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Top 65 Ping Sites for WordPress Blogs

Ping sites, what are they?

Pinging is basically the process of sending a small piece of code by the concerned blog to the pinging service. What does that code contains. Pingoat, the premium pinging services says…

A blog ping is just a piece of text, in simple words. It’ll contain your blog name and the url. It is usually prepared in the XML format. The servers that accept ping have special programs for accepting and processing these ‘XML pings’.

Why should I use pinging

Today’s blogging world is really competitive. It is vaguely said out of the 100 posts being published on blogs, only 1 contains the content which has actually been created. Out of the rest, 9 add some value to the already available content. Out of the rest 90, only 40, transform that information into their own words, and the rest 50 simply post the same content to their blogs….rather splogs.

So you can imagine, how challenging it is to survive and grow, in this world of market driven economy, where blog promotion is the key to success.

So, how to promote your blog fast

In this era of cut-throat competition, there is a rush to break the news at the earliest. Sometimes, blogosphere reminds me of the TV news channels, which compete with each other to break the news before others. Similar is the case with blogs.

Every blogger wants that his post is available to readers and search engines and blog search services before others. And Pinging is the service, which plays a major role in it. So, if you want to quickly circulate your blog posts to the maximum number of readers, it is recommended that you include following top pinging sites, and configure your wordpress blog to automatically ping these 65 great pinging services.


[Source: WordPress official website]

Update: Yet another list of 75 pinging services are available at Binh Dot Com. You may check for your self, because some of the entries may be common in both the lists.

We assume, that you already know how to configure your wordpress blog to automatically ping these services each time you publish a new blog post.

In case you do not know, just go to Options > Writing and copy/ paste this list in the box of list of update services.

P.S.: Including so many of pinging services to your WordPress might slow your posting. In order to ping these services in the background, and not affect your speed, your can install the nice WordPress plugin called No Ping Wait.

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Link Trains | Are they still useful for Blogs

It has been now over eight months, when I accidentally landed on a totally alien planet, called Blogosphere. I didn’t know the ABC of blogging at that moment, and so I chose to start with free Blogger, and ran about three Blogspot Blogs. But after trying my hands for about six months, I still consider myself to be a student of the art and science of blogging, although I have been able to learn a few tricks of the trade.

Remembering back, one thing I really missed; the huge waves of Links trains, which provided a way to the new bloggers like me, to know How to quickly build incoming backlinks. I remember to have participated in at least three link trains; Technorati Favorites, MyBlogLog and another one related to the anchor text. Thanks to them, one of my blog quickly jumped into Technorati Rankings and commanded a Rank of 250 or so, within a matter of few days. But those days have gone, and now link trains are considered an evil, specially after the recent Google crackdown.

But recently, I have noticed yet another link train coming up, which I don’t intend to board. It has been termed as NoFollow Link Train. If you want, you can see and join this train here or here, on the blogs of my friend Dave, who blogs at malewail and calgory blog. NoFollow means, that the links provided in this train will carry a nofollow attribute, which will prevent Google from passing the Googel Juice. This is compliant with the Google Terms and conditions for webmasters.

This train is being termed as the new wave taking blogosphere by storm, but, I am afraid, I am not able to appreciate the benefits of this train. Some of the perceived benefits, and my observations on them are as follows.

  1. Helps you get backlinks which will improve your Technorati ranking
  2. Increased exposure for your blog
  3. 10 lucky winners will get a copy of the book The 4-hour Workweek courtesy of Blogging The Movie
  4. And finally, each of the 10 lucky winners will be able to host their own contest which will be sponsored by Blogging The Movie.

