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WordPress fix Bingbot performing odd searches, how to block

Discussion in 'Misc WordPress Requests' started by TrishaM, Oct 30, 2017.

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    Bingbot performing odd searches, how to block, by TrishaM

    I understand how and why search engine bots (google, bing, et al) crawl my site and index the content, but what I don’t understand is *why* the Bingbot comes to my site every day and actually performs a search on the terms ‘payment options’ and ‘payments accepted’. It isn’t a commerce site so it’s an odd search for it to do.

    I also know how to block bots entirely from crawling my site, but for obvious reasons I don’t want to do that, I just want them to stop doing searches.

    Is there any way to use robots.txt or .htaccess to tell Bing to stop doing searches on my site?

    I’ve verified that it’s a legit bot from Bing by doing a lookup on the IP range used by the bots.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone can offer.

    Bingbot performing odd searches, how to block

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