Bing today posted a quick alert to users of about shutting down Bing.com/siteowner.
Bing says "As of April 4th, 2011 we will discontinue support for the bing.com/siteowner functionality. If you continue to leverage the feature after this date (April 4th, 2011), users who attempt to query in the search box will be redirected to a 404 page. This means that you will need to move to the Bing API in order to continue to receive web or site search results from us."
Bing has decided to take this step for two reasons:
- The tool has not been getting a lot of use and while we have some very loyal customers on it, we believe we can provide you better alternatives in the future as we free up resources.
- The functionality available through bing.com/siteowner can be replicated with the Bing search API and so it feels a bit redundant.
As has become customary, we will give you a window to migrate off and ask us any questions you may have about this change.
Reference: Bing API
[tags]web developers,siteowner,web master,bing api[/tags]