Hey there fellow WordPress devotees! In our last article we promised to give you a down and dirty method to keep your WordPress blog from pinging the search engines every time you update it. We would hate to disappoint you, so here we go!
As we explained last time, when a WordPress blog entry is updated it sends out an automatic ping, or return-service packet, to several search engine indexing services. This is good at first, as it lets the world of web-crawlers know you exist. After a time, however, it will cause your blog to get banned because constant editing will cause a succession of pings which look like spam. Of course one method to prevent this would be to edit several times in your word processing application before posting, but we all know that blogging isn’t really like that. Besides, in all copy writing the editorial process is constant.
So, how do we prevent our blogs from being banned? Drum roll please…
Introducing a free, must have WP Plugin: MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer.
This plugin, among other things, completes the simple task of preventing your WP Blog from pinging the entire world just because you took out a bracket or a repeat indefinite article. You can edit to your heart’s content, clicking “Publish” after every character change if you desire with no ill-repute from the web-crawlers. Additionally, it helps with scheduled blog posts by limiting the times when Word Press sends out the pings. When done correctly, pinging the search engine indexing services is important and powerful, but done incorrectly it will just get your post banned.
Let us know if you have any experience with MaxBlogPress, the Ping Optimizer Plugin, or have other methods of keeping your ping count down.