co Beware The Bingbot! |

The title of this post is somewhat misleading. There’s no reason to beware the Bingbot, but if you notice that it is called “Bingbot” rather than MSNbot then kudos to you.

Webmasters who check their site logs know that their websites get crawled by search engine spiders, also called bots. Google’s is called Googlebot. Until now, Bing, the search engine owned by MSN, has called its web crawler MSNbot. However, a recent WebProNews article has announced that MSN is now calling its bot Bingbot. What that means is when you check your site logs it will no longer say “MSNbot”, but “Bingbot”.

That may seem like a minor change, and it really is, but its significant enough that you should know about. Otherwise, you might think it’s an additional bot. It’s not.

Something else you should know is that you do not have to change your robots.txt file to allow Bingbot to crawl your site. It will respond to your allowance of MSNbot.