Okay, so Bing doesn’t have the best webmaster tools available, but they are worth noting.
You can access Bing’s tools here; and you’ll need a Live.com or Hotmail account.
Similar to Google’s and Yahoo!’s webmaster tools you’ll need to submit and verify your account with a verification file or meta tag. Once you have your account verified you’ll see many of the same tools available as with the other search engines.
Some of those tools are:
Okay that’s great Wes; there’s a lot of same tools available from each of the the major search engines, but what was it you found? What I found interesting was that Bing thinks many of the US targeted websites I submitted are targeting the United Kingdom (GB). Hmmm that’s a little disturbing, don’t you think?
So why does Bing think this?
Apparently its because of this tag here:(hard-coded on Joomla websites)
html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml” xml:lang=”en-gb” lang=”en-gb”
Bing shows these sites’ region as GB, and here is their description:
“Shows a two-digit code that represents the region your website’s content is targeted at, based on the ISO 3166 country code standard.”
So the question is:
Well I’m not sure yet, but I’ll definitely do some testing. I’m not too worried because these site are ranking fine in their local markets, but really, what website couldn’t be doing a little bit better.
Does Bing think you’re targeting the wrong region? What are your thoughts on this tag in regards to SEO?