Bing Updates Webmaster Tools
Written by Alan Wednesday, 8 June 2011 07:59
Bing Webmaster Tools has been around for a little while now, but they are regularly improving it. Today they announced the latest updates. These latest updates came directly from meeting with users and feedback from users. The updates, called “Honey Badger”, and the Bing team claims that it is the first of several planned upcoming improvements to the service.
The latest version contains Crawl Delay which is configurable by the hour. This means that users can ask Bing to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours. The setup is frag-and-drop which allows the user to create a graph across a time period to set the crawl rate.
The index Explorer has received a complete rewrite that will focus on the following.
- Reduced machine footprint
- Stability and failure detection
- New sites will have Index Explorer data the moment they sign up
Finally, User Management has been updated. Site owners can now grant admin, read / write, or read-only access to other users for their site using their existing verification code as well as grant users access to parts of their sites (sub-domains or folders).
Bing is also releasing a series and how-to’s that contain the following topics, as well as many more.
- Using Bing Webmaster Tools
- Webmaster Tools Data explained
- How to perform Link Building
- Removing or blocking pages from our index
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) guidance
- Managing URL parameters
- Implementing Rich Snippets (www.schema.org)
- Managing Canonicalization (duplicate content)
- Using the <rel=”nofollow”> tag
- Managing redirects
- 404 page management
- Rich Media and Search
As I stated previously, Bing is promising more, and frequent, updates. They also will be adding to the list of how-to documents on a monthly basis. To try it out you can visit the Bing Webmaster Tools site.