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adding WordPress.com site to Bing takes time — January 31, 2020

adding WordPress.com site to Bing takes time

I wanted to add my wordpress.com blog to the Bing search engine. I followed the instructions over there at bing.com/webmaster and added my URL djchuang.wordpress.com in the “Add a Site” field:

add-url

Then I copy and paste the meta tag code just like Bing provided into the WordPress admin dashboard, under Tools > Marketing > Site Verification Services ::

I click “Save Settings” to get that meta tag in the Bing field like I’m supposed to. Then I go back over to Bing, and I click “VERIFY”:

You know what happens next? I got this error message, tag not found:

try-again

I go back and forth, check the accuracy, troubleshooting, go searching on the internet for answers.

Why Bing Webmaster didn’t verify my wordpress site and find my meta tag

Turns out there’s some kind of caching or data propagation on the cloud of internet servers.

I didn’t make any additional changes on WordPress. When I went back to Bing Webmaster and clicked on the Verify & Try Again button, the site got verified. For the record, I went back 7 minutes later, after adding the verification meta tag into the WordPress admin dashboard.

There probably isn’t a standard time for how fast or how slow your website cache gets cleared or updated, so I’d suggest taking a short walk outside and come back to your computer. Your site will get verified soon enough.