Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Build traffic tip - set Send Pings to "Yes"

One of the ways to help build traffic to your blog is to ping blog update notification services to inform them that your blog has been updated so that they will crawl and update you blog. With the old classic Blogger, you can set weblogs.com, and only weblogs.com to be automatically pinged whenever you publish a new post.

What I normally do is to set "Send Ping" to "No", and whenever I publish a new post, I will go to pingoat.com to ping all the ping blog update notification services (including weblogs.com). That is easy to do because all you have to do is to enter your blog URL (which can easily be done by right-clicking on "View Blog" in the Dashboard, then pasting it into the URL box, type in the title of the blog (this can also be very easy because if you have done it before, the moment you enter the first or second letter of the title, a list of titles of blogs you have pinged before will drop down for you to select), click the "Categories" and this will cause all the blog update notification services to be ticked, then click "Go Pingoat!".

"Send Ping" is normally set to "No" by default, but today, I decided to go to SETTINGS > PUBLISHING to check and found this:

Blogger Send Pings to blog update notification services

The wordings is a bit small in the screenshot. You can click on the screenshot to enlarge it or for your convenience, I will put the wordings below:

"Pings blog update notification services that many individuals and services use to track blog changes."

Please note that it says "Pings blog update notification services" and not just "Ping weblogs.com". This means New Blogger has changed this to ping more services without alerting us to the change. So I will probably change my habit and set my blog to ping automatically instead of laboriously pinging myself.

However, I will try to get more information as to which blog update notification services are being pinged and if I get some information, I will update this post.


  1. I have a lot of posts that were created before labels came to be. When I go back and label a few, I see that these old posts are showing up on Bloglines so subscribers think I've written something new. If I set the Ping thing to 'no', will that correct the problem? Then reset to 'yes' when I'm finished? Is there a better way to update labels without the republishing showing up?

  2. I will be looking forward to reading the post that gives the names of the services that Blogger pings. Thanks for providing that for us. ns

  3. Hi kj,

    I don't fully knows how the blog update notification services/bloglines work and to answer your questions I may need to do a lot of testing. I don't think I have time for that now as I have a lot on my plate, maybe in the future. Will update you if I do. In the meantime maybe you can try to contact bloglines if they can be contacted and if you do get a response, it will be greatly apprecaited if you will update us.

    I am copying the URL of this post to check back later.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

  4. Hi again... just wondering if you were able to learn anything about relabeling without republishing a post. My labels need a complete overhaul but I hate to see old post show up as new on readers. Really appreciate your efforts to help. KJ

  5. Hi KJ,

    You can easily redo labels, but what effects that have on search engine I do not know and have to time to try to find out. If you have some information, will appreciate feedback.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger


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