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Bing Webmaster Tools Refreshed

"Honey Badger" brings crawl delay management, index explorer, admin management

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Bing has launched some enhancements to Bing Webmaster Tools in an update called “Honey Badger”.

“Today’s redesign offers webmasters a simplified experience that allows them to quickly analyze and identify trends – while also bringing new and unique features to the industry,” a representative for Bing tells WebProNews. “Our goal is to help webmaster make faster, more informed decisions and drive new insights about their website by presenting them with rich visuals and more organized, relevant content.”

Enhancements include:

  • Crawl delay management: Lets webmasters configure the bingbot crawl rate for a specific domain.
  • Index Explorer: Allows webmasters to the ability to access data in the Bing index regarding a specified domain.
  • User and Role Management: Provides site owners with the ability to grant admin, read/write or read-only access to other users for their site.

Crawl deal is configurable by hour. Users can ask Bing to crawl slower during peak business hours or have it crawl faster during off-peak hours. There is drag-and-drop functionality that lets users create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer across the graph. Individual columns can also be clicked for fine-tuning.

Bing Crawl Settings

Index Explorer, Bing says, is a “complete rewrite” of the Index Tracker backend, focusing on freshness, performance, extensibility, reduced machine footprint, and stability and failure detection. New sites will have this data as they sign up.

Bing Index Explorer

The company also launched the ability for webmasters to manage deep-links and added over 40 new educational documents and videos to the Toolbox site. The content covers things like: using Webmaster Tools, data explanation, link building, removing/blocking pages from Bing’s index, SEO guidance, managing URL parameters, rich snippets (schema.org), canonicalization, nofollow, managing redirects, 404 page management, etc.

Bing says you can “count on more monthly content being added” to Webmaster Tools in the near future.

Bing Webmaster Tools Refreshed
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  • http://killercontentv.com Killer Content

    Wow, didn’t know bing webmasters got refreshed! will go check it out right now, thanks!

  • http://www.purpleturtleproductions.ca whistler web guy

    About Time!

  • http://www.wsdbiz.co.il Aviran

    I still cant find the one SEO guy who actually cares for Bing, sorry.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Its share of the search market is on the rise.

  • http://emeka.kokoarena.com KokoArena

    I haven’t really used that bing webmaster of a thing because my site only has few pages on bing, but i’ll check it out soon..

  • http://www.blurbpoint.com/ Ashish Chauhan

    Let me install first of all it on my website then I will try because me and my clients are quite satisfied with Google Analytics. I am surely gonna check it out on weekends.

  • SteveJohnson

    Bing didnt crawl my website http://www.addenda.us , showing old keywords, pages are not updated in search result,

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