Bing Webmaster Tools announces “Disavow Links tool” to help submit page, directory, or domain URLs that may “contain links to your site that seem “unnatural” or appear to be from spam or low quality sites.” In short, using the Disavow Links tool, you can easily and quickly alert Bing about links you don’t trust.
Available in the Configure Your Site section of the navigation — “Using the drop-down, you can choose to input signals to us at the page level, a directory level or at a domain level. We’ll note the “type” of location (page, directory or domain) and the date you told us of the action,” explains Duane Forrester.
There is no limit on the number of links you can disavow via this tool. And, you can easily export the list as you build it over time.
Forrester notes, that you “should not expect a dramatic change in your rankings as a result of using this tool,” but the information shared does help Bing understand more clearly your intent around links pointing to your site.
Also, Bing released an updates to its SEO Analyzer tool — the first change affects the robots.txt directives.
“If you use SEO Analyzer to fetch a webpage and do a real-time scan for best practices compliance, its important to note that this “action will ignore any robots.txt directives you have in place”,” explains Forrester. Bingbot still follows your robots.txt directives as normal.
To test a robots.txt compliance command, you can use the Fetch as Bingbot feature.
SEO Analyzer can now follow redirects on your site. So if you give it an active URL, the tool will follow the redirect and render it’s report based on the first page it reaches which returns a 200 OK code header response.
“As a bonus, you can see each hop in the redirect change via a handy Show/Hide link, enabling you to see each URL and response code along the way (see the orange marker in the pic below),” Forrester said.
The tool will follow up to 6 redirects.