Surely you heard about Google’s new Blog Ping Service (see my previous post). Yes, Google made it very clear how to do a manual ping. The auto-pinging instructions, however, make confusing reading. If you are a [tag]WordPress[/tag] user it’s a snap! Just add this URL to your WordPress Update Services (Options -> Writing):
Does it work? Yes it does. I have tested it and new posts appear in Google’s Blog Search listing in a few minutes.
It is redundant? I don’t think so. [tag]Google[/tag] encourages bloggers to ‘play it safe’ and submit their updates (see the FAQs). They encourage pinging their blog service even if you have a sitemap registered within Google Webmaster Tools.
If you are so inclined, you can monitor your ping here where Google publishes the last 5 minutes of it’s ping activitiy.
Eventually, Ping-o-matic and other bulk pinging services will add Google to their list of sites. Until then, make sure you get noticed!
If you are like me and need to make frequent edits to your posts, you run the risk of getting blacklisted by the pinging services. I strongly recommend that you download and install the Smart Update Pinger plugin for WordPress. This plugin replaces the built-in ping/notify functionality only pinging services when publishing new posts, not when editing them.