Bing Lets You Connect Social Pages To Webmaster Tools
Bing announced a new Connected Pages feature for its Webmaster Tools offering, enabling webmasters to connect their various other official pages to their account, and track how users are getting to them.
You can now connect your pages from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Windows Store, Google Play, Apple Store, Pinterest, Windows Phone Store, YouTube, Instagram and MySpace.
“Now, in addition to the current data you have access to on your own website(s), you can also claim official social pages, connect them to your account and see similar data as it relates to those connected locations,” writes Bing Sr. Product Manager Duane Forrester. “Ever wonder which keyword are sending traffic to your official Facebook page? Curious to know who’s linking to your Twitter page? Well, now you’ll know.”
“Currently, you can connect a wide range of page types to your verified website, provided that they contain a link that points back to your verified website (the main URL), or at a minimum – a page that lives on your main website,” says Forrester. “We won’t ask you to enter any passwords or provide us with any extended permissions to your social media accounts to establish this connection, but the link inside the connected page needs to match in the sense that the link needs to point back to the root of or a sub-page within your verified website. Obviously, to check this, we also need to be able to extract the link from each of the connected pages, so the page needs to be accessible from the web and not block our verifier in any way.”
The feature is available to users immediately, though it will take up to 72 hours for Bing Webmaster Tools to start populating the data related to Connected Pages.