A search bot, sometimes called a spider, is a robot that continuously browses the internet, usually for the purpose of building a search index.
Bots can artificially inflate traffic numbers, so it’s important to be aware of their existence.
There also other types of bots used for click fraud. For more information, click here.
Linkly can detect search bots and spiders that deliberately reveal themselves. You can see which click have been attributed to the bots in the ‘Bots’ section of the traffic report.
Linkly can block robots and search spiders from following your link.
To block robots and search spiders:
Robots that try to follow this link will be shown a “404 not found”. Traffic will from bots will not be recorded in this case.
Don’t block bots if you intend to share your link on social media. Many bots exist for legitimate purposes (for example, creating previews of links for social media apps) that won’t function if you block them.
Below is a list of search bots and their user-agents that Linkly identifies, and can be blocked if necessary.
Many bots do not identify themselves as such, but we track the internet service providers and identify traffic from major cloud providers as likely to be bots as well.
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