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11:42 am on Feb 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hit robots.txt first, their site carries no robot exclusion page.

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11:42 pm on Feb 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm curious what evidence you have that links that IP to searchers.co.uk?

I was hit by the same IP and it was stopped automatically so I did a quick look for my tracking codes on their site and it appears that they are scraping Live results as it has valid msnbot crawl data embedded in their results.

10:00 am on Mar 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ripe identifies the IP as Reach Global Ltd
reach-global.co.uk redirects to rgg.co.uk
Where under 'Companies' you'll find searchers.co.uk listed

It was a logical deduction that searchers.co.uk is what crawls out of that portfolio.

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It was a logical deduction but I did a few searches and the result set appears to be MSN, or some meta mashup with MSN being the core.
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Just had searchers.co.uk on the phone, who claim to run their own index. They also claim to be running a large TV campaign.

Seems like the old Lycos UK/Touch setup though; buying keywords for fixed placement on a search engine that never sends any traffic.

Reach Global are based in Accrington, which I believe is the same part of the world as Touch ...

4:56 am on May 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I redirect the UA because it's circa June, 2003, and the likelihood of a real person actually using it is slim at best. The only okay file is robots.txt; nothing else unless a human touches base first.