What are WordPress trackbacks and how to clean them?

Trackbacks allow you to notify other website owners that you have linked to their article on your website. Read more

These trackbacks can be used to send huge amounts of spam. Spammers use them to get their links posted on as many sites as possible. That is why they should be deactivated/cleaned if you do not use them.

You can either use our plugin Advanced Database Cleaner to clean-up these trackbacks or execute the following SQL code (which is used by the plugin) directly via your phpMyAdmin:

DELETE FROM comments WHERE comment_type = 'trackback'