Bing.com/siteowner being shut down – April 4th, 2011

Gang, we’ve got a quick note here to alert users to an item we’ll be shutting down in 60 days.

As of April 4th, 2011 we will discontinue support for the bing.com/siteowner functionality.  If you continue to leverage the feature after this date (April 4th, 2011), users who attempt to query in the search box will be redirected to a 404 page.  This means that you will need to move to the Bing API in order to continue to receive web or site search results from us.  We have decided to take this step for two reasons. 

First, the tool has not been getting a lot of use and while we have some very loyal customers on it, we believe we can provide you better alternatives in the future as we free up resources. 

Second, the functionality available through bing.com/siteowner can be replicated with the Bing search API and so it feels a bit redundant. 

As has become customary, we will give you a window to migrate off and ask us any questions you may have about this change.  We will also provide reminders as we get closer to April 4th.   Thank you so much for your support.

The Bing Developer Team

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20 comments
  1. Pradeep

    This is a very bad news. How will a non-techie guy know to play with Bing API's? The existing installations will turn to Google again, :-( Bad move Bing team.

  2. StanYau

    I agree with the first comment…

    It'd be really great if you could provide pointers for non-coders on how to continue leveraging Bing search technologies on our web sites!

  3. searchgeek

    A basic overview of how to work witht he Bing API 2.0 (current one) is available here guys: http://www.bing.com/…/API%20Basics.pdf  Nothing to fear there.  I'm not a programmer myself, but I'm handy with copying and pasting in HTML code (which you must be too, given that's how you enabled the system being shut down, right?).

    Reading through that document I'm confident I could get search functionality enabled on a website using the power of Bing to very selectively target things I wanted such as web results, images, etc.  Mighty handy that.

    Check out the pdf noted above as it should have what you need to get up and running.  Plus, moving to the API powered solution will get you up to current standards and offer you better options to present to your users.

  4. berlin

    It is really an annoyance!

  5. Duane Forrester

    Sorry Berlin, but it simply doesn't make sense for us to try to support two products that do essentially the same thing.  The Bing Search API offers users a more refined product.

  6. Liquid Cash

    Awesome

  7. targetinthebox

    i love this

  8. mysitesrock

    A new beginning: Bing Webmaster Tools

    Webmaster Center blog

    Posted 07-21-2010

    by Kristin

    Today, we’re announcing the release of the updated Bing Webmaster Tools. After the Bing launch, we reached out to the webmaster and SEO communities to see how we could improve the webmaster tools. Your feedback was very consistent: you wanted more…  so we're shutting it down.

  9. Duane Forrester

    To address your concern, mysitesrock, the functionality we're taking away resides outside your Webmaster tools account.  It's also unsupported, so if it breaks, there is no one to fix it, as we have our dedicated API product which users can use to power search results on their site.  The API product IS supported, so we do have folks who can fix issues that arise.

    In fact, to explain a bit further and shed light on your "creative editing", the Webmaster tools functionality itself has actually expanded.  There is a comprehensive dataset available now via the "Index" tab, using the "Index Tracker" link on the left hand side of the page.  The data shown in there is deep and covers inbound links, anchor text, blocking functionality, index dates and more.

    To be clear to readers, the blog post referenced above was speaking about expansion of the Webmaster Tools, which we have done, and continue to do.  The search functionality we're removing was never a Webmaster tool.  It was a stand-alone product whose function has been superceded by the Bing Search API.

  10. Techy cranky

    I just sign up bing, and tried to submit my url.when push submit button,then i got surprise result, " the url does not exist." .my url has PR5 , and bing said does not exist ? its so BAD news, google is still number 1.

  11. imickey503

    as long as BING is the DEFAULT search engine on IE8-9

    Bing will be used by the nontech folk more then the tech folk out there.  

    It's just a market thing.   You want to  target the NOOBS and Boobs out there,  BING!@

    Google is something that if you set up right, Your golden.    But your in a sea, and unless you troll your site like a religion, your just going to be sand in the middle of no where. .

  12. aykak

    I also agree with first comments most of the user don't even know about using API and or custom coding…. it was easy tools for installing …..

  13. bigpen1

    Why do i get the feeling that Yahoo and Bing 'or is it BinHoo' wants to go down like the Titanic. It's ironic that i have to use Youtube videos which is owned by Google to show me how to install Bing's widgets and gadgets. I use too be loyal to the underdog search engines but when they bite the hand that feeds them its time to move on !!

  14. dude_fug

    I really want bing to be best search engine, siteowner is closing down, It mean noobs will not use API. Forum i can only say that it is sticked by spam, HUH I am ready to work for bing to improve it. LOL

  15. FlagPinRealty

    I (and probably many more like me) don't have time to be fixing a web site just because it isn't convenient for you. All you had to do was stop supporting the existing web pages while leaving them intact. Now I have to take the time to learn something I don't really want to in order to put back the capability I already had!!!  I spent 35 years in IT until I finally got tired of this kind of nitwit behavior from idiots that think the world revolves around them.

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