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Did Bing do some sort of update? (may 22-23)



4:13 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Our traffic is down around 30% from binghoo. Did it roll out an update of some sort?


4:50 pm on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I just checked a few sites and didn't notice any change to the sites, however, that doesn't mean there was no update. Did you check the rankings to see if that's changed, or if you've lost some pages from the index?


4:14 am on May 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi, Yes you are correct! If appears for that some of our previously highly ranked pages got lost from the bing index... while most other pages seem just fine.

The thing is, I've made no major changes to my site at all, and all the pages are still accessible. What does it mean when a page is lost from their index, and is there anything I can do to get them back in?


4:32 am on May 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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for whatever reason, our index page can't seem to be found in Bing, although many other pages are... Not sure what's happening.


4:36 am on May 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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In Bing webmaster tools, I noticed that crawl error shot up 9 fold from around 100 to over 900 starting may 10th or so.

But then I check google's webmaster tools, and I don't see any huge increase in crawl errors, where everything looks quite normal.


10:32 pm on Jun 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm seeing a lot more movement again today; I thought they solved the subdomain GEO spam mess, but it is back in full force today, resulting in a bunch of legitimate sites getting bumped.


8:25 pm on Jun 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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fwiw after neglecting my site for over a year, the bingbots started a massive distributed high frequency crawl on my website on monday. never seen that before by other scrapers. since they were shooting down my server several times i had to 403 them.

earnings loss and annoyed visitors were the result. browsing the web, i noticed many other webmaster complaints concerning the bingbot. it's outrageous that microsoft doesn't seem to be able to handle their bots.

and don't come with "but you can slow down crawling by crawl-delay in robots.txt or use bing webmaster tools".. i am not obliged to adjust anything, less than ever at the perpetrator's end just to not fall victim to a ddos attack. this is just plain criminal. others go to jail for that kind of stuff but you get away with it, microsoft?


1:24 am on Jun 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Whenever I remove the crawl errors (mostly typos that are removed about once a month) my traffic increases -- not much but it's a noticeable increase with 1-4 days. I've noticed this several times on my own site and other sites also.

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