New: Disavow Links
Bing Webmaster Tools recently added a new tool to allow Webmasters to disavow links pointed at their websites. If a link points to your site, and you don’t like the association for whatever reason, this tool allows you to let Bing know. Webmasters should not expect a dramatic change in rankings after using this feature, but it can help Bing to better understand intent.
To use the new tool, log into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and click on the Disavow Links option in the navigation under Configure My Site. Webmasters can choose to list inbound links to disavow at the page level (disavowing just a single page), the folder level (any links coming from pages contained in a folder) or at the domain level (all links from the domain noted).
Update: SEO Analyzerbeta
The Bing team has also made a few updates to the SEO Analyzer tool. First, Bing has addressed several time-out issues they were seeing due to the tool honoring robots.txt directives which websites had in place. After our update, the SEO Analyzer tool will no longer honor robots.txt directives, allowing them to fetch, scan and report on the page as intended. This change only affects SEO Analyzer as Bingbot will continue to honor robots.txt directives for your site.
Second, they have now enabled SEO Analyzer to follow redirects on your site. If you enter a URL into the tool to generate an SEO report, we’ll list any redirects they see on the path to the content. Check out the orange box below to see how they appear for yourself.
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Bing Maps imagery release and improved venue maps
Don’t forget that the power of Bing Maps and its expanding base of imagery is available to you. Check out how you could utilize the Bing Maps API to implement mapping solutions for your website and read below about our recent updates.
In June Microsoft announced the publication of our largest imagery release to date! This includes new Satellite imagery as well as Global Ortho photography with a combined total of 165 terabytes of new imagery data live on Bing Maps.
Some samples of the new imagery:
Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey
Tongass National Forest Glacier Bay N.P. and Preserve, Alaska
Visit Bing Maps World Tour App to view full satellite imagery coverage
Microsoft followed the June imagery release with a release of 215 terabytes of new Birds Eye data in July! This oblique perspective of the world is a special feature of Bing Maps. Our latest publication included data that spanned across the United States and features certain areas in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo.
Some samples of the new Bird’s Eye:
Virgin Valley Ranch Road Humboldt County, Nevada
Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado
The detail map above displays the total coverage of Bird’s Eye imagery that is live on Bing Maps.
Bing Venue Maps goes international
Whether you live in Poland, Spain, Russia, the US, or almost anywhere in-between, you will now be able to explore your local shopping mall through Bing maps – helping you to locate the stores you are looking for and find the closest services and facilities.
Through Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia, Bing Maps has boosted its Venue Map coverage in the US and internationally to include more than 2,700 Venue Maps across the world. This update is primarily focused on shopping malls across North America, Europe, and Asia.
All new Venue Maps are now available through Bing Maps and, in the US and UK, are also available on Windows Phone Maps (7.5), m.bing.com/maps, and the Bing app for iPhone. Simply zoom in over your favorite mall to enter the experience. You can also browse all the available Venue Maps for airports, casinos and shopping districts at www.bing.com/maps/venues.
Europe Mall, Russia
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