Can someone be so kind to explain this thing about the RSS...

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Hey everyone,

Ok it might be just me but I have a rather silly question:

When you create a blog, and you ping the RSS agregators how exactly does that benefit you?

I can understand that if you have people subscribed to your blog that they can receive updates from your blog, but I don't understand how you get any benefit and traffic from just pinging to the agregators?

Can someone please explain that?

I've read a few books/reports on the subject but still it's not clear to me.
#explain #kind #rss #thing
  • Profile picture of the author lorenfisher
    Pings help you to notify another author that you wrote something related to what he had written on his blog, even if you don't have an explicit link to his article. This improves the chances of the other author sitting up and noticing that you gave him credit for something, or that you improved upon something he wrote, or something similar.

    With pingback and trackback, blogs are interconnected. Think of them as the equivalents of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper, or a chapter in a textbook.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGodfather
    I wasn't talking about pingback and trackback. I'm talking about starting a blank new blog, writing your first post and pinging it to the agregators.

    Let's just say that you write about a certain topic, you write your own original material. You aren't mentioning any authors or any sites, just strict original content.

    That's what's bothering me.


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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Basically a ping tells different services that you have updated your site.

    Update Services like ping-xml are tools you can use to let other people know you've updated your blog.

    WordPress automatically notifies popular Update Services that you've updated your blog by sending a XML-RPC ping each time you create or update a post.

    In turn, Update Services process the ping and updates their proprietary indices with your update. Now people browsing sites like Technorati or Sphere can find your most recent posts!

    You can also use it to tell a whole range of other services what you are doing on your site. It is just another way of driving traffic.

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  • Profile picture of the author TheGodfather
    Well, what kind of services are we talking about.

    I would like to know more about this. Is there any link or ebook or something you would recommend me to start with?


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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Here is the word from the horses mouth re RSS.

    Update Services WordPress Codex

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  • Profile picture of the author WyzoMarketing
    It's good for instant backlinks and also it's good for "referring site" traffic building if one of the rss aggregators manage to get better serps than your own articles. (Happens a lot with a new site).
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Barbour
    Blog --> New Post --> Blog Pings An Update Service (like --> Google/Yahoo/Bing/etc.., gather updates --> End User finds your site via search
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    • Profile picture of the author morris451
      Here's a partial list of some of the RSS aggregator sites that pingoat will ping (pingomatic doesn't seem to be working):

      technorati, icerocket, weblogs, newsgator, blo-gs, feedburner, blogstreet,, moreover, newsisfree, syndic8, feedster, topicexchange, blogdigger, blogmatcher, pubsub, coreblog, blogpeople, bulkfeeds, blogrolling, catapings, effbot, focuslook, holycowdude, octora, etc. etc. ad infinitum...

      The big question is, do you have to go through the ultra time-consuming job of registering a new blog or a new site with each of these individually before it will do any good to ping new content to them????? Do you all register your new sites with every site that will be pinged, or just use an update service like pingoat or pingomatic for all your new content without worrying about it?
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  • Profile picture of the author MisterMunch
    I do not get this either.

    I find a list of ping sites, copy them to my ping list and just accept that I do not get how that will benefit me. People say it will and I just have to take their word on that. If someone can show me my ping/link at these site, it might help.
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