Does anyone have a comprehensive list of website monitoring service IP address?
I've got a few collected from the forum here, but I just thought maybe someone had a full list of these rogue unwanted bots.
At a minimum, do you know these 4:
Aside from blocking them, what kind of "fun" can be had via cloaking with these bots?
Website monitoring services take users. Why would a user visit the site if they can "monitor" it from elsewhere. That defeats mission critical branding, it defeats promotion efforts, it defeats advertising, and that defeats your sites goals.
When a user visits your site and does not find updated content, they may find content or advertising they have not been exposed too. It's like channel surfing - it is how visitors are exposed to content they may not have seen before.
On the technical side, if people don't visit a site, it also means you are not counted by page counters such as the search engine toolbars like Google, Yahoo, and Alexa. That in turn may hurt your search engine rankings.
By not actively blocking these monitors, you are allowing and endorsing the poaching of your visitors. Website monitors are worse than Gator too me. Atleast with Gator, they have to visit your site.
Aside from the approved bots and partnerships with search engines, we do not allow unauthorized programmed querying of the site.