Trackbacks have been a feature on Typepad for more than a decade, created by our Founding Fathers to allow bloggers to keep track of who links to their posts and helping to build a growing community.
Unfortunately, spammers have abused the Trackback feature, using it to insert spam links on blogs - a phenomenon that we know many of you have experienced lately. As a result, many blogging services have stopped supporting Trackbacks entirely over the past few years, and Typepad is amongst the most recent to phase out the feature. We know you're tired of dealing with spam, and frankly, so are we.
Social networking and SEO have grown exponentially over the past several years, and today there are plenty of replacement options that offer lots of bang for your social buck without the risk of spam. Features like Facebook Like, Reblogging, and the option to add a post as a favorite are all great ways for your readers to endorse your posts. In fact, there are even more options available for sharing in the post footer - check it out.
Though we're phasing out Trackbacks on a global level for all Typepad blogs, we know that many of you will want to disable Trackbacks now, and we've made that easy for you.
You'll probably want to edit your older posts, since that's where a lot of spam comes from. To do that, go to Blogs > Posts, scroll down to the bottom of the list, click the Select All box, then in the More Actions menu, choose Do Not Accept Trackbacks, and click Go. You'll need to do that for each page of posts on your list, so go to page 2 and repeat the process.
Once you've disabled Trackbacks for existing posts, you can change the default setting for new posts. At Settings > Comments, uncheck the box to accept Trackbacks on new posts and click Save Changes, and you're all set. Once you've disabled Trackbacks on your posts, the Trackbacks link in the post footer and Trackbacks heading above the comments will not display.
We're standing right next to you in the fight against spammers, so we hope you'll take this opportunity to talk to us about it in the comments! Let us know what you think - we're all ears.