Talking about spam…

by Richard on January 28, 2005

Whilst we’re on the subject of spam, I really object to other bloggers sending manual trackbacks to posts they haven’t really linked to. Terribly bad form, I reckon.

{ 2 trackbacks }

Steve playing around
01.28.05 at 11:08 pm
Bene Diction Blogs On
01.29.05 at 12:14 am

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

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Bene Diction 01.28.05 at 9:46 pm

What is a manual trackback and why would bloggers send one if they haven’t linked?

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Richard 01.29.05 at 12:14 am

Yes they do Steve. And abuse is just the word.
Ha Ha!! :) You got me Steve! I was a bit slow getting that.

BD - if you use a manual trackback service a ping can be sent as though it comes from a blog, when in fact no link exists. It has happened to me from posts that are related to what I’ve written about, but do not actually link. As you can see above - I created a trackback from your blog to mine.

It irks me because the purpose of trackback is to enable conversation - at least, tht’s how I see it. It should be a two-way thing. Sending a manual trackback without a link is a one way thing and i do not appreciate it at all.

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Bene Diction 01.29.05 at 1:54 am

So, are these trackbacks done to boost google juice?
Seems dishonest and in terribly bad form.

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Rob 01.29.05 at 3:30 am

I’m not sure, but with WordPress, trackbacks are screwy. If I save an article without publishing, trackbacks are sent then - not after the article posts. If I pull up the article to edit, the trackbacks are gone, so if I delete reference to a blog, it’s real easy to wind up with a trackback and no link.

If I have done this, I apologize. Half the time, trackbacks don’t work well with WordPress, and I don’t even bother. So it’s also possible that I’ve not trackbacked where I should have.

I can’t wait for 1.5.

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Richard 01.29.05 at 9:36 am

I haven’t got trackbacks to work properly from WordPress either Rob and I confess I hadn’t thought of the possibility that this was happening accidentally. I’ll simmer down and think better of others.

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James 01.29.05 at 8:39 pm

I’m more annoyed by those who don’t use trackbacks when they do link to something I’ve written. But in the defense of those who err: trackbacks can be mysterious things, since they don’t really work like links, but involve arcane processes beyond the limits of mortal human existence. Or…something like that.

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