Bing Webmaster Tool in early June at SMX Advanced released new features such as "crawl control and user management" as part of the Honey Badger update. The team has also improved and released late last week following features:
- Sitemap file type expansion
BWT now accepting sitemap with following new file types: TXT, Atom and RSS types -- in additon to .xml files. "Currently the list is as seen in the image below: RSS 2.0, Atom 0.3, Atom 1.0, .txt files. Still included are standard .xml files," blogged bing Webmaster Centeral blog.
Bing will be adding more files types to the spported list in the future.
- Staying current just got easier
The team added the ability to opt in for notices from BWC. If we're seeing malware issues on your site, these alerts can help notify you quickly. "To set your choice to recieve these communications, you first must log into your Bing Webmaster Account. From the "Home" tab inside your account, you can click on the "Preferences" setting to the left. Inside the pop up that appears you'll see a check box you can select or deselect to receive or not receives messages from Bing Webmaster at the email address you log into your webmaster account with," explained bing WC blog.
"If there're crawl errors happening when we try to find your content, these alerts will help you understand what we encountered. The alerts and updates are being designed to help you maintain a clear understanding of any issues Bing has when viewing your website. Beyond that, these alerts will share the latest updates with you, direct to your inbox, so you'll know of the latest functionality improvements, shortly after they go live," noted WC blog.
- Now serving Webmaster Tools data in 34 languages:
- Where appropriate, bing team expanded navigation under each tab. "Highlighted in red in the image below is the expanded navigation within the "Crawl" tab. This should make it easier for users to find more data within their accounts," said WC blog.
[Source: Bing Webmaster Center blog]