How to Recrawl a Website With Bing

By Alan Sembera

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When you add fresh content to your business's website, it can take days or even longer for the new information to start showing up in Bing search results. To make the changes take effect sooner, you can ask Bing to recrawl your website and add the new information to its search index. The fastest way to get results is by using the free Bing Webmaster Tools website, which causes the Bing crawler to visit your website almost immediately. If you're not in a hurry, or you don't want to bother registering for the Webmaster Tools, you can submit your website for crawling with Bing's Web form

Webmaster Tools

Open the Bing Webmaster Tools page (link in Resources), and then sign in using your exisiting Microsft account email address and password. If you don't have a Microsoft account, click "Sign Up Now" to create one.

Verify that you own the website if this is your first time using the Webmaster Tools. Enter the website URL in the "Add a Site" field, and then click "Add." Bing provides three options for verifying that you own the website, with each option involving a unique code. You must either upload a verification file to your website, add the code to as a META tag in your main page, or add the code as a CNAME record in your DNS settings.

Click "Verify" after you have completed the instruction for the selected verification method. Bing checks your website for the verification code. If the verification is successful, a listing for your webiste appears on the page.

Click the name of your website to open the Dashboard screen.

Click the arrow next to "Configure My Site" in the left panel to expand the menu, and then click "Submit URLS."

Type your website's URL into the blank field, using the format ""

Click the "Submit" button, and then click "Submit" again to confirm your request. Bing crawls your website within minutes. You can submit 10 URLs per day, up to a total of 50 per month.

Web Form

Open the Submit Your Site page on the Bing website (link in Resources).

Type the URL of your home page into the blank field.

Type in the characters from the security image.

Click "Submit." Bing adds your website to its crawler list; however, there is no guarantee as to how long it will take Bing to get to your website.