Microsoft listened and updated Bing Webmaster tools accordingly

If you are a webmaster and you use Bing webmaster tools, today is a good day. Microsoft has update the tools to bring new enhancements to the table that are based on your feedback.

The new updates target three key areas; sharing more data, increasing transparency and providing more useful tools. Posted below are a couple of the major areas that Microsoft revamped based on user feedback. It goes to show that if you talk, Microsoft will listen and respond accordingly.

·         More Crawl Details information. Webmasters will no longer be limited to seeing inbound links that point only to pages returning a 400 header response code. Now anything listed under the 300, 400 & 500 codes, as well as URLs listed under the Robots.txt and Malware headings, will display inbound links to the URL. 

·         Expanded URL Normalization controls. Bing has increased the number of elements that can be normalized per domain from 25 to 50 items.

·         Enabling of DNS verification. Bing has added a third verification choice for domains, allowing webmasters to place a discrete CNAME record on their DNS to validate a domain.

·         Addition of adCenter data. Webmasters will begin seeing a column for “average CPC” when viewing Traffic Data and looking at keywords that drove traffic to a site.

Specific enhancements such as these help webmasters get the most out of their statistics and can help drive to better SEO and higher profitability. The above postings are a sample of the updates and the full listing can be found by checking out the Bing blog.

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"Enabling of DNS verification. Bing has added a third verification choice for domains, allowing webmasters to place a discrete CNAME record on their DNS to validate a domain."

...this seems a very long winded way to verify your site! Why would anyone choose this method of verification over one of the other more simpler methods on offer?!

Xerax said,
This is really good .
It's Microsoft, I don't expect anything less. No matter how blogs always beat against MSFT, they prove time and time again; they surely listen to their customers.

TechieXP said,
It's Microsoft, I don't expect anything less. No matter how blogs always beat against MSFT, they prove time and time again; they surely listen to their customers.
Oh I know, they also don't do a Google, where they just release a product into a market they don't understand, let it die and disrupt the entire market's ecosystem. Apple and MSFT seem good at not going that, Google still need to learn. And Apple and MSFT seem to listen to community feedback alot more than Google.