In my ongoing quest to attract more visitors by trying out new traffic generating ideas, I came across an informative post with a great video about using trackbacks. I’ve been playing around with WordPress for quite awhile now and I have to admit I never understood what trackbacks even were and why people bothered. The only times I ever got one it was spam, so it was certainly nothing to get excited about for me.
After watching this video, it makes much more sense to me now. It has the backlink building power of comments with a much higher possibility of being clicked on if the visitor is looking for similar content on a particular topic.
This process is even easier today than when the video was made because all you have to do is link back to the blog and the author is notified. There’s no need to go hunting for a trackback url on the authors site. Although it is still important to find out if the site even accepts (posts) trackbacks at all.
This makes me realize how clueless I’ve been. I like to believe I give out a fairly decent amount of link love, but I’ve never considered choosing the site that allows trackbacks over one that does not. If I’m discussing an idea that I’ve researched and found referenced on multiple blogs, I need to be more selective with my links.
For the open source portion of this site, I will admit that most of the pages I link to are not blogs because it’s an open source community or commercial script site. Even when I find a popular blogger writing about open source software, I often can’t understand what the heck he’s talking about. I have created quite a hurdle for myself being a non-programmer who blogs about finding new software. 🙂
For the traffic building part of this site, it’s so much easier to find helpful blogs to link to because a lot of them take the instructional approach. The how-to type blog post is ideal for me because it really helps in implementing these unfamiliar blog marketing ideas. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s just a lot more of them to choose from too.