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Has SE "YahooSeeker" gone Mad

3.4 Million hits from Y.S. in December.. WHY?



2:03 pm on Dec 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I noticed that YahooSeeker is gone mad for our site and has about 170 hits for every one hit by tth google bot.

OR is there something I'm missing here.

Here is a part of Webalizer (Ver2.01) log with only the obvious spiders from lines 1,5,14,16,17.


1 3,378,584 67.12% YahooSeeker/1.2 yahooseek
5 84,049 1.67% msnbot/1.0 (msnbot.htm)
14 25430 0.51% e-Society Robot
16 17607 0.35% Googlebot/2.1 (bot.html)
17 16686 0.33% ia_archiver

Why is Yahoo Seeker gone so GaGa over our website?
What do you recommend I do?
Should I Block Yahoo and risk a lower Yahoo SE ranking?

We are an online community site with forums, blogs, Docs and photos.etc.

-Bob O

[edited by: jcoronella at 7:12 pm (utc) on Dec. 21, 2005]
[edit reason] No personal urls please [/edit]


2:45 pm on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I see no comments on my post.
AND is there a better forum to post
this in?



3:14 pm on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

YahooSeeker is Yahoo's product search bot. [help.yahoo.com ]

If you're not an online merchant there's no point in let this bot spider your site.

User-agent: YahooSeeker
Disallow: /

[help.yahoo.com ]


3:54 pm on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thanks for the links.
I used it to send an email
to their help system as my
email to abuse@yahoo.com has
gone unanswered.

We have some community members
that do use yahoo stores and
it would be fine for YahooSeeker
to continue but only if it behaves
and doesn't use up 2/3 of our bandwidth!



6:18 pm on Dec 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

i would just ban the ip/block it.. at the router level. thats what i had to do.

Yahooseeker has to be the biggest waste of bandwidth ever...

You get no hits at all from it, its a big waste of time.


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