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A New 'bot In Town

Posted by: Jim Hughes on 09/13/2013 - 5:21 PM

Just had 10 consecutive views from "Bratislava - Slovak Republic". There is something creepy about this, nothing specific I could point to, but I don't like it. On the one hand it seems random and pointless, on the other hand I worry about people scooping up those big preview images and reselling them as web graphics.


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Posted by: John Crothers on 09/13/2013 - 6:26 PM

I don't wanna hear it.

(to the Eagles tune)


Posted by: Kerri Mortenson on 09/13/2013 - 6:35 PM

I have had many visits from Tianjin China... about 10 consecutive as well.


Posted by: Bradley Clay on 09/13/2013 - 6:44 PM

don't worry,

99.99% of all bots belong to google. they are just indexing worldwide for searches.

you can see the bots here. post a photo on social media, and there are hundreds, and you don't even know they were there.


Posted by: Greg Norrell on 09/13/2013 - 6:49 PM

I've got one image that has about 40 hits from Putian, China in the past couple of days. Not sure what that's about, since bots usually go through multiple images. I haven't seen hits from Bratislava yet.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 09/13/2013 - 7:05 PM

lets say it's friends with kiez germany... in school i would never see or even know about these country names. and now oddly it's relevant.

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 09/14/2013 - 5:28 AM

Any one remember Czechoslovakia - Well - it broke into the Czech republic and the Slovak republic. Regardless of where your visitor comes from - or who or what it is - at least something/somebody - is looking at it.


Posted by: A Souppes on 09/14/2013 - 5:33 AM

They're not looking, they have no eyes or pockets/wallets, they are bots.


Posted by: Colin Utz on 09/14/2013 - 7:25 AM

You want your images to be seen and found by potential customers, right? Than you should be happy, that bots are around. The disadvantage: Bots make your views count less informative.


Posted by: A Souppes on 09/14/2013 - 7:41 AM

if bots bring customer what is the ratio? 5k to 1/10k to 1? it seems that customer doesn't know where bots have been or bots have lost their way in spaghetti of images,comments,titles,alt tags etc.


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 09/14/2013 - 8:34 AM

A Souppes - probably one in a million


Posted by: A Souppes on 09/14/2013 - 8:47 AM

long way to go :( I wish they were not seen those bots in the stats i'd rather not know.


Posted by: Jim Hughes on 09/14/2013 - 11:34 AM

The 'bots - if they're accomplishing anything at all - are just making our nice big preview images available to Google's image search, where anyone can grab them for nothing and use them on web pages, blogs, presentations etc. I doubt that anyone uses Google to find and buy wall art. I would rather have my images available only through FAA, to be seen by people who might actually buy something.


Posted by: A Souppes on 09/14/2013 - 12:13 PM

true, preview size is good enough for any web use, no need to pay just get it from google image search.


Posted by: A Souppes on 09/14/2013 - 12:15 PM

I have this one since today "Oslo - Norway" a bot?


Posted by: Greg Jackson on 09/14/2013 - 12:34 PM

"...I doubt that anyone uses Google to find and buy wall art..."


Go to Google and type in wall art. Numerous wall art for sale/sites sites show up almost immediately.

Personally, I like seeing the bots in my visitors stats. At least I know the images are being looked at in some form or fashion. If I received zero visitors, now that might be depressing, lol.

You can get pretty much the same search results using Bing also, but i don't know if they use bots. Probably do though.


Posted by: Sharon L Stacy on 09/14/2013 - 12:50 PM

Ahh that explains the Kiez, Germany visits I have been receiving. Prior to these I had visits from Kwai Chung, Hong Kong.


Posted by: Jim Hughes on 09/14/2013 - 9:38 PM

I just uploaded 2 photos and Kiez hit them within minutes. I have to wonder how this works. It seems like the server must somehow notify the 'bot that new URLs have been created. The bots couldn't possibly be scanning every server in the world, following every link from every page, that fast.


Posted by: Mike Savad on 09/14/2013 - 9:44 PM

it's gotta be aliens...

---Mike Savad


Posted by: Jim Hughes on 09/14/2013 - 11:05 PM

I probably should have ignored that Facebook friend request from "Svetlana" in Kiez.


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