Today’s Tuesday technology tip will cover trackbacks. A trackback is used to let another blogger know that you have written something about one of their posts. It is the only way the other blogger would find out that you had referred to him or his post, unless you used his name or something that he had a Google Alert set for.
If I am writing a post and want to discuss someone or something from another blog, I send a trackback ping when I publish my post. For a WordPress blog, the trackback url is simply the permalink with /trackback after it. On Typepad, you can click on the word ‘trackback’ at the end of the post and you will be given the trackback url, which is a long string of numbers.
Using trakbacks is a great way to connect with other bloggers and let them know you think their post will be helpful and interesting to your readers.