Clicking on your site takes you to the dashboard. Here you’ll see data showing trending data over the last month – clicks, impressions, pages crawled, crawl errors and pages indexed. You’ll also see some basic information on your sitemaps, top keywords, and top pages linked to.

Configuring Your Site

Clicking on this tab will give you a dashboard of data for items that you can adjust when configuring your site. For example, clicking on the sub-tabs will give you more detail and let you make changes.

Sitemaps

Here’s where you can submit new sitemaps, as well as learn about the success or error status of them.

Submit URLs

If you feel that you have to submit some new content urgently, and you don’t believe that you’re crawled often enough for it to get into the Bing index as quickly as you want, you can use this feature to submit up to 10 pages per day, 50 per month. Simply enter the URLs, just one per line, and then click the Submit button.

Ignore URL Parameters

On this tab you have the option to tell the Bing crawler (Bingbot) to ignore URL parameters that have no impact upon the content of the page which typically are tracking parameters. The reason that this option is available was because of the concern over duplicate content – same content different URLs. By instructing the crawlers to ignore certain parameters, the idea was that this would reduce the potential for duplicate content. If you are using canonical tags you have no need to use this option as the canonical tags will take care of normalizing your URLs.

If you’re not using canonical tags, simply enter the key element of the parameter to be ignored and click submit (then get a canonical tag project on your product roadmap so you can ignore this in the future).

Crawl Control

In this tab you are able to customize when Bing crawls your site for content. Search engines want to get as much good content from your site as possible, so they can provide that content to users to improve their search results, but they also recognize that they don’t want to harm your business while they perform this task. Basically, you can adjust when Bing crawls your site for content so they’re hitting your site the hardest when your traffic is low and not when your traffic is at its peak. You can choose one of their default options or set the best times for you to be crawled.

Deep Links

Deep Links helps to give your page more visibility in the search results by providing additional content options for users to choose. These are automatically populated based on the pages that Bing feels is most relevant to users. (Please Note - You don’t have the ability to add Deep Links, but by clicking on one of the URLs that’s been populated you’ll be taken to a page that shows the deep links in order. On this page, you have the option to either block one or more of them, and if you choose you can reorder them by rating them via importance.

Block URLs

On this page, you can remove either a page or a directory from the Bing index if you need to. Just select page or directory, enter the URL, and click on either of the block buttons depending on whether you are blocking it from just the cache or completely. (Please Note- Bing doesn’t require that you’ve removed or redirected the original content. Instead, they block it for 90 days, and if after that time period the website is crawlable and you have not extended the block, they’ll re-index it again.

Disavow Links

On this page, you can inform Bing of any links that you don’t want. Simply select page, directory or domain and enter the URL that houses the link to your site.