Doing a trackback test for Julie

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Julie at SexyMagick asks for someone to explain trackback and how it works. I've left a short explanation in her comments, and hopefully this post will show up in her trackback for that post.

Update 26-Aug-2003: The Cartoonist wants in on this game too, so I'll link him and see if he gets a trackback link. It doesn't look like he's been having much luck in sending trackback pings.

Update 26-Aug-2003 #2: The Cartoonist did not receive my trackback ping. I re-edited this post and put his trackback url into the "URLs to Ping" box. He didn't get that trackback ping either.

I did some digging around and figured out where Radio stores the results of trackback pings - they're stored with the blog posts in weblogData.root (weblogData.posts.[postNumber].trackback.outbound.urls.[urlPinged].errorString).

In the trackback data for this post, the trackback ping to The Cartoonist has this error message:

"Can't open stream because TCP/IP error code 10060 - Connection timed out."

It would seem that Radio's trackback is down for the time being. As I write this, trackback went totally offline.

Update 26-Aug-2003 #3: Okay it's 5 minutes later and trackback seems to be working again. Let's see what happens....

.....okay, trackback itself seemed to be working, but it would not re-ping The Cartoonist's blog. I deleted his trackback url from this post in weblogData.root, re-published this post, and he got my trackback ping.

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David, thanks for the explanation..another question, if I want to link from this test back to my site using the trackback feature..what steps do I take? I think that might where part of my confusion lies..
Thanks

"...if I want to link from this test back to my site using the trackback feature..what steps do I take?"

The question makes a little more sense to me if it is worded this way:

"...if I want to link from this test back to my site AND use the trackback feature..what steps do I take?"

The easy way (automatic):

Publish a post in your blog with a link to my test post in it. Radio will handle the rest. (Really, that's all there is to it.) After you've published your post, visit my blog, click on the trackback() link for the test post you linked to, and you should see your blog's trackback in the window.

The not-so-easy way (manual):

The fist thing you will need is the trackback url to be pinged. To get this, you would visit the blog you want to send a trackback link to (mine), click on the trackback() link for that post (the trackback test post), and copy the url listed at the top of the window. In the case of my trackback test post, this is what you would see:

TrackBack URL for this post:
http://radiocomments.userland.com/comments$trackback?u=127252&p=102

With the URL in hand, write up a post in your blog. In the "URLs to Ping" box, paste the "TrackBack URL for this post" that you copied from my blog.

Publish the post, visit my blog, click on the trackback() link for the test post you linked to, and you should see your blog's trackback in the window.

I would highly recommend automatic over manual. I've never used the manual trackback box to ping anyone's blog. I'm sure there are good reasons why you may want to use a manual trackback, but I haven't run into such a case yet.

One thing to keep in mind: Radio Userland appears to be running trackback services on their comments servers. If the servers are down, trackback isn't going to work. How can you tell? Pull up your blog's home page and look at a trackback() link. If you see numbers in the trackback() links, the servers are up. If you see no numbers (not even zeros), the servers are down.

Here's a point that might help you understand trackbacks better:

Trackbacks can be a little counter-intuitive because of the way they work. One thing that helped me to understand trackback was this: trackbacks are always something that happens on the *other* person's blog.

If I make a post on my blog with a link to one of your blog's posts in it, the trackback will show up in *your* blog (not mine).

If you make a post on your blog with a link to one of my blog's posts in it the trackback will show up in *my* blog (not yours).

Hope this helps.....
David

it worked..this is making sense to me..thank you.

Working fine now. Brilliant! Thanks!