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YOU MUST PING ? but read this first!

Discussion in 'General Internet Marketing' started by JustinHarrison, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. JustinHarrison

    JustinHarrison New Member

    Pinging the blog directories is one of the most important ongoing tasks after listing your blog in the various directories.

    However, this little automated update technology called pining can have fatal affects on your best intentions if you do not adhere to some unwritten code of conduct.

    “Over pining” your blog to the directories can get you listed as a blog spammer, so it is important to make sure your ping is timely, that you only do it once per directory, per new article.

    The problem is that with a lack of standards (much the way search engines started out) it is easy to unintentionally over ping.

    An example I can best list is if you made use of two services such as ping-o-matic and say Kloth, if there is a common directory being pinged by both services, you will be considered a blog spammer.

    For a while now I have been messing around with Word Press as a Blog tool, and although it lacks many “niftier” features, it’s quick and painless way to get your own Blog up and running.

    Additionally it has a built in area for automated blog pings, all you need to do is list the RPC url’s to ping.

    The problem is that there are about 56 services to ping, with more than 45% of the submission services using common directories…. The result being that you end up duplicating many of your pings.

    I have as a result done some cleaning and sorting, and if you would like to ping the majority of directories, without duplicating your pings, the list below provides the best exposure with the least risk.


    Kind Regards
    Justin Harrison
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2008
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  3. its_me_shaners

    its_me_shaners New Member

    AH HAH, that might explained what happened to me a week ago.
    Blogger froze my posting for blog spamming, obviosly I DONT do that.
    I do how ever ping at a few ping spots, I had notice that they share some common places, but didnt think of the side effects thanks for this.

    Great posting !!!

  4. Teli

    Teli Affiliate affiliate

    Nice article Justin and some good advice :).

    The only thing I'd add is that some of the directories you ping may be specialized, so instead of copy/pasting a generic ping list, it's a good idea to do a little bit of footwork and make sure the site you're pinging is actually targeted to your blog.

    For instance, some of the ping sites you've listed cater exclusively to Japanese blogs. Some Japanese ping sites will accept weblogs written in English, but some will blacklist the blog.

    ~ Teli
  5. JustinHarrison

    JustinHarrison New Member

    Indeed the Lang part and the nature of the directory must be targeted to you Blog, MY BAD :) I myself Blog in multi languages because I have a translation tool running - HINT :)

    But none the less, a very relevant point from all directions.
  6. Teli

    Teli Affiliate affiliate

    No bad Justin :) - your article was very informative and helpful.

    Regarding my statement, it extends beyond just language. I've seen a number of huge ping lists floating about the internet, but what some people fail to realize is that some websites only accept certain types of information.

    For instance, some ping update sites are exclusive to technology news, some are exclusive to the life sciences, and some are exclusive to travel news, etc.

    That's why I always say it's a good idea to exercise some caution when people post lists of sites to update or submit to.

    Even when I publish a list myself, I always remind people that they need to take the time to make sure each of the sites on the list is a fit for their site.

    Basically, it's the blogger's responsibility of doing her due diligence and cleaning the list.
  7. JustinHarrison

    JustinHarrison New Member

    Hey Teli

    Indeed, hence my comment:

    ?And the nature of the directory must be targeted to you Blog? ? but you did a much better job and putting it in simpler terms? :)

    I guess that?s what happens when you spend 3 days on the trot staring at spreadsheets.