It maybe a bit late for Microsoft, but still for those who have been trying to master a work around into getting their sites to the top of the Live Search results pages will be glad to know that Microsoft’s Webmaster Tools is finally out of beta. And with it comes several new features that would surely be of big help to SEO workers optimizing their sites on Live Search.
The Live Search Webmaster Center, which was launched in beta last year is no longer in beta! And that’s not all! The Webmaster Tools got a big update as well. At the Webmaster Center you will be able to find out more information about how Live Search is crawling and indexing your site.
When you sign into the Live Search Webmaster Center you’ll be able to:
Discover potential issues affecting your site
A new feature to the webmaster Center, the “Crawl Issues” feature helps webmasters to find the following issues:
- File Not Found (404)
- Blocked by REP
- Long Dynamic URLs
- Unsupported Content-Types
For each issue, the URL and the date last found will be displayed
Get more and better backlink data
This tool has been largely improved, giving webmasters access to more data about their referring links. Information about backlinks is useful as they influence the rank of a site. It’s also helpful for web publishers to know what sites link to them since these pages discuss the products/organization and identifying them can be valuable as a means of finding sources of promotion or feedback.
Make the data more actionable
To quickly view the data you need you can make use of Advanced Filtering. You can filter backlinks by top-level domain, subdomain or subfolder. You can even download the data (first 1,000 results) in a CSV file (comma separated values) for quick import into Excel.
The Team also lets us know the following:
When we launch our Webmaster Center we also launched a few resources to help you engage with us. Now more than ever we encourage you to Participate in the Live Search Webmaster community to get help - Our Forum, feedback tool and Webmaster Center blog provides support for web publishers like you, across a broad range of issues, focused on helping you be successful and we are always listening for your feedback.
Give it a go, it won’t hurt to check those reports!