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Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The NEW Bing Webmaster Tools is Now Live

 

I will cover this in greater detail later but for now, I figure it is worthwhile to provide a little info around Bing’s announcement today that their freshly redesigned Bing Webmaster Tools is now online.

Here is a core snippet from their announcement explaining what is included in the new version: 

The redesigned Bing Webmaster Tools provide you a simplified, more intuitive experience focused on three key areas: crawl, index and traffic. New features, such as Index Explorer and Submit URLs, provide a more comprehensive view as well as better control over how Bing crawls and indexes your sites. Index Explorer gives you unprecedented access to browse through the Bing index in order to verify which of your directories and pages have been included. Submit URLs gives you the ability to signal which URLs Bing should add to the index. Other new features include: Crawl Issues to view details on redirects, malware, and exclusions encountered while crawling sites; and Block URLs to prevent specific URLs from appearing in Bing search engine results pages. In addition, the new tools take advantage of Microsoft Silverlight 4 to deliver rich charting functionality that will help you quickly analyze up to six months of crawling, indexing, and traffic data. That means more transparency and more control to help you make decisions, which optimize your sites for Bing.

Read the full Bing Webmaster Tools announcement here.

Here is a link to our initial announcement of the upcoming updates which has links to articles with more information.

All users of Bing Webmaster Tools have been upgraded to the new toolset so go and discover the new abilities – it is definitely a good start!


3 Responses to “The NEW Bing Webmaster Tools is Now Live”

  1. China tours

    Just check it out, but it still looks quite simple and basic compared with the google’s. In my opinion, even Alexa’s site info can provide me with more valuable info, espeicially for the keywords search.

  2. Ross Dunn

    I know it is quite simplistic at the moment but it will improve – not that I am trying to defend them – just stating facts. That said, I strongly suggest not using Alexa. Alexa is frought with misinformation in my experience. Here is are a few articles that, although old, do a good job of explaining why Alexa is not to be relied upon (and it is true even now IMO): http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/thoughts-on-alexa-data/ , http://www.seobook.com/archives/000944.shtml , http://searchslingshot.com/2010/05/stop-quoting-alex/ (a newer article)

    Am I wrong? Should I be using it? I don’t think so but I am always open to arguments. Heck, I would love solid stats to go by but Alexa hasn’t been the one.

  3. Teena

    I’d love to try it. After all we also need to optimize for Bing, it is still one of the major Search Engines. It will also improve but for the time being, at least the most important data are provided. Thanks for the sharing the info.

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