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"The web crawler used by Bing is also known as MSNBot..."
I wonder which one(s)? Here are just some of MSN's identifiable bots; these have 'msnbot' in the UA:
MSNBOT_Mobile MSMOBOT Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.02; Windows CE; Default)
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; livebot-searchsense/0.1; +http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm)
Here's a good how-to/overview about Bing's Webmaster Tools from Sascha Kimmel:
How To Use The Bing Webmaster Tools To Get Info On Your Site [saschakimmel.com]
And finally, a brief report aprés my first visit to Bing.com, using the same login as Live. In a nutshell? MORE problems than with Live. Dangit.
1.) Top-rated site's info line above the link is truncated to two names; nothing about the site proper; nothing from the home page's title.
2.) Variation on same site's name shows zero results, despite being equally findable/visible on Google.
3.) Authentication shows as failed for the two sites I'd added to Live. Both sites authenticated A-OK for as long as I can remember; one via META tag, the other via XML file. There's no change in the on-site tag/file: Each is properly set up with the same codes provided (by Live and now Bing).
- The only MSN bot I've ever blocked from accessing other than robots.txt is the incredibly misbehaved msnbot/2.0b. From the looks of the above snafus, apparently some algo somewhere determined it's not nice to block bad MSN bots...
- Heck, those two sites are practically nonexistent in Bing's SERPS now; about on a par with the traffic they've ever received from Live, etc. Might finally be the right time to bid adieu to MSN/Live/Bing entirely, particularly after years of accommodating MSN's messed-up bots and/or attempting to fix MSN's messed-up SERPS.
LOL. An obsolete meaning for the word "bing" is "to go." More current parlance (Bing cherries notwithstanding) is... "a heap or pile."
You be the judge.
[edited by: Pfui at 1:49 am (utc) on June 3, 2009]
Other articles, all structured the same way, rank highly as they should.
It seems that Bing is penalizing the no-cache attribute? (Although it does respect it, the page isn't cached).
However, even I'd be reluctant to leap to any penalty-related conclusions until multiple others confirmed same.
2.) One more "msnbot" --
Not new, but blocked since initial Live.com authorization because real-people UAs don't include the word 'webmaster.' If anyone else finds their site(s) suddenly failing authorization, see if you're denying --
Hailed from: msnbot-207-46-126-nn.msn.com
Requested: root dir; and LiveSearchSiteAuth.xml
[edited by: Pfui at 7:45 am (utc) on June 3, 2009]