Microsoft Cognitive Services Key

Please follow the instructions below for a key to use 1000 free automatic Bing queries in Webometric Analyst within 30 days, or to pay Microsoft to use more queries (see the end).

Step 1: Log in to a Microsoft account (e.g., Hotmail, live.com, Microsoft.com). If you don't have one, please create one (free).

Step 2: Control-click to open the Bing web search API start page in a new browser tab.

Step 3: Click Trial to sign up for a free trial of Bing Web Search (in the middle of the page but near the bottom right of the image below)



Step 4: Click Get API Key to the right of the Bing Search APIs section, which should be near the top of the page.



Step 5: Accept the terms and conditions.

Step 6: (this may not appear) Click Microsoft and logon with your Microsoft account.


Step 7: Your two keys will be shown, which are active for one month. Copy these and email them to yourself. Use either key when Webometric Analyst asks you for your Cognitive services key in the startup wizard.


Step 8: To use the queries, start Webometric Analyst and enter the key in the Startup Wizard. This should give 1000 free queries in total, to be used within 30 days. After that the cost is at least 1 cent for every 3 queries. This goes 100% to Microsoft for the use of Bing. Webometric Analyst itself is free to researchers in all respects.

Step 9: Close the browser or tab – you won’t need it again unless you decide to buy a paid subscription.

Step 10: OPTIONAL - DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. PLEASE READ THE MICROSOFT AZURE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. NO LIABILITY ACCEPTED. If you want you can get extra queries by staring a free account – click the green button at the bottom. You will need to enter your credit card information for this. Once you have signed up you will get a free allowance for 30 days, as shown in the example below.

Step 11: OPTIONAL - DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. PLEASE READ THE MICROSOFT AZURE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. NO LIABILITY ACCEPTED. After the 30 day trial has expired, you will have to pay for a new subscription. To do this, go to the Azure portal: https://azure.microsoft.com/, sign in and follow the instructions in the Bing Web Search API section.