Bing updates BingBot User Agent: Is Your Site Prepared?

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Issue #157
December 17, 2019

Hey, lunch buddies.

We have eight days until Christmas! The time is flying by and there is still so much to do. I might have one or five gifts I still need to get too. #procrastination at its finest.

In addition to crushing last-minute pre-holiday deliverables and wrapping up shopping, we’re having half of our house re-taped and painted. This wouldn’t normally be a big deal but it’s forced us to move in with the in-laws for four days. While my in-laws are great, I think everyone agrees that nothing replaces your own bed. I will, however, leave you will a photo of one four-legged family member that doesn’t seem to be to put out by this temporary living adjustment. 

Everyone enjoy your week. There will be no #SEOForLunch next week on the 24th. However, we’ll squeeze one more in before the new year.

Nick

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What you need to know

Article: Bing announces future BingBot User Agent changes

What’s Important: As bing evolves its crawlers to effectively crawl/render JavaScript it requires several changes. First is Microsoft’s latest web browser EDGE and now the inclusion of dynamic Bingbot to use the latest version of the browser.

Nick’s Take:
Each time search engines evolve its crawlers to handle more content types ultimately is a benefit most webmasters. The big callout here is if for any reason you block certain user-agents from your site, you now need to configure it to allow for the dynamic values that represent the latest browser version.  See below for Bing’s example.

Desktop
Mozilla/5.0 AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko; compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Safari/537.36 Edg/W.X.Y.Z 

Mobile
Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/W.X.Y.Z Mobile Safari/537.36 Edg/W.X.Y.Z (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) 

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Nick LeRoy
Nick LeRoy
Nick has 10+ years of SEO experience building and executing strategies for clients ranging from multi-billion dollar consumer packaged goods to fashion entities with hundreds of physical store locations. He also writes the weekly SEO newsletter #SEOForLunch that allows you to stay up to date with industry updates in the amount of time it takes you to eat your lunch.

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