I have an xcart store with about 150 products that I launched about a week ago and I found that a user with this ip address 126.96.36.199 rated 80% of my products with 1 star. As a new site, this caused the ratings for a lot of my products to drop significantly across the site.
Which is no big deal because I can delete ratings from spammers, competitors, etc. and have already removed ratings from the 188.8.131.52 ip address.
What I found curious, though, was that the ip address belongs to Google. If all products were rated the same I would think this was googlebot but some products were rated with 3, 4, even 5 stars but most were rated with 1 star.
Why would Google be rating my products? Is this a person or a bot? If a person, why would they take the time to rate products on my site, what good would it do them? If a bot, why would it rate products, and especially why would it rate them differently?
Msg#: 4114003 posted 1:59 am on Apr 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
You need to Disallow the "rate this product" link URLs (or the form URL if the rating is done by submitting a form) in your robots.txt file in order to prevent Googlebot (and others) from fetching them -- "clicking them" in other words.
Are the 'stars' links ordered from one to five left to right or top to bottom? It'd be interesting to know which 'star' link they found first on the page.
Msg#: 4114003 posted 8:30 am on Apr 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Yeah it was on my site directly. Users can click a star image to rate a product (1 to 5 stars). I did a search on google for the 184.108.40.206 ip address and it seems to be googlebot.
You shouldn't allow spiders to use forms. You do have a form for the rating don't you? Because if spiders can vote they can also purchase items and is not what you want.
Typically shopping carts generate a session for visitors but they don't for spiders. Then the session is verified before processing a form. I would suggest to check your shopping cart application or whatever module processes the rating. Could be a bug.