Sitemaps are an excellent way to tell Bing about URLs on your site that would be otherwise hard to discover by our web crawler. There are several formats you can use as Sitemaps to submit to Bing:
  •     XML Sitemap
  •     RSS 2.0
  •     Yahoo! mRSS and Bing mRSS (Media RSS)
  •     Atom 0.3 & 1.0
  •     Text (a plain text file containing one URL per line)

Submit Sitemaps to Bing

You have a few options to submit sitemaps to Bing:
  •     By advertising the sitemap in your robots.txt file using a Sitemap: directive
  •     By pinging Bing using a HTTP request
  •     From inside your Bing Webmaster Tools account, either directly from the Sitemap widget on your site’s Dashboard or from within the full-fledged Sitemaps feature
We will get back to the first two options later. First, let’s look at how to submit and manage sitemaps from within your Bing Webmaster Tools account:
Submitting Sitemaps from your Dashboard

You can submit your sitemap from within the Dashboard for your site in Webmaster Tools. Look for the Sitemaps widget and click Submit a Sitemap to show a text box in which you can enter the location of your sitemap file. Usually, the sitemap location will look something like if it is an XML Sitemap or if you’ve created a text file instead.  Either type will work equally well.

 If you have an RSS feed that is automatically updated as you publish your content it can also be submitted here.  This is useful as it will help us capture fresh content every time you publish content.  Simply copy and paste the URL for your RSS feed into the submission form and click Submit.

Submitting Sitemaps from the Sitemaps Feature

In addition to submitting sitemaps from your Dashboard, you can submit and manage your sitemaps in Sitemaps feature inside Webmaster Tools located in the Configure My Site section in the navigation pane.  In Sitemaps, you can submit a sitemap as follows:
  •     Enter the full URL of the sitemap in the Submit a Sitemap text box
  •     Click Submit
  After you have submitted, the sitemap will be added to the list of sitemaps. Initially the status will be Pending. After Bing has fetched and processed the sitemap, we will update the status and the other details such as how many URLs we discovered while highlighting any issues encountered.  If you see an exclamation mark in front of a status you can see additional information about an error or issue we encountered by hovering over the icon.

Note: processing submitted sitemaps takes time and can take from a few hours up to a few days.

You can resubmit an already submitted sitemap by selecting the checkbox in front of the sitemap URL and clicking Resubmit.

XML Sitemap Indexes

If the sitemap URL you submitted points to an a XML Sitemap Index, you can click on the Sitemap URL and see details for all contained sitemaps.

Using a Sitemap: Reference in Robots.txt

You can also leave a reference to your sitemap in your site’s robot.txt file. To do so, simply add the following line to your robots.txt, replacing the example sitemap location with the location of your sitemap or sitemap index:


For more information on robot.txt files, please refer to

Pinging Bing Using a HTTP request

If you have an automated system that generates your sitemap, you may find it easier to inform Bing about your sitemap by sending a HTTP request. Using your favorite method to send the request, use the following URL, replacing the example with your sitemap location and URL encoding everything behind the sitemap parameter:

The server will respond with HTTP Status 200 (OK) if the submission was successful. Unlike the submission options inside Webmaster Tools you will not get any information about the validity about the actual sitemap itself.

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