A utility to determine whether a specific IP address is accessible. It works by sending a packet to the specified address and waiting for a reply. PING is used primarily to troubleshoot Internet connections
This definition of Ping is primarily for the internet connections and the concept of this ping is borrowed to the blogging community as well. The word and the concept remains that same, the application of ping is now different in the blogging world. This article will outline the use of pings in blogging
What is pinging and what does it do?
Like in the internet checks where a ping is used to check if an IP (Internet Protocol) is functioning, a pinging of a blog lets the world know that there is an update in the blog. All pinging does is tell the search engines that you’ve just updated your blog. Since the people like to look at new and fresh content, they are more likely to get over to your blog to see what is new.
Since you are pinging to the search engines, article directories, blog directories, etc., there would be people who look at the updates that you post on these websites and search engines. This eventually drives more traffic and makes your blog more popular than it is now.
There are many websites that accept ping from your blog and publish your recent work for their followers to see. A few websites that accepts pings from blogs are bloglines.com, blogrolling.com, icerocket.com, etc. There are also search engines that accepts ping like, google blog search and technorati.
The updates on your blog unless informed to these websites and search engines will not be published. To let these sites know an update, you ping them using some softwares or pinging websites.
How do you ping?
There are many websites that allow you to ping to the article directories and search engines alike at one go. Once you’ve updated your blog with a new post, all you have to do is to head to these websites, update your information and submit. These websites in turn ping the directories and search engines to let them know of the updates on your blog.
Setting it up to ping automatically.
Blog services such as WordPress and Blogger have their own inbuilt pinging tool. This saves the time and energy to go to each pinging website and doing the same task of pinging them. By setting it for an autoping, the websites are pinged everytime your publish a post.
We will see how to set it automatically in the posts to come.
A ping should come as often as possible, it is better to ping once every new post. This way there isn’t any delay in these websites knowing of a blog update.