Blocking Websites From Harvesting Your data!

If your in network marketing or just about any company out there you had better be on guard.

Do you look at your log files from your web site? If not you should start. You probably will not like what you find.

What you’ll find over time is company tools like the one from sitesell that harvests and analyzes your web site.

While you may not need this in the beginning you will need it as you achieve a ranking to where your site is analyzed multiple times a day.

Your probably asking why be concerned about it? Well for one it’s really a theft of your bandwidth that you are paying for!

So how do you prevent this theft it’s quite simple if your web host will allow you to place a .htaccess file in your root directory.

This is the example to block sitesell’s brainstorm software: “Note – nothing against Ken but I cannot have 10 to 15 people a day analyzing dozens of pages on my site’s”

RewriteEngine on

# Options +FollowSymlinks

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} sitesell\.com [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} brainstorm2.sitesell\.com

RewriteRule .* – [F]

To learn more about .htaccess files here are a few good.

http://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/howto/htaccess.html

http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/htaccess.shtml

After you’ve applied the .htaccess files the visitors you are blocking will recieve a forbidden message when they try to access your pages.

Another popular use is to prevent the hot-linking to your graphics, I’ve found my graphics hot linked in places like ebay.

I don’t know about you but hey the bandwidth I’m paying for is for my visitors not someone else’s. It’s almost like pulling up out front and siphoning the gas out of your car.

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