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Do robots trigger false clicks?

If so, what would deter them.

     
1:44 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A site which I've built is getting clicks reported at around 40% by the affiliate program which is nice but I don't trust the figure.

I've checked the target domain for a robots.txt which would stop robots from attempting to index the linked page and there is not a robots.txt file. I'm putting 2 and 2 together and deducing that the high click-thru is accounted for by se robots. To counter this I plan to write a cgi which logs then redirects, and to locate the cgi in a location which disallows robots.

Does anyone employ a similar technique? Any pitfalls that you've experienced which you would be willing to share? Does it sound feasible that robots are accounting for the high click-thru?

2:30 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Aren't you seeing the resultant visitors on your site? Your logs would tell you if you're getting these referred hits(or not) and what kind of user they are.
2:45 am on May 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Aren't you seeing the resultant visitors on your site?

Sorry, didn't make myself clear: 40% of visitors to my site are following links to another site (the affiliate program) whose log files I don't have access to.
 

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