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Today I started receiving a ton of requests to moderate comments on my blog, but when I looked at the comments they are clearly from multiple other people's blogs. What could be the cause of this and what do I do about this?

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Those are pingback or trackbacks. They are mechanisms by which blogs alert each other about cross-linking or references to other posts.

Pingbacks and trackbacks are common from SPAM or scrapper sites so you do want to take a look and make sure you are not approving comments from disreputable sources but in general, these are normal and can be useful.

The pingback/trackback functionality has been built into WordPress for as long as I can remember. Your site probably sends similar "comments" to other blogs.

  • But the thing is, the comments don't make any mention of my site. – Nick Chapman Mar 17 '14 at 23:48
  • Just kidding, definitely spam – Nick Chapman Mar 17 '14 at 23:51
  • @NickChapman : What does that mean? – s_ha_dum Mar 18 '14 at 1:14
  • it means that I checked out the comments further and they were definitely pingbacks from spammers – Nick Chapman Mar 18 '14 at 18:48

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