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Good article on the effect of bots on small sites

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I came across this article and thought it was particularly relevant to many here (although the greater impact is to their hosting providers).

Bots dominate small Web site traffic, research shows | Security & Privacy - CNET News

The main takeaway for me was the following:
- Shared hosting providers can lose over 50 percent of their server capacity.
- Small Web site owners' page load times are increased by more than 50 percent.
- 25 to 50 percent of Web site visitors abandon a site when load times exceed 4 seconds.
- SEO ranking are affected (Although impossible to quantify, parasitic drag will impact SEO rankings.)

This is one reason I have become such a strong proponent of CloudFlare. It reduces traffic to my actual site which keeps things humming along better. It also catches between three and five malicious threats each day. People should really consider using this (or similar services), especially since you get the main benefits of CloudFlare with the free plan.

As you can see from the graphic below, I am saving a significant number of requests and bandwidth using CloudFlare (these numbers are probably a bit low because I was running in development mode for a number of hours) – these numbers were for the past seven days:


You can find more discussion on CloudFlare at View topic: Cloudflare CDN - ocPortal.com

Bob


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