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Saturday, December 18, 2004
By Steven L. Taylor

My traffic has been down the last two days or so-noticeably so. I figured it was a combo of the holidays, my slightness of blogging since Wednesday and the weekend. However, I just noticed that I wan’t updating in Blogrolling and checking my Options in WordPress, I noticed that I had removed the blogroll link from my “Update Services” box.

Since learning that pinging blogrolling was interfering with trackback pinging, I have had to often delete the pingback to blogrolling from within WordPress (so the trackbacks to other blgos would go), and then restoring it. However, I must have not restored it sometime in the last couple of days (indeed, I noticed yesterday or maybe even Thursday, that I was having no trackback problems all of a sudden) but didn’t think to look to see why.

So, this amounts to an unintended bit of research which confirms the hypothesis that blogs that do not ping bogrolling lose out on traffic.

It also shows (which is nice to know) that a lot of people still come around here even without blogroll updates.

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5 Responses to “An Unintended Blogging Experiment”

  1. James Joyner Says:

    Interesting. The TrackBack pinging is sporadic, to be sure.

    I ping both, which is supposed to hit everything, including, as well as blogrolling directly as a backup.

  2. Steven Taylor Says:

    I do the same. I used have a long list, but pared it down to the two.

    Whenever I had trackback trouble, I go into Options, Writing and delete those two lines. Then the trackbacks sail. Then I restore those two lines, except that I must’ve failed to do so the other day.

  3. nicola Says:

    perhaps people have chosen to spend their blogging time with their families, a rarity, but possible

  4. William Teach Says:

    The updates at blogrolling are sporadic anyhow. More often then not, I have to manually ping it using their form. Been going on for awhile, which is a bummer. I have you bloglined, anyhow, so I know when you update.

  5. Read My Lips - the blog Says:

    Dec. 19, 2004 [Pre-game edition]
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