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Tracking hits...bots vs. real users

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I want to track page hits, but I won't want to record when a bot (e.g.
google) visits my page. I currently have the META NOFOLLOW HTML on, but
that doesn't force a bot to not visit embedded links.

Is there a way via http headers or something else to somewhat determine if a
page visitor is a bot or a real user? I looked at the IIS logs at a bot
visit and unfortunately, the agent string looks like a normal user (at least
for one of the bots that had a lot of hits).

Thanks. Amil
Nov 19 '05 #1
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Someone asked this a few topics before, subject line is "How can I tell if a
visitor is a search engine bot?"

"Amil" <Am********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:%2******************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
I want to track page hits, but I won't want to record when a bot (e.g.
google) visits my page. I currently have the META NOFOLLOW HTML on, but
that doesn't force a bot to not visit embedded links.

Is there a way via http headers or something else to somewhat determine if a page visitor is a bot or a real user? I looked at the IIS logs at a bot
visit and unfortunately, the agent string looks like a normal user (at least for one of the bots that had a lot of hits).

Thanks. Amil

Nov 19 '05 #2

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WJ
You may want to use CAPTCHA technology.

John

"Amil" <Am********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:%2******************@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
I want to track page hits, but I won't want to record when a bot (e.g.
google) visits my page. I currently have the META NOFOLLOW HTML on, but
that doesn't force a bot to not visit embedded links.

Is there a way via http headers or something else to somewhat determine if
a
page visitor is a bot or a real user? I looked at the IIS logs at a bot
visit and unfortunately, the agent string looks like a normal user (at
least
for one of the bots that had a lot of hits).

Thanks. Amil

Nov 19 '05 #3

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