Bing Webmaster Tools: Crawl Controls, Index Explorer Expanded & User Management

Jun 10, 2011 • 8:46 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Bing SEO

Duane from Bing has announced some cool new features for Bing Webmaster Tools - Bing for some reason told us they nicknamed this update the Honey Badger update.

In any event, the update touches on more flexible crawl delays and controls. A new improved index explorer and a better way to manage user access to the control and reports within Bing Webmaster Tools.

Crawl delay configurable by the hour:

  • Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours
  • Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too.
  • Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites

Bing Crawl Delay

Index Explorer Revamp:

  • Freshness
  • Performance
  • Extensibility
  • Reduced machine footprint
  • Stability and failure detection
  • New sites will have Index Explorer data the moment they sign up

Bing Index Explorer

User and role management

  • Site owners can now grant admin, read / write, or read-only access to other users for their site using their existing verification code
  • They can also grant users access to parts of their sites (subdomains or folders)

Bing User Control

Plus, Bing improved and added more documentation for Webmasters.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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