Find out how Live Search is crawling your site

My favorite feature of our recent launch is the Crawl Issues tool, which gives you details about issues Live Search may encounter while crawling and indexing your website. This information can help you better understand what Live Search sees when crawling your site and should ultimately help you improve your results from Live Search. We report four types of issues: File not found (404) errors – reported when Live Search encountered a...
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Increasing customer engagement with custom 404 error pages

If you’re the owner of a large website with lots of content, you’ve probably noticed that up to 10% of your traffic ends up on a “webpage not found” error page due to broken links or misspelled URLs. There are a lot of reasons users who visit your site might reach a 404 page, but how do you keep those customers from abandoning your site? Today we’re announcing the Web Page Error Toolkit, a customizable web...
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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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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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