Are you getting trackback spam on your WordPress blog?

by Himanshu Yadav on October 21, 2009

Trackbacks are always boon for a blog. But spam trackbacks are not very good for any blog. I experienced many time when I write a post based on SEO or Blogging, I immediately get 3 to 5 trackbacks. When I reach the page from where I get a trackback, it shows some excerpts part of my post and refer the article to my blog.

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Are these trackbacks are good for a blog? Even webmasters have their own choice; some accept the trackbacks while some drop or delete it. These trackbacks has nothing to do with some article credit. Some people use it only for their site get indexed in search engine so that they can generate some traffic from it.

There is a feature in WordPress by which users can send trackback to a particular URL. Some users use it to send an unwanted trackbacks to other sites by putting plenty of URL in the box given. By this way they generate plenty of outbound links to the site.

On WordPress, for instance, you have a box right below the text editor titled “Send Trackbacks.” If users put the URL of your post there and publish or update their posts, your blog will get a trackback notification and probably put a link on your comment’s section to that blog. By this way they generate some amount of traffic for their blog.

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What you need to do?

Whenever you get any trackback to your blog, simply check the page where you are getting the trackback. If the blog is genuine;approve the trackback as the trackback acts as a backlink for your post. If you find any spam trackback, kindly delete the trackback.

Use Simple Trackback Validation plugin

There is a plugin in WordPress called Simple Trackback Validation plugin which can help to stop trackbacks spam.

When a trackback is received, this plugin

  1. Checks if the IP address of the trackback sender is equal to the IP address of the webserver the trackback URL is referring to. This reveals almost every spam trackback (more than 99%) since spammers do usually use bots which are not running on the machine of their customers.
  2. Retrieves the web page located at the URL included in the trackback. If the page doesn’t a link to your blog, the trackback trackback “>is considered to be spam. Since most trackback spammers do not set up custom web pages linking to the blogs they attack, this simple test will quickly reveal illegitimate trackbacks. Also, bloggers can be stopped abusing trackback by sending trackbacks with their blog software or webservices without having a link to the post.

Visit official website of plugin

Many themes offer trackbacks to be included in a comment section. There are some manual techniques by which you can separate trackbacks from comments section. Here is a tip from Problogdesign.

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