Yep, maybe I’m on that list, too. Many accidental spammers are on Google’s radar these days. Gone is the time when we would get away with lot’s of duplicate content out there in the web-o-shpere.
One of the big ways to get on Google’s Spammer hit list is to have your content pinged by too many pinging services. This causes too many duplicate pings, a red flag to Google since their Panda update, cracking down on too much poor quality duplicate content out there.
A ping is an alert sent out to search engines to let them know that you have published new content on your site and that their search engine bots also known as “spiders” visit your blog and index the new content.
WordPress is set up to automatically send out pings to these search engines and services. This is a huge benefit of using WordPress.
Pingomatic is the top dog in the pinging service world. It pings a lot of search engines, Many ping services are now debunked and Pingomatic has picked them up, causing crossovers and your pings are being duplicated. Hence, Google sees that as spamming.
A couple of years ago, a mentor of mine held a web class and provided us with a list a mile long to put into our WordPress settings. I’ve since shared that list with many of my clients. However since the Panda Update hit this no longer applies.
The only ones on your ping list should now be:
Pingomatic pretty well has all the other ones covered.
To update your ping list simply go to your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Writing > Update Services. Then just delete the existing ping list and replace with the one above.
WordPress pings these services automatically and that’s exactly what we want, right? But did you know that it also pings these services every time you update a blog post too? Yep if you publish a post then make numerous changes to it, a ping goes out to these services. Yikes! I shutter at how many times I’ve done updates in the past that have duplicate pings. Not good. Not good at all.
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With love and blessings,
Updated Ping list comes from Traffic Generation Cafe