How Do I Get a Pingback Notification?

When someone links the permalink from an article you wrote (example:, your site will go and look at the site sending the ping, it grabs a snippet, and uses that as the comment text. These pingback notifications will show within your comment system normally notifying the author or webmaster.

***Important Tip***

If you are going to link to another author online please don’t link to just their home page! (example:

Link your anchor text to an About Page, Contact Page or an article they have written.

You are so awesome!

Kristin Barclay author of InDeepH2O sent me this question about pingback notifications. We would all like to know if someone is referencing our articles.

How Do I Get a Pingback Notification? by @PamelaMKramer

One of the first things that I asked Kristin to do was to look in her WordPress dashboard in the “Incoming Links” section. To the right of the section as you hover your mouse in that area, a down arrow will appear. If you click on that arrow it may say click to toggle and you should see a hyperlink to “configure.” You want to click configure.

Incoming Links InDeepH2O_How To Tips on PamelaMKramer

You should be able to see “Enter the RSS feed URL here:” and inside the blank there should be a code. For Kristen her code is seen above and it looks at the blog search within Google. This particular code doesn’t work. My settings in this box looked very similar to Kristins too and also didn’t work.

After a lot of research I came across a suggested code to cut and paste within that box. To see if the code works,  put in your own url (in this case indeepH2O). Can you see where you should place your url? Now you can copy and paste it into your browser.

For easier reading if you don’t like to read code you can use the code below. Do not paste this code in the incoming links box because it requires an RSS at the end of the code not atom.

Again this is easier for you and I to read –

Once I knew that this code would work for Kristin I sent it to her and she copied and pasted it inside the box and hit submit.

Incoming Links InDeepH2O_How To Tips on PamelaMKramer

Now she can see the last 10 incoming links to her website within her dashboard.

Another place to check for pingback notices is in the General Settings section under Discussion. Make sure that center box is checked that allows notifications from other blogs. If you look at your comments section you can change the options to filter pings only. That will allow you to see the entire history of pings to your blog.

Discussion Settings for pingback notifications by @PamelaMKramer

Kristin’s original question stemmed from this Tweet from Rae Hoffman.

Tweet from Rae Hoffman

Kristin wanted to know if that reference would show up in her pingback notifications.  She won’t find a pingback notification in her site’s dashboard from Twitter but she can find it in Google Analytics. Please note you must already have your site linked with Google Analytics for this to work properly.

Follow the arrows in order: Acquisition, Social, Network Referrals and in this case she would be looking at Twitter.

Network Referrals in Google Analytics by @PamelaMKramer

After she has clicked the Twitter hyperlink inside Google Analytics she would find a full list of urls that have been sending visitors to her site. As an example I used this screen shot taken from my own account for teaching purposes.

Network Referrals in  Google Analytics Example by @PamelaMKramer

 And there you have it, another problem solved. Hopefully this was easy to follow along and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

That is all for this weeks edition of Solve it Saturday. If you have any questions or suggestions that you would like to see please leave them in the comment section below. To learn more simple ways to navigate your online projects visit more of my How To Tips <—-here!


  • Linda Malcolm

    Good info to have — thank you! Visiting from #SITSSharefest.

    • PamelaMKramer

      Thank you Linda! I’ll have to see what you shared this week.

  • Megan MNMSpecial

    I had no clue. Thanks!

    • PamelaMKramer

      You’re welcome! Did you see part 2? It might be a little easier to follow. :)

  • Lydia R

    Definitely techie stuff here – you rock. I pinned this so I can come back and really think through how to make sure I’m doing this on my blog!

    • PamelaMKramer

      Well make sure you see part 2. That is a brief video that might help you more. Some times video is quicker and easier to follow. You let me know!

  • Krissy Higgins

    I was clueless on this subject, so I went to my Word Press acct and found 3 pingbacks I didn’t know about!

    • PamelaMKramer

      Great! I’m glad you checked. There is a part 2 because it still wasn’t fixed. Look what I found! It’s a very brief video. Let me know what you think. Have a great weekend. Thank you for your support Krissy, I really appreciate it.

  • Taylor Brione

    Thanks Pamela! I need to go in a configure my pingback settings and set up all that stuff in Google Analytics! GA can do so much but I’m not utilizing it yet! Thanks for this post and love the new blog look!

    • PamelaMKramer

      You’re welcome Taylor and thank you! Yes set that up and let me know if you have any questions. GA can be a pickle to sort out.

  • MamaRabia

    Thanks, Pamela. I have a Blogger blog, so I’m not sure how to fix that part, but I do have Google analytics enabled, so I can definitely check those out.

    • PamelaMKramer

      You should be fine because blogspot doesn’t need pings. :)
      Yes do check your Google Analytics so you know know where your social traffic is being generated. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend.

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