UK webmasters prepare for #Brexit – the EU is coming for your .eu domains

The European Commission announced that UK based companies and residents that own .EU ccTLDs will have to surrender those domain names after Brexit. The notice reads:
As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU, and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.
This obviously has serious implications for those who have branded their companies or brands around .EU TLDs. Not only will they not technically be able to own or use the domain name for their web site, UK citizens/companies also will not be able to redirect the domain name to a .co.uk or other TLD migrated to.
In addition, this loss of domain ownership can have implications for reputation management and encourage domain squatting.
Brexit is currently scheduled for March

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Bing has confirmed support for JSON-LD formatted Schema.org markup

Bing has confirmed that it is actively building out verification tools within its Webmaster Tools set to enable verification of schema.org structured data markup that is in JSON-LD format. Existing support includes validation for schema.org markup in Microdata or RDFa format only.
After seeing this tweet from CBSi’s Jon Henshaw, we reached out to Bing for comment, and Bing’s Head of Evangelism Christi Olson confirmed: “Yes, Bing does support JSON-LD.”
Olson further added:
“Bing has been using JSON-LD as a signal, but we are still building out the verification tools as part of the Webmaster Tools offering.”
Olson was unable to provide a time frame for when this will be available to webmasters. We’ll follow up when the new tool’s availability is live and formally announced.
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The Ultimate Guide To Bing Webmaster Tools

Bing has generally been great to SEOs and webmasters, and nowhere is this more apparent than with Bing Webmaster Tools.
In many ways, Bing Webmaster Tools is actually more advanced — and caters more to SEO professionals — than its Google counterpart, Google Search Console. For this, I give them a round of applause. I mean, would we have a Google Disavow Links Tool if Bing hadn’t released one first? Maybe; but I still applaud Bing for catering to SEOs.
Bing Webmaster Tools has a lot to offer, and in this post, I aim to profile all of its major features. This information comes from both Bing documentation and firsthand experience.
Adding & Verifying A Website
Adding a site to Bing Webmaster Tools is easy. After logging in, enter the URL for your site’s home page and click the “Add” button. From there, you’ll be directed to a screen to enter basic information and a sitemap URL.
Add a Site Bing Webmaster Tools
Before you can begin maintaining your site and viewing

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Bing To Encrypt Searches By Default & Referrer Data To Go Not Provided This Summer

Bing announced they will begin encrypting their searches over TLS. So instead of seeing referrals from http://www.bing.com, they will begin coming from https://www.bing.com.
This happens this summer and with the change, Bing will no longer pass query data to webmasters. The [not provided] saga will be expanded from Google to Bing, where marketers won’t be able to know in detail how searchers are finding their sites through the top two leading search engines.
Google began doing this over three years ago and now Bing has made the decision to make the switch.
Duane Forrester from Bing said, “while this change may impact marketers and webmasters, we believe that providing a more secure search experience for our users is important.” He added, “with this change, you will still be able to see Bing as the origin (referrer) of the encrypted traffic, though analytics tools you are using to analyze your traffic generally have their own, proprietary way of including this information

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