bot clicks (2 posts)

  1. anusantosh
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have wordpress blogs where I have some affiliate links. Of late I found unusual clicks on these links from bots. I just want to know (a)How to identify these bots? (b)How to filter these bots or say avoid/ban these bots from automatically clicking my links? Please let me know if there is any tool or plugin which is effective.

    thanks in advance...

  2. Adam Harley (Kawauso)
    Posted 6 years ago #

    a) Look at your webserver's access logs

    b) If they're search bots, you can tell them not to "click" (follow) a specific link by adding rel="nofollow" to the <a> tag. You can also use the the robots meta tag to affect all of the links on a given page. Third option is to use a robots.txt to tell bots not to visit certain parts of your website at all.

    Telling search bots not to follow a link or view a page can the linked page's ranking in search engines and whether it appears at all.

    I use WP No External Links to selectively add rel="nofollow" to external links only, but WordPress also has it's own function for it.

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