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Ping? Trackback?

  • I’m not a total noob, but what are these for? Can’t seem to find any info and they’re used like one should know what they “do” . . .

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  • Moderator Mark Jaquith


    A trackback is a short message sent from one site to another, letting that site know that something on their site was referenced.
    For example, you, on blog A write an article talking about an entry on blog B. A trackback is sent from your blog to blog B telling it “Hey, Blog A talked about article X.”
    Blog B can then display the received trackback as a pseudo comment, and people reading the article on Blog B can click the trackback link to go to your article and see what you said about the article on blog B.

    I found some info on the Wiki just now. = ]
    But thanks . . .so how is this done “automatically”? By email? I mean, how does “blog b” know you’re talking about it out of all the millions of pages on the net? (sorry, probably a simple thing, but I’m not quite following).

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