Why You Should Ping Your Website and How to Do It!

By Grace Harman
Why You Should Ping Your Website and How to Do It!


Are you frustrated that the search engines don’t seem to be finding all the pages on your new website? Or perhaps you’ve been adding some great new content every week, but every time you do, it seems to take FOREVER to get indexed? 

As an affiliate marketer, there are lots of times when you feel like giving the search engines a damn good hustle along.  Luckily, there is a more effective way to do it than glaring at your computer screen and emitting a few choice words!

Pinging your website is the online equivalent of waving a flag and yelling, “Hey! Over here – check this out!” to search engines and directories whenever you add or make major updates to the content on your site. Using a Ping tool can speed up indexing because it essentially sends search portals and other services a message from your website telling them that there is new content and to come crawl it. 

Although ping tools were originally designed for bloggers publishing daily, they can be used successfully on any website with fresh content, including your Squidoo lenses. 

To make pinging nice and easy for our affiliate marketing comrades, we’ve just released a Website Ping Tool.

It’s very simple to use. Just enter the URL for your website homepage, or the specific page containing the new content you want to be found, and Affilorama’s Ping tool will alert sites like Google Blog Search, Moreover Technologies, Syndic8, Ping.Bloggers.Jp and a whole bunch of others that you have new content ready to share with the world. 

Pinging your website is a good practice to get into as it can make a noticeable difference to how quickly your new content and pages get indexed. At the same time, you need to remember that it is only one tool in the toolbox required to get your website ranking well and receiving lots of traffic. While pinging is definitely worth doing, the results can vary and certainly aren’t guaranteed. You should still work hard building backlinks and doing all the other stuff we teach at Affilorama. 

Before you get started, here are 3 important things to know about Pinging:

  1. You only need to use this tool when you add fresh content to your site or make major updates. ‘Extra’ pings won’t benefit your site and could even cause your IP address to be blocked by some services.
  2. There is no limit on how many times you can ping your website every day – as long as you are adding new content for every time that you ping. 
  3. Adding new content to your site is a very good thing in general and you should aim to do it at least once a week.

Start using our Ping Tool right away! You can find instructions and FAQs next to the tool. If you're not a Premium member, then sign up today to access the Ping Tool, plus 13 other clever tools Mark has had custom-designed for himself and other affiliate marketers. These are exclusively available with premium membership!

I’m also keen to hear about your experiences with pinging and other ping tools. Are you in the habit of pinging your websites? Do you notice a difference when you do ping new content? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


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James 12 years ago
Everyone talks about pinging but it works for me with Bing and Yahoo, hardly works for me with Mr. G... seems like Google is into different things nowadays.
naltrexone implants 11 years ago
I have to agree on this, google doesn't really react to pinging. I wonder why is it so? Are there any ping tools made especially for Google? And thanks for the tool!
I'm very happy to hear this from the man himself, Mark. Though yet to make any money online, I remain confident to get on board using ping to see what that holds.
derek fitch 12 years ago
There are many tools now for pining, in wordpress you can enter addresses of sites that will ping yours, various tools around and you can see if there has been an increase in pages indexed by placing the google toolbar in firefox - its shows google pages and bing pages indexed and also the number of backlinks you have on your site. If you register with google analytics you can see how your crawl rates have changed.
Rick 12 years ago
Hi Graceharman,

This information is very helpful for me to understand about website ping process and importance of it. Thank you for sharing.

