Sunday, August 16

How to Add a Blogger Blog (Blogspot Blog) to Bing Webmaster Tools

Although Bing (formerly MSN Live Search) gets a fraction of search engine traffic compared to Google and Yahoo it is still worthwhile submitting your Blogger sitemap (Blogspot sitemap) and blog to Bing. The advantages of adding your blog to Bing is that you will learn more about how your site is crawled and what keywords visitors use to access your blog pages.

This Blogger tutorial covers the steps involved to add your Blogspot blog to Bing (MSN). Part One deals with how to add a site to Bing Webmaster Tools while part two takes you through the steps to add a Blogger sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools. Both these tutorials are rated easy and can be performed by anyone using Blogger.

Add Blogger Blog (Blogspot Blog) To Bing Webmaster Tools

Step No. 1: Create an account or sign into Bing at MSN. If you have a hotmail account you will already have access to Bing Webmaster Tools .

Step No. 2: Navigate to the Bing Webmasters Tools page.
Step No. 3: Installing Skylight is purely optional. Silverlight is Microsoft's competitive product for Adobe Flash. Try it if you wish as it adds some extra functionality but for the purposes of this Blogger tutorial it is not necessary.
Step No. 4: From the Bing Webmaster home page click on 'Add Site'.
Step No. 5: Fill in the URL address of your Blogger blog eg.

Step No. 6: Click on Submit.
Step No. 7: Your blog will now appear on the list of added sites under your Bing Webmaster account.
Step No. 8: Click the Verify Site link at the end of your blog.
Step No. 9: Choose Option 1. <meta name="msvalidate.01" content="F6A6E7BFBDAA07EFA89B25FA2F696856" /> or option 2 - Like as shown in Example above,
Step No. 10: Copy the meta tag code that appears in the dialog box by right clicking on it with your mouse and selecting copy. Keep the Bing Webmaster Tools window open as we will be returning.
Step No. 11: Login to your Blogger account if not already logged in using a different browser window.
Step No. 12: From the Dashboard go to Design > Edit HTML
Step No. 13: Paste the code below the <head> tag and before <b:skin> and as early as possible
For the new generation of default Blogger templates I suggest placing the code just below these two lines:
<meta content='IE=EmulateIE7' http-equiv='X-UA-Compatible'/>
For earlier generations of default Blog templates and custom templates I suggest you place the Bing Webmaster meta tag after these lines:
<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>
Step No. 14: Click on Save Template
Step No. 15: Return to Bing Webmaster and click on the Verify button
Step No. 16: If successful your Blogger blog will be added to the list of sites. Information about your blog will show not available as it takes at least 48 hours to activate.
Step No. 17: Click on your blog and you will be taken to the site information screen.

How To Add A Blogger SITEMAP (Blogspot SITEMAP) To BING Webmaster

Step No. 1: Sign in to Bing Webmaster if not already signed in.
Step No. 2: Click on your Blogger blog from the list of sites.
Step No. 3: Go to Dashboard on the left hand side.
Step No. 4: An Add Sitemap dialog box will be seen. Enter the following URL of the default posts feed of your Blogger blog eg.
Step No. 5: Replace the yourblogname with the name of your blog
Step No. 6: Click on the Submit button
Step No. 7: If you have entered the details of your sitemap correctly you will now be presented with a added sitemap success screen. Just go to Dashboard>>Configure My Site. Click on Sitemap, you will see the the status of your blog sitemap. Now the Status is success. Note that to indexed it may take up to 48 hrs. Yuppy mine took only few minutes. Cheers!

In this Blogger tutorial we have taken you through the steps involved in submitting a Blogger blog (Blogspot blog) to Bing Webmaster Tools (MSN). We have also shown you how to add a Blogger sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools by using the default Blogger posts feed.

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