On self hosted wordpress blogs when you update a post it automatically pings services such as pingomatic etc. This sends the URL of the updated post and not the xml sitemap. What's more beneficial?

I know that by pinging a sitemap just informs search engines of updates but this doesn't necessarily mean that it'll get indexed straight away, however pinging URL to a broad list of services can get it indexed on many more search engines and aggregators which in turn means more traffic from varied sources.

The above is just from my experience and observation, a good comparison of pros and cons would be appreciated.

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The difficult part here to keep in mind is that Ping-O-Matic is not affiliated with the upstream services at all and so has no real influence on if they crawl the new content on notification or not and each services makes their own decisions algorithmically as to if they will or not.

For the pro's and con's...


  • Easy to use
  • Single endpoint to notify all networks
  • Ease of integration
  • Fairly good uptime


  • No knowledge of backend process
  • No feedback from upstream search providers on ping status
  • No guarantee of real time or near real time indexing
  • Single point of failure (If Ping-O-Matic goes down then all pinging goes down)

Additionally ping-o-matic focuses on pinging for blogs and so seems to focuson blog-related search services upstream and not so much general search engines.

Whether you use them or not is a decision that you as a webmaster need to make based on your own unique use case and needs.

Disclaimer: The pro's and con's listed are not an exhaustive list but an sample comparison.

Edit 1: When pinging whether you choose to ping the whole sitemap or an individual paage is entirely up to you. Functionally they both work just as fast as each other both in how long it takes to do as well as how long you see a result. I tend to find that pinging a single page after adding a single page works and pinging the whole sitemap works well when i have updated or added a number of pages. Con's wise they both share the exact same con, won't force a re-crawl, rather it will just encourage it.

  • +1 for pros and cons of pingomatic, I wanted to know about the pros and cons of pinging the entire sitemap vs an individual URL?
    – Abu Nooh
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 14:01
  • See edit one in answer. Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 21:32

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