It’s a great strategy to link to your own posts, especially if you want better SEO. However, when you have the pingbacks feature enabled and you use interlinking, you may find it annoying. WordPress will automatically send you a new pingback from the link you created, even though it’s from your own website.
If you want to get rid of this annoying feature, you can. Here’s how you can disable self-pingbacks in WordPress hosting.
Definition of a Pingback
Maybe you’re not even sure what a pingback is, but you’ve been told you need to disable self-pingbacks. A pingback is a communication between websites telling you somebody has linked to a page or post on your site.
For example, if you were to write a post about birds and link to a number of resources about each bird, those sites will receive a pingback from your site. This is done automatically with WordPress.
The only issue is, the software making pingbacks happen, doesn’t discriminate. You will receive a pingback, even if you link to your own content. This is what is known as a self-ping and it can get very annoying, very fast.
Disabling Self Pingbacks
There are several options you can use if you want to disable self-pinging on your WordPress website. The easiest option is to use one of the two plugins specifically created for this task.
No Self Pings Plugin
The No Self Pings Plugin is the perfect choice, as it works right out of the box. All you have to do is install and activate the plugin. Once you do, it will turn off self-pingbacks.
The one major drawback with this plugin is the fact that it has been a very long time since it was updated. This means it was probably abandoned by the creator. However, it may still work for your WordPress website. If it doesn’t, you can try the other plugin.
The Disabler plugin is also very easy to install and use. Once you install and activate this plugin, you will want to go to Settings>>Disabler to configure it.
All you have to do is check the box under the Back End Settings to Disable Self Pings. This will take care of any self-pingback issues you are having once you save your changes.
Getting Rid of Self Pingbacks without a Plugin
You can also get rid of self-pinging without using a plugin. This is easily done by turning off all Pingback options. Go to Settings>>Discussion and uncheck the “Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article” option.
Save your changes and this will keep your blog from notifying any sites, including your own, when you link to them. If you use this option, you won’t tell any other blogs or websites you link to that you have done so. This can have disadvantages for your SEO as some blogs will make it a point to link back to you in their content once they receive a pingback from your site.
You can also hard code in the change by adding code to the functions.php file. However, when you do this, if you accidentally enter the code wrong or adjust even the smallest amount of code, it could cause huge issues with your WordPress sites. Unless you are very skilled with code, don’t attempt to fix you self-ping issues within the functions.php file.
You now have two plugins and another method you can use to get rid of your self-pingback issue in WordPress. The easiest is using one of the plugins, but it’s not the only option. If you don’t care about notifying other sites, just turn off all pingbacks and you will be all set.