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Blocking Baidu

Went through this a year or so ago. The Baidu spider was hammering a forum and I blocked it because after hundreds of thousands of hits they sent me a grand total of 1 visitor. Let it sit for a while and then removed the block to see what would happen.

Today I noticed that Baidu was viewing pages on my forum that should have been excluded through robots.txt. Specifically Baidu was looking at the print view of threads which are something I didn’t want crawled.

So a bit of .htaccess work and Baidu is blocked again.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Baiduspider [NC]
RewriteRule .* [F]

Now all they get is a 403 Forbidden error.

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