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It is great that you can offer web stats to prove that your sites cater to real humans. That is very novel!Back to my sites for example, I sell ad space. I do allow some beneficial bots access, but potential clients can see stats showing real human traffic with the bots filtered from those stats.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
...the collateral issue - it has to slow down things for actual visitors to have all that background noise constantly in the picture is damage enough.
Example: A large number of botrunners hosting at AWS are marketing companies that gather data rolled into products they sell to help ecommerce clients develop ad campaigns.
If you publish Adsense or other ads you would want your site data included in these products to facilitate ad placement and drive up bidding. This translates to greater income from ad clicks.
joined:July 29, 2007
My question is: There must be significant money made by deploying so many bots. How are bot writers making so much money, who is paying them and why?