Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The latest features of the Bing Webmaster tools

Today, Bing is going to announce some of the latest features for its Bing Webmaster tools. These features are a direct response to the feedbacks they’ve received. “I want to download my data!” is the soundest feedback. Therefore, Bing has decided to add a new data export capability that lets you export and download the data from Bing Webmaster Tools about your registered sites. Moreover, you can export up to six months of data in the form of a downloadable, comma-delimited CSV file. The following data downloads are available by selecting the “Export” button in the UI:


Available data fields
Export Crawl, Index, and Traffic Stats

Date, Pages Crawled, Pages with Crawl Errors, Pages Indexed, Impressions, Clicks
Export Queries

Query, Impressions, Clicks, Click-Through Rate
Export Crawl Details

URL, HTTP Code, Type
Export Sitemaps

Name, Date Submitted, Type, Status
Export Blocked URLs

URL, Entity Type, Block Type, Date
Export Query String Parameters

Parameter, Date
Export Registered SitesRegistered URL, Site verification status, verification code used

The other area of the feedbacks is about the crawling ability of Bing for your sites. Bing has added a "Crawl Settings" page, and the first setting made available is "Add Query String Parameters." As you know, query string parameters in URLs will result in multiple variations of a URL that point to the same content. Now, site owners can add query string parameters that can be ignored while indexing their sites to gain multiple advantages.
This feature prevents duplicate content in the Bing Index, avoids the index value split between multiple URL variations, and avoids unnecessary site bandwidth usage by the search crawler.