Blog Ping Services Configuration

Before having real nice contents of your blog, the first thing you may want to do is to increase its exposure by making it available to as many aggregators as possible. Blog ping services is a handy way to notify these aggregators about all the updates of your blog.

In blogging, ping is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which a weblog notifies a server that its content has been updated. An XML-RPC signal is sent to one or more "ping servers," which can then generate a list of blogs that have new material. Many blog authoring tools automatically ping one or more servers each time the blogger creates a new post or updates an old one.

Open ping servers, like VeriSign's, let other web-services subscribe to a list of blogs that have recently pinged them. Blog search engines can provide fresh results very quickly by polling only the newly-updated blogs. Similarly, aggregators use results from ping servers to tell subscribers which items on their subscription lists have fresh material.

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You can even start pinging before you know exactly what it is all about. Start by trying some of the services below:

Alternatively, you can gather to list of ping servers URL and set them into your blog client software. For instance, like we are using Windows Live Writer, go to Tools > Options > Ping Servers (as illustrated below).


You can enter a list of 56 ping servers URL as below, (thanks to Elliott C. Back: In Aere Aedificare for the list)