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How to tell Inktomi and other good spiders to slow down

7:01 pm on Dec 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Every once in a while, my discussion board will get utterly bombarded by "good" search engine spiders, especially Inktomi.

Is there a technical way to respond to the spider: "Hey, I'm busy right now; please come back later, and by the way, don't penalize me for responding in this way". (Note that the discussion board provides for me to determine the current user load that I would use in determining when to respond in this manner.)

Hits to a discussion board suck up database resources, even with SQL caching built in, so I need to be able to tell the spiders to not bother the site for a while.

Any ideas?

12:32 am on Dec 14, 2006 (gmt 0)


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you can try the following in the robots.txt file:
Crawl-delay: xx
where xx is seconds delay between crawls.
not all spiders support this.