Pingbacks and Trackbacks in WordPress

Hello there affiliate marketers and bloggers.  Do you use WordPress for your websites?  If the answer to that is yes.  Then my next question is have you found a way to disable pingbacks and trackbacks in WordPress?

If you’ve been afflicted by these things like I have been then I’m sure you will agree that they are an annoyance to have to deal with.

Requiring painstaking time and effort to weed them out from among the authentic and relevant comments that visitors leave on your site day by day.

Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Well, I’ve found a way to get rid of these pesky things for good.

I’m going to share this with you so that you can stop WordPress pingbacks and trackbacks from appearing on both the posts that you’ve written in the past as well as any future posts that you will write on your WordPress site.

This means you’re going to be left totally free of pingbacks and trackbacks on your site.  Once and for all.

I used this method about a month ago and since then I have not received even one of these things.  That’s a huge relief because I used to get them every single day.  Giving me a lot of extra work just to remove them.

So let’s get started.  Usually, it would be proper form to start by telling you what are pingbacks and trackbacks, but no.  Let’s do this the other way around because if you’ve been having these things popping up in your comments then like me you probably want to stop them ASAP.

Here’s how to do this.

Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks in WordPress for older posts

Yes, let’s start with those posts that you’ve written already.  Take these steps to stop pingbacks from continuing to occur on them.

Log in to your WordPress dashboard – Naturally’ this is the very first thing that you need to do in order to make any sort of changes to your WordPress website.  So log in with an administrator account.

Go into the Posts Submenu – After you’ve completed the log in process. You will now need to click on Posts. You will find Posts on the left side of the WordPress dashboard page. So click on that. Then on All Posts. After the All Posts window opens you need to click on Screen Options. You will find that on the extreme right of that window.

Please see the image below for a visual depiction.

Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks - Step by step guide

Set the number of posts on the page – Now that you have the screen options displayed you are going to need to change the figure you see at “Number of Items per page”. You will find that on the left side of the screen options window. Change it to a number that reflects the actual number of posts you have on your website. The number you set in that window can go as high as 999.

What’s the reason for changing this number?  It is so that you can have all your posts appearing on one page.  The benefit here is that you will now be able to finish the procedure faster as you only need to effect changes to 1 page of posts instead of multiple pages.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that if you have 1000 posts or more on your website you are going to have a page 2, as the maximum number of posts you can list on this WordPress post page currently is 999.

So, set the number of posts per page to an appropriate number that reflects the total amount of posts you already have and then click on Apply.

Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks - Set number of posts

When the page refreshes you will have all of your blog posts on one page.

Select all post titles – That’s the next step.  To do this you click on the word title to select it. Doing that will result in all post titles being selected. Now click on the arrow beside the word Bulk Actions, then click on edit in the drop-down box which appears. After that, you click on edit, and then on Apply.

Select titles to stop Pingbacks

Stop the Pingbacks – You now have the edit window open and all your posts have been selected. Therefore any change you make here will affect all of your posts.

So look to the right inside the edit window. You should see an option that says Pings. Click inside the selection box to the right of the word Pings and select the option for Do Not Allow.  After that’s selected, then click on the word Update.

Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks - Discussion Settings

Just like that, you’ve done it.  No more Pingback spam comments will be able to reach your existing posts.  Let’s move on to stopping them from appearing on the new posts as well.

Stopping Pingback Spam Comments on new WordPress posts

From your WordPress Dashboard click on the word Settings. Then click on Discussion. Scroll through the Discussion settings page to find the Default Post Settings. Once you’ve found it you need to uncheck the option for “Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the post”. Also, uncheck the option for “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts”

When you have unchecked both of those options you need to scroll down to the bottom of that Discussion page, then click on Save Changes.

That’s it. You have now managed to disable the Pingbacks and Trackbacks on WordPress for all of your posts, including posts that you will write in the future.

No Pingbacks and Trackbacks

What are Pingbacks

A Pingback is a type of WordPress comment that usually gets created when a link is made to another blog post. However, it cannot be sent unless both websites or blogs have the Pingback feature enabled in the Discussion settings. Once a website does not have that enabled it cannot receive Pingbacks.

These things are automatically created, (once the option is enabled) when you link to a blog post on a site that has the option enabled as well.

What are Trackbacks?

A Trackback is another form of WordPress comment. Both Trackbacks and Pingbacks were meant for the purpose of alerting blogs when another blog created a link to them.

However, unlike Pingbacks, a Trackback is not sent automatically. Instead, Trackbacks have to be sent manually. Another difference between Trackbacks and Pingbacks is the fact that a Trackback includes an excerpt of the content on the page that the Trackback is from. While Pingbacks do not include anything like that.

Both Trackbacks and Pingbacks were created with the noble intention of informing a website when another one linked to it. They were fine to use for a while until spammers discovered that they could use them as tools to help them to spam WordPress websites.

As a result, bloggers have been trying to disable this type of comment spam because of the annoyance it brings and also because of the additional work it involves when you have to be finding and deleting these things.

Share the Resource

I hope that you found value within this post and have been able to disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks on your WordPress blogs using the method as explained above.

In return, I ask that you share this post with others via your social media profiles, your email or whatever other means you have at your disposal.  Let’s pass on the information so that we will be able to help others with this problem.

Please also share your experiences with comment spam in the comments section below this post, and check out the rest of the website.  There are some other great posts waiting for you,

Have a great day.

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5 Comments

Gaurav Gaur · at 12:46

Hi, Donald.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to disable pingbacks and trackbacks in WordPress. It is very uncomfortable to know that the option made to help bloggers turned out to be notorious due to Spammers. Your article came at a correct time and I am going to make necessary changes as you suggested. Looking forward for more such tips.
Warm Regards,
Gaurav Gaur

Chuck · at 12:38

Good day, Awesome job on your site. I read all of your content and found it extremely valuable. I’m a newbie and never knew this about post creation. The only thing that you may want to add is some pictures to fill in the blank spot down the page on the right side.  But GREAT job   Chuck

Zach · at 12:31

Hello I found your site and it has lots of information that I didn’t know about pingbacks and trackbacks and that these were such a thing. The article how to disable the pingbacks and trackbacks is great I didn’t realize that this happens to websites. I see that you talked about WordPress, I don’t use it but I think I need to. Do you need to buy or is WordPress free? After reading all of the information I need to go back and look at my own stuff. If you could recommend any advice to lead me to better options please feel free. Thanks in advance.

coralie · at 12:25

Yup I just learnt something new about my website that I have never heard of before. I love reading post and becoming educated. 

I absolutely love your post.  I truly have never heard of Pingback or Trackbacks before.  I have received a couple of those type of comments that you are talking about, and was a bit confused.  This has really explained where they come from and how to properly get rid of them for good.

Running a website is time consuming and taking hours to fix a problem isn’t very productive.  SO this type of post just saved me hours of extra research and work.  Thank you and again awesome post.

Dipa · at 12:08

Very useful information , learn from it and thank you for sharing your thought

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