Notify Yahoo & Weblogs of Your Updates

by Ray Matthews on January 27, 2004 at 03:22 PM

Jeremy Zawodny has announced how to ping Yahoo's RSS database when you post to your Movable Type weblog. Pinging has the advantage of getting your content much faster into those sites that crawl RSS feeds for news.

Movable Type, by default, supports pinging two weblog update notification sites. To activate those in your Blog Config preferences check the boxes to notify blo.gs and weblogs.com. Weblogs.com is a site that tracks and displays links to recently changed weblogs and news-oriented web sites.

When you enable this feature, Movable Type sends out an XML-RPC ping (i.e. http://ping.blo.gs/ and http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2). When these sites receives your ping, they will check your blog to determine if it has changed since the last check; if it has, your site will be marked as updated. These systems will schedule an immediate refresh of your site so that they offer the most up-to-date version of your RSS feed.

In addition to weblogs.com and blo.gs, there are other services that support the XML-RPC ping interface and provide similar functionality. You can ping these either manually or automaticaly. These include:

If you would like to ping these services automatically, you can add the URLs to their XML-RPC servers into the Others box found in your blog config preferences. Separate the URLs with carriage returns.

http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2
http://ping.rootblog.com/rpc.php
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://www.mod-pubsub.org/kn_apps/blogchatter/ping.php
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc

If you've made a donation to Movable Type user and have received a recently updated key, you can also add a ping to:

http://www.movabletype.org/update/

Other blogging software that supports pinging include Radio Userland, blosxum, pMachine, and WordPress.

In addition to XML-RPC, advanced users may be pleased to note that Yahoo.com, Bulkfeeds, and Technorati also offer the REST (REpresentational State Transfer) API interface.

Some examples:

http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=http://www.yoursite.com/blog [GET http protocol]
http://bulkfeeds.net/app/view/1.html">http://www.yoursite.com/blog/index.rdf
http://api.technorati.com/search?query=%22your+search+terms%22&key=your_API_key&start=1 [GET; POST]
http://api.technorati.com/bloginfo?url=http://www.yoursite.com/blog&key=your_API_key

Comments

You might also like to ping us at Pubsub.com. If so, ping to:

http://xping.pubsub.com/ping/

Note: If you can generate an extendedPing (in the blo.gs style) which includes a link to your RSS file, that would be appreciated in lieu of the standard ping.

bob wyman

Posted by: Bob Wyman at January 27, 2004 05:49 PM
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