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Auto Pings: The Mass Blog Pinger Online

Webmasters and bloggers sometimes forget the importance to ping a blog. We all know that content is king when it comes to SEO and visitors - there are Internet programs out there that copy your blog and post it as their own on a different blog - with no attribution. This obviously makes Google's job a bit harder as how does it know which copy to credit and rank? Usually the copy it finds first gets the credit - which is where pinging comes in.

Pinging a blog is basically letting other web services know that something on your blog has changed - this soon gets noticed by Google who comes to you blog (sends a spider/bot) to see what's changed and if it's worth putting in the Google index. So if you ping your posts soon after they're published - it's unlikely anyone can get your content to pass of as their own before Google knows it's yours (if you ping).

So pinging regularly both:
  • Lets Google (and other search engines) know that it's your content - thus greatly reducing the chance of anyone else passing it off as their own.
  • Lets search engines know of a change sooner so you'll get indexed sooner - and ranked sooner.
So - now you know of the importance of pinging, how do you do it? Mass Ping Tool

If you're working with Wordpress - you can add a ping list in the settings - Wordpress will then ping the post url to the url's you've entered. This will only ping the post URL though - and there's loads more opportunity of URL's to ping - think category, author pages etc. If you get a list of these from your blog and ping them using this online pinger - you should see a higher rate of indexation (because Google can find it easier).

To use this Mass Pinger Online, simply enter the list of URL's you want to ping. Then select the services you'd link to use. The 'Threads' is the number of concurrent processes - so the higher the number - the more pings will be processed at the same time. This will speed the whole process up. It's advisable to keep this number on 3 - but you can enter any number you wish. This refers to the number of iframes that the ping service will bring up in the background.

When you've selected all the options, click 'Start Pings' and Auto Pings will process your selection.

When it's complete it'll tell you 'X pings done :)' - at this point - your pings have been completed. That's it, your pings are done - you can select 'check more' to process another list if you wish.

How To Ping Your Blog URLs with Auto Pings

The first thing you'll need to do if you want to ping your blog free is collect a list of all the URL's you want to ping. These will be pages that change whenever a post is made - so not only the post url, but the category pages, tag pages, author pages etc. So collect these in a big list with newlines between them.

Once you've got the list - it's time to choose one of the blog ping services (like this one). When using the online pinger - simply paste your list into the box on the lefthand side - select the options required, then hit 'Start Pings'.

To get the most out of the blog ping tool, you'll want to ping a blog free every time you post an article (or set of articles). You can use the online pinger for multiple blogs at once, so make sure you make a list of all the URL's you want to ping.

When to use Mass/Bulk Ping Tools

You'll want to use the bulk url pinger whenever you make a new post or page - or change the site in any way. Doing so will protect your content from Google (or other search engines) from thinking someone else wrote it. Lots of people rely solely on the Wordpress pinglist - but this has proven fatal for some, with them loosing ownership of some of their articles in the eyes of Google.

If you've got a lot of articles to ping - I'd do them in batches to make it easier - then make a pinging schedule to auto ping your blog. If you make pinging a part of your publishing routine you're much less likely to have to deal with someone ranking your own content higher than yours - and you'll enjoy faster indexing times.

One thing you should take note of though is that it's important not to ping a URL lots of times if it's not changed at all. If you keep doing this the ping services may ignore any future requests - which would result in a counterproductive mass ping.

If you're finding some of your posts are being slow to get indexed, get a list of them and ping them - this will speed up the indexing process.

Another important use case for the auto ping tool is to get a list of your backlinks and ping them. Backlinks aren't worth anything if no-one knows they're there. Google has got to see them to give you a ranking boost. So get your backlinks indexed by pinging them in the mass ping tool. This can be time consuming getting together URL's of your links, but it'll pay off in the long run as Google (and others) will see you've got more backlinks - and as long as they're not all spammy, you should see an improvement in the SERP's (if you've got enough links with varied relevant anchors)