Bing updates webmaster tools, brings out the Phoenix

If you love stats and are a webmaster, using the right set of tools to gain insight in to your data is critical. Bing has just announced a new update to their webmaster tools that will help you get a better understanding about the traffic that is flowing to your website.

The new update, called Phoenix, builds on the previous release last year, Honeybadger, and introduces a couple new features and enhancements to existing services. The three new services are Link Explorer, SEO Analyzer, and Keyword Research Tool:  

·         Link Explorer: This tool allows webmasters to explore links associated with a particular domain. It may be applied to any domain they choose, and for each entered URL (one at a time), the tool will supply a list of known links pointing to that URL.

·         SEO Analyzer: With approximately 15 SEO best practices in place, this tool will scan any URL entered from one of a webmaster’s verified domains and build a report to let them know if the page scanned is in or out of compliance with each best practice. 

·         Keyword Research Tool: Previously, webmasters were limited to a single keyword or phrase per request, but we’ve now expanded the limit to allow multiple entries (one per line) to run at the same time, helping speed up keyword research projects.  We’ve also enabled the selection of multiple countries under a common language, so webmasters can perform research for the US, Canada and the UK, for example, under English.

These new tools are live today and will help to provide greater insight that should help you to make better informed decisions about your readers. You can learn more about these tools by heading over to the Bing blog with the source link below.

Source: Bing

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Wait bing had a webmasters tool area? I've just signed up now and submitted my sitemap, I don't get a lot of traffic from bing but maybe now my site will show up a bit better on it.

The navigation is WORLDS better. It would be nice if a class highlighted the current page on the menu on the left, only improvement I think could be made.

High severity multiple title elements is bugged, it considers a single title element on each page when a frame is considered multiple title elements; this would only be valid when more than a single title element exists on a given page, frames or not.

I do not like being unable to open links in new tabs, directly linking content via javascript: works in some situations though not when opening different non-compliance reports especially since these have their own dedicated URLs any way.

In general I think the SEO reports besides the frame/title element bug is a nice touch.

-1 for using jQuery, if you're going to tack on a bloated JavaScript library for minor animations just do the animations yourself.

Webmaster API text is not in a label, I hate having to micro-click on tiny checkboxes.

In general it's a big improvement over the previous version. Now if I actually ever received a decent share of referrals from Bing in contrast to Google these tools would be much more useful to me.

JAB Creations said,
The navigation is WORLDS better. It would be nice if a class highlighted the current page on the menu on the left, only improvement I think could be made.

High severity multiple title elements is bugged, it considers a single title element on each page when a frame is considered multiple title elements; this would only be valid when more than a single title element exists on a given page, frames or not.

I do not like being unable to open links in new tabs, directly linking content via javascript: works in some situations though not when opening different non-compliance reports especially since these have their own dedicated URLs any way.

In general I think the SEO reports besides the frame/title element bug is a nice touch.

-1 for using jQuery, if you're going to tack on a bloated JavaScript library for minor animations just do the animations yourself.

Webmaster API text is not in a label, I hate having to micro-click on tiny checkboxes.

In general it's a big improvement over the previous version. Now if I actually ever received a decent share of referrals from Bing in contrast to Google these tools would be much more useful to me.

jQuery, bloated? Surely you jest.

LookitsPuck said,
jQuery, bloated? Surely you jest.

jQuery is 70KB, jQuery minified is 30KB while my site loads in under 50KB on completely empty cache ALL files/assets total for most pages whereas with jQuery all you've done with that 30/70KB is load a library that hasn't done anything yet. In addition to that most webmasters have to also pile on additional libraries such as animations. In other words when you let others do the work for you expect excessive amounts of bloat.