To a new WordPress user Pingbacks can be scary.
What is a pingback and why am I being notified?
None to worry. A pingback is an automatic notification that another site is linking to your site. They could also come from you linking to your own content. I wrote about pingbacks and trackbacks a while ago. (that link just created a pingback notification for me inside my site)
Pingbacks are useful in knowing when other people are linking to our stuff.
Perhaps they like what you wrote and are linking to you.
“I love what Mike Mueller wrote here...”
Perhaps they disagree with what you wrote.
“I can’t believe what Mike Mueller wrote…”
Either way, we would want to know about it, right?
That’s why pingbacks are wonderful.
When you get a notification it will ask you if you want to approve it.
This is a left over from the old days when we would list the sites that were linking to our posts, that doesn’t happen much any more so you can “approve” or “disapprove” the pingback as you see fit. It’ll have no effect on your site one way or another.
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