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Need to ping a website? Anytime you create a new post, page, or web property, it's important to ping it so that search engines will be notified of its new arrival. Forgetting to ping a page or post could mean that they take forever to get indexed. If you are using a WordPress blog, you shouldn't be having much problems with this aspect as WordPress has built-in functionality that enables auto-pinging with each new post.
However, if you want a better list of ping services for your blog, you can get one by scrolling down below. Alternatively, this page will be focusing on the best pinging services, tools and plugins that are available for use as well, and provides some information and various plugins that may enhance your pinging efforts even more.
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Free Ping Services
This section provides you with a number of free ping services that you can use at absolutely no cost online. Feel free to ping your website or your web properties using these tools.
Next to each service is displayed the number of sites that are supported by the service for pinging. Take note that some sites ping other sites, for example PingBlog.us sends pings to Pingomatic. In such cases, the total number of services being pinged at Pingomatic is added to the total of PingBlog.us. Each website pinged is only counted once.
Also, services are sorted in order, from most number of sites pinged to least number of sites pinged. Some sites being pinged by the services may be down or broken though…
Total Services Pingable: 159
The free service that supports pinging the most number of services, PingBlogs also automatically pings KPing, Pingomatic and Pingoat for you, thus leading to a higher number of total services being pinged overall.
Total Services Pingable: 137
PingThatBlog supports pinging a massive number of sites as well, including helping you to ping Pingomatic too. However, quite a number of sites are not working for it, which may lead to a lower number of pingable sites than they actually support.
Total Services Pingable: 91
Pingler has quite a large number of services that it pings to. It also allows you the option to add more ping services to the list or to use your own list if you desire to do so. However, the number of services that you can enter into the list is limited to 100.
Total Services Pingable: 67
PingMyBlog has a good number of pingable sites. The majority of the sites being supported are general English sites, with a few non-English sites and a handful of specialized sites.Supports pinging Pingomatic as well.
Total Services Pingable: 61
BlogBuzzer is partially based on the pinging of English and non-English sites. About 50% of the services supported are split between the two, with only a few specialized sites being supported.
Total Services Pingable: 55
Syncr supports pinging Pingomatic and Pingoat. The majority of the services being reached are general English sites. Quite an average number of sites pingable through this service.
Total Services Pingable: 52
TotalPing is partially based on the pinging of English and non-English sites. About 50% of the services supported are split between the two, with only a few specialized sites being supported.
Total Services Pingable: 47
FeedShark is quite a good site because other than just pinging your site URL, it also allows the ability to ping your RSS feeds and podcasts to feed and podcast directories for inclusion.
Total Services Pingable: 47
Another popular online pinging services, Pingoat supports pinging a fair number of other sites. Supports a good number of non-english services and specialized services.
Total Services Pingable: 39
Ping.in supports pinging of a fair number of sites as well. Mostly pings general sites, with a good share of supported non-English and specialized sites.
Total Services Pingable: 38
Pingates supports pinging of a good number of sites. Mostly pings general sites, with supported non-English and specialized sites being low in number here.
Total Services Pingable: 33
FeedPing supports pinging of quite a very low number of sites. It supports pinging Pingomatic as well, but at the same time it pings all the sites supported by Pingomatic itself, thus leading to a lower total number.
Total Services Pingable: 31
Low average on the number of sites able to be pinged through iPing.
Total Services Pingable: 30
PingsALot only supports pinging of a few sites, thus making it very limited in nature. Number of supported services is similar to Pingomatic, and is quite low.
Total Services Pingable: 25
Pingomatic is one of the most popular online pinging services, though its number of supported services is quite limited. Also allows pinging of specialized services such as audio sites.
Mass Ping Services
In the previous section, we covered a number of services that provide free pinging. However, all of those services only allow you to ping one URL or site at a time. This section covers services that allows you to ping a larger number of URLs at once.
Total Services Pingable: Unknown
Unlike the other services mentioned above iPing supports mass pinging a number of different URLs. Would be useful if you have a lot of URLs you want pinged. However, the sites being pinged are unspecified.
Total Services Pingable: 25
A very useful pinging services that also supports creation of RSS feeds, as well as submission of your RSS feeds to various RSS directories. Can ping hundreds of URLs fairly quickly.
Total Services Pingable: 24
A simple mass pinging services that allows you to ping a mass of URLs. Also provides pinging of specialized services. You may paste URLs directly or upload them as a text file
Specialized Ping Services
Services in these section are more specialized, and can only be used for certain sites or situations.
Total Services Pingable: 7
The SquidUtils pinger is specialized in providing pinging only for Squidoo Lenses. It supports a very low number of pingable sites though. Also, it will only ping lenses that have been updated very recently.
Opt-In Ping Services
The services in this section require opt-in or membership in order to use. For some, that may be a bit troublesome due to the need for logging in or out when using the service.
Total Services Pingable: 164
Ping4Free supports pinging a massive number of websites. However, it requires an opt-in in order to get the username and password required for membership. It may be cumbersome to use as you need to log-in before you are able to use the service.
Paid Ping Services
Total Services Pingable: 120
KPing supports pinging of a very large number of sites. However, it is a paid service and costs $7 a month if you want to use it.
Total Services Pingable: 8
FeedShot is a very small service that support pinging only a very few number of sites. Each ping will cost you $1.99, which is probably not the best investment, given other sites that support a much greater number.
WordPress Ping List
If you are using WordPress, you have the built-in functionality of automatically pinging and notifying services each time you update your blog with a new post, or if you simply just update an old post. The Ping list that comes prepackaged is quite limited, so here is a larger ping list that you may decide to use to your benefit.
To add this list to your WordPress blog, go to your Control Panel > Settings > Writing, and add it to the update services field at the bottom.
This section contains a number of WordPress plugins that you may use to optimize the pinging aspect of your blog. Feel free to check them out and have a test.
The MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer is a free plugin that prevents your blog from over-pinging itself and getting you banned from ping services. On it's own, the WordPress ping capability tends to overping when you update a new post or schedule future posts.
From time to time, you may get ping errors on your blog. This WordPress plugin reports those errors to you so you know exactly what's happening.
You probably don't want to ping the same service more than once every time you post. The Ping List Checker plugin for WordPress lets blog owners check that to ensure that entries in their ping list only appear once. If duplicate entries are found, the plugin will report them and will display the number of times they were found in the list. The Duplicate Checker works well, but the Alive Checker can lag excessively, so probably better not to use it.
>> Network Ping
This plugin is for people who are running a WordPress MU network. It can be annoying when sites within the network are submitting different pings lists. The site will allow for a standard ping list for all sites in a WordPress MU instance when this plugin is activated.
It might be that your pingbacks are set to display the nofollow tag. This plugin will modify the links on pingbacks (and trackbacks) to remove the "external nofollow" for links to your own blog.
If you write a post that links to another post, you can get a pingback on that post, leading to some cool internal linking on your blog. However, some people prefer not to have this happen as it can look messy. This plugin prevent intra-blog pinging from happening.
If you need to get your post indexed fast, PPinger uses your visitors to ping Pingomatic.com for you. It randomly selects pinging various services that are supported. You can read more details from the developer.
Good luck, and I hope that these resources help you in your internet marketing endeavors.
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