Prime Aque 12 years ago
Very informative post! Thank you so much, I am actually searching the web for some helpful guides on how to properly ping my blog or site, this one enlighten me! Actually I have scheduled to ping my blog once or twice a week, every time I have a new post...
ferry 12 years ago
Thanks for the information...
carend des 12 years ago
thanks for this information, This was very helpful.
Jason 12 years ago
I agree with the article, thanks for this information
Pantofi 12 years ago
Thanks! This is very helpfull strategy,every time i had to wait to get indexed,very long time but now with your help i'm done very fast!
Michelle 12 years ago
Is pinging still a good practice? And should you ping a ecommerce store?
John Smith 12 years ago
One url pings in more than 500 websites....is any bad impact of my url?????
Please sort my problems ..Thanks
Jay 11 years ago
Personally, I believe that pinging is unnatural to Google and should be avoided....
tom troy 11 years ago
Thank you for this information. I was looking for an easy way to do this- I will check out the tool!
Azim Mondal 11 years ago
First I would like thanks to write such a good article on Pinging. Some of points i did not know before i read this. Thanks a lot. It really helps me as i thought pinging of site is not much valuable.
Ngenda Mulonda 11 years ago
I'm so glad i stumbled o to this website. I knew all about back links and site maps but I never knew about pinging. Il definatly give it a try.
Jeremy Feldmesser 11 years ago
Thanks for the info to clarify "pinging". I'd come across it from networking and computer connecting, but to have clarified the idea that a search engine bot can be hailed to checkout your new post seems like a good idea to me. Also the note about calling the bot back 10 times a day to no new content will likely get you blocked. So we should add new stuff and ping once, right?
Jhoveleen Dee 11 years ago
I just started lately doing this ping since I noticed that some fresh content on my blog gets delayed in indexing. Thanks for this share I am also enlightened.
Leverage 11 years ago
Thank for this info about "pinging".
Delhi Advocates 11 years ago
Thanks For Giving Information about Pinging Website. It's More Helpful...
Thabang S. Nkoana 11 years ago
Very informative post on pinging, as a webmaster ive been searching for the best pinger, bought a few and found that they work however how often must I really use them per day was answered by this post. thank you.
San newton 11 years ago
Can someone please tell me what the difference is between natural and other kinds of backlinks... I am quite confused...
Cecille Loorluis 11 years ago
Hi San,

Natural backlinks are from sites that linked to you, without any effort on your part. A good example is when a Facebook user stumbles across your webpage, then shares the link to it on their Facebook Wall. That is a natural backlinks.

There are backlinks that you would create yourself like when you submit a post in a forum with a link back to your site. This is natural, but it's not un-natural either.

Un-natural backlinks are those that are created by software, or by automated applications. These tend to be spammy and can have a negative impact on the site.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
Stuart 11 years ago
Do you guys not use the WP Plugin "MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer" for any of your sites?

What is the feedback compared to using manual sites?
Cecille Loorluis 11 years ago
Hi Stuart,

I haven't tried the MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer on own sites, but I've heard good feedback from it. It allows you to schedule the pings that Wordpress sends. It's all done within your Wordpress site so there's the ease of convenience.

It is essentially a plugin for pinging sites, similar to ping sites like Pingler.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
Socialkenny 11 years ago
Why do I get the impression that thers some catch to this pinging service provided here? I'll check it out though.
Cecille Loorluis 11 years ago

There's no catch to it. All pinging does is to let search engines know you made changes to your site or published a new article. We strongly recommend it so that your site will get indexed faster, but be mindful not to overdo it.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
best buy credit cards 11 years ago
well i am goona try it and let me know when i increase the back link and does the ping help to crawl ?
Cecille Loorluis 11 years ago

Pinging does not help your site get more backlinks, but pinging your backlinks helps them get indexed faster which in turn helps your site's ranking.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
Lee 11 years ago
Another good site to use is www.IMTalk.org
You can ping to 2500 sites.
Great for backlinks also.
sujeet 10 years ago
Thanks for the info. Actually i have question about pinging that in most of the xml sitemap plugin have inbuilt feature to notify major search engine. So should we have to disable the feature in sitemap plugin for notification or leave it enabled with few pinglist which is inbuilt in wordpress . As i think that with both feature enabled, will create duplicate ping. i would love to hear your thought.
Cecille Loorluis 10 years ago
Hi Sujeet,

If your site has a built-in feature to ping search engines each time you have new content, or have made changes to any of your articles, then you do not have to ping search engines again. What you can do instead is to check and collate your new backlinks and pins those instead so that they get indexed faster.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
Jonny 10 years ago
There are far more ping addresses one should use. WordPress plugin search it within your WordPress.
Nauman 10 years ago
the url is redirecting to other seo tools not pinger please give me the url for pinging
Melissa Johnson 10 years ago
Nauman, you'll need an Affilorama premium account to access the pinging tool. If you have an account, try signing in!
Somesh 10 years ago
Informationlord also uses the same! But can you suggest me best free pinging tool!
Cecille Loorluis 10 years ago
Hi Somesh,

You can use services like Pingler.com or Pingomatic.com to ping your site URLs for free.

