Homepage Pingbacks

I’ve noticed something peculiar happening lately. It’s not just me, either. Other’s have expressed the same complaint to me in the past. I don’t receive a notification of all the pingbacks other bloggers post. It seems to be only links to my homepage that I’m not notified about. I did a test myself during my Month in Review post. I linked to five posts and my homepage. I should have received six notices but I only got five. The link to my homepage never came.

I have found that others gave me a shout out in a post. However, I only noticed it because I was reading their blog directly, not because of a pingback.

Anyone else have this problem and/or understand it? Linking directly to a post provides a notification but linking to a homepage provides nothing.

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26 thoughts on “Homepage Pingbacks

  1. That’s the way things are in the Wonderful World of WordPress. People have to link to a page or you don’t get a pingback. I think we need to start encouraging people to link to a page rather than the blog; that way we get an idea who’s linking to us. If it’s any consolation, Blogger doesn’t do pingbacks, they do trackbacks, and I still haven’t been able to figure them out…

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    • Now that I know this I’ll make sure to link to specific posts or to About pages instead of their home page. I wasn’t too happy with Blogger, not that I was doing much blogging there. I found zero community over there. Not sure if I was just doing it wrong or if that’s the way it is.

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  2. I’m really new and not sure if I’m understanding this but you linked to one of my blogs not long ago and the only reason I knew about it was I was reading your blog. Should I have gotten a notification for that?

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  5. It happens all the time. Well, most of the time. It explains why some bloggers don’t bother responding (or I thought they just don’t bother). It is very time consuming to go to individual blogs – for awards especially – to leave them a message…I guess that’s how WP works!

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    • I noticed a while ago that people whose blogs I read would link to my blog and I would only know because I read their blog. Then on my last “Month in Review” I linked to 6 of my posts (my homepage being one) but I only got 5 pingbacks. It was the homepage link that was missing. So now I link to specific posts or to their about page 🙂

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