The Bing Webmaster team held a session showed a preview of the next version of Bing Webmaster Tools, Microsoft’s no-cost toolset for webmasters and search engine optimizers (SEOs). Bing Webmaster Tools were rebuilt from the ground up to offer more data, including a new user interface and enhanced charting functionality.
The new Bing Webmaster Tools remain web-based, and basic functionality is available through most web browsers. They are very useful for search engine optimization or SEO.
To achieve the full potential of the new Bing Webmaster Tools user experience, you’ll want to install Microsoft Silverlight 4.0. Silverlight is a browser plug-in that helps organizations design, develop, and deliver rich applications and experiences on the Web. Silverlight works across multiple browsers, platforms, and devices, including the Mac OS, Windows and Linux operating system.
The Bing Webmaster team chose to focus on three key areas of interest to webmasters: Crawl, Index, and Traffic. Each area will offer detailed data going back as far as six months with dynamic charting capabilities, enabling webmasters to focus on the timeline trends that are most meaningful to them.
A key, new feature to Bing Webmaster Tools is Index Explorer, a tree-view that enables webmasters to see at a glance all of the crawling and index data for their website.
Bing Webmaster Tools has added a feature to Submit URLs that allows website owners & bloggers to send Bing a list of URLs that should be prioritized.
The Bing Webmaster Tools not only give webmasters control of what content to add to the Bing index, but the new Block URLs tool gives webmasters control over what content to block from the SERPs.
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