I have been trying for months now to get Bing to index my personal website, to no avail. I'm not talking about ranking, as I expect it to rank quite low. It is invisible. I don't care about Bing in general but as it's the upstream index for DuckDuckGo this causes discoverability issues. Google has no issue at all with my site, 10+ years running.
You can check this for yourself:
- DuckDuckGo: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aherrbischoff.com
- Bing: https://www.bing.com/search?q=site%3aherrbischoff.com
- Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aherrbischoff.com
W3C Validator reveals no issues with the markup, its entirely valid and minimal. The site is fast, contains no scripts or external dependencies and exclusively original content written by me. I do not sell anything or use this for any kind of direct marketing. It's my personal website and technical blog. robots.txt of course allows crawling by Bing, I have manually verified this. Sitemaps exist and are submitted.
For most pages I tried using their URL Inspection in Bing webmaster Tools, I see this:
Note the date of first discovery. The URL for the screenshot is https://herrbischoff.com/2019/11/advids-spam-email-and-what-to-do-about-it/, which is the #1 Google result for the search term "advids spam" and has been at least since July 2020.
Sure enough, using the "Live URL" tab, Bing recognizes none of the issues it apparently found at some unspecified time earlier:
I have submitted the page and site a dozen times over the course of the last couple of months. I have been in contact with Microsoft support which manually reviewed my site, found no issues, escalated the issue and weeks later ultimately responded with a generic "please follow the Bing Webmaster Guidelines". No further explanation, no comment on whether it's a technical issue or content-related, nothing.
Some pages are even actively blocked by Bing, for no discernible reason. Again an example (sadly not the only one) of a page that is the #1 Google search result when searching for its headline contents "mutt How to Open HTML Email in Safari":
This crosses the border towards the ridiculous for me. At this point I feel I'm being penalized for something I do not understand and have no chance to. To the degree possible for me to grasp, I do follow the guidelines, by choice do not employ any SEO tactics or shady practices at all and run a clean, rather low traffic site.
If anyone has any substantial idea what's going on here, I'd be very thankful for sharing that arcane knowledge.
- Lighthouse score: 100 / 94 / 100 / 91 / -
- Ahrefs health score: 100