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Bingbot request for trafficbasedsspsitemap.xml which does not exist

The logs for a website I manage show a request for a non-existent file by Bingbot. The details of the request are Path: /trafficbasedsspsitemap.xml Useragent: "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; ...
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Is Yahoo Search the same as Bing Search now?

We had some serious issues with Yahoo's (incredibly) badly written spider in the past, and as a result we blocked them. Marco Arment of Tumblr also shared his frustrations with us on 8/31/2009, which ...
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Is it really worth submitting to DMOZ anymore?

This question stems from here. This guy sounds like he's getting a bit annoyed with DMOZ, but I was wondering if it's even worth submitting there nowadays. Does anyone still use it as a search engine? ...
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How should I handle search engines auto-correcting the spelling of a site's name?

A client's site and company is called 'Tranin Communications' (Tranin is her last name). It ranks well in searches for her name but rather poorly in searches for the name of her site/company. I ...
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Does Bing support anything like Google's First Click Free program?

Google has a program for webmasters called First Click Free. To implement First Click Free, you need to allow all users who find a document on your site via Google search to see the full text of ...
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Where can I find a list of related search terms?

Does Google, Bing, or any of the other major search engines make a list or index of related search terms available?
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How long does Bingbot typically take to process a sitemap submission?

I submitted a domain's sitemap.xml to Bingbot (in Webmaster Tools). It's been a couple of days but the status is still pending. Does anyone know how much time does Bing Webmaster Tools takes to ...
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How can I get an “Official site” banner/area on Bing?

If I search for a product name on Bing, for example "paint.net", the first result is something that looks like an advertising area, but it's called "Official Site". How is it possible to get something ...
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Should we follow the schema.org paths?

schema.org seems to enable us to provide metadata for some search engines including Google and Bing so that our pages will display nicely on the web. My question is should we follow the schema.org ...
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Are there any specific tips and tricks for optimizing a website for Bing?

Most available resources (even Bing community) promote the general principles for optimize a site in Google. My site is quite well optimized for a certain keyword combination in Google, yet in Bing it ...
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Am I covering the major search engine spiders in my anti-crawl protection white list?

I've a system which blacklists users who request too many pages too fast if they are not in my white list. We are just worried about the main search engines and to be honest Google is the only one my ...
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Which is better for search engines, repeated phrases or different phrases with the same meaning?

When I'm designing an ads website I have two options: Let the advertiser to choose from some predefined lists to create the new ad. For Example: product list ( T-Shirt, Shorts, Suit, .....) Color ...
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Bing doesn't index my website correcty

I have a website with robots and sitemap which is working on Google. I created a bing webmasters and sent the sitemap some weeks ago, but whenever I search site:www.mysite.com I get only the root ...
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Possible automated Bing Ads fraud?

I run a website that generates life insurance leads. The site is very simple a) there is a form for capturing the user's details, life insurance requirements etc b) A quote comparison feature We ...
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Why deny access to website for msnbot/bingbot?

I've seen quite a lot of tutorials that recommend you to ban user agents containing the strings libwww-perl and msnbot. I understand why one would ban libwww-perl, it's mainly if not only used for ...
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Search result website title for Bing and Yahoo

I own a website and in the Google Search result, everything is ok, the result have the right title (the <title> tag of my page). On Bing & Yahoo, the title which is displayed on result is ...
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MS Bing web crawler out of control causing our site to go down

Here is a weird one that I am not sure what to do. Today our companies e-commerce site went down. I tailed the production log and saw that we were receiving a ton of request from this range of IP's ...
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How can I prevent Googlebot from indexing web service URL's?

I have a problem with googlebot and bingbot accessing our web service. We have a search application created in aspx that is integrated into a drupal website. Users perform searches based on postal ...
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What to do About Wrong Information That Has Propagated Throughout the Internet

Many years ago, someone made an entry into Yahoo! Maps for our small research library that contained the phone number of our librarian. Hundreds of sites accepted this information as authoritative ...
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Schema.org MedicalClinic

I'm using http://schema.org/MedicalClinic on main page of my client's site. I've filled in as many as I can including address,name, url, image url, geolocation, descripition, opening hours, specialty ...
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Do search engines penalise 'Home' links and/or buttons?

I had a client recently express his feelings about not having a 'home' link or a 'home' button on a website. I told him I would consult someone who knows, but I've never personally heard anything ...
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Moving URL - telling Bing Webmaster Tools

We're moving a site, we've set up 301's from the old pages to the new ones and told Google about the move, but I couldn't find any were to tell Bing. Is there a feature to do this in Bing Webmaster ...
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Why is BingBot causing so many 404 errors by removing letters from url's?

Since the ForceRecrawl problem went away Bing has come back with some new trends. I'm seeing many URLs missing the last letter, or missing a few letters, and some other wired guess URLs. It also ...
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How to set Bing Webmaster Tools to ignore subdomains other than WWW?

Is there a way to limit Bing Webmaster Tools to indexing only one subdomain from my clients TLD? My client has an online service that creates a subdomain for each user under their TLD, and these ...
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Can I force Bing to reindex our site?

Our website is ranking quite well (first page) on Google for quite a lot of keywords. However, our website is not on the first 10 pages of Bing for most of these keywords. I notice our Google ...
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Do Yahoo! and Bing also support pretty AJAX URLs like Google's bot does?

