DeeCee - 10:40 pm on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Very apropos discussion. I just the past days have had a discussion with one owner of a major crawler, and part of one of my several page responses to him last night, on giving scrapers bad content, was:
Lots of possibilities.
Sending them on wild goose chases around the world and making sure that their database/link connections (their data for profit) get polluted and skewed with wild, imaginary “SEO connections” and other junk, that was never as the real internet link-up intended.
The trapped ones also end up in tar-pits that slow them down to pure randomized slow motion so I can watch them in peace doing their dance. Only “good bots” survive visits to those sites. I am just saying…
Some of the bad crawlers can be kept busy “scraping” for several days at a time, with not one stitch of valid information resulting in their databases for all that work..
But bakedjake, that is not skewing search engine results, when the trapper sites are never seen by a real search engine, but merely by bad scrapers ignoring even basic instructions. It is merely a skew of the data for all the other fools that want to make a business out of scraping information and content from other, rather than doing something on their own. :)