Index Explorer

The Index Explorer tool in the Reports & Data section provides you with a unique view of how Bing sees your site. It reflects all the URLs we have seen on the web, including redirects, broken links, or those blocked by robots.txt, organized in an file explorer-like fashion. This view can help you get some really detailed insights into how your site was seen by the search engine during recent crawls. It can help discover both issues on your site as well as opportunities.

Index Explorer


Index Explorer offers a variety of data filters to help narrow the results for criteria important to webmasters. Some are presented as drop-down lists of options, and others are check boxes. The filters include:

  • HTTP Codes (drop-down list):
    • All HTTP codes (default filter setting)
    • HTTP codes 200-299 (success codes)
    • HTTP codes 300-300 (redirection codes)
    • HTTP code 301 (permanently moved pages code)
    • HTTP code 302 (temporarily moved pages code)
    • HTTP codes 400-499 (client error codes)
    • HTTP codes 500-599 (server error codes)
    • All other HTTP codes (such as 1xx or informational codes)
    For specific information on individual HTTP status codes, see World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Status Code Definitions.

  • Crawl Date Range (drop-down list):
    • All dates (default filter setting)
    • Last week
    • Last 2 weeks
    • Last 3 weeks
  • Discovery Range/Narrow (drop-down list):
    • All dates (default filter setting)
    • Last week
    • Last month
  • Malware infected (checkbox)
  • Excluded by robots.txt (checkbox)

Remove all filters

After you have applied a filter, to see the original view of a registered site again, click Reset filters to remove all data filters and restore the default (registered root) view of the site.

Page Details

To see detailed information about a folder, click it in the tree view. A pop-up window titled Page Details appears in the tree view. The window contains the following information about, and options for, that page:

  • Path The URL path of the document. If the path is too long to display, point to the path to see the entire path.
  • Last crawled on The most recent date the document was crawled.
  • Discovered on The date the document was first crawled (unless that date is earlier than the beginning date that data recording began for the registered site).
  • HTTP code The HTTP status code received when the document was last crawled.
  • Document size The size of the document file as measured in bytes.
  • Inbound link count The number of links found in the Bing index pointing to this document.
  • Recrawl Clicking on a page icon additionally reveals a link to the page as well as a Recrawl button (provided you are logged in as a Webmaster for the root domain). Recrawl equates adding the URL using the Submit URL feature and uses the same qouta.

Reference material

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Status Code Definitions