How to Use WordPress Ping Utility Without Getting Banned

Update 07/07/2010 :  All non working ping services and duplicates are removed. This is the best wordpress ping list you can find anywhere.

WordPress Ping utility is a great source of traffic. Whenever you publish a new post at your blog it get pinged so that search engine, crawlers and bot get to know something new had been posted at your blog. Sound good but you have to use  properly otherwise you get banned form this services soon.

To find out who you are pinging now, just go to your admin (wp-admin) area and, under “Settings” find “Writing Settings.”  At the bottom of that page you will see “Update Services” and a short list of default places you are pinging when you post to your blog.

Wordpress Ping List

You are suppose to ping each of your blog post just once. Whenever you edit/update your post  get pinged again. Those services don’t like multipinging of your article and if not stopped your blog get banned.

So here I will help you to not get banned and teach to how to use it properly.

You need two wordpress plugins for this:

1. cbnet Ping Optimizer

After you install cbnet Ping Optimizer:

  • When you create a new post, your blog will ping and notify all the ping services that it has been updated. This encourages search engines and different blog directories/services to index your updated blog properly.
  • When you edit an existing post, it won’t send any unnecessary ping to ping services and saves your blog from getting banned by such services.
  • When you post a future post by editing the time stamp, it will ping only when your post appears in future. It won’t unnecessarily ping many times when you schedule posts as WordPress does by default.

2. Ping List Checker

The Ping List Checker plugin for WordPress allows blog owners to verify if whether all sites in their ping list are unique or not. If duplicate entries are found, the plugin will report them and will display the number of times they were found in the list. This will help WordPress blog owners to ensure that a ping service is not pinged more than once, and is also very helpful to eliminate double pings which could lead to you getting tagged as a spammer! Just added to version 1.1 has an ping list checker built in that reports if the ping URL connection is alive or dead. However, it requires that “Pear” be installed on your hosting server to work.

By using this two wordpress plugins your blog can use wordpress ping utility to max without getting banned.

The default ping list have just one ping service, here is my complete ping list with tons services I am using at my blogs.

If you have any suggestions for ping services i would like to know.

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Azad Shaikh

Azad Shaikh is an internet geek at heart. Azad like to write about anything related to computers, internet, hacking, business and marketing. He is a computer engineering graduate and certified ethical hacker.
  • Mas

    please link to my site as you are using my MAS Ping List

    • Azad Shaikh

      Do you want me to link it with ?

      • Mas

        and i will be greatfull if you help us getting it to the next level the acctual version MAS ping list 1,2 has 404 servers
        please add all the spanish japeneese and all the stuff you found

        and yes please give a backlink thats a great work we are doing ;) not

        • Azad Shaikh

          Done. Thanks for the list. :D

          • Mas

            not at all as i said you are welcome to help with the building of the mas list

  • Azad Shaikh

    Ok I will try to add more ping services and i found them. If you have any updated list then please share.


  • Mas

    go to the forum i posted the 1,2 list but it contains duplicates i beleave

    • Azad Shaikh

      We can use Ping List Checker to remove duplicate. I will do it tomorrow.

      • Mas


        repost it under the name maslist 1,3

  • Yaniv


    Please note that is no longer in business.

    Kind regards,

    • Azad Shaikh

      Hi! really appreciate for letting us know that and thanks for stopping by.

  • MAS

    thank you i will try to update the list as sooon as possilbe i am in hollyday now :)

  • Datoware

    Thanks for this list and the plugins! :D

  • fher98

    Your list has at least 2 times every link.

    • Azad Shaikh

      Sorry about that. I had updated my list and also removed services not working. Hope you find it useful.

  • Amit Bhatia

    Thanks for sharing this list and introducing cbnet plugin for managing pings. I have updated my list :)

  • andreas

    thanks for sharing..i like this.and I will use them, according to your suggestions

  • Gunam

    Thanks for the ping services list. There was 4 duplicate entries which I was able to remove using your mentioned plugin.

  • ben

    how come , which is the default WordPress setting isn’t included ?

    • Azad Shaikh

      I had included all services of and as I said don’t ping the same url twice else you have chances of getting banned. Hope this clear your doubt.

  • David

    Man…..!! I didnt knew about pinglists !! Now I do! Thanks!

