Tired of spammers sending trackbacks from awful websites? While pings and trackbacks can have their benefits, there’s often so much room for abuse, which you don’t want. Here’s how to disable trackbacks and pings to get those pesky spammers out of your hair.
Why Should You Disable Trackbacks?
A long time ago, in the olden days of the internet when blogging was new and fresh, people wanted a way to let each other know that they were getting linked back to. This was done through trackbacks and pingbacks.
Writing an article and linking to a post on a friend’s blog would then notify that friend that you linked back to them. This pingback would then come up in their blog’s comment moderation queue, along with a link to your website. It was a pretty nifty feature!
Nowadays, though, spammers use this feature in order to overload you with pingbacks to their websites. Even with plugins that should prevent this from happening, a bunch of trackbacks may slip under the radar and into where you don’t want them—your moderation queue.
Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks on WordPress
Head on over into the Settings > Discussion page and uncheck ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles’. All your new articles will now have pingbacks disabled.
The keyword there is ‘new’, however, so if you want your old articles to be free from trackbacks, keep reading.
Visit the Posts > All Posts page, then click on Screen Options button in the upper right corner of your screen.
After which, enter ‘999’ in the ‘Number of items per page’ box. Click the apply button.
This will now show up to 999 posts on the same page. Now, select all posts.
Next, click on the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, selecting Edit. Click on the apply button.
This will bring up the bulk edit box. You’ll notice that all the posts on the page are selected. Now, head over to the right-hand side of the box and get to the pings drop-down menu. Select ‘Do not allow’, then hit the update button. This saves your changes.
With your changes saved, you shouldn’t be receiving any more pingbacks on all your selected posts. If you have more than 999 posts, simply go to the next page and repeat the process until everything is selected.
And you’re done! That’s all you have to do to rid yourself of annoying trackbacks for as long as you need.
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Until Next Time,