Since its inception, WordPress (WP) has been offering a lot of brighter aspects for bloggers. However, like anything else, there are also several annoying sides to it. And, one of them is the pingback comments. But what are these? Why do we consider these to be a pain point for WordPress bloggers? Let’s find out!

What Are Pingbacks And Trackbacks?

Although how we may have conveyed it at first, the core concept of trackbacks is pretty funny. In essence, the whole process may seem like this.

Let’s say, you have written a blog on a niche topic, and one of your fellow bloggers wants to comment on it. However, they also want to make their readers see the same comment without going to your website. So, to do it, they will write an article on their site and submit the same as a trackback on your post.

A pingback usually works somewhat similarly. So, you have written a blog post, and someone wants to mention it in their article. So, in this aspect, they link your blog and mention it on their website. It, in turn, will trigger WordPress to send a pingback to your blog. WordPress will also verify and check if the link exists or not before approving it.

Hopefully, now you know what is a pingback on WordPress is and, how do they work. So, let’s move on to the next part and try making distinctions between pingbacks and trackbacks.

Pingback And Trackback – What Makes Them Different?

So, how do you differentiate between a pingback and a trackback?

You do not have to worry about sending any other part of your content beyond the link with the former. However, a trackback will send a part of your blog.

Still, pingbacks tend to be much awful than them.


Well, to begin with, they can trigger on almost any link on WordPress. So, whenever you link one of your blogs, you will receive another internal pingback. However, too many of them can severely affect your website’s SEO. 

Pingbacks-Pros And Cons

As of now, you probably already have an idea about the pingback comments. So, let us tell you a little about its pros and cons to help you understand why we recommend disabling it.


  • Helps in increasing the overall number of backlinks of your WordPress website
  • Provides more value to your readers by redirecting them to your other content
  • Aids in getting connected with other niche-specific websites and encouraging them to share your blogs more


  • Most people will keep spamming them on your site constantly. 
  • You cannot automate the deletion of these spam texts. Instead, you have to remove each of them one by one. 
  • Some bloggers can sometimes use pingback to non-related content. 

Pingbacks usually do not cause any issues to your website. However, your blog might look like a “must-avoid” section on the internet due to excessive spamming. Hence, it might be better for you to block or manage this feature. 

Managing Pingback Comments On WordPress

You can manage your WordPress website’s pingback system through three different actions. Here is what you need to know about them – 

1. Enabling Pingbacks

Do you want to enable the pingbacks on your website? Here are a few steps that may help you out –

  • Firstly, log in to your WordPress website first. 
  • Now, enter the admin panel of the site and navigate to the Settings section. 
  • Next, click on discussion and enable the “Allow Link Notifications From Other Blogs… On New Articles”. You can find this box on Default Article Settings. 

However, if you want to allow pingbacks on some selected posts, make sure to check out the following steps – 

  • Go to the Posts section on your blog website and click on “all posts.” You can find it on your WordPress Admin Panel.
  • Now, you can manually select the posts where you want to enable pingbacks and trackbacks
  • Once you have selected everything, you can click on the Update button to save the new changes. 

2. Moderating Pingbacks

After receiving a pingback on any of your posts, you will be notified about it through the notification system. Now, you can start moderating it by approving, marking it as spam, or deleting it. 

Although pingbacks can offer a lot of benefits to your website, most of them will be spammy and unreliable. This usually happens because spammers always try to add the link to a blog post from your website to get a quality backlink. 

Sometimes, sites, which steal content from others, end up pasting the blog with already-available internal links. So, they will also send another link to your website unintentionally.

So, if you have time, go through each post and delete any spammy backlinks you can find there.

3. Disabling Pingbacks

In our opinion, disabling pingbacks would be the best option for you, especially if you don’t have enough time to moderate. So, here is what you should do to stop getting pingback or trackback comments on your website.

  • Log in to your WordPress website and go to the admin panel section. 
  • Now, tap on Discussion and disable the “Allow Link Notifications From Other Blogs… On New Articles.”
  • Next, click on Apply to save all of your changes now!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What Is A Pingback And Should I Approve It?

A pingback is usually created when another blogger links or mentions your blog on their website. It helps in creating a backlink for your site. However, in most cases, they will be spammy and would not offer any benefits for you. So, if you want your website to appear cleaner, make sure to disable pingbacks. 

2. Do Pingbacks Help SEO?

If appropriately used, pingbacks can improve your SEO to some extent. However, if everyone spams them on your website, it will not be helpful for you in any manner. 

3. What Does Allow Pingbacks Mean?

It simply means that you want to enable pingbacks on your website.

4. How Can Bloggers Use Trackbacks?

SixApart, who had invented MovableType and Typepad, created trackbacks to inform a blog that its content was mentioned in another article. 


If implemented correctly, the pingback system can be pretty helpful regarding creating connections with other authors on WordPress. They can also help you create a massive backlinking empire on your website and improve its SEO rating. 

However, if you enable this system, you can expect to get spammed by bloggers frequently. So, it will be better for you to disable the program beforehand. 

In any case, if you have any questions or thoughts to share with us, make sure to comment below. We will try our best to answer everything!

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