When someone first starts blogging, probably one of the hardest things to comprehend is the ping and trackbacks. I’m not going to go into what they are and how to do it, other sites already cover http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/ping/
What I do want to share with you is a site to test your pings and trackbacks. If there is a problem, this can be very frustrating and what makes it worse is, if you try more than once, it could look like you’re spamming anther site. Along comes Test Track , http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/TestTrack/
ping it, trackback with it, test as many times as you like, that’s why it’s there.
I was having problems with trackbacks, after testing and changing things about 10 times, I finally found it was my htaccess was messed up and even though the permalinks were somehow working, the htaccess was completely wrong. Sites like Test Track may seem usless but for that one or two times you’re pulling your hair out, you will praise the admins for building it.
So to test if trackbacks show on your site, login into test track and write a short post and link in it to your site, a trackback should show up in your comments area. To see if your site is sending trackbacks, write a short post and link to the post you just made on test track, the test track post should now have a trackback from your blog.
Did I also mention that it doesn’t hurt to have a page Rank 3 site pointing to your site either