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Which robots to exclude

 12:21 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Have been playing with the WebMaster World spider.txt checker and out of interest ran the webmasterworld.com/spider.txt through it. I was surprised at the number of excluded agents. Many seem to be email harvesters and site downloaders, which clearly makes sense.

Do people have a list of "nuisance" agents they suggest should be excluded by default for most sites?




 12:31 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Check the site in my profile. One of the files I offer for download is a regularly updated robots.txt. For robots that don't obey robots.txt you can check the [Website Strippers] section of my browscap.ini file for the user agents I consider a nusiance.

[edited by: GaryK at 12:36 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2002]


 12:32 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

The scripting guys did a very nice job here. Almost perfect! ;)



 1:33 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

GaryK - thanks for the feedback, but no website listed in your profile.

Macguru - wow, [webmasterworld.com ] what a thread. I'm not a code jockey and not confident about playing with the htaccess file - am I right thinking you use that for bots that don't respect robots.txt?



 1:40 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Unfortunatly, yes. Bad bots dont care for the robots.txt file.

My robots.txt files are quite basic. I just tell all good bots "*" places not to go. For the rest of creepy crawlers, an extra effort is required.

I guess if you try .htacess on a test site, the scripting folks here will gladly help to set it up.

The local web hosts I recommend to my clients, use it as added value. They run bullet proof servers and regularly update the list of banned bots and IPs.


 1:53 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

GaryK - would you please send me a Sticky email with the URL.



 1:55 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Done. :)


 1:56 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Macguru - thanks for the advice. Guess I'll have to be getting my head around htaccess, like it or not. :)

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