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“A trackback is an acknowledgment. This acknowledgment is sent via a network signal (ping) from the originating site to the receiving site. The receptor often publishes a link back to the originator indicating its worthiness. Trackback requires both sites to be trackback-enabled in order to establish this communication.Trackbacks are used primarily to facilitate communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a “TrackBack ping“; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow.” Wikipedia
This information helps me somewhat, but there are 40+ of these trackbacks in my spam files, so am I to assume that all trackbacks are SPAM?  Even my own trackbacks, which come up automatically when I do a series of articles such as my Hawaii trip and embed a link to my other articles, are in my spam files.  WordPress has a series of articles that I’m sure I’ve read, and you may have also, but for me it takes some rereading to successfully negotiate the mechanics of blogging.

“Comment Spam

Comment Spam refers to useless comments (or trackbacks, or pingbacks) to posts on a blog. These are often irrelevant to the context value of the post. They can contain one or more links to other websites or domains. Spammers use Comment Spam as a medium to get higher page rank for their domains in Google, so that they can sell those domains at a higher price sometime in future or to obtain a high ranking in search results for an existing website.”

That answers the question, “Why do spammers spam?

“Spammers are relentless; because there can be substantial money involved, they work hard at their “job.” They even build automated tools (robots) to rapidly submit their spam to the same or multiple weblogs. Many webloggers, especially beginners, sometimes feel overwhelmed by Comment Spam.

There are solutions, though, to avoiding Comment Spam. WordPress includes many tools for combating Comment Spam. With a little up front effort, Comment Spam can be manageable, and certainly no reason to give up weblogging.”

I came across another article that advises for and tells how to disable trackbacks and pings.

Given my history with spam, would you all y’all advise me to press “Delete Permanently” or “Not Spam”?

 

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  1. There are times that comments or trackbacks from fellow bloggers are in the spam folder and so I usually click ‘Not Spam’ on those while I click ‘Delete permanently’ on those comments who doesn’t have a legitimate site.

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  2. I press “Delete Permanently” when I’m not sure the comment is about… Thank you so much for the information, Marsha!

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    • Thanks, I usually do, too, but I may have eliminated legitimate trackbacks. I had a few in my box this morning that I followed, and one of them was definitely legitimate. The person had included my post in her list of related articles. The other two were brand new bloggers, and I couldn’t find a reference to my site at all. It’s all a learning experience!

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  3. Even a “like” sometimes looks like spam. I get some likes and think….why would they want to follow or like me? And even more why would I want to follow them? (I don’t buy that product!)

    Funny cartoon!

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    • And you probably shouldn’t. I check out every like, and I thank them for visiting my site. If I like them I follow them. If I really like them I stay a while and read around and leave a few likes.

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      • I do the same, go speeding to the blog after a “like” and beetle about it excitedly. I almost always adore them.

        I too have had a couple that clearly seemed more of a spammy “like” and couldn’t understand why they would genuinely “like” and “follow” me blog. Very informative post.

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        • I can see you “beetling around people’s blogs leaving chortles as you drop words of jocularity in their comment boxes. How could they not beetle right back and visit the adorable lass that leaves them merry notes in their boxes!

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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