ben_tech - 2:45 am on Mar 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hi folks, I am having an issue where many visitors to the site (not the majority) are requesting the RSS feed every time a page is loaded. Needless to say, that doubles the traffic and page view count of that user, causing security software to go ballistic.
In the head of most pages on the site, I have a tag like so:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="http://www.example.com/rss/">
Here is an example of a remote user-agent with the issue (not a bot):
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; GTB6.6; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; InfoPath.1)
Looks like IE 8.
Perhaps there is some third-party add-on, toolbar, or reader software that might cause this behavior? Is there any way to fix it programmatically? I would rather leave the alternate link tags in place.... I suppose I could remove it from all subpages and leave it only on the homepage if that is better practice.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.