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[SLUG] Search engine traffic dominates

  I'm a little cheesed off.  In the last three months, people have
downloaded 9G per month from our website; search engines have
downloaded 21G per month.  Only Google generated significant traffic
through search engine hits (and it downloaded less than the others,
too --- around 2G per month, as opposed to 10G for Yahoo, and 4G for
MSNbot).  In other words, search engine indexing traffic was double
the actual traffic from www.gelato.unsw.edu,au.

Is there any good reason why I shouldn't block (or at least
significantly slow down) MSNbot, MJ12BOT, and Yahoo
Slurp! ???  Yahoo is particularly bad, crawling and downloading about
twice what the others do, and yet generating 1% of the hits that
Google generated for us.

Dr Peter Chubb  http://www.gelato.unsw.edu.au  peterc AT gelato.unsw.edu.au
http://www.ertos.nicta.com.au           ERTOS within National ICT Australia