ogletree - 4:21 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0) Of course I came to WebmasterWorld from the advice of a friend.
If all the non SEO forums are causing all the traffic maybe you can just allow a few SEO forums to be indexed. I think that would cut down useless traffic quite a bit. I do understand the bad bot problem. A site this populer and mainstream can get away with all kinds of stuff that looks black hat but is not because of the reasons behind it. Cloaking is not bad and is done by lots of big sites includimng google itself. I'm talking about allowing the top 3 spiders in by IP and everyone else has to log in. It is not to rank better it is to cut expenses. Yeah somebody will report you but stuff like that G will look at it and know why. Specially if it is done publicly and becomes newsworthy. Even if they do ban you how is that differnt than you banning them both have the same result. At least this way there is a chance of getting new quality visitors.
Of course I came to WebmasterWorld from the advice of a friend.