Comments for Simpletracks

Excerpt: Send TrackBack pings to any site even if your blogging client doesn’t support TrackBack. Read the whole article…

June 14, 2003 1:58 PM you are a becoming more and more of a genius everyday. Honestly, though this tool helps kill one of the arguments people have about trackback and its inability to work on non-trackback servers. Job well done.

Trackback from lovelinks
June 14, 2003 3:29 PM


Excerpt: Simpletracks Send TrackBack pings to any site even if your blogging client doesn't support TrackBack....

Matt Haughey
June 14, 2003 3:35 PM

I've been thinking about doing this, but as a bookmarklet. I haven't gotten around to it, but you could make a great useful bookmarklet that would be fired when you were looking at your site. Firing it, it could grab the URL you were on (as the entry URL), the title of the page (as the blog name), and the text-selection as the excerpt (if you highlighted it with your mouse). Then you'd just need to fill in the title for your post and paste in the MT trackback URL.

Trackback from anil dash's daily links
June 14, 2003 5:25 PM

universal trackback client


Trackback from BillSaysThis
June 14, 2003 8:02 PM

Dueling Trackbacks

Excerpt: Ever since Ben and Meena came up with the Trackback feature in MovableType, I\'ve been waiting impatiently for Blogger to add it.

Trackback from Trader Mike
June 15, 2003 4:42 AM

Stand-Alone TrackBack Tools

Excerpt: For those of you with blogging tools that can't do TrackBacks, there are two new tools available for you: Simpletracks Stand Alone Trackback Pinger...

Joshua Kaufman
June 15, 2003 7:13 AM

Adam, would it be possible to integrate Simpletracks with the comment form? For example, I was thinking about how Matt Haughey aggregates his comments on other sites using a standalong TrackBack script, similar to Simpletracks. For Matt Haughey and others who want to aggregate their comments, It would be convenient if comment forms also contained a field called "TrackBack URL." Then the comment author could leave a comment and send a TrackBack ping all in one step.

Adam Kalsey
June 15, 2003 9:55 AM

That's funny, Brad Choate and I were discussing the same thing. There's a couple of problems as I see it. First, a URL is required. What if the commenter doesn't have a blog? Second, the TrackBack spec limits the size of the excerpt field to 255 characters. Third, MT doesn't rebuild archive pages when an entry gets a TrackBack. Finally, I'm not convinced of the value. If you want to have your trackbacks and comments merged into one, Simplecomments does the trick.

Trackback from yowkee essential
June 15, 2003 10:21 PM


Excerpt: Simpletracks, another creative work from Kalsey. It offers you to manually ping MT-powered blogs with filling up the form here. By giving Trackback URL, your blog name, entry title/URL, you got the Trackback feature of Movable Type. The trackback clien...

June 17, 2003 7:33 AM

Uber cool. Now if only you would extend this to do remote trackback hosting as well ... ;-)

Trackback from
June 17, 2003 7:55 AM


Excerpt: Adam (who has come up with some of the best MT mods & tools) has created a new weblog tool for bloggers who don't have access to using the popular trackback feature found in many blog apps.

Trackback from CNBlog::Blog On Blog
June 17, 2003 5:31 PM


Excerpt: Simpletracks正是为这一问题而生的一项工具,通过Simpletracks,人们可以将自己的某篇...

Trackback from Ain't too proud to blog
June 17, 2003 7:07 PM

Keep it simple

Excerpt: Just seen over at Kevin's...Simpletracks, a universal TrackBack client... Allows you to manually ping (send a trackback) to any weblog or service that accepts trackbacks. Simply tell it the TrackBack URL you want to ping and fill in your URL, the entry...

Trackback from Virtuelvis
June 18, 2003 3:16 AM

So, you want to be read?

Excerpt: I share my thoughts on what actually makes me read a weblog... When you link to other people's blog entries, send them a TrackBack if they can receive one. If your blogging tool does not support sending trackbacks, Simpletracks from Adam Kalsey will do the job nicely.

