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Re: Potentially on-Topic: is MSNBot for real?

  • From: Mark Foster
  • Date: Fri Sep 22 20:20:09 2006

On Fri, 22 Sep 2006, Simon Waters wrote:

On Friday 22 Sep 2006 11:39, you wrote:
Is this unusual, or what?  Are search engines supposed to be amongst the
biggest user agents recorded on a typical website?  How much trolling and
indexing is considered 'too much' ?
Whenever it becomes a problem.

If you don't have enough genuine traffic, and you don't have much, then the
search engines will look like they are dominating it, as they are pretty
I spose its all about scale. In a country of 4 million odd people, a website with a domestic focus in a niche area - 40,000 hits in 21 days is 'fair' IMHO.

I've seen issues arise with some search bots, where they have discovered loops
in a websites structure and downloaded multiple copies, or found novels links
to dynamic content and indexed your entire database. So worth checking what
pages they have been to, to see if those could be an issue.
Good point. Thanks for the pointer.

Off-list thoughts on this welcome if the operational relevance of this
issue is questioned...
Trust me, anything involving 40,000 hits is off-topic in Nanog, unless you
have reason to believe the same 40,000 are happening to everyone on the net,
or they took down 40,000 important websites.
Seeing stats on sites much bigger than my own helps put perspective on it, so i'm already grateful for those who've responded.

Most of the regular are just getting in, so expect to be flamed mercilessly.
Anythings gotta be better tham beating on Gadi, right?