When somebody links to your post on any website, usually being a blog… The WordPress software will explore that post and provide a little excerpt and store it inside of a comment. What I am questioning is the usefulness of them. I mean sure, they are showing your readers that “#” of people are linking to your content (Not to mention the update in your “Blog Links” inside of your WordPress administration area).
There are some pros and cons to allowing trackbacks to frolic in your comment area, and we will explore both today.
- Shows Your Content Is Worthy Of Others Linking To You
- Increases Reader Confidence and R.S.S Subscriptions (Remember – The More You Have, The Higher The Chance Of New Subscriptions.)
- Some May Be Spam Links, Just Including Your Link For “Filler Content” So They Can Make Money
- Could Decrease Visitor-to-Visitor Comment Conversations
- Makes the Visitor Scroll over more Comments To Leave Their Own Opinion
Ultimately, I will still include them on my blog, because new visitors will see that you have some stuff worth linking to, which might be a reason to return. Perhaps popular blogs that have 100 Trackbacks/post will get rid of them (Such as Problogger, Techcrunch, Etc).
What about you? Do You Enjoy Letting Your Visitors See Who Links To You?