By Douglas Titchmarsh
I have been doing an experiment with blogging and pinging, one
of the ways which supposedly gets your site listed and ranked
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,
search engines will spider the links, and pages shortly after
Pinging is when you send a "ping" to let the directories,
keep lists of blogs, and when those blogs are updated, know
you have added content to your blog. These are allegedly
watched by the search engine spiders, so they can spider any
content and add it to the search engine which controls them.
Anyway, back to my experiment, does blogging and pinging
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. www.informationpagesonline.com has only been
advertised by way of the blog to announce new content, and
pinged through www.pingoat.com which distributes the
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
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
and also a lot of spider activity can be seen on the site,
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
worth trying blog and ping for yourself and tracking the
results. A quick blog post (use www.blogger.com 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
About The Author: Douglas Titchmarsh writes several blogs
including www.informationpagesonline.com and
www.thediscountebookstore.com/blog and also has a
website at www.monthlyinfoproducts.com