Sitemaps

Sitemaps are an excellent way to tell Bing about URLs on your site that would be otherwise hard to discover by our web crawler. There are several formats you can use as Sitemaps to submit to Bing:

  • XML Sitemap
  • RSS 2.0
  • Atom 0.3 & 1.0
  • Text (a plain text file containing one URL per line)

The sitemaps page contains a list of all the sitemaps, sitemap indexes and feeds known to Bing for a particular site. These include the ones submitted by the users, imported from Google Search Console and also discovered organically by Bing.

To submit a sitemap, click on the submit sitemaps button on top to get the menu. Please note that the user will only be able to submit the sitemaps in accepted format and only for the site that is selected from the site selection list.

The table shows the submitted/discovered/imported dates of the sitemaps along with the last processing date, processing status and the number of URLs discovered. The users will be able to filter the sitemaps based on the type and based on their processing status.

Sitemap Filter

Resubmitting a sitemap is now a one click experience and individual sitemap can be re-submitted using the direct button shown below or after selecting that sitemap. Resubmitting multiple sitemaps is not allowed and you will have to resubmit individual sitemaps in case you to resubmit more than one

Sitemap Resubmit

Click on any of the sitemaps entry to view the details of that sitemap. In case of error or warning in processing of the sitemap, these details page will let you know the exact error or warning that you need to resolve. In case of sitemap index, the details page will display the stats and lists all the sitemaps present int that index, clicking on each individual sitemaps there will give the processing details there as well.

Sitemap details

You can also download the entire sitemaps list or list of sitemaps after applying a set of filters or after selecting a few entries from the sitemap table.

Sitemap Download

 

Other ways to let Bing know about the sitemaps-

Reference in robots.txt file

You can also leave a reference to your sitemap in your site’s robots.txt file. To do so, simply add a sitemap directive line in your robots.txt.

Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml

Pinging Using a HTTP request

If you have an automated system that generates your sitemap, you may find it easier to inform Bing about your sitemap by sending a HTTP request. Using your favorite method to send the request, use the following URL, replacing the example with your sitemap location and URL encoding everything behind the sitemap parameter: 

http://www.bing.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com/sitemap.xml

The server will respond with HTTP Status 200 (OK) if the submission was successful. Unlike the submission options inside Webmaster Tools you will not get any information about the validity about the actual sitemap itself.