Bot links are links between your galleries that look exactly like galleries, except
that no surfer can see them. Only a bot will. ATX supports custom botlink tags,
so it's impossible for a hitbot to detect it. You can auto block a IP that clicked a botlink (this page),
or you disable a trade when the amount of botlink clicks is greater than X% compared to the total clicks
linkname: links can be given a linkname via &l=name. When ATX sees a linkname that
is the same as the linkname filled out here, it will be counted as a botlink.
It's a good idea to give a normal name, like teen-gallery, so a hitbot doesn't skip it.
Of course, give your other galleries a slightly different linkname, and change the botlink-name
block hits via .htaccess: turn this on to block IPs that clicked the botlink in the last X amount of minutes.
X is the amount filled out in the field 'block for how many minutes'.
ignore IPs on safelist: if a IP that clicked the botlink appears on the safelist (menu --> security --> ip daemon --> safelist)
it will never be blocked. For example, search engine spiders can follow it without doing further damage to your site.
block for how many minutes': This number defines how many minutes ATX should go back in time
to search for botlink clicks, to block those IPs. If you plan to use the auto-block, I suggest
that you leave this time to 1.
send email when IP is blocked: As soon as a IP clicked the botlink, ATX can mail you about it,
so you can use the IP scan features of ATX to find out where the hit came from.
botlink click stats: this is a link to the linkname-module that displays referrer info for linknames.
- Since blocking hits is almost never a smart idea since there's the risk of blocking valid real-life surfers,
I suggest that you manually check the botlink stats.
Edit a template that shows how many botlink clicks traffic of a trade has made, and go from there.
The guardian is also a good tool, since it doesn't block traffic, but it does disable trades that
send a lot of botlink-clicking traffic.
- Be creative when you come up with code to hide the botlinks.
Give the botlink a class that puts it in a layer 100px outside the browser for example.
- The best results are achieved when you make the botlink look as close as possible to your
normal gallery links. Place them between your galleries and place several bot-traps on your page!