Posted November 27, 2008 4:12 am by with 7 comments

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By Rene LeMerle

Building on from the significant update in August, Microsoft has just released a new round of enhancements and fixes to the Live Search Webmaster Center.

Live Search Webmaster Center is Microsoft’s suite of tools that allow site owners to troubleshoot the crawling and indexing of their site, submit and manage sitemaps and view various site statistics. In essence, it’s a less mature version of Google’s Webmaster Tools.

This latest Live Search Webmaster Center enhancement is heavily focused on Malware management and the improvements cover the following 3 areas:

1. Fix Issues On Your Site

The webmaster center now highlights any web pages that have been identified as hosts of malware, with offline reports available to address the issues.

2. Protect Your Customers

The August release saw the introduction of a basic outbound link management tool. Now site owners can use the tool to identify any outbound links that point to pages that contain malware and present a risk to customers or site visitors.

3. Easier Authentication

For multi site owners, the new authentication process means they only have to “use one authentication code for all your sites. In addition, site owners no longer need to specify between XML or HTML authentication methods. Simply choose one and crawler will automatically check for both.

While it’s encouraging that Microsoft has taken some important steps to help site owners maintain a “malware free” internet, the reality is that the update was fairly underwhelming.

Given the gaps between the Live Search Webmaster Center tools and the equivalent Google and Yahoo! tools, it begs the question “was it Microsoft development time well spent?”…I’ll let you be the judge.

Rene LeMerle is the VP of Marketing at, a leading provider of results driven Search Engine Marketing services.

  • Very cool, I will go and log into my MSN account, have not been there for a while and check this out!

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  • Looks good, think I’ll set up an account with them.

  • PS3

    The time will only be well spent if enough users make the leap to take advantage of it. I can’t see it happening myself.

  • Seems like a good tool. I will have to try it and compare to to google’s and yahoo’s. I don’t see myself using the malware aspect of this tool, but a cool feature.

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  • Smart move Microsoft. I hope Google follows this.

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  • Rene,

    Thanks for the article. Can you elaborate on features that webmasters would have found a more useful? We are always looking to improve the tools and would love to know which features would be more impactful.



  • It sounds really great!! I am going to set up an account right now! Thanks for sharing with this news.