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July
21

A new beginning: Bing Webmaster Tools

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 transparency to see how Bing crawls and indexes your sites, more control over your content in the Bing Index, and more information to help you optimize your sites for Bing.

So what’s new in the updated Bing Webmaster Tools? Everything. With your feedback in mind, the Bing Webmaster Team decided to hit the reset button and rebuild the tools from the ground up.

The redesigned Bing Webmaster Tools provide you a simplified, more intuitive experience focused on three key areas: crawl, index and traffic. New features, such as Index Explorer and Submit URLs, provide a more comprehensive view as well as better control over how Bing crawls and indexes your sites. Index Explorer gives you unprecedented access to browse through the Bing index in order to verify which of your directories and pages have been included. Submit URLs gives you the ability to signal which URLs Bing should add to the index. Other new features include: Crawl Issues to view details on redirects, malware, and exclusions encountered while crawling sites; and Block URLs to prevent specific URLs from appearing in Bing search engine results pages. In addition, the new tools take advantage of Microsoft Silverlight 4 to deliver rich charting functionality that will help you quickly analyze up to six months of crawling, indexing, and traffic data. That means more transparency and more control to help you make decisions, which optimize your sites for Bing.

We have good news for all the veteran users of the Bing Webmaster Tools. Your existing Webmaster Center accounts have been automatically upgraded to the new tools. This means that starting today, you’re already a registered user of the new Bing Webmaster Tools. There’s no need to create a new account, change ownership verification codes, or re-enter site data. If you don’t have a current account, you can easily sign-up and register your sites to begin using the new tools.

This is only the beginning; we have many more features planned for release in the coming months. These are your tools, so send us your feedback, suggestions, and questions to help guide how the tools evolve. As always, you are encouraged to comment here in the blog or post your feedback and questions to the Bing Webmaster Tools & Feature Requests forum.

-- Anthony M Garcia, Senior Product Manager, Bing Webmaster Tools

 

Comments

  • This is a good update...still some way to go to catch up Google but this is a very very good step in the right direction.

  • Pretty charts and all but where is the backlink information?  Seems to have been removed.  A step back in my opinion.

  • I think it's a great improvement! However, I agree with jkwilson78 - perhaps something that could be added to the Index Explorer?

  • It would be nice if I could use the tools without Silverlight. When I log in all I see is the list of sites, with various links to add sitemaps etc.

    I don't see a way to list current sitemaps or get ANY of the information you mention in the post above. Why do I need Silverlight to read some messages or see what pages are indexed?

  • It is good update and the new interface is simple

  • thanks for the update guys. Cant wait to check it out

  • I love this enhancement and have already written about it on my blog, but more needs to be done. We need a function that allows us to set the correct geo-location in Webmaster Tools, as Google does in its Webmaster Tools.

  • I cannot see anything. There is just a popup telling me I have to install silverlight (for the webmaster tools? really?). Clicking Yes leads to a dead page: www.microsoft.com/.../default.aspx

    Well done. Is there a way to access the old working webmaster tools?

  • Hi,

    I really like the new look, but where is the list with the backlinks?

  • Apparently every site I added yesterday has been deleted from my account and now I get to start all over on what was a couple hours' worth of work. Not pleased about this to say the least.

  • Well it looks cooler... I'd say like 10% of my sites are actually in there, and none of the tabs are working and it's REALLY slow in chrome... FIrefox little better but still no tabs are clickable and most of my sites aren't in there.

    I'm assuming it's still being worked on?

  • Very nice. But I still have a question.

    When is BingBot going to work faster? Google indexes websites quickly, and Bing still does it very very slowly. That is a MAJOR issue, as if you can't get the latest content, how can we find the latest relevant content?

    Yes, news sites will always be indexed sooner and much more quickly, and I understand that, but that doesn't mean regular websites don't have a plethora of useful information being constantly added and updated. They need love too!

  • Hi

    It would be good if either SilverLight was not necessary or if there was an option to use the tools without - SilverLight doesn't get on with my Linux system.  I was able to have a quick look at the tools this morning but I don't use Windows most of the time.  Also as QD mentioned, an option is needed to be able to determine geo-location - that is one of the most common issues that is reported in the forums and currently there is no "official" way to resolve it.  Also, what's happened to the backlinks reporting feature?

    Cheers

    Archie

  • I thought i'd been re-directed to some other web developer section of Bing.

    All my links, backlinks, traffic counters, crawl rates etc have all disappeared. "no data available".

    Come on Bing, i want to love u as much as i love google (sic), but you're making it hard

  • Great Ahead....please provide the download option in excel & alos provide the keyword positions & the URLs in the block "Queries"