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Pingbacks let you know when another blog links to one of your posts. This guide will explain pingbacks and how to control pingbacks on your website.

About Pingbacks

A pingback is a special type of comment created when you link to another blog post as long as the other blog accepts pingbacks. Think of a pingback as an automated comment. Here is an example:

This notification displays a special type of comment linking to their post. Pingbacks appear mixed in with any other comments on the post:

pingback example
A comment and a pingback together

The pingback will also be listed in your dashboard’s Comments area:

A pingback in the Comments Management area.

Create a Pingback

To create a pingback, create a link (i.e., clickable text) to another WordPress blog post from within a blog post or a page on your own site. If that post has pingbacks enabled, the blog owner will see a pingback appear in their comments section.

Disable Pingbacks

You can turn off pingbacks so that you won’t be notified when other blogs link to your posts. However, it doesn’t prevent people from linking to your posts.

To disable pingbacks on every post you publish:

  1. Visit your site’s dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Settings Discussion.
  3. Toggle off the option “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).”
The pingbacks setting is highlighted in an orange box.

You can also disable pingbacks on individual posts in the post’s Discussion settings:

pingback controls

Stop Self-Pings Only

Self-pings (pingbacks that happen when you link to your own blog posts) are useful to some but annoying to others. If you’d prefer, you can stop your blog from pinging itself by using a shortened version of your URL for the link.

Usually, when you create a link, the entire URL including http:// is used. That will cause a self-ping.

To prevent self-pings, remove the domain from the link, keeping only the slug, i.e., the part of the URL that comes after the domain.

For example, if you want to link to your own blog post that has the following URL:

use only this to link to your own post:


Since you’re linking to a post on your own site, you don’t need to include the domain address like you would when linking to another website.

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