Hope that helps. Have a good weekend!
wajid khan 10 years ago
Good post, But i have a question ? if you kindly answer me than it might be the excellent post for me, My question is that , How much time we should ping a post ?
jack wang 10 years ago
Thank you so much for your explaination ! I was trying to figure out what is the meaning of "ping" . I have been using the pingmyurl to ping my site and it makes me upset for the whole week. I have been worried that my site will be punished by google or something bad happen to my site. thank you again !
Melissa Johnson 10 years ago
Wajid --

The general rule is to ping your site when you have some substantive new content to share, such as a new blog post. If you do a massive overhaul, don't ping every time you change something, though.
Rosa 10 years ago
Is there a cost involved with pinging a website.
Melissa Johnson 10 years ago
Rosa, there's no cost in the pinging itself. But some automated tools may charge for their services. We have a Ping tool included with the AffiloTools suite for premium members.
Pasca 10 years ago
I have a Blog, and I´m using Adsense. ( gurucompraventa.blogspot.com )
Can the ping produce some problem with google?
I don´t want to be blocked by google.

Melissa Johnson 10 years ago
Hi, Pasca!

Pinging in itself won't hurt your SEO. It actually exists to tell search engines there's something new to check out. If you do a massive ping and suddenly Google registers thousands of backlinks in a day, however, it's going to get a bit suspicious. That might cause some penalties. But if you ping occasionally and build your links naturally, that'll actually help your ranking in the end.

hope this helps!
Costa Blanca Murcia Property 10 years ago
Useful and interesting information. I have just started pinging all my sites so will be interested to see if they show any benefit from this. Good article.
10 years ago
Thank you so much Melissa Johnson :)
psingh 8 years ago
great post dear
I want to know one more thing if pinging is not create back link for website then what is meaning of pinging website with other ten twenty website
when i try to ping then get message like
like created and pinged
Melissa Johnson 8 years ago
Hi there!

Pinging is a way to let the search engines know that you have new content and it should re-index your site, so that your page can appear on search engines. =)
spielzeugladen berlin 7 years ago
I want to rank my keyword within 15 days. how to it's possible. any way??
Justin Golschneider 7 years ago
Hello! I've pulled it off a few times myself, but only with established websites targeting keywords that were rated reasonably easy by Traffic Travis. If you have a new website or a tough keyword, then you need to focus on getting high-quality backlinks to the page you want to rank as quickly as possible.
Mayank Tanwar 7 years ago
Pinging a web link is really helpful or not, as you mention in your post i linked some quality contact for my website but they are not appear in Google search. What should i need to do for.
Justin Golschneider 7 years ago
Hi Mayank! Sometimes it just takes time. Focus on posting awesome content and building new high-quality backlinks and you should start seeing Google rankings.
Urban Legend Leather 7 years ago
Great i didnt realise this was of any help using the ping.
Nikhol 7 years ago
Thank u so much sir for your help. It is what that i was finding from last 2 hours
Anfed 7 years ago
Useful and interesting information. I have just started pinging all my sites so will be interested to see if they show any benefit from this. Good article.

nirjon rahman 7 years ago
Should i use as much pinging site as possible and should i ping each of my article or my site url only ? thanks for the post
Cecille Loorluis 7 years ago
I suggest you ping your website only when there is new content. You can also ping the article's URL so search engines index it faster.

Hope that helps. All the best!
Fastest Credit Repair 7 years ago
Hello! I've pulled it off a few times myself, but only with established websites targeting keywords that were rated reasonably easy by Traffic Travis. It is what that i was finding from last hour's.
vinod kumar 6 years ago
nice info here. thanks
Mughal 6 years ago
Does pinging my website cause the formation of new backlinks on web directories?
Because when I pinged my website using ping tool it says "Your website has been submitted to web directories for faster indexing''.
Kindly guide me, I am too confused.
Santosh 6 years ago
Very helpful article. I had made mistake of not pinging my website for more than 1 months. Now I will do it when I will update new contain. Thanks
Manan Singh 6 years ago
Very useful Article Keep it up!!! Excellent
Viber Mckay 6 years ago
Very Good Article. Now I will quickly ping my website url.
samuel 6 years ago
Wow, thanks for the great info. I have been thinking that maybe I would never be recognized on search engines. I got everything I needed here. Now my page is up and running. Thanks, Cecille. you can also help on what to improve here too onlinegoldformula.blogspot.com

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