homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.166.108.167
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Advertising / Affiliates
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: eljefe3 & skibum

Affiliates Forum

    
Do robots trigger false clicks?
If so, what would deter them.
paulrollo




msg:551756
 1:44 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

A site which I've built is getting clicks reported at around 40% by the affiliate program which is nice but I don't trust the figure.

I've checked the target domain for a robots.txt which would stop robots from attempting to index the linked page and there is not a robots.txt file. I'm putting 2 and 2 together and deducing that the high click-thru is accounted for by se robots. To counter this I plan to write a cgi which logs then redirects, and to locate the cgi in a location which disallows robots.

Does anyone employ a similar technique? Any pitfalls that you've experienced which you would be willing to share? Does it sound feasible that robots are accounting for the high click-thru?

 

Slade




msg:551757
 2:30 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Aren't you seeing the resultant visitors on your site? Your logs would tell you if you're getting these referred hits(or not) and what kind of user they are.

paulrollo




msg:551758
 2:45 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Aren't you seeing the resultant visitors on your site?

Sorry, didn't make myself clear: 40% of visitors to my site are following links to another site (the affiliate program) whose log files I don't have access to.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Advertising / Affiliates
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved