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Bing Launches Sitemap Plugin (Beta)

Bing Launches Sitemap Plugin (Beta)

By Chris Crum February 21, 2013

Bing announced the launch of a public beta program for the Bing Sitemap Plugin, an open source server-side offering, which generates XML Sitemaps (compliant with sitemaps.org) for sites running on IIS and Apache. The plugin can generate both comprehensive sitemaps …

The Joy Of 404-Ing
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A 404 “page not found” error shows a problem happened when someone tried to reach a web page. Webmasters should reach for the opportunity to make those occasions work for them, not against them.

Microsoft Wields Updated Webmaster Tools
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Microsoft’s Live Search behavior should yield more information to site publishers as the company took its Webmaster Tools out of beta and tweaked them with some new features.

Five fun ways to play with analytics

Web analytics pro Rich Page suggested five free tools for the analysis needs of webmasters everywhere.

Google Debunks Link Sabotage Theories
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The search engine thinks the apocryphal talk about webmasters being able to wreck their competitors by creating bad links to them is just a bunch of talk.

Google Likes Your Content First-Click Free
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Punishing a visitor from Google with a subscription login page, where the visitor expected to find content based on the search result, could draw a penalty from the search ad company.

Site Move Planned? Remember Your 301s
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301 redirections will help Google find your site if a move to a new domain, as they reminded webmasters with some helpful moving tips.

Google nerd-fighting over NOINDEX tag

Matt Cutts says an internal discussion over how to treat the NOINDEX tag has the company debating the best way to handle pages using it.

Google vs. MSN on Paid Links and Cloaking
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Don’t buy paid links! Paid links are bad! Don’t cloak either. Search engines don’t allow it. You’ve all heard this before right?

>>> What are your thoughts on paid links? Do you agree with Google’s hard line? Comment here

Google Offers Festivus For Webmasterus

On Google Webmaster Central Blog and in the post titled "A Festivus for our webmasterus." Google says "If it’s good enough for the Costanzas, it’s good enough for Webmaster Central: it’s time for a Festivus for the rest of us (webmasterus)!"

Google Accepting Video Sitemaps
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Google will make use of an extension to the Sitemaps protocol to do a better job of indexing the videos people publish.

Google Analyzes New Webmaster Tools
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Content analysis and Sitemap detail debuted as new features available on Google’s Webmaster Central.

Google Explains Meta Tags
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Search engines pay attention to some tags, and none to others. Remember when the ‘keywords’ meta tag mattered? Ah, the good old days.

Microsoft Offers SEM Tools, Training
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Not to be outdone by Google or Yahoo, Microsoft lifted the lid on two new search marketing tools and an accreditation program called adExcellence.

Live Search Webmaster Tools Finally Available

Microsoft has finally made its Live Search Webmaster Tools available to all site owners, webmasters and SEO professionals.

After a brief private beta, the Live Search Webmaster Center aims to help website professionals improve their results in the MSN and Live.com Search Engines.

Paid Links Still Evil To Google
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Google continues to beat the drum about passing PageRank through paid links as Matt Cutts weighed in on the topic with another request that webmasters use the ‘nofollow’ attribute for them.

Google’s Policy on Paid Links
On Webmaster Help Center Google discretely specifies the policy pertaining to "Paid Links".