Written by Pavan Kumar on June 10, 2009
Sitemap is a main index of the website which informs search engines of all existing pages on the website which needs to be indexed. Submit sitemap to search engines will help them index your site properly and it helps you gain more traffic from those engines. Just adding sitemap to search engines is not enough, you need to update the sitemap regularly as your site updates.
The latest search engine MS Bing is evolved from Live Search and if you have already submitted your site and xml sitemap to live, the same is used by Bing.com to index and crawl your site. If you have not added your site previously to Live, here is how you can do it. You can check the indexing by searching bing for site:domain.com.
There are two ways of adding sitemap to Bing, one is by submitting your sitemap through Bing Webmaster Center. Login to webmaster tools > Select your site > Sitemaps. There you can add sitemap url.
The second way is by pinging bing service without requirement of loggin into the webmaster tools. Here is the url you need to type in address bar and load.
http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=[your sitemap web address]
Its better to sign up / sign in to the Bing webmaster center so that you can also view the different stats of your website like any crawling issues / indexed urls / keywords / links etc
Note: If you run a wordpress blog and don’t have sitemaps yet, install Google XML Sitemaps plugin, it does all the work automatically.
How is TechPavan binging on bing.com?
Just wanted to know how bing is sending traffic to your sites. In my case, Bing.com is sending a traffic of 1-3% of overall search engine traffic Yahoo! works better than Bing on my site.
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