Gerald Steffens
June 20, 2003 9:49 AM

Da habe ich schon lange drauf gewartet - genau so etwas fehlte meinem Greymatter Blog noch :) [Rough translation: I've waited for this for a long time. It's something that's missing from Greymatter. --Adam]

Graham Lester
June 25, 2003 9:20 AM

Excellent. It works. Even though my blog is HTML only and I use no blogging software, I was able to easily send a trackback.

Gerald Steffens
June 27, 2003 4:11 AM

Adam, thanks for your great translation. I must have been quite a bit disarranged that I missed the correct language. That happens if you are switching between two languages all the day ;-)

Trackback from Gerald's Weblog
June 27, 2003 6:17 AM

Simpletracks - a universal TrackBack client

Excerpt: What if your blogging tool doesnt send TrackBack pings? How would you participate in these projects and ... That's an excerpt of what Adam Kalsey posted in his weblog named Measure Twice.

Mr rlygsson
July 11, 2003 5:49 AM

Funny, I implemented the same basic concept on June 12th, but in Icelandic, intended only for the Icelandic blogging scene. I called mine PingBuddy ( ). When I saw your Simpletracks tool today, I decided to make an English version of PingBuddy, just for fun. ( :-) My implementation has one feature that SimpleTracks doesn't have: If you add a Trackback ping URL as a query string to the PingBuddy URL, the that field becomes pre-filled in for you. Example: I and others have used this feature to offer our readers a quick Manual-Trackback-With-PingBuddy link on each of your weblog entries. I think this just goes to show how great simple low-tech APIs like the Trackback Ping API are. Take care.

Trackback from CowPi
July 20, 2003 9:09 PM

Manual Trackback

Excerpt: 'Manual Trackback' is a PHP script that allows an author of a weblog that does not support trackback to manually trackback to my weblog. All this weblog author needs to supply is the title of his or her weblog, the title or date of his or her weblog en...

July 26, 2003 11:26 AM

gTrackback is a PHP port of Movable Type's Standalone Trackback. The site is in German but the ReadMe file is in English. I've tested it on my own site and found it useful. Sorry for this "me, too!" post...

July 28, 2003 9:00 AM

does this tool support sending multiple tracks at a time? seperating the trackback urls by commer one click to send the same trackback to many people

Adam Kalsey
July 28, 2003 9:10 AM

That doesn't work and probably won't be added. It would make it too easy to use the tool to send ping spam.

Trackback from Uncategorical
July 30, 2003 6:21 AM

Gratuitous Linkage

Excerpt: If your site does not have trackback, you can still take advantage of the trackback function on other sites with the Kalsey Consulting Groups free and easy-to-use Simpletracks tool. All you need is the trackback URL of the post youre referencing and ...

October 18, 2003 5:49 PM

Just tried it for the first time, to send a trackback to MetaFilter... kept getting an unspecified error, so I figured I was making a mistake. Kept trying to fix my mistake. Imagine my surprise when I saw that all of my attempts appeared on MeFi after all...!

Adam Kalsey
October 18, 2003 10:41 PM

I'd guess that the MeFi TrackBack server was returning an error but still accepting the ping.

Trackback from idle......
November 3, 2003 2:13 AM

51net上无法发出Trackback Ping暂时解决办法

Excerpt: 真要感谢SimpleTrack.如果能集成到Moveable Type里面就好了 Many thanks to SimpleTrack for resolving the trackback problem at Looking forward the feature t...

December 10, 2003 4:14 PM

maybe i'm not understanding, but is there also a way to allow your non-MT/non-TB site to support trackbacks as well?

Luke Reeves
December 15, 2003 5:48 PM

This is an excellent tool, thanks Adam.

Trackback from
June 15, 2004 8:20 AM

Manual Trackback

Excerpt: Trackbacks seem to be unnecessarily confusing. A trackback is a reference on one website (usually a blog) to another website (ditto). MovableType supports trackbacks fairly intuitively, but a lot of blogging tools don?t.

Trackback from Rising Above Mediocrity
July 21, 2004 9:18 AM

Trackbacks are handy; Simpletracks, even more so.

