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I have several websites using two custom CMS I built myself and I also manage 2 wordpress blogs. I'm working on implementing the ping feature on my CMS but no luck so far. It uses a special protocol (I'm still on this). You can aldo ping those services "by hand" entering your url and then hit send but it takes more time (not only entering the urls but the "effect"), yes you can also bookmark the page remembering your data.
Anyway I'm having serious doubts about this services, do they discriminate if you "are not a blog"? Have you managed to emulate this feature on your CMS?
BTW (MODS) please don't move this post, I'm not really concerned about the technology (developers) but on the effect of link building via ping.
but I've done some manual pings that didn't appear to create any permanent links at all.
Discrimination makes sense as the major ping service is owned by the same people of wordpress. It makes sense they promote their own technology.
Or am I wrong? Are there sites you can't ping unless you use WordPress?
If there is a difference, and sites favour pings from WordPress, how do they do this?
1) because there is some sort of digital signature that tells them that the site in question uses the WordPress CMS?
2) because they favour certain urls or IPs so if you use WordPress on your own domain you don't have an advantage but if you use their hosted service (or another big blogging system) you do?
The time to get indexed is the same as if I never sent the ping. Wordpress still beats the time by 5 mins on my other blogs (who never get updates). I'm still confused