Bing Webmaster Tools "Honey Badger" Introduces 'Enhanced Features' and Over 40 Self-help Guides and How-to Documents

Bing Webmaster Tools today received some new updates. Below is a walk-through of some of the major features and improvements users will see:Crawl delay configurable by the hourUsers can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hoursSimple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph […]

Bing Webmaster Tools today received some new updates. Below is a walk-through of some of the major features and improvements users will see:

  • Crawl delay configurable by the hour
    • Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours
    • Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too.
    • Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites

  • Index Explorer

This's a complete rewrite of the Index Tracker backend focusing on the following tenants:

  • Freshness
  • Performance
  • Extensibility
  • Reduced machine footprint
  • Stability and failure detection
  • New sites will have Index Explorer data the moment they sign up

  • User and role management
    • Site owners can now grant admin, read / write, or read-only access to other users for their site using their existing verification code
    • They can also grant users access to parts of their sites (subdomains or folders)

Bing Webmaster Tools is also launching over 40 detailed self-help guides and how-to documents -- covering a wide range of topics including how to accomplish tasks within Bing Webmaster tools, to what you should be focused on when performing search engine optimization. Here's a quick peek at some of the list of new content topics:

  • Using Bing Webmaster Tools
  • Webmaster Tools Data explained
  • How to perform Link Building
  • Removing or blocking pages from our index
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) guidance
  • Managing URL parameters
  • Implementing Rich Snippets (www.schema.org)
  • Managing Canonicalization (duplicate content)
  • Using the <rel="nofollow"> tag
  • Managing redirects
  • 404 page management
  • Rich Media and Search

[Source: Webmaster Center blog]