In July 2020, Bing announced a new URL inspection tool addition to their Webmaster Tools service. The new URL inspection tool replaces an older URL inspection tool and includes a variety of new features that allow the user to inspect the Bing-indexed version of URLs and allow the user to detect indexing issues due to crawl or not following Bing Webmaster guidelines (Seroundtable.com).
What Is URL Inspection?
Have you ever wondered how the URLs on your website are crawled or indexed by Bing Search? Bing’s URL Inspection tool allows webmasters to check and take necessary actions on their URLs. The tool shows webmasters a variety of options including:
- Crawling issues
- Index status
- SEO errors
- Markup data
Bing’s URL inspection tool is comparable to what Google Webmaster Tools offers: the goal is to show potential indexing issues with URLs to webmasters, developers, search engine optimizers and general site owners. It’s important to use both Google and Bing Webmaster Tool services; they’re both free and they give detailed insights on how your URL performs on each major search engine.
How Do I Use the URL Inspection Tool?
Interested in using Bing’s URL Inspection tool? To get started, you need access to your domain via Bing Webmaster Tools and have a desired URL to submit for inspection. Once you submit your URL, Bing’s system will check the URL’s status in Bing’s index and automatically provide you with any available information on that URL. Bing offers detailed card options for information about your URLs including an Index card, SEO card and Markup card.
For more information on how to use Bing’s Webmaster Tools and the URL Inspection tool, visit: https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/url-inspection-55a30305