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Bing Index Problem?

 4:44 pm on Dec 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

Anyone else notice any huge fluctuations in the Bing index over the holiday weekend. Might be a bug, but seems that Bing dropped nearly their entire index for non-signed in/connected searches.

This is affecting all sites, local and national. For example, Amazon.com has 52 million pages indexed when signed into Bing with my FB account and 42, not 42 million, 42 total, when signed out. Same goes for Target, 1.2 million signed in, 40 signed out.

Noticed this on a variety of client sites based on wide fluctuations in rankings and tested across a variety of verticals and is the same. At the local level, it's even more drastic with many of the sites I tested completely de-indexed when signed out.

Granted, I know the index can vary, but something major seems to be happening, whether an update or a bug...and site rankings back this up across a variety of client and competitor sites that we track.



 9:36 pm on Dec 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

Confirmed. This seems to be a major bug.


 1:38 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Things back to normal?


 2:27 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

No, but it almost seems to be some kind of caching issue. Did a bit more digging and the only instance where I can even pull a full index is when I am signed into FB on Chrome. IE and FF are only using the limited index whether I am signed in or not.

Here's a screenshot of the Bing results for "christmas" in a Chrome incognito window, note it returns only 36 results.


Here is the same search signed into my FB account using Chrome, which returns 313,000,000 results.



 7:03 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Anyone else seeing changes or unusual results on Bing?


 7:07 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thought it was just me. Site fully indexed one day, no results on the next, etc. This has been on repeat for a while now.


 9:43 pm on Dec 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have noticed many of our major pages that use to rank first with many keyword phrases have dropped off the all pages. It seems the search results are all over the place.

I am not sure if it is broke or a whole new format.


 10:55 am on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

The index has seemingly normalized for me this morning. Seems to be a major bug with at least one of their data centers though and was confirmed by multiple people.


 10:18 pm on Dec 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

Tried via Proxy (Utah) IE, not singed in. Got three results for a search with millions of results.

Bing is broken at this time. I see 40% organic traffic decrease.


 1:39 pm on Dec 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

No obvious problem today (UK). My traffic from Bing is too small for changes to be statistically relevant.


 10:45 pm on Feb 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

Anyone else seeing this happen still?

I have a site 539K results in Google, 35 in Bing. Header's fine.

I don't get it.

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