Collecting Trackbacks for Fun and Profit

Many bloggers comment on other blogs as a way to generate traffic and links back to their blogs. All you have to do is read some of the comments on John Chow dot Com and you’ll see that’s the case. Commenting on hundreds of blogs can be quite time consuming but many bloggers do it because it works and it’s free. Another way to generate traffic and links is with a trackback. However, not many blogger use the trackback and that’s really too bad because it can be just as effective as leaving a comment but it takes a lot less time, especially if you’re using a program like Trackback Collector to automate the process.

What Is A Trackback?

If you blog about any of my blog posts and link to it, you’ll receive a trackback back to your blog. My trackbacks show up below the last comment. It’s a way for me and my readers to see who’s linking to my articles. The blogs sending the trackbacks receive a link and potential traffic, just like a blog comment.

Here is the trick with trackbacks. You don’t need to actually link to the blog in order to receive a trackback. If you wrote a blog post that is similar to a post on another blog, you can send a trackback to that blog as a way to tell them that you’ve added your opinion to the topic. Many blogs will accept the trackback and add it to their trackbacks/comments. This video explains how this is done.

As you can see, manually looking for and entering trackbacks is almost as time consuming as writing a blog comment. What Trackback Collector does is automate the process of finding blogs to send trackbacks to. Here’s a video showing the software in action.

Trackback Collector can literally collect hundreds of blogs to send trackbacks to. Whether these blogs accept the trackback is another story. When I receive trackback from a blog post that doesn’t link to my blog, I reject it even if the topic is the same. To me, a trackback is a vote of confidence from another blog – he liked my post enough to link to it and send a trackback. For me, no link back equals no trackback. However, there are many blogs that will accept this type of trackbacks. This is a numbers game – you send send out 200 trackback hoping for 100 to stick.

While Trackback Collector isn’t blackhat software, it isn’t white hat either. Depending on the niche you’re in, the software may not even work. I’m pretty sure most make money online blogs would never accept a trackback without a link back. However, if you’re targeting mommy bloggers or something less tech oriented, you might get a good percentage of the trackbacks sticking and that means free links and traffic. The key is to experiment and see what works.

Trackback Collector sells for $97 and comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. You can use the software for two months to see if it increases the number of trackbacks to your blog. If it doesn’t work in your niche then you can request a full refund.

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30 thoughts on “Collecting Trackbacks for Fun and Profit”

  1. Diabetis says:

    This must be the reason why I am getting some trak back even though they are not posting my article on their blog.

    1. John Chow says:

      Do you accept them or reject them?

      1. Diabetis says:

        I reject them since I can’t see why should I accept them in the first place.

      2. Sharninder says:

        I’ve also been getting a lot of trackbacks lately without a link or anything and I’ve been rejecting them till now. But, like you’ve said it might work in less tech niches where the bloggers doesn’t really care and just approves all trackbacks.

        1. Any proper reason of deleting those trackbacks.

          Those trackbacks were showing how popular your post is.

  2. Downloading Track back collector .
    it’s good for fun but for my blog i’ll simply reject this tupe of unreal trackbacks 😛

    1. Yes if they are coming from respected or relevant websites than there is no problem to accept them.

  3. David says:

    I guess you are collecting a lot of trackbacks now … Thanks for the article, very interesting.

  4. Amir says:

    Haven’t got many trackback for my personal blog but many on my niche blog. Of course they must go through my screening process first.. 😛

  5. The quest for links, that is what ultimately drives everything, isn’t it just! Trackbacks also benefit the blog because there are links coming in, and not just going out.

  6. Andrew says:

    I normally block Track Backs, but from reading this post, it pushed to me the idea to enable readers to track back to encourage link backs.

    With enough community involvement like you have here John, I guess it is easier to educate your readers about how to do this the right way?

    Certainly, the issue of how to build links is one of the hardest parts of SEO I think.

    1. Paul B says:

      Yes links are super duper hard to get. It’s because the web is so small and there are so few sites out there looking for quality content that you could perhaps supply in exchange for a link. Some sort of deal that works for both sides, nahh, it’ll never catch on.

      Much better to spam blogs with backtrack nonsense. Try using this technique and see where it really gets you, I did as an experiment because it was one of the Shoemoney Tools, see how long you can stay out of the Akismet blacklist doing this sort of crap?

      1. Paul B says:

        For reference –

        All the way back from October 2008. It doesn’t take many “Spam” trackbacks to find you blacklisted, trust me 🙂 And this was me ACTUALLY linking out to people, try and ping one of my posts without linking and it’s getting reported as spam without a second thought.

  7. Hey John, that is a nice little golden nugget there my friend.

    Personally I wouldn’t accept a trackback unless it linked to my blog, but that software could be a nice way of running your numbers.

  8. Getting trackbacks is fun.Getting a profit from them is awesome.I love to make money.

    1. Everyone loves making money and this is the sole reason because of which we are here.

  9. Mathew Day says:

    I learned a thing or two about trackbacks, thanks for your insight. I can see Trackback Collector Software as a great asset for helping you get some more traffic and by saving you time.

    I know a lot of people reject trackbacks, but at the same time I see a lot of authoritative blogs who approve them.

  10. fas says:

    I dont turn of track back to see who is linking back but do delete them.

  11. To gain traffic it’s important to send trackbacks to blogs with decent traffic. Can this software greab trackbacks from blogs based on PR?

    1. Barak says:

      Yes. Just watch the second video.

  12. Aquma says:

    I share with all of you some tips for getting a lot of traffic to your blogs:

    Tip 1: Make a good content
    This point is very important

    Tip 2: Make a brand around your blog
    This point is very important because your visitors return to your blog in the future.

    Tip 3: Get high quality backlinks
    This point is very important because Google is a major search engine.

    Tip 4: Promote your site on social websites like facebook, myspace and news aggregators like Digg.

    Tip 5: Post frequently

    Tip 6: Be patient
    This is the most important tip because only with years of hard work you see a good results.

  13. This post explains why I am getting trackbacks for sites that clearly have no link to my site. I delete the bogus trackbacks and in the case of some idiot with a “get your girlfriend back” hubpage I report his spamming. I’d never use the program mentioned but I appreciate knowing why I’m getting this kind of trackback spam.

  14. Interesting, but a little confusing. The software would definitely make things easier. Thanks.

  15. Max Deal says:

    So these actually promote your site by adding backlinks?? hmmm interestng…

  16. Leah Raeder says:

    People will start blocking trackbacks entirely now, because spammers and shills are abusing them in this way. I guess the web continues to evolve.

  17. Didn’t understand the +/- to trackbacks until now. I feel enlightened.


  18. web design says:

    You’re right on one thing John, most make money online blog won’t accept a trackback without linkback but those who accepted without knowing is being exploit and thats a question of ethic.

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