Excerpt: With my recent switch to the pyBlosxom comment architecture, I gained the ability to receive trackback pings. However, I didnt have the ability to send them. This is where Simpletracks comes in.

September 4, 2004 9:19 PM

I just installed Haloscan trackback capability on my Blogspot blog and tested it with your pinger. Works like a charm! Thanks.

Trackback from In Bill's World
September 4, 2004 9:37 PM

Trackbacks for Blogger users

Excerpt: ... Simpletracks. I just tested it and it works like a charm, at least with Haloscan ...

September 6, 2004 1:05 PM

Having some problems with Trackback using Haloscan installed at Blogspot. So, I'm testing. It looks like I can trackback to othersites. However, for some reason, my site is not listing MY trackback URL. I used the Haloscan autoinstall. Ugh. It's perplexing. Is Simpletrack an option?

Trackback from Barney's White House
September 6, 2004 1:06 PM

Technical problems with Haloscan

Excerpt: Testing. Testing. Is Simpletracks an option instead of Haloscan? This is maddening.

Trackback from Wohoo!
October 6, 2004 2:49 AM


Excerpt: 1,2,3. Test Test. Servus! Wohoo? Wohooo!

October 9, 2004 12:10 PM

I'm having trouble making this work; should it work with Livejournal? Thanks, iocaste

November 19, 2004 8:38 PM

For some reason, apostrophe's always show up as the html code with the & sign on the blog that I trackback on. Is there a way to fix this?

Trackback from Kiezblo(g/ck)
December 1, 2004 9:06 AM

Externes Trackbackformular

Excerpt: Hm, da meine von gtrackback erzeugten Trackbacks etwas eigenwillig aussehen (Wrter im Excerpt nicht durch Freizeichen, sondern durch + getrennt)...

dna testing
December 14, 2004 7:17 AM

Does this work with blogger too and livejournal?

Adam Kalsey
December 14, 2004 8:34 AM

The tool can send Trackpack pings to any server that can accept trackbacks. It doesn't matter what software your blog is made with. You could be using LiveJournal, Blogger, or hand coded HTML.

Trackback from AlmaSoul
January 9, 2005 2:55 PM

Crear trackbacks con Blogger

Excerpt: Una de las cosas que menos me gustan de mi iniciada experiencia en Blogger es la imposibilidad de gestionar trackbacks. He conseguido hacer que pueda recibir trackbacks, gracias a Haloscan, pero hoy he descubierto que tambin es posible lanzar trackba...

January 14, 2005 8:47 AM

What does this error mean - 'An error occured connecting to the server: Invalid protocol " http"\n' ?!

Trackback from Le tout et n'importe quoi made in jimich
January 18, 2005 11:53 PM


Excerpt: Explication du concept de trackback et prsentation de l'outil d'Adam Kalsey permettant de faire un trackback, vu que les skynetblogs ne le permettent pas.

July 8, 2005 2:24 AM

Why do I receive an error message saying that I am pinging too quickly? I thought I was going slow. lol. Thank you.

August 3, 2005 8:31 PM

This was so helpful. Thanks (because before I found your site, my head was swimming)

Wayne Leman
August 4, 2005 11:39 AM

I did an automatic installation of Haloscan comments and trackback to my Blogspot blog this morning: Installation was smooth with no glitches. Then I starting using Simpletracks. Again, perfection! Thank you for Simpletracks. It works great.

August 17, 2005 12:00 PM

Cool tool, thanks for sharing. Question: does it allow me to ping more than one site for the same post on my blog? I have a post that makes referrences to multiple other websites and so far I've only been able to get the tool to ping the first site I tried, none of the others seem to ping correctly.

August 20, 2005 10:29 PM

I'm having a problem tonight. I am unable to ping a site. I keep getting this error: An error occured connecting to the server: Invalid protocol " http"\n Could you tell me what the problem might be? I have tried it 5 times, making sure I only copy and paste my information, and each time, I get this message.

August 28, 2005 6:02 PM

I keep getting "An unrecognized error occured." can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong. (In simple langauge because I am a bear of very little brain and long words confuse me!) I filled out the form with their URL, my blog name, post title, URL of post and an excerpt of my post...

