At SMX Advanced Conference in Seattle, Microsoft previewed the next version of Bing Webmaster Tools.
So what has changed?
- new Bing Webmaster Tools remain web-based, and basic functionality is available through most web browsers. But to achieve the full potential of the new Bing Webmaster Tools user experience, you’ll want to install Microsoft Silverlight 4.0 browser plug-in that helps organizations design, develop, and deliver rich apps and experiences on Web.
- Tool features: Crawl, Index, and Traffic. Each area will offer detailed data going back as far as six months with dynamic charting capabilities, enabling webmasters to focus on timeline trends that’re most meaningful to them.
- new Index Explorer, a tree-view enables webmasters to see at a glance all of crawling and index data for their website. Each level in the tree view offers webmasters access to specific data management controls, such as URL blocking, cache blocking, and recrawl requests.
- Submit URLs allows webmasters to send Bing a list of URLs that should be prioritized. URLs submitted through this tool will be recrawled or crawled and added to index if not already included.
- Block URLs tool gives webmasters control over what content to block from SERPs. Webmasters can choose to block cache links, block URLs to individual pages or whole containers of pages, or to even block their entire website from appearing in SERPs.