If you are using Blogger, one of the most annoying missing features is the ability to send a trackback. Fortunately there are a number of ways to send a trackback with Blogger using 3rd Party services or desktop blogging software.
In this first part of this quick series, I am going to cover Haloscan.
Create A Haloscan Account
First of all you need to register with Haloscan.
You do not need to integrate Haloscan with your blog to use their trackback system
I would actually currently advise you not to integrate Haloscan for comments and trackback display on your blog for a number of reasons.
- Blogger can now display linkbacks
- You can remove nofollow from the trackback links on blogger
- It is harder to migrate to WordPress or other blogging platform if all your comments are in Haloscan.
Send Trackback With Haloscan
It is important that links actually exist, and in this particular case when this post is published a link will exist, otherwise comment spam plugins might intercept the trackback.
There is also what I would look on as a bug with Haloscan, they use the blog title as the link for the trackback, and not the post name. The blog post title appears in bold above the trackback. Knowing this you can make sure you have some keywords for a good link by including them in the blog title rather than the post title, though the text entry field is quite small.
This is how a trackback appears on my blog below the comments box.
So if you are using Blogger, or a blogging platform that doesn’t seem to send trackbacks correctly, Haloscan is one option you can use to send a trackback.