Open Trackback Weekend???

Hey, there’s a party going on and I’ve got the open invite, but I can’t get a ticket.

You see, I am stuck here in Blogger Beta land where TrackBack seems like a secret, mysterious, and very “occult” social club. Actually I used the term “occult” because that simply means hidden knowledge. And those of us using Blogger Beta feel very left out of the “knowledge base” of the TrackBack social club.

Finally a few folks in the know are attempting to reveal the secrets of Trackback.

Here’s a good explanation of how to use Trackback from the Alliance of Free Blogs

Here’s another good explanation of Trackback from Bad Example

Bad Example also shared this:

“But here’s a little secret: YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE TRACKBACKS ENABLED ON YOUR OWN BLOG TO SEND A TRACKBACK TO SOMEONE ELSE, AS LONG AS *THEY* HAVE TRACKBACKS ENABLED. . .”

Be sure to check out Bad Example’s “poor man’s trackback” tip. I’ll just call it the “Poor Blogger Beta trackback tip”.

Until today, I didn’t’ even realize that the TrackBack URL is different from the regular permanent link URL. Who knew, go figure?

Woman Honor Thyself provided the vital piece of info about finding the trackback URL

“Just include this permalink in your post and…
use this url for the trackback ..(Just right click where it says “permalink” or “trackback” below and then click on “copy shortcut” to get the “permalink” and trackback URL.)”

Wow! This was all so new to me. So I did just as she said and this is the trackback URL to the Woman Honor Thyself post.

http://www.womanhonorthyself.com/wp-trackback.php?p=1919

Notice how the above differs from her permalink below.

http://www.womanhonorthyself.com/?p=1919

So how on earth could I find the TrackBack URL for my Blogger Beta Blog post???

Oh, yes, I keep forgetting. I DON’T HAVE TRACKBACK BECAUSE BLOGGER BETA DOESN’T SUPPORT IT!!! But all is not lost. If you are willing to do a little template manipulation you can add some template code to get trackback. But from the comments I’ve read, I’m not ready to tackle that yet.

There are some ways to hack your Blogger Beta’s template to get HaloScan comments and/or trackback on Blogger Beta.

Here’s a template hacking solution from Fresh Blog

Potentate Matthew I has a good solution.

Well I might play with this a little bit. I think for the most part, I’ll be using Bad Example’s “poor man’s trackback” tip and when I can find a trackback URL, I’ll just fill out the Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger or the Kalsey pinger.

If you have any Blogger Beta solutions that are simple and easy for non hackers to understand, please add your comments.

Update (a few minutes later)

Well, I could only send 1 succsssful trackback – the other’s generated error messages on both the Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger and the Kalsey pinger. So, for now, it definitely the “poor man’s trackback” method.

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