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Ping spammer or not?

spiderA 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 bloggers 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.

12 thoughts on “Ping spammer or not?

  1. I don’t understand. Your post talks about trying not to get banned by overlapping ping services, but this link here: which you directed us to has a list of overlapping pinging; at least I think.

    It lists both and in the same Updating Services list to ping. From what I understand pingomatic itself pings google, so this would be double pinging to google, wouldn’t it?

    Please let me know, because this is very frustrating to understand.

    • Yes there is duplication above. I’m glad you spotted it. I don’t use the Perl script and assume that anyone who does will be removing duplication prior to using it. I use pinogmatic only on my self hosted blog. Maybe that’s what you ought to do as well.

  2. on 4th of Dec 2009, i posted 3 posts, then edited them a few times. none of the posts have got into google index yet. all previous posts used to get to google in about 20 minutes. is there any way i can check if my blog has somehow been ‘banned’ from pinging service.

    have installed ping optimizer plug-in yesterday… hope that will help but how much time will it cost me until google starts receive pings?


  3. Hey, that’s really helpful information. But here’s something I still don’t understand that recently started happening to me. I’m getting other bloggers who are pinging my website. I assumed it’s a good thing, but is it?

    • A ping ought to occur every time another blogger links to your posts. I check out each one because they are only allowed to use an excerpt. If they rip off my whole post then I send in a DMCA complaint (copyright violation).

  4. Well that’s annoying (only the over-pinging part). I actually read something that told me how to automate my WordPress ping, which I couldn’t figure out how to do, so I manually do it every day from Technorati. Argh…

    • @wtrddreams
      If you are referring to self hosted free wordpress.ORG software installed on your own domain then you can set this up to autoping Technorati every time you publish a post very easily. Go to Settings -> Writing and scroll to bottom of page and look for the box below -> Update Services

      When you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the following site update services. For more about this, see Update Services on the Codex. Separate multiple service URLs with line breaks.

      Now enter into the box:

      Click “Save Changes” and you are done. :)

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