Ping-o-matic vs Pingoat – what a showdown

31 Jan

I’ve never really talked to Matt from WP. The only time we ever corresponded was through email. I had just finished the acquisition of Eatonweb Portal and relaunched the site as Blog Flux Directory. Seeing a major hole in a lack of a centralized-blog-service site, I emailed everyone asking for ideas on what to add. A friend of mine, Kailash Nadh, had just released a pinger of his own at Pingoat. So when Matt replied with ‘pinging service’ – I thought, why not? I could use/point to Ping-o-matic, but that defeated the point – another source for bloggers to use, not the same one. The response was not pretty. Lots of random accusations – you know, the usual :)

Anyhoo – what we got out of that entire incident was that Matt had a good point – open proxy. Kailash in the meantime had developed his own anti-splog system, and we used his. With the recent explosion in spam, even checking them turned out to be a headache, but that story is for another day :)

Incidentally, Kailash had to sell the site. He was unable to pay for it, and had to turn it over to someone with deeper pockets.

And today I came across this: vs Pingoat – reach and rank.

I’m sure Pingomatic does a lot more pings due to XML-RPC, and while Alexa is far from a reliable source, it is astounding (to me) that Pingoat is neck-to-neck with Pingomatic.

I don’t have any point or morale other than to point out how much Pingoat was originally criticized (before we were even around), and now it is a reliable second (or even first) choice for many.

10 Responses to Ping-o-matic vs Pingoat – what a showdown


Rodney Rumford

February 8th, 2007 at 3:21 am

I have always been a fan of Pingoat. I starting using these guys as soon as they came out and even donated money to them via paypal to encourage them. I really like the service and we incorporated their ping into our service at It is better than ping-o-matic in our opinion.

Hopefully they sold for a nice profit, since it is a great execution and really cool technology. We are looking at incorporating it into a new service we are building at

Best of success with your bloggy network.



September 3rd, 2007 at 10:59 am

Looks like your links to the “reach” and “rank” articles are dead. If you have a scrape of them, you might want to consider posting them, since you’re the first link out of a google search for “pingomatic vs pingoat”.



September 3rd, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Thanks N – I’ve fixed it now.



December 5th, 2007 at 5:32 am

If pingoat has all of these advantages (which I have read about in a few articles) what keeps pingomatic around? WordPress?



December 5th, 2007 at 10:46 am

It is owned by the same guys who maintain WordPress. And thus also built-in.



March 10th, 2008 at 6:32 am

I’m so confused about ping-o-matic because every I want ping with ping-o-matic they always said “slow down, you are to fast”, why??



June 26th, 2008 at 7:04 am

If I wanted to include pingomatic to be automatically pinged by my wordpress blog, what woudl the address to ping be? simply their website like ?


July 4th, 2008 at 10:38 am

I find pingoat doing it’s job much better but I have automatic pinging set on all my wordpress blogs. But sometimes you have to ping other pages that have link to your web site manually thats where pingoat is the best.



July 28th, 2008 at 6:45 pm

@badot: I’m having the same problem with ping-o-matic, and in researching it, came across this post. I’ll give pingoat a try…



August 4th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I am not entirely convinced of the effectiveness of ping-o-matic. For some reason, when I use ping-o-matic, Technorati does not always register the ping whereas if I ping directly to Technorati, the ping is always noted as received by Technorati.