Does Bing Know About Your Website?

Lori Halley 05 November 2009 8 comments

Google may know all about your nonprofit’s website (and your blog, and your MySpace or Facebook page, or whatever other social media profiles you’ve staked out on the Web), but that doesn’t guarantee that Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing.com, will automatically index your site as well.

As a web developer Guilherme Zühlke O’Connor explains it, “These are two different services, with two different databases, two different ranking algorithms and two different search spiders.”

Just for fun, check out Bing-vs-Google.com and run a search on the keywords that people typically use to find your website — and see the difference!

Bing-vs-Google search "membership management" screenshot

So, since Bing works off an different database than Google (or Yahoo, or any of the other leading search engines), and since Bing is the fastest growing US search engine in the top ten, with a 10% market share reported in September, you’ll want to make sure your site is indexed, crawled, and listed by Bing as well as other search engines.

If your website is not appearing in Bing.com yet, here’s how to submit your URL so your site will be indexed there:

  • Go to http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx, Bing’s (free) site submission page.
  • Enter the letters and numbers shown in the “captcha” image, just to prove you’re a real person.
  • Enter the main web address for your website — for example, Wild Apricot would enter https://www.wildapricot.com/ in the submission form.
  • Check for typos!! Then click the Submit URL button.

The search spider MSNBot will follow the links from your homepage to find other pages on your site. It may take a while for Bing to find and index all the pages on your website, however, or the MSNBot may not fully crawl your site. That’s where submitting a dynamic sitemap, a simple webpage with a linked list of all the pages on your site, or the RSS feed for your blog can help you.

You may already be familiar with the useful Google Webmaster Tools that help webmasters to make the most of Google search? A similar toolbox is available at the Bing Webmaster Center. You’ll need to sign up for a (free) Windows Live ID (gets you into MSN/Hotmail as well) to use the suite of webmaster tools, but if Google’s anything to go by, the results for your search engine optimization should be worth the small extra effort.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 3:42 PM

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  • Twitter Trackbacks for Wild Apricot Blog : Does Bing Know About Your Website? [wildapricot.com] on Topsy.com  said:

    Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 11:25 AM
  • uberVU - social comments said:

    Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 11:42 AM

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by rjleaman: Does Bing Know About Your Website? http://bit.ly/1REKmJ (Wild Apricot Blog)

  • Mark Buzan said:

    Friday, 06 November 2009 at 8:53 AM

    While a nice thing to have, is it really a loss?  The vast majority of internet users use Google and Microsoft has tried the angle of competing with Google in the past with limited success.

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Friday, 06 November 2009 at 9:09 AM

    The way I look at it, Mark, is the same as Yahoo - each has about 10% of the search market. For a minimal effort, you can make sure your website is available to that 20% of people searching for information on the Internet... Some of us have done a lot more labour-intensive things for somewhat less potential benefit, over the years. ;)

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Friday, 06 November 2009 at 9:30 AM

    And the numbers may very well shift now that Windows7 has launched, with Bing is the default search provider for IE8, the default browser. I wonder what percentage of people are happy to keep the defaults or lack the tech confidence to change them?

  • Mark Buzan said:

    Monday, 16 November 2009 at 8:27 AM

    I'm a Mac user, so I'm biased :)

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Monday, 16 November 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Another interesting thing I just discovered... when temporarily forced to use IE 8 for a browser: Bing is really wound right in there.

    I'd bookmarked a Google search, then went in to edit the bookmark to customize how it showed up on the Favorites bar.

    Not paying full attention, I double-clicked on the URL in the bookmark pop-up, and it automatically changed the URL from a Google Search results page to Bing!

    Mark, some days I do wonder why I'm not still working on Mac! :)

  • Jason E. Sutherland said:

    Monday, 07 December 2009 at 10:33 AM

    It's interesting to see that I have submitted www.peninsulashops.com several times to Bing with Minimal Results only to find that when searching for Peninsula Shops a well paid for ad by a nationally recognized chain shows up.

    Ill keep sumitting until I get page one. :-)

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