How to Properly Add Your Site to Bing Webmaster Tools

Previously we showed you how to properly add your site to Google Search Console, now this tutorial is going to show you how to add your site to Bing Webmaster tool so that you get the most out of it for your website.

Go to Bing Webmaster tool home page, and login with your Microsoft account. Then click the Add a site button. Enter your site URL.


On the next page, you can also add a sitemap. WordPress users can use Google XML sitemap or Yoast SEO plugin to generate a sitemap. Make sure your sitemap URL is correct.


Then you need to verify that you are the owner of this domain name. You have 3 options to verify ownership.

  • Place an XML file on your web server
  • Copy and paste a <meta> tag in your default webpage
  • Add CNAME record to DNS.

You are only required to verify ownership with one method. However, verifying your ownership with multiple methods can make your site more resilient. Once the verification is completed, your site is added to Bing Webmaster Tool.

Sumbit a sitemap

A sitemap is a xml file that shows your site structure. It plays a very important role for search engines to know your site structure and help Googlebot and Bingbot easily crawl your site. You can generate a xml sitemap for your WordPress site using a plugin called Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold.

google search console submit xml sitemap

Once you installed and activated Google XML Sitemaps plugin in WordPress, go to Settings > XML-Sitemap. You will see the URL of your sitemap. Copy the URL and submit it in Google Search Console.

wordpress xml sitemap address

The WordPress Yoast SEO plugin can also generate XML sitemaps for your site. If you are using Yoast SEO, then you don’t need to installGoogle XML sitemaps plugin. In fact, having two sitemaps can cause problem and slow down your site.

In WordPress dashboard, go to SEO > XML Sitemaps, make sure the XML sitemap functionality is enabled and then click XML Sitemap button to see the URL of your sitemap generated by Yoast SEO plugin.

Yoast SEO XML sitemaps

If you see the XML sitemap is not found, then you may need to reset the permalink structure. Go to Settings > Permalinks and click theSave button.

If you still can’t see the XML sitemap (404 not found), then you need to add rewrite rules to your web server configuration. If you use Nginx web server, then add the following rewrite rule.

# Rewrites for Yoast SEO XML Sitemap
rewrite ^/sitemap_index.xml$ /index.php?sitemap=1 last;
rewrite ^/([^/]+?)-sitemap([0-9]+)?.xml$ /index.php?sitemap=$1&sitemap_n=$2 last;

Both Google XML Sitemaps and Yoast SEO XML sitemaps will automatically notify Google and Bing when posts, pages are created or updated. The Yoast SEO plugin can also submit images on your site to Google, Bing and other search engines for indexing. So if you are using Yoast SEO plugin, I highly recommend not installing other sitemap plugins.

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