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  • Blog Post: Diagnose SEO Issues - SES San Jose Presentation

    Thank you all for coming to our presentation at SES San Jose. We've posted the deck online for folks who are interested. If you have any questions, please post them to our forums . Diagnose SEO Issues with Live Search Webmaster Tools View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags...
  • Blog Post: The merciless malignancy of malware Part 3 (SEM 101)

    We’re going to diverge a bit from our regularly scheduled programming. Normally this column discusses search engine optimization (SEO) and related elements of search engine marketing (SEM), but we’re knee deep into our multi-part series on malware and we’re going to begin the wrap-up with a talk about...
  • Blog Post: Continuing the Journey: New Features for the Bing Webmaster Tools

    Today, we are announcing the release of new features for the Bing Webmaster tools. These features are a direct response to feedback we've received since our launch last month which was announced in Anthony's " A New Beginning: Bing Webmaster Tools " blog post. The loudest feedback was, "I want...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: New tools for webmasters in the Bing Toolbox

    Today we're really excited to announce the arrival of the Bing Toolbox , a new portal for all you Bing webmasters, publishers, developers, and advertisers out there. The Toolbox is an organized set of tools for the entire Bing community, plus links to our Webmaster and Developer community blogs and forums...
  • Blog Post: Get detailed site analysis to solve problems (SEM 101)

    Last week I discussed common site errors that can inhibit the search engine crawler (aka bot). I pointed out common areas of concern and recommended a few tools to help diagnose such issues on your site’s pages. This week, I wanted to introduce a new tool for your collection that will be of great...
  • Blog Post: The merciless malignancy of malware Part 4 (SEM 101)

    OK, so I totally geeked out with my recommendations on how to better secure your webmaster computing environment. As a result, I had too much material for one post and thus had to split it up into two pieces. Let’s wrap up this long series of posts on malware by finishing up with the last of the security...
  • Blog Post: Getting out of the penalty box

    Life can be cruel. You work hard to create new and compelling content for your site. You’ve studied legitimate SEO techniques. Everything is going well and your site is getting decent page rank scores across the board. Then it hits. A search engine penalty comes out of nowhere and knocks your site out...
  • Blog Post: Meta tag authentication frustration resolved (From the Forums)

    Today's installment of the From the Forums column involves a user who had difficulties getting the required authentication code installed on the default page of her website so she could take advantage of the Bing Webmaster Center tools . The customized authentication code issued by Bing Webmaster...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Smarter 404 pages on WordPress with Bing

    In this blog, we've previously discussed matters relating to custom 404 pages in Fixing 404 File Not Found frustrations (SEM 101) , returning the correct HTTP status code with your custom 404 pages in 301 to 404 gets 200 - oops! (From the Forums) , and using Bing toolkits to develop such pages in Create...
  • Blog Post: New Inbound Links Feature in Bing Webmaster Tools

    We are pleased to announce the release of our new Inbound Links feature. Bing Webmaster Tools now provides registered site owners the ability to easily & intuitively retrieve data about links to their sites. We received plenty of feedback from site owners and SEOs that expressed the importance of...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Fixing 404 File Not Found frustrations (SEM 101)

    You've seen it. So have I. Nearly every person who has actively browsed the Web for more than 15 minutes has seen it. I'm talking about the dreaded 404 File Not Found error. When it occurs, users simply abandon their search on that site and go elsewhere. That's a potential lost sale, subscription, or...
  • Blog Post: SMX East 2008: Webmaster Guidelines

    Updated : SMX has posted the video for the What is Spam session. One of the most common questions I get from companies concerned about search engine optimization (SEO) is which optimization tactics are acceptable by search engines and which ones are not. We pulled this session together with the help...
  • Blog Post: Is your site ranking rank? Do a site review – Part 1 (SEM 101)

    For webmasters who work hard to build and publish their sites, it can be frustrating when their sites are barely indexed and rank poorly across all search engines. They may think, "Why does this happen? What can I do to improve this?" The reasons for poor ranking are nearly as myriad as the number...
  • Blog Post: Big update to Webmaster Center tools

    Creating websites and publishing on the web is getting simpler and simpler all the time, but with more content on the web it is becoming harder for webmasters and publishers to ensure that their content can be found. Last fall when we launched the Live Search Webmaster Center in beta , the goal was to...
  • Blog Post: Cool tips and hot tricks for the new Bing Webmaster Tools, Part 2

    In my last post , I started digging in to the many great new features offered in the new Bing Webmaster Tools . We have so much to talk about that I needed two posts to cover it! Let's get right back in the saddle and ride this horse back home. Note: As in the Tips and Tricks Part 1 post , the...
  • Blog Post: The key to picking the right keywords (SEM 101)

    Mark Twain once famously said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Twain never saw a webpage or performed search engine optimization (SEO) in his life, but his assessment of the importance of using the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Bing Search Library for PHP

    I have a quick announcement today. The Bing Developer Center team today published a new blog post that announced the availability of the new Bing Search Library for PHP , created by PHP guru Cal Evans . The new tool is available under an open source BSD license. The Bing Search Library for PHP...
  • Blog Post: Webmaster Center blog comments Q&A, Round 3

    The Bing Webmaster Center team has been very busy lately, working on very cool stuff that we can't wait to share with you (patience, Grasshopper - all will be revealed in time). But the blog waits for no one (well, that's the intent, anyway). From time to time, we gather up enough interesting tidbits...
  • Blog Post: Translator widget: Delivering your site to the world

    About eight months back , the Microsoft Research Translator team delivered an entirely unique way of delivering your website's pages to visitors who speak a different language with no development effort on your part. Unlike any other translation widget/gadget available at that time, the Translator widget...
  • Blog Post: Making backlinks actionable again

    In 2007 , we shut off the linkdomain attribute in the advanced query syntax, but promised to make link data available to you as soon as possible. Last fall when we launched the initial beta of the Live Search Webmaster Center, we offered a limited look into backlink data. But we soon realized that for...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Webmaster Center Fall Update

    In August, we shipped the largest update to Live Search Webmaster Center tools since we launched the site over a year ago. In that update, we committed that we would continue to bring you important updates and resources designed to make your life as a site owner easier. Today, we are happy to announce...