Jul 8 2008

No Self Pings Please

Wordpress users know how annoying self pings can be. Almost every post that I write, I generally like to link to another relevant post. This creates a “Self Ping”. It’s not really a problem, except that it generally looks bad if you are displaying recent comments.

Self Pings
really don’t have a purpose either. They don’t do anything, so I try to delete them after each post. This takes time, it’s another thing to do when preparing and publishing posts.

Now you can turn self pings off with the Wordpress Plugin No Self Pings by Michael D. Adams. All you have to do is upload it and activate it, the plugin will take care of the rest.

You can download the plugin at BlogWaffe.

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  1. Hendry Lee said:

    I also consider installing this plugin because I ping internal blog pages a lot. Many people argue it is great to have cross reference, but I don’t find visitors will notice.

    Personally, I think that should be how blog software works but I can live with a plugin. :-)

    July 8th, 2008 at 8:51 am
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    We also link to internal pages all the time and I cant stand those pingbacks

    Let me know if you install it :)

    July 8th, 2008 at 11:56 am
  3. nate said:

    Plus, my mother told me that if I “self pinged” too much, I would go blind.

    July 8th, 2008 at 12:12 pm
  4. Matthew Henrickson said:

    LOL not that type of self pinging

    July 8th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  5. The Net Fool said:

    Thats awesome! I was looking for something like this for a long time. I always have to go back to my comment manager and manually delete any references that I made to clean things up because I don’t like to see pings from my own blog. Thanks!

    July 8th, 2008 at 4:19 pm
  6. Link Building Bible said:

    I wrote about this ages…haha… but it’s all good… But yah, self pinging is annoying, especially if you are doing internal linking like a good link builder should!

    July 8th, 2008 at 5:04 pm
  7. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Hope it works well for you Net Fool :)

    It is an old plugin apparently, but this is the first time I had heard of it so I had to write about it :)

    July 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm
  8. dandellion Kimban said:

    Thanks for this plugin. Back then, in some earier versions WP had an option to skip self pinging. Now, Akismet has to take care of hat, which is not the best solution.

    July 9th, 2008 at 2:01 am
  9. David Dunn said:

    Thanks a lot for this. I’ve thought about my self-pingbacks for a while but never really thought of doing anything about it.

    Installed this plugin on both of my blogs and both are activated. Would definitely recommend :-)

    Thanks!

    July 9th, 2008 at 2:27 pm
  10. Dennis Edell said:

    I just recently un-installed this plugin to allow self pings again.

    I too got really frustrated…really really frustrated.

    That was before I got into internal linking…..self pinging IS good folks. Visitors may not click it, but the SE’s will (you know what I mean), plus it’s a good counterpart to “related posts” as they don’t always find the same ones.

    If your still worried about dirtying the comments area, I also installed a plugin that separates pingbacks/trackbacks from comments…..one little problem is, I cant see where they went LOL

    RJ you should be ashamed ;)

    July 9th, 2008 at 2:39 pm
  11. Link Building Bible said:

    Dennis… you’re already linking to that post… sure, it’s more internal linking, but also not too much usability. So, yah, the self-pings can be good internal links, but you’re already doing internal links from the first page to the second page, so you don’t really need the links from the second page back to the first…. it’s just creating a circular link

    Link Building Bibles last blog post..Link Building Tip: List of SEO Friendly Directories

    July 15th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

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