September 2, 2005 12:44 AM

I keep0 trying to use this, but keep getting "An Unrecognized Error Occured" can you help me!?

Don Singleton
September 3, 2005 8:09 AM

"An unrecognized error occured." It would be nice if you could give a little more info than that, like at least the error code, and anything else sent back

October 27, 2005 9:04 AM

also getting "unrecognized error." thanks.

December 29, 2005 8:20 AM

“unrecognized error.” Me, too. Tried to send a Ping several times during the last months - doesn't work. Thanks.

February 25, 2006 4:09 AM

An unrecognized error occured to me, too. (Several times, different blogs.)

Richard Schwartz
March 9, 2006 7:41 AM

Tried to do two trackbacks yesterday. One worked. Hit back button, changed the trackback URL to do the second, got the "five minute" error. Reloaded and tried again, and got the "too quickly" error. Retried several times yesterday, and again today, starting from scratch. Still getting the "too quickly" error.

June 13, 2006 6:26 AM

i get the same error too...

July 9, 2006 2:34 PM

I'm having a problem, at times, sending trackbacks. I haven't sent a trackback since last Thursday. Yet, when I tried to send a trackback this afternoon to a site from Wizbang or this one, it tells me I'm pinging too fast. Yet, it was the very first time in almost 3 days. What is going on, when this happens. It isn't the first time it has happened.

Faultline USA
November 25, 2006 2:46 AM

“unrecognized error.” Me, too. Tried to send a Ping several times during the last months - doesn’t work.

January 31, 2007 7:29 PM

dude! first off, (overdue) THANKS for both your PingOMatic and your Trackbacks tools. legend efforts and public-spiritednesses, both. but i just noticed, due to a copypaste bollox-up, a tiny oddity in your trackback code which you might like to think about. Leading Whitespace in (at least) the "Trackback URL" field is interpreted as a newline ("\n") and returns an error. you might like to put a s/^[ \t]*// in there. (offered in the spirit of helping a community-minded coder improve code communityly, not whinging)

February 28, 2007 3:45 AM

I see: "An unrecognized error occured." What is this?

Diane Clancy
April 18, 2007 10:04 AM

capatcha check isn't visible ~ Diane Clancy

Diane Clancy
April 19, 2007 9:47 AM

I still am having problems with this ... if I use my website and the entry url it goes through. When I use the post I am trying a trackback about, it won't go through. that is when it wants the captcha check. Also I got an unrecognized error one time ... just confused! ~ Diane Clancy

James I Fraser
July 21, 2007 4:13 AM

The link 'Church language - world's worst practice' takes me to the Melbourne Anglican news and media site. Is a direct link still available please? James

January 25, 2008 4:42 AM

hey Adam, Great work all over, I have been working for weeks on a Trackback System on our Blog and in the meanwhile during the initial runs of the trackback at my side your Simpletracks has been great. It worked without me need to scratching my head until I provided my weblogz trackback ping url once (after working correctly one time). Maybe your mechanism doesn't send pings with standard parameter case, i.e. - new written blog's Title as "title", permalink as "url", Referenced Blog Entry Title as "blog_name", ID of Referenced Blog as "id", and Content of new written Entry as excerpt. Pardon me as I am little novice to this development field but can you please recheck your field's names' used in the SendPing Method of yours.

Adam Kalsey
January 25, 2008 7:51 AM

Netin: Since Simpletracks has been used thousands of times per day with dozens of blogging systems for 5 years, it's unlikely that the problem with your fields is on my end. Try reading the [Trackback spec]( and you'll see that "id" isn't a valid field. So if you're expecting a trackback tool to send it, you're not going to find much success.

June 25, 2008 10:28 AM

Great tool, dude! My server doesn't support HTTP connections, so I've lived without trackbacks and pings till found your script. Thank you, man!

February 24, 2009 9:02 AM

Wow! Its awesome. I use blogger which doesn't have a pingback support. After trying various method, I found out simpletracks. Thanks a lot for creating it. \m/

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