(By Duane Forrester Sr. Product Manager, Bing (source)) – For any business, claiming an account inside our Webmaster Tools allows access to a lot of useful information. SEO Reports, link data (for your site and other sites), ranking information, keyword traffic data and so much more. Yet even all this usefulness comes with a limit. We could only show you data related to the websites you own or controlled.
Today, however, we’re releasing the Connected Pages feature within Bing Webmaster Tools. Now, in addition to the current data you have access to on your own website(s), you can also claim official social pages, connect them to your account and see similar data as it relates to those connected locations.
Ever wonder which keyword are sending traffic to your official Facebook page? Curious to know who’s linking to your Twitter page? Well, now you’ll know.
Which Page Types Can I Connect to My Website?
Currently, you can connect a wide range of page types to your verified website, provided that they contain a link that points back to your verified website (the main URL), or at a minimum – a page that lives on your main website. We won’t ask you to enter any passwords or provide us with any extended permissions to your social media accounts to establish this connection, but the link inside the connected page needs to match in the sense that the link needs to point back to the root of or a sub-page within your verified website. Obviously, to check this, we also need to be able to extract the link from each of the connected pages, so the page needs to be accessible from the web and not block our verifier in any way. Here is the complete list of web presences we currently support as connected pages:
- Windows Store
- Google Play
- Apple Store
- Windows Phone Store
Now, if you have an established presence at any of the locations listed above, you can begin connecting them inside your BWMT account effective today. Data will start to be populated within 72 hours. After that, it’s “always on” and you can select date ranges as within your normal site data areas to see information for customizable periods of time.
Sr. Product Manager