Do you use trackbacks?
Have you ever seen something like the following:
on a Windows Live blog entry and wondered what they are? Those are trackbacks; when you post a blog entry that has a link to someone else’s blog entry on Live Spaces then you can create a trackback from your blog entry – this will automatically create a trackback link on the other person’s blog entry back to yours.
Question is, why might you want to do this? Well, there are three good reasons actually:
- The author of the original blog entry that you are linking to would not otherwise know that you have linked to them
- Anyone reading the post that you have trackbacked to will see a link back to your post. It tells those people that there might be some information that may be of interest to them. Hence – it will drive traffic to your post
- Search engines understand trackbacks to be a specific type of link and treat them accordingly. Search engines use links between pages to decide on page rank; more links you have, the higher the page rank; the higher the page rank the higher up the list of search results your post is likely to be. Again, the benefit should be more traffic.
Of late I have started to create trackback links when I reference mine and other people’s posts and I’m regretting not doing it sooner. Unfortunately the process of creating trackbacks today is manual and really rather laborious but if you have the inclination to create them then its well worth the effort. I am rather surprised that Live Spaces doesn’t create them automatically so I have added that request to my Laundry list of wants for Windows Live wave 4.
Other resources pertaining to trackbacks:
- What’s all this, then? – by Greg Edwards
P.S. The screenshot near the top of this blog entry came from What can you do with your Windows Live ID? By the time you come to read this there will be an extra trackback link on that blog entry, from the one one that you are reading right now.