In my post, I show you how to submit a sitemap to Bing, step by step. Sitemaps help search engines understand the structure of your blog and index your site accurately.
You can submit a sitemap to Bing through a free Bing webmaster account. In your account, there is a link to let Bing know you have a sitemap and where to go to find it. Once submitted, Bing scans your sitemap.
You only need to submit your sitemap once. Bing scans your blog’s sitemap regularly to monitor changes and update its database.
Step one – Open a free Bing Webmaster account.
All website owners can open a free webmaster account at bing.com/toolbox/webmaster. Head over to there website and click on ‘Sign Up.’
Once you have opened an account and verified your site, you can submit a sitemap via your webmaster dashboard.
Bing Webmaster dashboard
Here is the Bing Webmaster dashboard.
Step two – Submit a sitemap to Bing.
To submit your sitemap to Bing, select the ‘Sitemaps’ link on the menu on the left.
Next, select the ‘Submit Sitemap’ link on the top-right.
In the popup, paste your sitemap URL and then select ‘Submit.’
If you are not sure how to find your sitemap URL, check out my post, ‘How to find your sitemap‘. I show you how to find your sitemap when using the Yoast SEO plugin.
Once submitted, the sitemap status is on the same page. You can see when you submitted your sitemap, the last time Bing crawled the sitemap, sitemap status, and how many URLs Bing discovered.
How to submit a blog post to Bing
In addition to submitting sitemaps to Bing, you can also submit blog posts. Requesting Bing to scan your blog posts helps your content get indexed quicker.
To submit a blog post, select ‘URL submission’ from the menu on the left.
Next, select the ‘Submit URLs’ link on the top-right.
There is a daily limit on how many URLs you submit. I have had my account for some time now, so my daily limit is 10000. New accounts won’t be this high.
Paste your blog URL into the box, then select ‘Submit’. Once submitted, Bing will send a bot to index your new post.
To check if your post has been indexed on Bing, go to Bing.com and put your blog title in speech marks, in the search box. If Bing has indexed your post, it appears in the search results.
There is no set time limit to get indexed by Bing. In my experience, I have found them to index new posts within a few hours.
That is how to add a sitemap and blog posts to Bing.
Video tutorial on submitting your sitemap to Bing
Google is the market leader in search engines, but Bing gets a lot of searches per day, so shouldn’t be ignored.
If you haven’t set up a free account with Bing yet, I suggest you do that next. You can sign up at Bing Webmaster tools.
It is easy to submit a sitemap to Bing. Once submitted, Bing will scan it frequently to detect changes you have made to your blog.
If your site is new, I recommend you submit your posts, too. Bing then crawls your content and starts showing your blog content in search results.
I find my new posts rank higher and quicker in Bing than they do in Google.
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