Perilous Pinging – Is Your WordPress Blog Spamming the Search Engines?

wordpress blog ping spamAre you a search engine spammer? Your blog could be blocked as spam in ping directories, killing your SEO, and you may not ever know it!   I’ve researched the topic and will be giving you a simple solution in the form of a plug-in to make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

One of the benefits to having a wordpress blog is that your posts get indexed quickly by search engines because you blog automatically pings the information for you. So what does this mean? Your Blog get’s TRAFFIC! Awesome! I love it when something happens automatically and I don’t have to remember to do it.  But there is a downside to automation that I was not aware of until today…I was being a spammer without knowing it!

2 Big WordPress blog ping “sins” you’re probably committing that could be labeling your blog as spam!

If you’re like me, you try to provide the best content possible for your readers which often requires a few revisions.  I know that every time I write a post and then publish it, I’ll find a mistake or get an idea of something I want to link to, or change.  I probably end up editing my blog posts 4-5 times before I’m happy with them.  I never realized that while I was on a mission to provide relevant, well written information on my blog, I was creating spam!

Oh, and in my efforts to create more leverage for myself in building my network marketing internet business, I was creating a second blog ping sin: I was scheduling posts to publish in the future!  This alerted wordpress to ping out multiple updates between when the post was written and when it was actually published, even though my posts had not yet appeared on the blog.  Again, possibly making me look like a spammer with the search engines!

Avoiding Blog ping spam is easy with a simple free plug-in.

The plug-in is called MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer Plugin and here’s what it does.

  • 1. It will ping your posts out to the directories for you automatically when you publish a post
  • 2. It will not ping your post when you edit it…so you can safely “tweak” your content to your heart’s delight.
  • 3. It will ping your scheduled posts only when they are published to your blog.

Now, if you never end up updating your blog posts after they’re published and if you’re consistently writing your blog posts every day instead of writing a bunch at once and scheduling them so you can live your exciting life, you probably don’t need to get the plugin.  But I know myself, I’m thankful to have found it!

Here’s how to use the plugin:

  1. Download the zip file to your desktop.
  2. When you’re logged into your admin area of wordpress click on Plugins-Add New  Search for the plugin on your desktop and upload it.
  3. Enter your name and email address
  4. Click on the activate link in the email you will receive in your inbox.
  5. Go back to your blog and verify and activate the plugin.
  6. Then enter in a list of sites you want your blog to ping to.

If you’d like more information on ping, social bookmarking, and RSS, check out this post. There is a list of sites that you can ping your blog to in the mentioned post.

I hope this helps you!  If it was helpful please pass it on and comment below!

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