02 March 2005

Ping-O-Matic and Weblogs.com: How to fix an error message when you ping

This is a solution to a problem I've been having with PingOMatic and Weblogs.com. The resolution is a very simple change.

Problem

Does Weblogs.com return a message on PingOMatic saying:
Weblogs.com results:
Error!

Thanks for the ping, however we can only accept one ping every half-hour.
When you use Ping-O-Matic, do all the services you ping work except for Weblogs?

Possible cause

You may have selected Weblogs.com in both Ping0Matic services and Blogger publishing.

If you are using Ping-O-Matic, and have included Weblogs.com in your list of services, you are likely pining Weblogs.com twice: Once when you initially publish your blog in blogger; and the second time when you update the services with Ping-Omatic.

Each time you publish content with the orange button, you are pinging Weblogs.com; then when you ping PingOMatic to notify the XML-RSS-Atom feed services, you're pinging Weblogs.com a second time.

The reason you may be getting a message saying that Weblogs.com only accepts one ping per half-hour.

Resolution

Check your blogger settings. Look under Publishing. [Add your member ID to the URL in the XXXs]

Here's the zoom-option: image; also look at number 2-B in this illustration.

Notify Weblogs.com Yes No

Weblogs.com is a blog update notification service that many individuals and services use to track blog changes.
Solutions

How to make the decision? Well, I'd recommend thinking about whether you want to put your focus on your feed, or your blog.

The decision to be made is whether you want to put emphasis on [a] keeping your feed-readers updated; or [b] whether you want to keep your blog-readers aware of your changes.

There's a subtle difference.

  • Feed Focus with One Ping: Recommended

    If you want to update all the services at the same time with your final ping, Choose Ping-O-Matic services to include Weblogs.com. Then de-select weblogs.com from the blogger publishing settings.

    Remember, your feed will only be updated once you ping. However, content that is pinged to your feed will forever be on the feed.

    The nice thing about this approach: You can keep publishing without bothering anyone. In this case, you can publish your blog, and then look at it on the web. If you like how it looks, then you can ping the services.

    I also prefer publishing first, and then having the option to change for another reason. The problem with the "blogger preview" option is that things don't look exactly the same when it is published: Content may shift around; and colors do change in the HTML.

  • What to do:

    A. In blogger, at the publisher setting Notify Weblogs.com -- Choose "NO"

    B. In Ping-O-Matic, include Weblogs.com in the list of services.

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  • Blog Focus: Constant Weblogs.com updates

    However, if you want Weblogs.com to get an update every time you publish, even a draft, then de-select the Weblogs.com from Ping-O-Matic; but then include it in the blogger publishing-setting.

  • What to do:

    A. In blogger, at the publisher setting Notify Weblogs.com -- Choose "YES"

    B. In Ping-O-Matic, look at "Services to Ping," de-select Weblogs.com, so that it is NOT included in the pings.

    When you use blogger for the update, Weblogs.com will no longer send you a message about the 30 minute window.

    Summary

    If you're getting a message on PingOMatic from Weblogs.com that you're updating too often, ping them through either your blogger publishing-settings or PingOMatic. Not both.

  • This is a solution to a problem I've been having with PingOMatic and Weblogs.com. The resolution is a very simple change.

    Problem

    Does Weblogs.com return a message on PingOMatic saying:
    Weblogs.com results:
    Error!

    Thanks for the ping, however we can only accept one ping every half-hour.
    When you use Ping-O-Matic, do all the services you ping work except for Weblogs?

    Possible cause

    You may have selected Weblogs.com in both Ping0Matic services and Blogger publishing.

    If you are using Ping-O-Matic, and have included Weblogs.com in your list of services, you are likely pining Weblogs.com twice: Once when you initially publish your blog in blogger; and the second time when you update the services with Ping-Omatic.

    Each time you publish content with the orange button, you are pinging Weblogs.com; then when you ping PingOMatic to notify the XML-RSS-Atom feed services, you're pinging Weblogs.com a second time.

    The reason you may be getting a message saying that Weblogs.com only accepts one ping per half-hour.

    Resolution

    Check your blogger settings. Look under Publishing. [Add your member ID to the URL in the XXXs]

    Here's the zoom-option: image; also look at number 2-B in this illustration.

    Notify Weblogs.com Yes No

    Weblogs.com is a blog update notification service that many individuals and services use to track blog changes.
    Solutions

    How to make the decision? Well, I'd recommend thinking about whether you want to put your focus on your feed, or your blog.

    The decision to be made is whether you want to put emphasis on [a] keeping your feed-readers updated; or [b] whether you want to keep your blog-readers aware of your changes.

    There's a subtle difference.

  • Feed Focus with One Ping: Recommended

    If you want to update all the services at the same time with your final ping, Choose Ping-O-Matic services to include Weblogs.com. Then de-select weblogs.com from the blogger publishing settings.

    Remember, your feed will only be updated once you ping. However, content that is pinged to your feed will forever be on the feed.

    The nice thing about this approach: You can keep publishing without bothering anyone. In this case, you can publish your blog, and then look at it on the web. If you like how it looks, then you can ping the services.

    I also prefer publishing first, and then having the option to change for another reason. The problem with the "blogger preview" option is that things don't look exactly the same when it is published: Content may shift around; and colors do change in the HTML.

  • What to do:

    A. In blogger, at the publisher setting Notify Weblogs.com -- Choose "NO"

    B. In Ping-O-Matic, include Weblogs.com in the list of services.

    ------

  • Blog Focus: Constant Weblogs.com updates

    However, if you want Weblogs.com to get an update every time you publish, even a draft, then de-select the Weblogs.com from Ping-O-Matic; but then include it in the blogger publishing-setting.

  • What to do:

    A. In blogger, at the publisher setting Notify Weblogs.com -- Choose "YES"

    B. In Ping-O-Matic, look at "Services to Ping," de-select Weblogs.com, so that it is NOT included in the pings.

    When you use blogger for the update, Weblogs.com will no longer send you a message about the 30 minute window.

    Summary

    If you're getting a message on PingOMatic from Weblogs.com that you're updating too often, ping them through either your blogger publishing-settings or PingOMatic. Not both.

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