Saturday, February 19, 2005
Trackback for Blogger hosted blogs
Trackback of blog postings enables other bloggers to carry on a conversation, over several different blogs, on the same topic. The discussion may have even had its genesis on your own blog.
In effect, blogs "ping" one another.
Without the trackback ability, you will never know just who pinged whom.
I recently added trackback at the suggestion of Martin Lindeskog at EGO, who has another Blogger hosted blog.
He suggested that I use the third party add on trackback provided by HaloScan
Many bloggers already use HaloScan for their blog commenters, so the addition of the trackback feature, is very convenient.
What I liked about Haloscan trackback is the ability to employ it alongside my already in use third party commenter system. Note that I don't use Blogger's built in commenter, as a) I would lose all of my existing comments, and b) Blogger wasn't there with a commenter when I needed one.
For Blogger hosted blogs, who are utilizing Blogger's commenter system, the HaloScan system can be used in tandem with Blogger comments, and other third party commenters as well.
The copy and paste coding technique, separated from the commenter coding for Haloscan, can be found in their forum. Once coded, the blog will have trackback alongside their already existing comments system.
Another option for Blogger users is the Whizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger. Thanks to Derek Andrews of Marketing Mania, yet another Blogger hosted blog, for the tip on the alternative trackback idea.
Along with the pinger link, Derek also provides a couple of handy links that explain what trackback does and how trackback works.
The Whizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger provides a handy fill in the blanks trackback pinger for any blog post on any blog host.
And Derek, there is even a trackback to your post.
Enjoy the ping!
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