According to Statcounter, Bing search has a market share of 2.75%, which seems minuscule when we compare it with Google which has a market share of 91%.
However, as a webmaster, if a minor effort helps in driving more organic traffic from the other search engines, it is worth the effort.
The fastest and easiest way to get started with Bing search is by adding your website to Bing webmaster tool. The webmaster tool dashboard helps you in getting your website on Bing search, but also provides invaluable data for optimizing your website for Bing search.
Bing URL Submissions WordPress plugin is the latest addition by Bing webmaster team to help WordPress users to improve their visibility in Bing search. This plugin does a lot of things, and the most notable one is, it helps you in faster indexing in the Bing search engine.
Before using this plugin, I tested if all my URL’s are indexed in Bing search, and to my surprise, I found some URL’s were not indexed.
You can use site search parameter like site:URL to check if a URL is indexed in Bing search or not.
This gives more reasons to use Bing URL submission WordPress plugin. According to Bing webmaster blog, here are some of the features of this new plugin:
- The ability to toggle the automatic submission feature on and off.
- Manually submit a URL to Bing Index.
- View list of recent URL submissions from the plugin.
- Retry any failed submissions from the recent submissions list.
- Download recent URL submissions for analysis.
Since last year, webmasters have the ability to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, and more if requested, through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation.
To improve the crawling and indexing of my newest articles on Bing search, I installed and configured the plugin. If you are also noticing indexing issues or in a news related niche where faster indexing makes a difference, you should also be using the Bing URL submission WordPress plugin.
Here is how to configure the plugin…
How to set up Bing URL submission WordPress plugin
- Install and activate Bing
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.