Last updated on December 4, 2007
Click here to read Part I of How “Blog-and-Ping” Can Boost Your PageRank.
How “Blog-and-Ping” Can Boost Your PageRank – Part II
The Ping List – Making Google Your Little “Bee-yaach”
Here’s a list of URL’s that I have in this very WordPress-driven blog (log in as admin and go to Options > Writing > (Scroll down to) Update Services). Every time I “Publish” a post, WordPress automatically saves the entry first, and then pings each of these URL’s in succession, until it has gotten back a (successful, or a ‘time-out’) response from each one, and then redirects to your “Manage” page.
Pinging all these URL’s can be very slow and take about 5 minutes, so don’t freak out and hit ‘cancel’ or close the browser window, as that will stop the pinging from completing.
Store this ping list online (I use both Yahoo Notepad (primary) and Google Notebook for storing such notes) and save it in the “Update Services” section of your blog setup only when you “publish” a new post. Once you’re done publishing, remember to remove the list from your blog setup and save the change.
Here’s why: Once you have “published” a post, if you still let the ping list remain in your blog setup, then every time you make a change to any published post, WordPress will once again ping all of the URL’s listed.
So, if you make multiple posts a day, or go back to an older post and make some edits, make sure you are pinging only once or twice a day by selectively adding and removing the ping-list from your blog setup. Ping any more than that, and you may get banned by the service for abusing the privilege.
You cannot ping Google using this ping list.
If you want to ping Google about changes to your blog, then use the Google Sitemap Plugin for WordPress using which you can create an xml file with your blog posts, and ping Google. Of course, you need to have signed up for Google Sitemap first and added your blog to your account.
However, if you are just making changes to your web site (if not the same as your WordPress or Typepad “blog”), then use the Google Sitemap tool for regular web sites to create your sitemap xml file and also ping Google.
So here’s the ping list:
Remember, all it takes is one ping a day to get Google to come crawling your web site, and in fact pinging these other services alone can make Google follow links to your post from these third-party sites, and come to your site. So, use Blog-and-Ping with caution, and the Googlebot will become your little “bee-yaach” 😉
– Ravi Jayagopal / LinkOverLoad.com