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where are they pulling the info from?

 7:38 pm on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Looking at the hover feature on Bing that shows additional information found on that page, I am wondering where some of that data comes from. For my webiste they are listing a phone number for a different company. This phone number is nowhere in the code of the page.

Any ideas where this may come from and how to suggest a change to Bing?



 2:20 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just a follow up to my own question.

I emailed my adCenter rep and he submitted the change request for me. He confirmed the change in phone number would be live at the next data refresh. He did not say where the data was originally coming from.


 3:00 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

The whois records for your domain maybe?


 3:05 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

I looked at mine some of the text is coming from the home page I guess popular links is coming from their data on most clicked pages from searches,and looks like the contact info is pulled from my contact page.

Do you have an old coantact page still on the server with the old number?


 3:46 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

In my experience, Bing's data tends to be a spot-on match with Citysearch. About six months ago, the only way I could find my clients' businesses was to look them up in Citysearch first, then copy/paste the info over into Bing's local business center fields.


 4:29 pm on Apr 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Do you have an old coantact page still on the server with the old number?

No, this phone is for a sister company that we do own, but the phone number has never been listed on the site in question nor has the number ever been associated with this specific business.

I did search for "company name and incorrect phone number" and all the results were for superpages, yellowpages, etc, however, clicking on any of the results took me to a page on these sites that said the page is no longer available.

The domain is a private registration, so no whois data listed for site in question.


 4:57 pm on Apr 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Just checked our CitySearch listing and it's correct, so must be coming from somewhere else.


 5:40 am on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think this is an awesome feature, it's like an improved version of Google's sidewiki.

I noticed it grabs the email address if you have a "contact" link but how many other features can it report and should you make sure you have them all covered?

2 other things...
#1 - the "important links" reflects your internal link structure a little. If you have TONS of links on the page Bing shows none or shows semi-unrelated links but if you have only a few Bing grabs them all. You could use this to figure out if you have too many or too few links leading to other pages from any given page. Kinda like optimizing your link structure using what Bing thinks you mean is important.

#2 - Bing is going social for us, the little twitter, facebook and email links lead people to YOUR site, not to Bing. A+++ on that choice, I HATE when a big company sucks in your visitors in a way that doesn't help the visitor OR abuses your content to take your visitor.

Well done Bing.

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