January 13, 2021
Bing public URL submission tool

Bing Follows in Google’s Footsteps, Announces Shut Down of its Anonymous Public URL Submission Tool

Bing public URL submission tool shut down has been announced by the search engine, but only for anonymous use, the company says…

Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, has publicly announced it will shut down its anonymous URL submission tool, following the same action by rival Google. For those unfamiliar, this was a way to give practically anyone the ability to submit just about any page to the Bing search index.

Bing Public URL Submission Tool Shutting Down

Bing explains it’s taking this step due to the quality of the submitted links:

“…the URLs received are by far too low quality to be trustable, and webmasters preferring having more ownership of the URLs for their site.”

The search engine advises to use its Configure My Site menu option or simply upload a sitemap. (This is located within the Bing Webmaster Tools site.)

Google made the same move back in July. Both search engines are taking this step because the public anonymous URL submission tools collect far too many low-quality pages. And, since anyone can submit a page address, there’s no real way to filter for quality and quantity.

It’s important to note, the tool isn’t entirely going away. Just the anonymous public submission feature. Registered users can still log into the Bing Webmaster Tools platform to submit URLs to the search engine’s index.

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