Bing Webmaster Tools Changes Site Activity Calculations

By: Chris Crum - August 22, 2012

Bing announced a new change to its Webmaster Tools, related to how it calculates Change in the Site Activity widget.

Vincent Wehren explains on Bing’s Webmaster Center blog, “For the metrics Clicks from search, Appeared in search, Pages crawled, and Crawl errors we will now show you the percent change for the selected date range (as selected in the date selector near the top of the dashboard) compared to the prior date range of the same length. So when you log into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and are looking at changes for say a 30-day period in your Dashboard (which is the default setting), the percentage in the Site Activity widget will reflect your relative increase or decrease compared to the prior 30-day period.”

Bing Webmaster Tools will also show you the absolute numbers for the aforementioned metrics for both the current and prior period:

Bing webmaster tools changes

“It’s worth noting that since we store up to 6 months’ worth of data in Bing Webmaster Tools, we are — as a consequence — able to show % change information for periods up to three months counting back from the last available date,” says Wehren. “For shorter date ranges we can show change information as long as they and their prior period fall within those 6 months of data we store. In other words, you are not limited to just seeing change information for say, just the last 30 days.”

Bing Webmaster Tools will only provide data for your site from the day your site was registered, of course.

BIng notes that the changes to the Site Activity widget also apply to change info shown on the My Sites page.

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  • Max Freeman

    The change is good, but it will be bettert if crawl errors had a clickable number so it could be possible to see the list. Also Bing should make the messages/notifications clearer. For example, when I get “a new parameter found” message, I cannot find out which one as the parameter list does not contain new ones

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    Those improvments on Bing Webmaster Tools may be helpful, but I think the mayority of the users still prefer GWT

  • Carney Technologies

    Bing Webmaster Tool recently changes in Good look and we have easily monitored each and every thing in BWT.BWT will also show you the absolute numbers for the abovementioned metrics for both the current and prior period:

  • Hier

    That really was new to me. Your blog is really a good source for things about Webmaster tools bing. Thanks, Hamid!

  • FlaxG

    this information is very important to every one who want their website to be scrolled well in Bing Search, and this information help me a lot.

    Thanks for sharing :)