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Baiduspider - how do I keep it out.

having some difficulty blocking this spider

1:41 am on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had this entry in my robots.txt file which didn't seem to do the trick

User-agent: baiduspider
Disallow: /

So I added this one and it appeared to keep the bot at bay.

User-agent: baiduspider+
Disallow: /

Looking at my logs this morning, I found the spider back again trying to request each of the 50,000+ pages I have.

It's using this user agent string:


from ip address

My robots.txt file has become very long - (20kB) and the entry is toward the bottom. Would this cause it to be skipped?

What else can I try?

6:54 pm on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi ChicagoFan67,

This issue was discussed in 2005. Sorry to hear the issue is still around. Good news is that the solution suggested then will still work - use htaccess or isapi rewrite to deny it. Check out the old discussion:

1:44 pm on Sept 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanyou for your reply goodroi. I haven't been hit as hard as I first thought. It looks like Baidu is spidering links that it has found outside of my website.

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