WordPress has the default option to receive and send pings/trackbacks from and to other sites. Unfortunately because of hundreds of spam trackbacks comments sometimes it is better to disable trackback/pingback.
Trackbacks – are created manually
Pingbacks – are automated
In addition there has been news around for sometime that hackers have been using WordPress Pingback feature to attack website. So I have turn off trackbacks all together from my site and you can do this also through the admin dashboard without any coding or plugins.
Step 1: Click SETTINGS > than click DISCUSSION and than under the first heading, Default article settings, DE-SELECT the check box for Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks).
Click the SAVE button at the bottom of the page and that’s it – you won’t get trackbacks anymore. It’s as simple as that.
Step 2: Delete existing spam comments by visiting COMMENTS and send all spam comments to MOVE TO TRASH (Delete)
Step 3: Now some of you have sent me email that even by following above two steps you are still receiving trackback/pingback. Yes that is possible because at the level of post there is option whether to receive trackback/pingback and if you check option there you may still get the spam. Similarly perhaps you might have published post before and in those you might have allowed trackback/pingback which you need to uncheck and that’s it. 🙂
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