Website Crawl Settings - Microsoft
By default, Microsoft sets its own crawl rates and times based on load sensed from your server. If you are experiencing bandwidth-related server load issues such as too many requests too quickly, you may want to reduce how often Microsoft and other search engines crawl your site. Too many requests on your site in a very short period can cause your site to load slowly and even cause load issues on the server. This is especially true of very busy websites or websites that are poorly or inefficiently coded.
Changing Microsoft's Crawl Settings
Microsoft allows you to set the crawl rate for your site and even allows you to specify the crawl rate by an hour of the day (a crawl pattern). This allows you to specify Microsoft to crawl your site more aggressively during non-peak hours and less aggressively while a majority of your visitors are online.
To change Microsoft's crawl settings:
- Log into your Microsoft Bing | Webmaster Tools.
- Enter your site to the Microsoft Bing | Webmaster Tools if you have not already done so, then click Add.
- You will need to verify your website. You can choose from the different options provided.
If you opted for the XML File method, please follow these steps.
- If verification is successful, a "Site addition successful" page will be displayed.
- Click Done.
- You will be redirected to the Microsoft Bing homepage.
- Click the hamburger menu icon on the top left.
- Click on Configuration, then select Crawl Control.
On the Crawl Control page, you can use the presents under the Time when your site receives most of the traffic to indicate your site's busiest time.Note: If you wish to modify the crawl rate hours based on your local time zone, you can choose the relevant time zone from the Time zone dropdown menu and set up your preferred crawl pattern.
- Alternatively, you can also choose to create your custom hourly crawl pattern by moving over the cubes to the desired number of quadrants for the timeline on the x-axis. (More cubes mean faster crawl (more quadrants), and fewer cubes mean slower crawl.)
- Click the Save Changes button to save your settings.
For more information, you may refer to Microsoft Bing's documentation.