my blog is not receiving trackbacks and pingbacks

I had a problem before where my blog was not <b>receiving trackbacks and pingbacks</b>. Although the solution was an error on my part, I’ll still share it.

How did I discover about this problem?

Sample Trackbacks

I got to know this when I went to my wordpress admin dashboard and I see these incoming links to my blog. I checked them out and some of them are linking to my post. I should be expecting a trackback but I did not get any so I concluded that something was wrong.

Solution

I browsed around the web looking for solutions to these problems but I could not find anything that could help me. Most of them are talking about the xmlrpc.php file. I decided to look where my xmlrpc.php file too and tried to access it by typing it in my address bar. And there you have it, problem solved.

No wonder I could not receive any trackbacks or pingbacks. It’s because the file that is processing them (xmlrpc.php) is not accessible. This is a side-effect of my changing of permalink structure last November 2007. Basically, what I did last November was to redirect http://silkenhut.com/blog to http://silkenhut.com only. For example, the post http://silkenhut.com/blog/my-post will become http://silkenhut.com/my-post. However, it also affected my xmlrpc.php file which was located inside the blog folder. It became http://silkenhut.com/xmlrpc.php which does not exist.

I made a simple fix in my .htaccess file and my problem is solved. I added this line. This is like making an exemption to the rule in the previous paragraph.

RewriteRule ^xmlrpc.php – [L]

Trackback / Pingback Test

You can start make a test trackback / pingback by going to this site, Test Track. It’s a wordpress blog that you can make a random post and link to any of your articles to see if there’s a trackback created.

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5 thoughts on “my blog is not receiving trackbacks and pingbacks

  1. im thinking of buying a domain and putting all my old post there..

    im sure it’s thesame when you moved your blog from /blog to root…

    hope you can help me with that one too..

    thanks! 🙂

  2. i think only WordPress blogs can ping your WordPress blog. For example, if I am using blogger.com platform then I will link back to a WordPress blog, the trackback will only be established if I will ping the WordPress blog manually.

    However, WordPress blog sometimes do not ping the linked (another) WordPress blog especially if your server is in overload.

    Another thing: the listed sites at your dashboard-Incoming links are from the data of Google Blog Search Engine.

    Well…. that’s only my thought. I am not really sure with it

  3. Nice one, thanks for sharing your solution!

    nhick
    http://www.itrush.com

  4. DoFollow Blog says:

    I had a very similar problem but with my RSS Feed.@SELaplana is not true,i received pings from forums as well so not only wordpress can send trackbacks.

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