Bing Webmaster Tools One-Ups Google With Site Move Tool

Mar 19, 2013 • 8:53 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing SEO
 

Bing LogoBing announced they added a feature named the Site Move Tool to Bing Webmaster Tools.

Yea, Google does have a "Change of Address" tool but this tool does a bit more than what Google's tool does. Bing was clear to mention that:

Whereas other Webmaster Tools only allow a "Change of Address" from one domain to another, we wanted to allow web publishers more flexibility.

It offers two things, one of which Google does not offer.

(1) Moving a ton of URLs from within the same domain. For example, you upgrade your CMS and all your URLs change but you are still on the same domain name. This tool allows you to communicate the mass URL change.

(2) A typical domain name to domain name change. For example, you finally acquire the domain name of your dreams and you migrate your site from the old domain name to the new one.

Just like the Google change of address, Bing still wants you to have your 301 redirects in place.

Bing also has two caveats; (1) you must set up the redirects to a new domain that resolves, and (2) once you do the move, you cannot issue another move request for six months.

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Comments:

Jonathan

03/19/2013 06:18 pm

Once a submission has been made, is there any way to delete a request? Also, would a rel="canonical" be sufficient or do you think it has to be a 301?

Rick

03/19/2013 08:39 pm

You need to do 301 redirects for new URL's.

sestuff

03/19/2013 10:37 pm

rel="canonical" should really be used to eliminate duplicate content. 301's are to be used for pages or domains that are permanently moved.

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