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Replytcom Redirector – solves bad bots problem with replytocom parameter

Description

The Replytocom redirector is a really simple plugin coming to solve the problem of silly bots that scan the replytocom urls in a wordpress blog
those urls have no value whatsoever for a bot as they contain duplicate content. even so – the bots keep scanning and scanning.
In just under 9 months on our site we have had over 200,000 such requests, and it is not even a big site.Duplicate this by a minimal size of 10k
of html code sent to the bot, and it seems like at least 2Gbyte of traffic was wasted for this nonsense.

This plugin solves the problem by simply redirecting such bots to the correct url, saving cpu, network resources and little bunnies.

If you ever encountered this and wanted to solve this, invest two minutes of your life and install this.

FAQ

Should I install this?

If you see those requests in your log and this annoys you, than what the hack. If not, don’t.

Who are the worst offenders?

For us atleast:

  • Yeti/1.0 (NHN Corp.; http://help.naver.com/robots/)
  • Baiduspider+(+http://www.baidu.com/search/spider.htm)
  • Yandex/1.01.001 (compatible; Win16; I)

There are others, but not so annoyingly, seems like google is not really affected by this, although a search for replytocom returns too many results
so maybe its just us.

How can I see its working

Look at your logs, grep replytocom and see that spiders get a 301 result

Something is wrong

Just let us know on the forums here, or on our site

There are other ways

Yes, you can probably do this in htaccess and other ways, but this is a simple and targeted solution for this simple problem

I have an idea

Again, just let us know

How is this connected to transposh?

Not by much, we saw this, wanted to solve it – so here it is, you are always welcomed to try transposh out at transposh site

Changelog

2009/12/18 – 1.0

  • Initial release

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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