  • Akare

    Does one have to remove the duplicates from this ping list manually? I ask because I uploaded it in the appropriate place and then used the Ping Checker plugin to verify the servers, but A) most of them were listed as “Down” and B) there were hundreds of duplicates (up to 264 duplicates for one server in particular).

    Might you have a fresh list without duplicates, Azad? Crazy thanks for your work! :-D

  • Free Stuff Canada

    If Google instantly pick your link of your new blog post then what is the need to use more pinging services, will you explain?

    • Azad Shaikh

      Beside Google there are other content syndication website with search facility. Pinging them will get your content syndicated by them as soon as your publish your post. This will help you get backlinks from their website. If you know the basic of SEO then you must be knowing how important are backlinks.

      Just an example of backlink: I got only because I am pinging my post @

      Hope is explanation help you understand the benefits of pinging your post.

  • Juniper Currie

    Thank you for the clear explanation and the two plugins to use. My questions is when I checked to see if the ping list was alive…. every one came back marked as “Down” I even went in and checked the services suggests. They came back as “Down”. I can’t imagine every single site listed is inactive.

    Can you suggest what might be wrong?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Azad Shaikh

      Hi Juniper,
      I had just tested Ping List Checker and found that it’s not working properly in WordPress 3.0. It’s show so many duplicates and fail to check the service is alive or not. I recommend not to use until it gets updated. I had contacted it’s author regarding this issue and waiting for his reply. Don’t worry most of them are alive and there are no duplicates.

      • Spunky Jones

        The plugin is suppose to show you all duplicates that are found. You have to remove them manually.

    • Spunky Jones

      I have the current version of WordPress on my blog and the plugin is working.

      Check with your hosting provider that “Pear” is installed on hosting server. “Pear” is required for the ping checker function.

  • Juniper Currie

    Thank you for your response Spunky Jones and Azad Shaikh.

    I checked with my hosting provider and PEAR is installed. I also removed all the duplicates (that feature works great) but when I check to see if the sites are alive every one comes back marked as “down”. I’m using the current version of WordPress 3.0.1.

    Thank you.

  • Rohit

    Can I check installation info of PEAR from cpanel? Over 50% of the listed websites are marked as down.

    • Azad Shaikh

      Yes you can. Go to your Cpanel Home. Look for Software/Services box click on PHP Pears Packages. It should be there if your Host support Pears. Else contact your Hosting provider.

  • Aaron

    I think you’ll find a more efficient list over at 2011 Definitive WordPress Blog Ping List

  • Sony

    Hi Azad Shaikh,
    Thank for your explanation, I got confused to use some ping for my blog, but your explanation is help me to solve it. I follow your suggestion. Thanks.

  • Diane

    Thank you for having this info available, I am new to wordpress and trying to get going right, one question, should the services be listed prior to my very first post or does that not matter?

    • Azad Shaikh

      Try to add this services as soon as possible. They are no use after the posts had published.

  • Diane

    Uh Oh, okay, so does this mean I have to repost the ones I’ve already done? and on your ping list, should I just copy and paste, do I need to remove the extra space? one more question, I noticed feedburner was not on the list, any particular reason? and should I add my feed to feedburner manually without using the pingshot service?

  • Mr.Funsocks

    Hey, I tried to put your ping list on my video game blog but most of them don’t work. Do you have an updated list somewhere?

  • Amarpreet

    Thanks For the list I was not familiar with this ping Utility before reading your post.

  • Danielle Lynn

    Thank you for the list and the plug-in suggestions. It was very informative

  • Alan (SpicerDesigns)

    Ive used Pings for over 2 year. Always a great way to get instantly crawled and indexed :) has a blog :)

  • Bruce

    Thank you my friend.
    This is very important information which I was totally unaware of, as I think many others may be also. It is a sad thing that honest people with integrity, can get banned or labeled as a spammer when they have absolutely no intentions of wrongdoing. ie. editing their posts to get them the way they want, and that resulting in multiple pings. This kind of stuff should be more readily available in my humble opinion.
    Thank you again, And I am curious if there are any replies to some of the other questions, as there are some answers regarding that I would like to know as well.

  • Alex Howard

    Thanks for sharing. I will try this and let you know of how it worked

  • nuchem

    is this information still updated??

  • Garold Walker

    We can use Ping List Checker to remove duplicate. I will do it tomorrow.