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Bing Site Owner Shuts Down; Options to Obtain Bing Search Results

As per the public notice on February 4, 2011 regarding Bing Site Owner, Bing today notifies that they have officially disabled this service. What this means to you is that customers will be redirected to a HTTP 404 error for the following circumstances:

  1. Access to the http://www.bing.com/siteowner and
  2. Users who attempt to query in the search box produced by site owner

In order to obtain Bing search results, there’re a few options:

  1. For developers, you’ll need to move to the Bing API 2.0 in order to continue to receive web or site search results. The Bing API 2.0 offers open, flexible options for building or enhancing your site or applications. Developing an application with the Bing API 2.0 is straight forward and comes with thorough MSDN resources and an introductory primer.
  2. For non-developers, there is also an RSS API that can be embedded into 3rd party widgets that integrate into websites or blogs. Integrating RSS feed widgets is as simple as copying & pasting a snippet of code to embed into your web page. Many are free and provide a fun, interactive experience for your readers and keep them coming back to your site. To begin exploring this option, do a search on Bing for “RSS Widgets” and review the RSS API resources,” stated Bing.

[Source: Bing blog]

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