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Blog and Ping Experiment

I like the experimental approach outlined in this article and it certainly reflects our experience of this aspect of blogging. Each of these postings if followed by the Pingomatic ritual whether it needs it or not and we do see regular evidence of these postings being picked up and held on the major search engines - progressively boosting the size of our site.

Blog And Ping Does It Work?

I have been doing an experiment with blogging and pinging, one
of the ways which supposedly gets your site listed and ranked
higher quicker.

Firstly I'll explain what blogging and pinging is. Blog and
ping is a technique you can use to get your site listed in
search engines. The idea is that search engines like blogs
because of the ever updating content, so they keep going back.
By writing a blog and placing some site links in the posts, the
search engines will spider the links, and pages shortly after
you blog.

Pinging is when you send a "ping" to let the directories, which
keep lists of blogs, and when those blogs are updated, know that
you have added content to your blog. These are allegedly closely
watched by the search engine spiders, so they can spider any new
content and add it to the search engine which controls them.

Anyway, back to my experiment, does blogging and pinging really
get your site noticed?

Well my results have been encouraging. I have tested by only
using a blog as the front page of a new information site I
started. has only been
advertised by way of the blog to announce new content, and then
pinged through which distributes the blog
entries to several large ping sites.

Following a week of adding content, and then posting an
announcement of the new content to the blog on the front page
and pinging with pingoat, the site seems to be getting visitors
to most of the sections, which I can see from the log files. I
can also see some of the traffic is coming from search engines,
and also a lot of spider activity can be seen on the site, where
the search engines are crawling the content.

So I have to conclude that blogging and pinging is a way of
getting listed on search engines, or at least of getting
noticed by them quickly.

Should you be blogging and pinging?

Of course that's up to you, but for the time it takes, it maybe
worth trying blog and ping for yourself and tracking the
results. A quick blog post (use if you
don't already have a blog) and then ping with pingoat takes
only a few minutes, and may help a site into all the search
engines quickly.

About The Author: Douglas Titchmarsh writes several blogs
including and and also has a
website at

As time goes on though you begin to appreciate the longevity of blog content. A lot of the readers of this blog visit the archives rather than the current page because they have been attacted by content on a specific topic. This is one of the reasons that we don't worry too much about staying on a particular topic. If we do have a regular readership we seen no trace of them and I would have expected them to have commented about something by now.

Pingoat looks good so I think we'll give that a try - it may even supplant Pingomatic - fickle or what.

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