Did You Notice That Bot Attack?
Being a good cross-referencing blogger, I then went to the StatCounter forum, where I have never written, and referenced my post in their “Do you like us?” section. I was really surprised to see the Master Member, Christine, write back this post:
“Compliment or Competitor: Forgive me if I’m wrong or paranoid. Bur aren’t you in fact a competitor of Statcounter’s? Your flagship website from your sig doesn’t use Statcounter…”
Wow. I was expecting, “Welcome new member” or maybe, “Thanks for the great review.” I never figured out how using their code on only my blog made me a competitor.
But she went on,
Well, the author (Eric Peterson), wrote “may not” instead of “will not.” So I wrote Fred Kuu from HBX Uncovered. Fred is “the Web Metrics Technical Lead at Adobe Systems” according to the HBX website. Here’s his answer:
Now, regarding images, almost all bots (especially search engine ones) will be able to track if a page contains images but majority will not actually request the image. So in the logs, virtually all bot activity are to web pages and not to images or other binary files.
Then I went to my SiteCatalyst user manual (as another reference point – it is also a client-side package) and it said, “SiteCatalyst does not track spiders since they do not load images.”
So finally I wrote Jon B. in London. The great thing about writing the other side of the ocean is, you write them at night and the answer is in your inbox before you wake up the next morning. Here’s what he said:
Hey Robbin, how goes it?
Robbin Steif, CEO