A question came up in the ASC forums recently about the difference between a Trackback and comment. The question revolved around which one was appropriate in which situations.
For those who don’t know, a trackback happens when you refer to someone else’s post within your own blog post, the trackback is an acknowledgment to that other post. The “trackbackee” then has the option linking back to the new post.
In a nutshell, a trackback is an automated way of opening up a new link between two web posts.
Both trackbacks and comments are great ways to generate targeted traffic to your own site, also, if both blogs that utilize the dofollow plugin, Google Pagerank will be passed between the two sites.
So when do you trackback and when do you comment? Here’s how I do it:
If a particular post calls for a quick response of a sentence or two in length, I’ll leave a comment. However, if what I want to add runs any longer then that, I’ll usually respond with a blog post and do a trackback to the original.
The point is both trackbacks and comments are tools designed to keep the blogesphere living and breathing. Keep ‘em both on your Blogging tool belt, they’ll serve you well.