If you are a serious blogger, then you got to be kidding me if you say you don’t know what WordPress is! You are allowed not to know about WordPress, only if you are a newbie to blogging !
This post is aimed at Regular and future to-be WordPress bloggers, so if your are not both, then may be it’s time for you to turn into one.
If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, then you know that WordPress sends out pings(kind of a notification) to URLs you link to from you post. Pinging updates the author of the URL that they are being mentioned about. This is perfectly fine, for it has it’s own benefits (does not come in the scope of this article). But, what if you link to an URL which is part of your own blog ? WordPress doesn’t differentiate if it’s your own URL or someone Else’s, it does it’s job promptly.
Some people may like self-pings for various reasons:
-> has some obvious SEO benefits
-> retain visitors – a visitor reading a post may notice a ping in the comment section and end up following it (the longer the visitor stays on your blog, higher are the chances that he/she may end up being profitable ),
-> new posts will get indexed quicker as Search Engine Crawlers will find them on established pages/posts, and so on.
And you also will find a few who may not like it, and again for various reasons:
-> Clutters the design (if you are not a building a blog just to monetize, you’ll care more about design, simplicity n layout),
-> Just don’t want any pings in the comment section,
-> really can’t think of more !
Ok, now lets get to “How can I get rid of WordPress Sending self-pings, temporarily or permanently” :
1> Getting rid of Self-pings temporarily: Let’s say you are OK with Self-Pings, except for once in a while you want to avoid them, then instead of linking to the Absolute Path, link to the Relative Path and it’ll be taken care… err. .. Absolute Path / Relative Path sounds too techie ? Let’s take an example :
Lets say if I want to link to one of my previous blog post, I can do it like this :
<a href=”http://www.techbuzz.in/how-can-i-convert-youtube-songs-to-mp3.php”>Convert YouTube Songs to MP3</a>
The above linking is to the Absolute Path and this will send a ping.
Now if I doesn’t want to send a ping to my own blog post, then I should link to the Relative Path, which will be:
<a href=”/how-can-i-convert-youtube-songs-to-mp3.php”>Convert YouTube Songs to MP3</a>
2> Permanently get rid of self pings: If you want to get rid of self-pings permanently, it’s very simple – download and activate the plugin “No Self Pings” from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/no-self-ping/ .
Now, you are Good to blog !