Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Center Comes Out Of Beta

by DB on August 6, 2008


Microsoft has brought out its Live Search Webmaster Center out of beta and launched a number of new features and improvements to its interface. Microsoft’s addition of new features to Webmaster center and bringing it out of beta is definitely a step in the right direction and will bring more webmasters closers to Live Search.

The new features in Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Center as described by Jeremiah Andrick of the Live Search Webmaster Team is as follows:

1. Information about potential issues as discovered by the Microsoft Crawlers

  • Find URLS that resulted in ‘HTTP 404 File Not Found’ errors.
  • Information on URLS blocked to the Live Search Crawler by a Robots.txt rule, META tag or HTTP Header Attribute.
  • URLs that are unusually long and might lead the crawler into an infinite loop.
  • URLs with Content-Type not supported by the Live Search Crawlers.

2. List of Referring Links found by the crawler across the web

We all know that the numer of incoming links to your blog or website affect Search Engine rankings in a huge way. This list of incoming links found by Live Search crawlers is also now available with Webmaster Center.

3. Advanced filtering of reports and easy download of crawl data

For easy analysis of crawl results and issues, an advanced filter has been added. An option to download results into Excel is also available but only the first 1,000 results can be imported into Excel

4. Outbound links, Keywords and Sitemaps

These features were already available in the beta version and continue to be available in the new version. To send pings to the MSNBot when sitemaps change or update, the following url can be used – http://webmaster.live.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=[your sitemap web address]

Here is a screenshot of the new Live Search Webmaster Center

The Live Search Webmaster Center still has a lot of ground to cover if it ever wants to catch up with Google’s rival service, Google Webmaster Tools. But this is definitely a welcome addition to the tools that webmasters have at their disposal to make sure that their content and websites are search engine friendly.

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