A ping is an electronic message sent by one computer to another that notifies the receiving computer that a package of digital information is ready to be picked up. Ping services allow you to automatically notify blog directories and search engines that your blog has been updated, so they will send search spiders out to index it.
Ping is a fundamental program that allows a computer to send a request to another computer somewhere else on the network or on the Internet in order to determine if the computer exists and is responding. Pinging is also been used to determine the latency, or how long it takes data to travel across the various internet connections and nodes to reach the computer on the other side. This data is then calculated to determine how fast the connection is to the other computer and how quickly a particular data transfer can be completed. A “ping” sends a packet of data to a specific address and waits for an appropriately named “pong” response. The ping name actually was not derived from table tennis, but was devised from the sound that submarine sonar makes when it bounces off physical objects.
Don’t be a ping spammer
Do be aware that if you use multiple ping services and they overlap then they may consider you to be a “ping spammer”. If that’s the case than all the overlapping ping services will stop providing you with service at all. Ping services ping multiple sites and when you choose to have more than one ping service an overlap can occur where the same site is being repeatedly pinged by more than one service. When that occurs repeatedly you can be viewed as being a “ping spammer”.
There is a list of many ping services you may consider choosing from on my on my onecoolsite:blogging tips, tools, tutorials and resources page (scroll down to ping services).
If you have self hosted blog then you may want to Ping your blog via XML-RPC with Perl
WordPress.com has automatic pinging (pingomatic built in). You do nothing. When you publish your post the electronic ping will be sent from your blog to summon the search spiders to come and get the packet of information and index it. Pingomatic will receive the ping and then notify several other services. See also: Ping-o-matic redesign now live!
However, did you know that your WordPress blog pings unnecessarily every time you edit a post? If you have self hosted wordpress software on your site then you may want to use a MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer Plugin
You have seen numerous advantages of using ping but this same ping can work against you if you don’t use it properly.
Unfortunately, because of a serious flaw in WordPress’s pinging system you are already using ping in the wrong way, without even realizing it.
If you are using WordPress the way it is provided then it’s very possible that by now your blog has been banned from many ping services because of ping spamming.