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Why is Bing only indexing my sitemap?

Bing is only indexing my sitemap, not the rest of my site



11:30 am on Feb 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My website (around 3 months old, has around 50 content pages) is indexed just fine in Google, Yahoo and various other smaller search engines, but Bing will only index the gzipped version of the site map and not the actual pages, according to Bing Webmaster Center.

The sitemap even shows up in the results, but not the homepage or any other pages. There are no reported crawl issues and Bing reports over 150 (reputable) backlinks pointing to various pages on my site.

My site contains only legitimate SEO advice, with no 'untoward' content. All pages are valid XHTML transitional and I'm not blocking any crawlers in meta tags or robots.txt, so I'm struggling to find what the problem is.

I've posted about this in the Bing forums, but haven't had much luck with an answer, so I thought I'd see if anyone out there had any ideas...


[edited by: tedster at 5:30 am (utc) on May 10, 2010]
[edit reason] no personal URLs, please [/edit]


4:46 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am having the same issue with my site. Except that Bing will index sub pages of my site, they just don't rank. My siteindex is always the top ranking page, with the actual topic/product page being ranked some 2-3 pages deeper in the search results.

At first I thought this was a bug in Bing which would just work itself out as they improved their logic, but it seems to be consistant now...

I too would appreciate some advice from anyone with experience getting this kind of kink worked out on Bing. (We rank well in Google and "OK" in Yahoo at the moment)

Thanks in advance,
Ben Swayne

[edited by: tedster at 5:29 am (utc) on May 10, 2010]


5:02 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Why have a sitemap for a 50 page site? Sometimes one can do too much. (Running 1700 pages with no sitemap and every page is indexed).

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