Wordpress submits each post to ping services like pingomatic. Should we be submitting our Hubs to these services or submit a ping each time we post a new Hub?
Good questions. I don't but answer would be interesting.
I don't know about the individual Hubs but i have personally submitted my main hubpage URL to pingomatic. I would also like to know if we should ping the individual Hubs every time we post.
Great question. I look forward to reading all the answers.
Why would you? Each time you ping your work 3 words fall off your page.. did you never consider that?
I was pinging my little heart out for a while, but it became too cumbersome and I was too dumb to figure out what Learner365 did: just use pinger or feedshark for the main page.
Someone said to go to Google and Bing and index the main page there. I tried that and hope that it will help.
Pinging alerts some search engines that new content is now available on your blog. You can ping just the hub or your profile page/ home page of your blog, etc... the search engine spider will be alerted to look for something new. Many people here, me included, ping and get indexed by Google within a few hours, sometimes sooner. Now that we are all on sub domains, it is important to ping at least our own main page(profile) only once every time we publish something new. Do not send out massive amounts of pings using several different services, this can get you banned from the search engines for spamming their servers.
Pinging is not going to get you a backlink, it's not going to bring your hub higher in the serps, and it's not going to bring you more traffic. All it will do is alert the search engines that you have new content. However, the sooner you are indexed the sooner you can attain the backlinks, traffic, and serp position.
You've earned a credible spot in my mind with your thorough answers on the forums and your hubs.
thanks, Richard. I used to ping every time I edited my hubs, but had been too busy lately. So, thanks for the reminder. Cheers!
I haven't used pings in many, many years.
If you are known to Google as a site that publishes regularly, they will crawl incredibly quickly. I have seen access from Google searches in my web logs within fifteen minutes at times. I don't have access to logs here, of course, but I bet it's pretty quick.
I also notice now that if I mention a new post on Google+, the G+ mention is indexed almost instantly,
I don't know (or care) when Bing finds it.
But really, unless you are publishing something that is really news, why would you care? Fifteen minutes or a day, so what? If you wanted it there yesterday, you should have written it then
I ping each hub when I post it, and I pinged my home page once we switched over to sub domains, but any more than that looks fishy. Don't ping a lot, just when you write something new.
I used to ping each new hub, but never found it very effective in getting indexed any quicker. In fact, I've had at least one hub that took over 6 weeks to get indexed by google.
Far better, in my opinion, is to use WebMaster Tools to request that a googlebot visit the hub. Indexing seldom takes over 24 hours that way.
I only Ping when it's an article/page that needs to get in the search engines RIGHT NOW. For instance I pinged an article that I wrote within an hour of Facebook updating their news feed. Because the information was immediately relevant I knew that I'd get hits straight away but then it would likely change again. It was indexed within 5 minutes and had 20,000 hits within a day.
If it's an evergreen topic though, one day doesn't matter. Pinging only really gets you indexed quicker, and if your site is well known, as Pcunix said, pinging will only change the indexing time by a few minutes most of the time.
I do have my Wordpress sites set up to automatically ping through Pingler though.
Also agree with livewithrichard.
I always do every time a new hub is published for SEO purposes. Many of my hub visitors are coming from search engines. Pinging your hub will also make it indexed by search engines faster
I ping my hubs when I have changed the title, edited and tweaked it or added more content to it..Has been helpful.
I usually don't bother with it because I've not noticed a significant difference with or without on my own blogs.
I don't bother with anything that might conceivably annoy Google. As I only write everbrown content it doesn't really matter much.
Everbrown? It means no one ever goes near it.
Hey, maybe you should write a hub on everbrown content! Could be a niche area to exploit.
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