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My website, www.micheconomy.com, is not being crawled at all by MSNbot, despite a healthy number of backlinks. I submitted an RSS feed as a sitemap that works fine with Google (quite well with Google actually) and Ask, but Bing just does not seem to pick up on this site at all. I've given it a few days, resubmitted everything a couple times, but still, nada.
Any help would be really appreciated!
Sparty73despite a healthy number of backlinks
Not quite - Yahoo site explorer shows a total of 38, but they come from around 4-5 domains - that's 5 - not enough to encourage MSNbot to crawl your site.
As you also say your domain is quite new - domain age is one of Bing's ranking factors and therefore new sites can take a while to be indexed, which with any site can take 3 months+
Your code is a complete mess:
clean code can help quite a bit in indexing on all the SEs. If you are just starting out, I suggest finding a W3C compliant template.
I really would not describe your link profile as "healthy" - you have 3 different websites that link to you and one has you on your blogroll (which accounts for 100+ links, but not different domains).
How old is the site?
Not very at all. I think we got the domain sometime in December, and it's updated at least 3 or 4 times a week.
See the following thread for help: http://www.bing.com/community/forums/t/651406.aspx
I did notice the messiness of the code, it was a template I got from somewhere else, but Google seems to be able to index the site perfectly. Also, I'm not sure why Yahoo! has only 5 of the pages indexed, but maybe that's related to the bad code? It just seems like that would be a lot to clean up, especially considering I know the site functions correctly and at least can be indexed by some engines.
Thanks for the help everyone. I'll give it a bit more time and hope that Bing indexes a few pages, but I'll look into other templates in the meantime.
You have a good website, but for MSNbot and few other search engine to crawl your site, you probably need to submit to these search engines. You need to submit to as many as you can. Even if you submit to the smaller search engines, the big ones will be able to pick up your website from them.
Also remember that you will not be able to submit to some search engines because you can't submit to them directly. But this search engine will be able to pick up your website from others associated to them.
More information can be obtain from msn and the likes
Brett Yount: Are you saying that if I use a Microsoft Word HTML template, or any
other Microsoft HTML template, I will need to clean out all of that
non-standard code in order for MSNBot to be able to spider my site? I have not found a Microsoft HTML template that can pass the W3C validator, due to all of the non-standard code.
StupidscriptMicrosoft Word HTML template
Building a website in Microsoft Word is a bad idea, it produces numerous errors, many of which can cause your site problems.
I would suggest using Dreamweaver to build your site, or something like Microsoft Expression Web or Serif WebPlus if you want something a bit cheaper. There are also some good CMS's like Joomla and TYPO3.
Actually, I was hoping that MSNBot was programmed to deal with the non-standard Microsoft code, but you are saying maybe not? It would be tragic to need to re-build all of my websites just because Microsoft's search engine can't read Microsoft's HTML code.
Your website has very less number of backlinks. Many of the backlinks has disappeared and some are with nofollow attribute.
Try to get more backlinks from busy forums and blogs. Update your blog regularly with exclusive contents and submit your posts to social bookmarking websites. Surely Bing will index your website soon.
This is not the only issues that MSNBot has. Just wrote an article about it - check it out as there may be more surprises coming your way: http://www.semwisdom.com/blog/msnbot-stupid-plain-evil
You can validate using CSE HTML Validator...
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