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

 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?



 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.


 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.

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