Msg#: 4603896 posted 5:50 pm on Aug 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
What's the meaning of these messages littering my Bing WMT message box? I have them for every site I own. Why would they want me to submit URLs manually if I have submitted sitemap.xml file that always contains all the valid content URLs.
Is this some kind of an indication by Bing that sitemap.xml may not be the most reliable way to have them identify new pages? The sitemap.xml files all seem to have relatively fresh "Last Crawl" dates.
So, in general, does anyone actually manually submit new pages to Bing individually?
Msg#: 4603896 posted 6:16 pm on Aug 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
I did at first, but you are right, I see it as an aggravating nuisance and worse because they email them to me. Weekly. They also request new sitemap submissions. Do they want a new copy with a different name? I see them retrieving the existing sitemaps so what gives?
I see it as an attempt to stir interaction with their WMT site which is not all that useful. Their URL/Directory removal request expires and needs to be renewed forever apparently. In a survey they sent around it seemed evident that there are G-envy issues so rather than leading their own path it is more like "lets try this".
Msg#: 4603896 posted 4:23 pm on Aug 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks, SEOPTI. Yes, I was afraid sitemap.xml may not be the best way to tell them about new URLs. I never actually timed indexing by Bing but 1-2 hours to index may be useful for some time sensitive new URLs, so I'll take a closer look at that.
A side note: for some reason you can check how many URL submissions you have left in the day and in the month but you cannot actually submit a URL using the BWT API. What's up with that? Are they nudging me to use their interface more often or did I just not search for the function hard enough? Anyone knows for sure if API lets you submit URLs?
@Vrindavan: I don't really know how useful it is but I started doing it anyway. I don't have that many new URLs per day for this to be a big chore, so I just keep Bing window open and submit the URL of pretty much every new page. We'll see if it makes any difference...