May 21st, 2010

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer 2.2.5

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There is a reason the blogs are often indexed by Google faster than a regular website.

And that reason is called pinging.

A ping is simply a notification that a new post has been published.

Think technorati or one of the many blog directories that you have probably joined by now.

(If not, please visit my resources page.)

Unfortunately, if you use WordPress, you may being penalized for over pinging without even knowing it.

Why, you ask.

Two reasons.

First, WordPress pings whenever you post a new entry.

That’s great.

But the bad news it that it also pings whenever you make an update to any blog entry.

Even if that update is just correcting the spelling in one tiny word.

Second, if you use the posts scheduler, WordPress pings all of your blogs on the day that you wrote the posts and nothing until the time you come back and write a new one.

For this blog, I tend to write all of my posts on Mondays and set them to publish throughout the week.

However, all of my posts are pinged on Monday even though they don’t exist in the blogerverse yet and no pings take place throughout the week as the posts are actually released.

Bummer, huh.

And, what’s worse, these traits of WordPress are considered excessive pinging and can get your blog banned from many pinging services.

And, no, not just the posts in question….

Your entire blog.

Because pinging services are sent to the homepages of blogs not each individual post.

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Which is why I have installed MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer.

After you install it:

  • When you create a new post, your blog will ping and notify all the ping services that it has been updated. This encourages search engines and different blog directories/services to index your updated blog properly.
  • When you edit an existing post, it won’t send an unnecessary ping to ping services and saves your blog from getting banned.
  • When you post a future post by editing the time stamp, it will ping only when your post appears in future. It won’t unnecessarily ping many times when you schedule posts as WordPress does by default.
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    3 comments to Plugin: MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer

    • This sounds like a great plug-in to have. I didn’t even realize that I was pinging every time I updated. There are many times that I publish something, and then discover a widow (paragraph ending with a single word on a line by itself) that wasn’t evident when I previewed. Other times I catch something that needs to be italicized or a link needs to be added/changed. Sometimes I update 5-10 times within minutes of posting. Thanks for the plugin info!

      I am following you on GFC and Networked Blogs from Friendly Friday Follow – I know it’s Saturday, but yesterday was very busy. I look forward to seeing you at 🙂

      I’m also going to add this site to my Blog Resources Page, which is a work in progress. I want to feature giveaways on the front page and create an area for people to add their own, but I also include pages of blog resources and linky lists, sweepstakes sites, etc.
      .-= Larry @ Cakeblast´s last blog ..Follow Me Fridays and Similar Linkys =-.

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