Bing did a killer update to their webmaster tools. I really like the keyword tool.
I don't see any way to sign up through a Hubpages' sub-domain so it might not be as useful as Google's webmaster tool.
I signed up through my own sites and hopefully will get some good data for them.
The fact that you can look at the backlinks for any URL is certainly valuable but it only seems to show about 50 links for each site. Maybe this will change when it gets out of beta. Or maybe I need to poke around there a bit more.
Anyway, thanks for the heads up.
I use Bing Webmaster Tools for my business site and the changes they are making to compete with Google are awesome.
I have also been using Google Webmaster Tools for HubPages ever since HubPages changed to subdomains. Google allows us to prove ownership by having Google Analytics installed, which HubPages has a method to do.
Now for the nitty gritty...
Since you mention this about Bing Webmaster Tools I assume you plan to provide a way for us to verify our HubPages subdomain with Bing.
I tried to add my subdomain to Bing Webmaster Tools and there is no way to verify it right now.
I was able to specify my sitemap. I know where HubPages has that because Google happens to show me that in their Webmaster Tools. But I can't get past the initial steps. Other steps are also not clear and required guessing.
Bing asks for the "Company or organization size" so I entered 214,000 which is the present number of Hubbers. For “Industry” I selected "Other".
Final steps... Bing says "Site owner has not been verified." I have to put a meta tag in my default webpage, which is probably my profile page. Of course I can't do that. So, Paul, are you planning to provide a method for us to enter the code Bing gives us so that HubPages can place the proper meta tag with that code in our profile page? That should work. Then we can have Bing verify it and their Webmaster Tools would then be usable for our HubPages accounts. That would be cool.
As I mentioned, we ARE able to verify with Google because they have a method in place to simply compare to see that we have our Analytics code in our pages. And that is something HubPages does very well. But so far we can’t do the same with Bing.
If you have your own domain then you can use that while we work on seeing how we can leverage HP accounts to get access to these tools.
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