Problems Adding Blogger Sitemaps to Bing Webmaster Tools

Since the new Bing Webmaster Tools has come into being a couple of months ago, I have been facing a persistent problem adding the sitemap for my Blogger blog to my account on Bing Webmaster Tools. The tool either times out or otherwise refreshes the page without adding the sitemap.

I have tried with all three sitemap options that Blogger offers (atom.xml, rss.xml and feeds/posts/default), but the problem persists in each case (see image below).

Bing Webmaster Tools timeout

A simple Google search reveals that I am not the only one facing this problem. There are at least a couple of others who have reported similar issues.

There is also a SSL issue that pops up every now and then while navigating through sections of Bing Webmaster Tools, forcing me to log off and back in. An error message that says SSL followed by a string of numbers is displayed on the screen (see image below), and you cannot revert to normal operation by clicking on the Back or Refresh buttons.

Bing Webmaster Tools SSL error



There is also another issue with the sitemap for this website http://www.vijaypadiyar.in. Bing crawls this sitemap very infrequently, about once a month or even less (see image below). I had raised that issue as well, and that seems to have been resolved.

Bing Webmaster Tools sitemap download pending

I have raised the issue with Bing on both their Facebook page as well as their Twitter page. They have replied on Twitter saying that the issue has been forwarded to their technical team for analysis. I haven’t heard back from them on the issue since.

UPDATE:

Bing replied to my messages on both Facebook and Twitter saying that they have forwarded my feedback to their technical team.

This was followed by another one a few days later asking me to watch out for a “Facebook message from them,” something I never received!

Bnd about 15 days later, I saw that I was able to add at least my Atom sitemap (atom.xml) to Bing Webmaster Tools, something which was not happening earlier.

However, don’t get your hopes too high. It’s been about 3 weeks since I added my Atom sitemap, but Bing Webmaster Tools hasn’t crawled my site yet. This is the other problem I mentioned above.

Bing Blogger sitemap crawl pending

Bing really needs to get their act together if they even dream of being on par with Google Webmaster Tools someday!


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6 Comments

  1. Ladida CafeLadida Cafe05-21-2012

    I use atom.xml?redirect=false, but it has status that errors found, what should I do?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar05-21-2012

      Wait for a while and see if the status changes. If not, contact Bing Webmaster Tools support and bring the problem to their attention.

  2. Owen JohnstonOwen Johnston02-02-2012

    I have been having the same issue with Bing. I did also try sending them a message but I only got a couple of replies that didn’t lead to any solution. I hope it gets resolved soon!

  3. Justin LeeJustin Lee01-12-2012

    It’s been a problem for a couple of months already. Have you already get a fix for this one?

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar01-12-2012

      Hi Justin

      I notice that when I add an Atom sitemap (yoursite.blogspot.com/atom.xml), Bing at least adds it successfully. By contrast, it does not even add RSS sitemaps. But there is no guarantee of when it will be crawled. For me it’s been over 2 weeks and Bing is yet to crawl my Atom sitemap.

      Regards

      Vijay

      • Justin LeeJustin Lee01-16-2012

        Thanks! I’ll try to add that one. Let me bookmark this page so I’ll be updated once Bing fixed the issue. :]

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