Not a Bing Ads User? Get $100 in Ad Credit to Become One!

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Since our June 2012 re-launch of Bing Webmaster Tools, many webmasters, site owners, and search marketers like yourself have joined our program and use the tools to stay up-to-date on how their web site is performing in Bing and Bing-powered search results. Millions of content publisher share their Sitemaps, Parameters to Ignore, and Crawl Preferences with us, allowing their websites to shine on Bing.com, Yahoo!, and other places powered by…

Bing Knowledge Comes to Webmaster Tools

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In January we told you about our goal to bring the Power of Bing Knowledge to Webmasters. In April we followed up on that promise and announced Bing Knowledge Widget. For the first time, we empowered every webmaster to use the entity data from the Bing Knowledge repository. Since then, webmasters have added the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from…

Bringing the Power of Bing Knowledge to Webmasters

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In his post Expand Your Understanding with Bing, Dr. Richard Qian, Development Lead for the Bing Index & Knowledge team, explained how Bing is enhancing the usefulness of its web search results with information about “entities” (people, places, things) by bringing the power of “Satori” — the Bing Knowledge repository — to Bing.com.  With Bing.com already showing “snapshots” for many searches, the Bing Webmaster team has been working to bring…

Bing Smart Search Page Preview Tool Arrives in Bing Webmaster Tools

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In the wake of the release of Windows 8.1 we are releasing a new tool inside Bing Webmaster Tools that helps web publishers manage the page previews that are shown in one of 8.1’s new features: Bing Smart Search. Using the Page Preview tool, which you can find in the Configure My Site section, you can now view, block, or a refresh of the page preview image shown for a given…

2 Things You Must Know about the Bing XML Sitemap Plugin

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On the 23rd of May this year we released Bing XML Sitemap Plugin 1.0: the open-source server plugin for IIS and Apache that helps websites generate XML Sitemaps compliant with sitemaps.org. The Bing XML Sitemap Plugin — which you can download from here— is unique among its peers in that it: Generates comprehensive Sitemaps based on incoming traffic Generates “delta” Sitemaps based on signature computation of the page Assigns <priority>values based on page popularity…

Changes to Deep Links Management : What’s New

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Today we are making some changes to the way webmasters can manage deep links in Bing Webmaster Tools. Deep links are additional links in our search results that show up underneath the primary search result URL and that generally link to popular destinations on the website. For example, here are the deep links shown for the MSN site on Bing.com (outlined in orange):     These deep links are generated…

Announcing Malware Re-Evaluation and Geo-Targeting in Webmaster Tools

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Today, we are releasing two new features in Bing Webmaster Tools. The first feature — the new Malware tool — helps you understand whether or not you site contains malware and also allows you to submit and track a “Malware Re-Evaluation” request. You can find the new Malware tool in the Reports & Data section. The second feature — Geo-Targeting — helps you provide Bing with information about the audience…

Stay on Top of Critical Issues with New Crawl Error Alerts

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  Starting this week, we are sending out a number of new Crawl Error Alerts to users of Bing Webmaster Tools. These Crawl Error Alerts inform you about issues that we encountered during recent crawls of your site. You can find detailed descriptions and explanations for each of these alerts in the List of Crawl Error Alerts topic in our new Webmaster Help Center, but I’d like to give you…

Breaking Change in Webmaster API (SOAP/POX Protocol)

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  Update: POX protocol was affected as well by this change and any instances of  <SubmitUrl xmlns=”http://tempuri.org/“> should be updated to:<SubmitUrl xmlns=”http://schemas.datacontract.org/2004/07/Microsoft.Bing.Webmaster.Api“>     Earlier this week we upgraded several of our back-end services that power the Bing Webmaster Tools. However, in doing so we introduced a breaking change that affects users of the Webmaster API that are using the SOAP protocol. If you are affected by this issue, you…

How to Verify that Bingbot is Bingbot

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Since we posted about this topic a long, long time ago (especially if we’re counting in Internet years), it’s time for a refresher on how to verify that a bot visiting your site claiming to be a Bing crawler is really coming from Bing. If you see what appears to be Bingbot traffic in your server logs based on a user agent string, for example Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm), and…