I wonder if Ajax crawling suggested by Google is also applicable to Yahoo and Bing. It seems that only Google can crawl my Ajax page after I implemented that.
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Bing flagging pages as Malware

Bing has flagged some pages on a site I manage as malware, these have been looked at and looks like there was some malware at some point but it's now since been removed. It's also pointing to some ...
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GEO Tool - commercial use

what i want to do: offer my clients the possibility to display their store as a small graphic (like google maps). just a small png with the location of the store. only the specific client is able to ...
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Prevent crawling of mobile site

I have an issue with bots crawling the mobile site and returning hits on the mobile site for desktop users. The mobile content is in /mobile/ The regular site will redirect mobile users to the ...
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How can I tell which pages of a site are indexed by Google or Bing?

Is there a tool that can list the specific pages of a site which are indexed by the search engines? I know the webmaster tools have this stuff, but it just tells how many pages out of the sitemap, ...
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What are the search engine affects of registering the same domain on multiple top level domains?

I'm looking to register a few more domains for my company, I have my-company.com at the moment, but now require my-company.com.au and my-company.nl and others, for example .ie. I'm running through my ...
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Site is not indexed on Bing [duplicate]

My site is having a good ranking on google, but the site is not even indexed in yahoo and bing. I have submitted my site to both yahoo and bing search engines 3 months ago. I also submitted the ...
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How does Bing know when a result is clicked to use in website ranking?

I know that Google uses redirect links to count clicks ie: ...
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Is “Identity not verified” a problem? If so, how to solve it?

When I select the context menu item "View Page Info" on my site (using Chrome), I see "Identity not verified" Should I be: (a) concerned (b) angry (c) nonchalant ? If one of the first two, what ...
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Google Instant Preview (Image) - What screen dimension? e.g 1024x768?

I'm wondering what screen dimensions Google Instant Preview takes a snapshot of your website at e.g 1024px x 768px...? http://sites.google.com/site/webmasterhelpforum/en/faq-instant-previews FYI: ...
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Do all search engines obey nofollow rel attribute on hyperlinks

I have been informed that search engine support is inconsistent for the rel attribute with the 'nofollow' value. Is this the case. From my research Google, Yahoo and Bing seem to obey this attribute ...
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Large Spike in Organic Bing Traffic on a Phrase

A website i'm working on has be receiving large intermittent spikes in what looks like legitimate organic Bing traffic on a specific search phrase (the site is the first organic link for the phrase). ...
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Is there a reason msnbot crawls in spikes?

I've been experiencing high RPM spikes recently. Something like this: When I debugged, I've found reasons to believe the reason is the msnbot suddenly makes a massive crawl and then stops. I assume ...
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Website not fetched by Bingbot: Unexpected Error

My website has been online for a couple years. It's on the first result for Google but it doesn't seem to be indexed by Bing. I tried to fetch it with bing in their webmaster tools and it always ...
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Bing search results shows an HTML encoded ampersand instead of an actual ampersand

I've looked through Bing Webmaster Tools to see if there is a way I can fix this, but I haven't found anything. Here is an example in the search results. The first link is the one in question.
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Why does BingBot add “ForceRecrawl: 0” to URLs when crawling my sites?

I'm seeing this in the iis-logs of two websites that I maintain: GET /an/existing/page/on/my/site+ForceRecrawl:+0 - 80 - 207.46.195.105 HTTP/1.1 ...
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Is there an upperlimit for the number of links on a page?

What if a particular homepage contains a huge number of links. Is it good / bad for SEO ? What is the process one should follow to optimize this.. As you know, Home pages generally are the entry ...
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Is cloaking of sitemap.xml permitted?

I have a scenario where my sitemaps are generated when visiting /sitemap.xml due to the contents being dynamic in nature. For that reason I'd like to not call the services that are used to create my ...
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Difference between two kinds of Bing URL Referers

Most of the referral URLS that I get from Bing have the following syntax: http://www.bing.com/search?q=keywords+keywords&[some other variables] However I just noticed that maybe 10-20% of them ...
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Do search engines index a rich snippet data from HTML which is not visible?

I want to add some piece of data to rich snippets (for example, breadcrumps), but this information is not visible on the page (for example, because the designer has not yet prepared the sketches) Is ...
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What is bingsandbox.com? [closed]

I toyed around a with "Bing Webmaster Tools": https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster And then checked access.log. One referrer was http://www.bingsandbox.com/ Link: http://www.bingsandbox.com/ ...
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How many days would update if I modify page meta:title and meta:description?

If I adjust the meta:title and meta:description in my page for SEO, how many days would google, yahoo, bing search engine update? BTW: if my sitemap set this page's changefreq is daily? Thanks.
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MSNBot/BingBot not reporting it is a bot?

I have apache logs from my server, and I filter out visits from bots/crawlers/scrapers using a python script that checks for user agent strings containing text like 'bot', 'googlebot', etc. Lately, ...
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Why does the Bing bot request this URL?

While checking server logs, I have seen that often the Bing bot requests this URL. URL: /da-net/products/cadpac/cadpac_jis.shtml Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; ...
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How does bing-bot( is that the right spider-name? ) and googlebot interpret 301 redirect?

I've been looking for documentation on how the Microsoft and Google bots interpret 301 redirects. It seems that google-bot stores documents on a url based index system. But I haven't been able to ...