I recently joined a special-interest forum that allows linkbacks in forum posts. They have a pop-up that explains trackbacks, pingbacks, and whatever the third kind is (refbacks?). In theory, I understand these. I don't understand them in practice - other than having used Pingler for pinging.
Here's what I am asking: when the other forum asks if I want to trackback (or otherwise linkback) from that forum to my website or from my website to that forum, what exactly does that mean? What would I actually do? What would I see at each location? Or is it all invisible to humans, but visible only to the digital information on each site? Does it matter which I select?
I too am interested in a simple explanation of these terms. I understand the term 'back link' but find the other terms confusing.
I think that "linkback" and "backlink" are exactly the same thing.
You may be right, WTS, and I'm not arguing, but just trying to understand. When I checked the terms in Wikipedia (yeah, yeah, yeah, I know - it's Wikipedia ) each of those terms had their own page, and they were explained differently; and I did not see any links from one page to another or any disambiguation notices - for all that's worth.
The other forum that I mentioned has a policy that they/we are not allowed to post a link to our websites in a forum post (with the exception of certain specific subsections). But they do allow and even enable linkbacks in those same forums. That is part of my confusion.
What I think that is is a sort of filtering scheme to ensure that only relevant back links hit that site.
I don't exactly understand what you are saying here.
If linkbacks and backlinks are the same thing, why would they not allow backlinks in a post, but would provide a super-easy way for performing a linkback each time I post?
I decided to just go ahead and use the trackback box provided. I don't know whether it will do me any good or any harm. I hope only good! But I still don't know whether there is something that I, a human, should be able to see. If so, it's a fail.
I read your question and was hoping to see someone else answer it, because I too was mystified by the term. I also read the Wikipedia entry (which was marked incomplete) and was none the wiser.
Often forums don't allow backlinks in posts but do allow you to place a backlink in your signature - could that be it?
I honestly don't know, Marisa. From what I could see, they did not permit any kind of promotional link in the posts at all, with certain exceptions that I haven't really grasped yet.
Below the posting/reply box, they have a separate address-type box which is labeled "Trackback." In that box, it is permitted to post URL's - even more than one - of sites that are to be pinged.
I did go ahead and try this with three of the posts I made there today, using the URL of a specific Hub (a different one in each case). I don't know what that did, if anything. I haven't seen that those three Hubs have received even one new visit yet (as I thought perhaps might occur in some way).
I'm actually mystified by this.
I am heading off to sleepy-bye now, but I'll check this tomorrow. Eagerly awaiting answers!
Well as far as I know linkback is used to get better page rank. which in turn will give you better rank in search engine.the more linkback you have , the more higher you site appear in SE.It is generally used for SEO.
does that answer you?
I appreciate your attempt to help, very much! I didn't actually mean backlinks in this case, but I think the similarity of the two terms is rather confusing.
I was hoping to get some specific details about how a trackback or pingback or refback is accomplished, but in a dumbed-down version. I need to see the details from the POV of the human, not the computers or the webpages or sites.
backlinking in relevant forums is always a great idea for many reasons - but if you only put your links and leave without participating - you'll be looked at as a spammer, so always participate in the forums that you link your hubs to, is my advice.
I found an old Hub that described these linkbacks, but in terms practically identical with the descriptions on the other site. So I guess both of them copied from Wikipedia, perhaps?
Those descriptions tell me what the sites do, in computer terms. They send a signal. They acknowledge one another. They let each other know that something has taken place on one site that may be of interest on the other site.
I am wanting to know what I will see. Does a link show up somewhere on one site? Where? Or is it all just invisible?
When I use Pingler, I see the report that the address I submitted "has been pinged" to various sites, but I don't actually see anything, because I am not on the sites where the ping was sent. So I don't know what it looks like at that end.
Also, if I understand, both sites have to be ping-enabled in order to use that, and I don't know whether HubPages is.
I don't know whether a picture would help, so I'm attaching a screenshot.
As small as it is, you can't see much. But I think you can tell that the trackback box (next to the red arrow that I added) is separate from the forum post/reply box.
In either cases linkback or backlink is use to show your authourity or reference , in other words to learn more about the topic.
Always check Forum faq, Tos. Befor using it.
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