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Live Search Webmaster Tools Beta Not A Big Success

By November 20, 20073 Comments

Microsoft was the last of the big three search engines to provide webmasters with a special resource where they could submit their site and browse information about the site crawl and search statistics that are not available to the general public.

Live Search Webmaster Center

One would expect that after taking so long to offer a resource for webmasters, the Live Search Webmaster Center would provide some snazzy tools and give a lot of good information that would justify its late arrival. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Live Search was officially released from closed beta on the 15th of November. This was accompanied by the creation of the Live Search Webmaster Center blog, where the Program Manager admitted, “We know we have a lot of work still to do and we would like to get your feedback on the tools as well as suggestions for future tools.”

Ironically, the first thing many webmasters noticed was that the feedback form did not work well. Frustratingly, what a large number of webmaster also noticed was that the tool was flawed.

Live Search Webmaster Tools currently has trouble accepting a number of websites. No official comment has been received about the reason behind this error or what is even causing it. A large number of webmasters who tried to add their sites were greeted with an error that says “Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again.”

Screenshot of Live Search Webmaster Tools not working

For sites that are successfully added, the statistics provided are mostly regular fare: last crawl date, top 5 pages, keyword ranking, robots.txt validation, top 10 inbound links and top 10 outbound links. The only unique thing about this tool is the 5-point ranking system it provides for the domain, the top pages and the top links. This system is similar in principle to Google’s PageRank.

Screenshot of Live Search Webmaster Tools

3 Comments

  • Naren Pingle says:

    Microsoft really need to do something different to live up to the challenge they are facing from Google & Yahoo.

  • Stephen Bird says:

    Have recently submitted my sites to MSN, have not yet seen any improvement in the search results, but my sites are being crawled correctly and more often.

    Are there any other Search Engines appart from Google and Yahoo that provide a control panel, your help would be appreciated.

  • AccuraCast says:

    Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft provide webmaster help portals. The other search engines have too small a market share to bother with.

    One thing we would recommend is following the guidelines at http://www.sitemaps.org/, and implementing auto-sitemap-discovery on your website, so that any small search engines will automatically find and download your sitemap.

    Avoid submitting the site to the search engines. Build links from directories and other third-party websites instead.