to your post, then you can also turn this off from here.

Whenever you make changes within WordPress, always ensure that you click Save Changes.

If this training is now out of date, please let me know below or via PM, and I will get it updated for you.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to leave a comment below, and either myself or one of the other great WA members here will get back to you.

Thank you for watching :-)

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skmorrow Premium
Hi Chrystopher, thanks for the training.

I have been getting a lot of spam comments on a domain hosted here at WA, so I followed the steps you outlined in this training. SiteSupport also told me to add ReCaptcha and anti-spam bee to my site. That's the first I have heard of that. Do you have any opinion on that?
ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
You're welcome Steve :-) ReCaptcha is great, especially if you use the newer version, so that it is invisible, I.e. You don't have to click on squares containing certain images ;-) Akismet is usually quite good, but I haven't used Anti-SPAM Bee myself, although I have heard of it.
skmorrow Premium
One more follow up question. Now that I have unchecked the boxes, I did get another trackback since I did this. Does it take time to kick in, or is this not meant to block all trackbacks?
Kerryo0899 Premium
I found this blog at the right time. Thank you again, Chrystopher.

I received my first pingback and had no idea what it was. Could WordPress actually ping my website for an internal link? That's what it seemed like it was doing since the page that received the pingback has no external links.

Very strange.

ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
You're welcome Kerry :-) Any page/post can receive a pingback, it doesn't matter what links are contained within it.
revansca Premium
Christine and James adds a whimsicle twist which makes it a tad entertaining but the real meat came when you went live. The sound was certainly good enough for me and the content, presentation and delivery were all I would expect; straightforward, clear, concise and helpful.
Thanks for forewarning me about spammers, a few of whom I've had comments from, none f which were comments that were of any value.
ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
You're welcome Ron, really appreciate your comments :-)
ParthaB Premium
Hi Chrystopher,

Fantastic as always.

Just a quick question if I may please:

You speak about "disabling" pingbacks and trackbacks that OUR Wordpress site may send to blogs that WE are linking to from within our content (if we want to).

Is there any particular advantage/disvantage to doing this/not doing this?

e.g. Would we be viewed as a potential spammer by sending a pingback?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

On a completely separate note:

Has anyone EVER seen Chrystopher, Christine, James, or Batman on the same video at the same time?


I think not...

ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
haha I'll bring us all together sometime ;-)

And there is a possibility that te receiving website might see it as SPAM if they don't check the details. Personally, I don't alow them to be sent or received, and there's no negative impact of that.
Caruana Premium
That was helpful thanks. I had no idea what they are and I dont think I have received any pingbacks or trackbacks so far. Sometimes I do get emails saying a comment was stopped or rejected due to spam, which could be them P&T.

Your video was fun and original and your voice is great. Personally I don't like introductions but your assistants did a great job and the video is professional. Well done.
ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
haha you’re welcome and thank you, I really appreciate your comments and feedback :-)