Comments: If it had been a snake....

Also I'm realizing that some sites have a "trackback" that seems to be different from a "permalink" and yet each link leads to the same blog entry and I'm wondering which link bloggers prefer someone to use.

Okay, I was confused about this too, so I inquired of Dave Johnson. He explained, "You can link to the permalink here, sure, no problem. But if you want to show readers HERE that you linked to it, so they will come visit YOUR weblog, then you want a trackback notice to appear here. It provides a link to your posting, and an excerpt."

So apparently a trackback is sort of a combination of referral/link and self-plug. I've never used one, so I'm still clueless as to how exactly they work. Right now I figure it's enough for me to self-plug in comments sections and link to permalinks.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at February 19, 2004 10:17 AM

Elayne misunderstands, which puts her in a poor position to explain. "Trackback" is a Moveable Type function; it will only work if you either have a Moveable Type blog with the function enabled, or use another software workaround.

For all other blogs, simply linking to the Trackback will do nothing to ping the site and let it know you've linked, which is the function. Link to the permalink.

Posted by Gary Farber at February 23, 2004 12:45 PM