The Bing URL Submissions plugin is having issues

According to the company’s outreach team, there are currently a “large number of failures” associated with Bing’s new URL submission plugin for WordPress.

Emails are sent to site owners who have installed the plugin notifying them of these issues.

The email reads:

“I am contacting you on behalf of Microsoft Corporation and its internet search engine Bing regarding our URL submission WordPress plugin.

Our systems have alerted us that while you have installed the plugin, there seems to be a large number of failures in submitting URLs to our index, resulting in customers not seeing your domain as a priority in the index. and with all the features.

We would be happy to assist you and debug any issues you may be facing, to enable our search engine to index your content and deliver additional relevant traffic to your site through our search results.

The first step to fixing the problem is to check if the API key was entered correctly. Please see this blog for more information and the step-by-step process of generating and integrating the API key.

Then please contact us after this step with the details of the error and the issues faced by you before plugin integration and we will provide the solution accordingly.

A screenshot of this email was shared by Mathias Noyez on Twitter.

Frédéric Dubut of Bing confirms the legitimacy of the email in a reply to the tweet:

“Yes @BingWMC PM contacts webmasters directly when we detect some of these issues. They are particularly looking for issues with the WP plugin since its recent launch.

It is unclear at this time if the issues are strictly related to the installation of the API key, or if the issues would persist with a proper installation.

Bing’s URL submission plugin for WordPress just launched last week and is attracting some interest from SEOs and site owners.

At present, there are already more than 1,000 installations of the plugin, which shows that it turns out to be relatively popular.

It is important that site owners who have installed this plugin are aware of the issues, as their content may not be indexed as quickly as advertised.

That’s not to say that content won’t ultimately be indexed after Bing discovers it on its own. Plugin failures do not completely prevent content from being indexed.

But it won’t be indexed immediately, which is the reason to install the plugin in the first place.

For this purpose, there is no danger in installing the plugin.

Be especially careful when it comes to providing the API key and perhaps check your next content items to see if they are indexed immediately.

For what it’s worth, the plugin has received more good reviews than bad so far. It currently sits at an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

One of the reviews states, “Does the job efficiently. All links are indexed automatically.

Another simply states that the plugin “works like a charm”.

Bing WordPress Plugin URL Submissions Issues Encountered

So the plugin clearly works for some. Maybe the problems are just bound to the API key?

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