How To Stop Or Block Bots On Website?


Bad bots have a huge impact on a wide range of businesses like classifieds, eCommerce, real estate, digital publishing, ticketing, and booking sites. So, it becomes a necessity to block bot traffic on your website.

6 Ways to Stop Bot Traffic on Website

  1. CAPTCHA Method

    If you run an online business with a streamlined target audience, using CAPTCHAs can be the starting point to block bots before they do illegal activities on your website. Though not completely effective, using CAPTCHAs can deter basic bots. But implementing a CAPTCHA-Only solution is not recommended as it comes in the way of a genuine user as well.

  2. Using Hidden Fields

    For an online business which uses forms for registrations and genuine customer interaction, form spamming and fake registrations are one of the main problems to solve. In this case using a hidden/dummy field as a trap and hiding it with a good CSS can help stop spam bots to an extent. Since genuine users cannot see the field, the particular field will be negated indicating genuine user. Bots tend to fill all the available fields thus indicating that these are junk or spam. However, sophisticated scrapers can create intelligent bots that distinguish and ignore hidden fields and end up spamming forms. But this approach results in penalization from Search Engines as using hidden fields is considered bad by Search Engines.

  3. Log Files

    Log files can help you in identifying and partially stopping the bots. Every request to the site is recorded in the log files. Using this, one can identify the bots by tracing its IP. You can check IP address of every request and the number of hits on your site. If you find many hits from a particular IP or from diverse IPs within a short span of time you can be sure of it being a bot and block that particular IP. However, there is a limitation. Just because you find a suspicious IP and block it, does not necessarily mean that you have blocked a malicious bot. For all, you could know, that IP could very well belong to the public network and by blocking it, you could be blocking genuine users as well.

  4. Honeypots

    Honeypots are a good trap mechanism to capture new bots (sent by scrapers who are not well versed with structure of every page) on the website. But this approach poses a lesser-known threat of reducing the page rank on search engines. Search engine bots fall for this trap, and interpret the links as dead, irrelevant, or fake. With more such traps, the ranking of the website decreases considerably. Setting up honeypots is risky and needs to be managed very carefully.

  5. In-house Bot Prevention

    In-house bot prevention can help you to detect and block bots. However, the accuracy and consistency vary drastically as it is still a manual, error-prone process. The key thing to consider here is that when bots are blocked, the botmasters always try to find a way in by tweaking bot behavior and IPs, and can, in many instances, emulate human behavior. This presents a huge challenge to the internal team, and they may not even know that they are being attacked with even more sophistication.

  6. Automated Bot Prevention Solutions

    The one stop solution to stop the bots from ruining your website is by choosing a robust anti-bot solution. Anti-bot solutions employ robust algorithms to detect the pattern of the malicious bots and differentiate them from humans, thus making sure that the bots are exterminated.

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