After noticing my blog doesn’t appear on Microsoft’s search engine even when using the direct url, I contacted Bing customer service to find out why. Here is a portion of the email I received:
Upon checking, it appears that your site did not meet the standards set by Bing to get indexed the last time it was crawled. However, we will be looking further into this issue along with the Product Group to review the content of your website for re-evaluation. We currently do not have an ETA for the update but please be assured that we will get back to you as soon as they become available.
Although Bing didn’t provide any additional details as to why my site doesn’t meet their standards, a quick glance at their help page revealed this:
Bing likes unique, quality content. Websites which replicate content, redirect users quickly, or provide little depth often don’t fare well in our results. Prolonged poor performance can lead us to delist websites to make room for quality websites.
And here I thought I was providing unique content in a lovely package. Guess not.
Thank God for Google.