More crawling improvements from MSNBot

A few months ago we announced two new features to MSNBot to reduce the burden of crawling on your website. These were part of a series of improvements we’re making to our crawler during the Spring to increase the freshness and breadth of content in our index. As part of these latest improvements, you may notice an increase in the amount of traffic from MSNBot starting over the next couple weeks. If you notice any issues with MSNBot, please...
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adCenterCommunity.com is open for business!

Webmasters, you may already have heard, but our friends on the adCenter team launched a new community portal today in an effort to assist and enable advertisers. We want to encourage you, whether you are currently using adCenter or not, to visit.  Features of the site include: Product/Service specific blogs Categorized User Forums Multimedia Distribution including video interviews, audio podcasts and training videos User profiles The...
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Microsoft to support cross-domain Sitemaps

Today we’re pleased to announce an update to the Sitemaps Protocol, in collaboration with Google, and Yahoo! This update should help many new sites adopt the protocol by increasing our flexibility on where Sitemaps are hosted. Essentially, the change allows a webmaster to store their Sitemap files just about anywhere, using a reference in the Robots.txt file to establish a trusted relationship between the Sitemap file and the domain or...
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Announcing crawler improvements for Live Search

Today we’re pleased to announce several improvements in the crawler for Live Search that should significantly improve the efficiency with which we crawl and index your web sites. We are always looking for ways to help webmasters, and we hope these features take us a few more steps in the right direction. HTTP Compression: HTTP compression allows faster transmission time by compressing static files and application responses, reducing...
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Bing and cloaking detection

Since the inception of the Bing Search team a few years ago, we’ve been maniacally focused on one thing: relevance. We use the term relevance to mean that Bing finds the answer to your question better than any other source – whether your question is best answered by a website, or a real-time traffic map. And with our recent Fall update our relevancy has improved dramatically – to the point where we think we’ve got the best...
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Greetings, webmasters!

We are glad you found your way to this blog. We, the Live Search Webmaster Team, have created this blog to help keep you informed on progress as we develop tools to assist you as webmasters. We will also be sharing from time to time on how to keep your site performing well. We want this blog to be a place for two way communication between Live Search and the webmaster community because we understand that SEO’s and webmasters need this kind...
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Come see the Live Search Webmaster Center team at SMX London

If you’ll be attending the inaugural Search Marketing Expo in London November 15-16, stop by and meet the meet Live Search Webmaster Team.  Nathan and Martina will be at the Live Search booth in the exhibit hall to meet you, answer your questions and to help you sign up to the webmaster center. Also Nathan will be speaking at a panel Friday on Dealing with the Penalty Box.  Along with Nathan, the panel also includes a number of...
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Get better results from Live

Today we’re happy to take the “private” label off our Webmaster Tools beta, and open it up to all webmasters and SEO professionals. This is a first step by Live Search to make it easier to ensure your site is getting the best crawling, indexing, and representation in Live Search results possible. Our goal is that it will lead to better traffic for your site, and better search results for our customers. In addition to the tools...
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