My observations, on these peceived benefits…

  1. Is Technorati Rank really relevant. Does it serves any real purpose except that to satisfy the blogger’s ego. If you are into serious blogging, I think, traffic and the number of active readers are the most important thing to work for.
  2. What does exposure mean ? Any exposure, which cannot bring you traffic is meaningless. You can have thousands of backlinks, but if they cannot forward Google Juice and / or traffic to your blog, they are meaningless. These trains do not pass on the Google Juice and I have serious doubts about the ability of these trains to drive tons of traffic to you.
  3. The prize of getting a copy of a. Oh, I haven’t yet seen the book yet, have you ? And I will not be going for it untill I take a look at it, even if John Chow writes a review concerning it.
  4. And finally, if I am not convinved in even participating in this link train, why will I ever consider hosting such contests.

What are your views. Please let us know them.

BTW, if you really want to get a backlink from this blog, you can check out my previous post Get a Free Backlink from This Blog.

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Furthermore, I just wanted to announce that, a cool contest is being organized for bloggers at home based business opportunities. The details of which can be found here at sweepstakes.

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Get a Free Backlink from This Blog

Backlinks are the lifeline of a blog or website for that matter.

They give you the much important Google juice, which ranks your blog higher and higher in the SERPs. I don’t need to elaborate their importance, nor I consider myself to be an authority to speak on such a sensitive issue. The task can be better done by 5,61,763 SEO gurus, some of them are although self-styled. 😉

But the most important question before all the new bloggers is…

How to build backlinks for blogs in a competitive era

An extremely easy question to answer, but very difficult to implement. Just search for this question in Google, and I am sure you will get hundreds of advices. Some of them may be like…

  • Write great content; I know – I know, content is the king
  • Build relationships with other bloggers
  • Write articles on e-zines
  • Participate in blog carnivals
  • Indulge yourself in guest blogging
  • Participate in Link baiting
  • Exchange Links with other blogs
  • Scratch others back, I mean interchange reviews on each other’s blog
  • Submit to Blog Directories
  • Submit to RSS Directories
  • Submit to Social Networking sites
  • Submit here,
  • Link there…

OMG, the list is endless.

But in practice, this exercise is the most difficult one to implement, as it builds up gradully, unless you strike some wonderful ideas like John Chow or others like him.

What I offer here to build backlinks

So in such a competitive environment, I am starting my own way to build some crucial backlinks, which should appear to be natural and organic to Google. They will be helping both your blog, as well as mine.

These backlinks…

  • Will be doFollow links, meaning they will pass the Google Juice to your blog.
  • Will ride on Anchor text of your choice. The anchor text can change for different links.
  • Will be within my next few posts in next few days. This means, that I will continue to be writing my blog post as usual, but keeping the keywords chosen by you in mind. When ever I find a chance, I will link to your given URL, with your chosen keyword.

What you have to do

Just, send me the URL(s) to which you want a backlink, alongwith the keyword(s) of your choice for every URL. I will accommodate it within my next few posts.

What you have to do, in return

As I said, it is an exercise on mutual link building. I would also like to get the same favour from you. It will be one-to-one. The number of backlinks you want, will be exactly equal to the number of links you will have to give to me. The only difference is that, I will make the first move, and you will give the return favor within a week’s time.


Then drop me a comment here alongwith the the URL(s) and keyword(s). Or if you want to remain annonymous, you can use my Contact Form.

P.S.: I reserve the right to accept or decline any offer or request.

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Find most popular post on your WP blog with Popularity Contest Plugin

One of the first few WordPress plugins, which I installed on Webtoolsandtips is Popularity Contest plugin by Alexking.

It is a useful tool to give ratings to individual posts based upon various factors like, most viewed, most commented, feed views etc. There is a weightage factor assigned to each of these parameters and then the overall marking is found out.

The highest ranking post is assigned a popularity percentage of 100% and rest of the posts are assigned popularity percentages in reference to the highest ranked post. You will see the popularity index of each individual post by looking at the end of each post.

This ranking percentage changes dynamically according to each page view. For instance recently, the popularity of one of my post on LinkChecker was 90% and I got this.

Now you may be able to understand that better.

The Popularity Contest plugin is available courtesy of AlexKing at his WordPress Plugins page.

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