Have you used the new Bing.com yet? I love me some google! But they say Bing.com is the fastest growing search engine. I guess it doesn’t hurt much that Microsoft is pushing a bucket of money at it either. Make that 10 buckets of money. Anyway, the weird thing about Bing is that in it’s quest to be King of the web it seems to be indexing everything in sight. I mean, even things that weren’t indexed in MSN Live Search. Case and point, I have a joke blog Top Jokes that’s been all but forgotten by Google, I think I pissed them off at one time or another and they banned that site for good. Yahoo has it indexed, but I get minimal traffic from it. Then the other day I noticed I’m getting like 200 pageviews a day from bing.com out of nowhere:
Check it out – isn’t that weird? I did fix what I thought the problem was with the google indexing, and I did request reinclusion to try to get back into the google search engine. But even if your web site doesn’t have google indexing problems – you want to make sure that your site is “registered” in all 3 search engines. You might not even get listed in Yahoo! or or Bing if you don’t register your site (and your sitemap!). I’ve blogged about all this before, but I have many new readers since the last time I mentioned it, so I may have to revisit it in a future post series.
In the meantime – if you don’t already know it all 3 search engines have a “webmaster tools” login where you can register both your site and your sitemap.
1. If you don’t already have a sitemap, install the WordPress plugin Google XML Sitemaps
3. Register your site and sitemap with Yahoo Site Explorer
4. Register your site and sitemap with Bing Webmaster Center
Maybe Bing.com or one of the other search engines can bring your site back from the dead!