Bingbot, the Sequel

Early this month, in the Bingbot is Coming to Town blog post, we provided details about the impending change from msnbot to bingbot.  It’s almost October 1st, so we thought we’d send out a quick reminder that this change is still in the works.

Taking into account webmaster feedback, we have modified our rollout schedule a bit. Instead of doing an 100% switch on day one, we will do a staged rollout.  What does that mean to you?  To start, you will continue to see traffic mostly from msnbot. Then, over the next few weeks, you may start to see bingbot traffic.  This transition period is designed to provide time for us to validate consistency, and provide you time to catch and fix potential issues with our new crawler.  At the end of this transition period, bingbot will replace most of the msnbot traffic. It is important to note that during this transition you should not experience a significant increase of the total crawl traffic from msnbot and bingbot for any extended period of time.

If you have not read the previous blog post, I encourage you to do so, as it provides details about what you should and should not do to prepare for this change.

As always, we’d love to hear what you think about this, so please use the forum or replies to this blog if you have feedback or comment.

Fabrice Canel –

Senior Program Manager, Bing

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23 comments
  1. cellhub

    Thanks Fabrice, It is great news, & we all waiting 1st October.

  2. hotels

    Thank you for update about bingbot.

  3. Blackpool UK

    Cheers for the reminder.

  4. andymax

    We Love You BingBot :-)

  5. Quality Directory

    The staged roll-out schedule sounds logical to me.

  6. photogster

    Great news! and thanks for tips for what not to do.

  7. browntamarra

    For almost 2 weeks I have not been able to acces my bing app on my iPhone 3GS.

  8. padurar2009

    Thanks for all that. I hope you do all this in time.

  9. bestpricehunter

    Love your post. Thanks for your update.

  10. us4shop

    i love bing

  11. bigtrey

    i've noticed it on my sites

  12. yasirwazir

    Thanks for this post : ) It clears my confusion: A user in the forum opened a thread and was still talking about MSNBot and I wondered why is he not seeing Bingbot in his Logs : )

  13. tro choi vui

    Thank you for update about bingbot.It clears my confusion: A user in the forum opened a thread and was still talking about MSNBot and I wondered why is he not seeing Bingbot in his Logs

  14. Filwebmaster

    Hoping to be ranking well in Bing soon. Thanks guys

  15. fabianlaurie

    thanks for the info

  16. menj

    Great news indeed, thanks for the update.

  17. al3ade

    thank you

  18. laurent.bourrelly

    Everything went really smoothly on my hand.

    Thanks for the announcement and the progressive rollout.

  19. kawi_04

    Thanks for the good news.

  20. www.cool4arab.net

    Please help me my website is not indexed in Bing

    http://forum.fashel.net

    Why does Bing is so difficult to use and lots of people only care about google i think because they can't use bing or bing is really difficult to use!

    Please Help us indexing our websites in Bing

    Thanks in Advance

  21. vitalscom

    I discovered msn-bot to be crawling our video pages and I reached out to our Video contact at Bing and he confirmed that the video crawler is indeed "msn-bot". Steve, perhaps you can correct the Wikipedia entry that the msnbot was officially retired. We initially started to panic thinking we were getting hacked.

  22. Duane Forrester

    As noted in the original post here – At the end of this transition period, bingbot will replace most of the msnbot traffic. – we did not state msnbot would go away entirely.

    Wiki has been edited.

  23. cdonovan329

    I'm just curious, if MSNbot was retired how come I can still see that its viewing my company website?

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