Ping List for Your Website
In blogging, a ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent from the weblog to one or more “Ping Server(s)” (controlled by the weblog) to notify a list of their “Services” of new content on the weblog.
A Ping Server may notify multiple services when pinged;
- Search Engines
- Website Directories
- News Websites
- Feed Websites
And Many Others
The ping technology was first introduced by Dave Winer to Weblogs.com in October 2001. Today, most blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post or updates an old one.
XML-RPC is a remote procedure call (RPC) protocol which uses XML to encode its calls and HTTP as a transport mechanism. “XML-RPC” also refers generically to the use of XML for Remote Procedure Call (RPC), independently of the specific protocol. This article is about the protocol named “XML-RPC”.
Why should you ping your Website?
Pinging your website is the online equivalent of waving a flag and yelling, “Hey! … Using a Ping tool can speed up indexing because it essentially sends search portals and other services a message from your website telling them that there is new content and to come crawl it.
Don’t get me wrong, WordPress automatically notifies all major search engines about your newly published content by default, but you can always make the job faster by extending a helping hand. You never can tell what happens in the mind of the search engines 🙂
I took the liberty of compiling a list of the ping services for WordPress that you can use in 2018, and hopefully beyond 2018.
If you see any of the links with a strike-through, skip it for the next available link. Links with strike-throughs simply mean that the site is not accessible at the moment. Maybe never going to be accessible. Kindly use your judgement.
Here is the 2018 WordPress Ping List (Cleaned Version)
http://api.my.yahoo.com/ rss /ping
You’ve got the Ping List, Now What?
Simply copy and past the ping list from above into your WordPress Website. Here’s how to do paste the list onto your WordPress Website.
How to add or Update WordPress Ping List
Log into your WordPress Dashboard. Your dashboard can look like any of the screenshots shown below.
Once you’ve gained access to your WordPress Website’s dashboard, scroll down to the settings which are usually on your left-hand side. Click to expand the setting tab. Under the settings you’ll see the writing tab/link, click on “writing”. Refer to the screenshot below.
Click on the setting tab, then Click on writing. Once you’re inside writing, copy and past the list you copied from above into the “update services” space. Save your work. That’s it! You’re done.
- WordPress.Org Codex – https://codex.wordpress.org/Update_Services
- An alternative is Feed Shark, which pings over 60 services for free.
- Feedburner users can use the Feedburner Pingshot service, which will alert most popular ping services.
- If you’re interested in manual configuration, have a look at the WordPress compressed ping list (archived version).
- Check Vladimir’s WordPress Ping List, manually checked and updated
That’s it for now.