|Bots - Who and what they are|
What are Bot?
Bot's is short for "Robots"
A quick definition from Wikipedia, verified by numerous sites across the web.
What do these robot's do?
99% of Internet Bots usually just "reference" your site to increase their knowledge of it, and give the most accurate & up-to-date information about your site.
In addition, when the Google Bot visits your site, it also is giving you a "Cache" version of your site.
So what's the other, remaining 1% of these bot's?
Well, this 1% is an astonishingly large amount of bot's.
These very rare & very few bots can do what the other bot's cannot do.
So how exactly can I tell who's a bot, and who's not a bot?
Well, there's no rule of thumb to detect weather or not it is a bot unfortunately.
However they generally have a really "out there" names such as "123456789sdjhiuj" which can also be a spammer, the other way you could tell is it has a really stupid email address.
What bot's are enabled on my forum ?
Just add "/robots.txt" to the end of your forum's URL, It should look like: http://help.forumotion.com/robots.txt
Can I control these bot's?
No, as forumotion does not allow user's to access their database they cannot access the Bot's management.
However, if you want you CAN disallow robot's visiting your site altogether. This is strongly not-recommended as it will decrease your "Google Page Reference" and possibly decrease the number of people visiting the forum.
If you still want to disallow the bot's from visiting, then =>
Navigate to: Admin panel Display ( Tab ) Homepage / Generalities Scroll down until you see "Additional meta tags" Click the Select the default "Create a meta tag type", then fill in the details:
"name" attribute : Robots
"content" attribute : no index, no follow
Now just hit "Add"
For more help on adding your Meta tags see this thread : http://help.forumotion.com/t36994-how-to-add-keywords-metatags?highlight=Metatags
If you have a problem adding the codes please read this thread: http://help.forumotion.com/t124489-how-verifying-meta-tag-in-forumotion-forum?highlight=meta+tags
So, what bot means what?
The Google bot is the bot from our friend Google, he's just referencing your forum for their database.
He will visit your forum daily no matter what your activity is.
The Yahoo! bot is the bot from Yahoo!.
He is also just referencing your forum, however you need a few members on your forum to persuade him to view your forum
This is the bot from Microsoft, msn, bing.com.
You have to have HUGE popularity for him to visit your forum.
Note: It may take up to 3 full weeks for your forum to be index on any one of these bot's.
This tutorial was written by Darren1
This tutorial was reworked by APE.
Last edited by darren1 on September 13th 2009, 10:09 am; edited 1 time in total
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