Bing Webmaster Tools Migrates More Features To New Version


In February, Bing announced the new version of Bing Webmaster Tools. Yesterday at SMX London, Fabrice Canel from Microsoft announced three new features that have migrated to the tool. The three features that have been migrated from the old to the new version of Bing Webmaster Tools include URL submission, URL blocking, and crawl control.

Additionally, Fabrice said that the entire migration from the old to the new Bing Webmaster Tools is expected to be completed by July 2020. So you know Google still hasn’t migrated all the functionality of the old Google Search. Console to the news and this process. started a few years ago.

FYI – Fabrice retweeted this tweet and he said it yesterday morning at SMX London.

Here are the new features migrated to the new version of Bing Webmaster Tools:

  • URL Submission – Bing Webmaster’s most popular tool, Submit URL, is now updated. Using this tool, users can submit URLs to Bing for real-time indexing.
  • Block URL – This tool can be used to temporarily prevent any URLs from appearing in search results. This feature can also be used to clear the Bing cache for a URL in case you have updated the page.
  • Crawl Control – This tool can be used to control the crawl speed of your site by Bingbot. It allows you to set the hourly crawl rate using a template or through a custom setup based on your site’s traffic model.

URL submission screenshot:

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Screenshot of the blocking URL:

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Screenshot of exploration control:

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Plus Bing also announced that the Bing Webmaster APIs are now also accessible through OAuth2.0 to allow delegated access to registered site owner data. The OAuth option is present in the new portal in the “API Access” section under Settings in the header bar. Existing users of the Bing Webmaster APIs will not have to change anything because validation via API keys is also operational. You can see more details for accessing APIs through OAuth here.

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