Every website or blog out there wants to increase the amount of traffic coming to it. Increased traffic can serve the blog owners with increased number of subscriptions or increased number of ad clicks or increased number of sales if they are selling out products or services.
It is a very well understood fact that if we want to earn using our blog in huge amounts, we need traffic.
This post is all about how to get more traffic to your WordPress website or blog and how to get your blog posts get indexed faster using something called “PING LIST”. But before heading over to the list, let us understand the meaning of “Ping”.
What is a Ping?
According to Wikipedia, “In blogging, a Ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent from the weblog to one or more “Ping Server(s)” (controlled by the weblog) to notify a list of their “Services” of new content on the weblog.”
It’s too technical, isn’t it??
Let me make it simpler for you.
Ping services notify a list of agencies that a new blog entry has occurred on your blog. That way, if the person notified wants to see the new entry, they can come and take a look.
That’s it. This is what a ping is. In fact, a Ping Server may notify multiple services when pinged:
- Search Engines
- Website Directories
- News Websites
- Feed Websites
- And Many Others
Basically, it helps get your content published so that others can find it.
How are Ping Services and Indexing related?
Indexing of a post is essential to let the search engines know of the new blog post you have published so that your new post could rank in the search engines, as soon as it can, for the relevant keywords.
Ping Services can be used for the faster indexing of your blog posts as the ping actually can be sent to a number of different search engines and blog aggregation services. You can set who it gets sent to.
Although Pinging adds no value to a website’s rank-ability in Search Engines, it does help search engine Web crawlers discover content quicker, which may give content the visibility needed to attract traffic (often resulting in conversions such as more page-views, more shares, which means additional backlinks, social shares, etc.), which does help a website rank.
WordPress Ping List
A WordPress blog has an advantage over the static or dynamic websites in the form of Pings. WordPress, by default, notifies all major ping services, but you can always extend the services you can ping your updates to.
Whenever you publish, edit or modify a post, WordPress pings all the ping services which are listed under your Ping Update Services. So this way, ping services get notified about all the new posts and search engines quickly index them.
The following is the ping list you can use in your WordPress Update Service to notify various ping services:
How to update your WordPress Ping List?
So now you know what a ping is, how does it help in faster indexing and what are the various ping services to include in your WordPress ping list, let us take action and see how to get it done.
Step 1: The first step is as simple and essential as always.Login to your WordPress dashboard.
Step 2: Head over to the Settings tab and click Writing.
Step 3: Scroll down to find the heading “ Update Services” and copy paste the above-given ping list into the box underneath the heading.
And it’s done. You have successfully updated your WordPress Ping List and soon you will be getting more free traffic from various sources that will eventually help you with your online business.
If you know of any other important ping services that i have missed, share the knowledge with me and the WebbyCrux Community by leaving a comment below.