I've read that a huge percentage of traffic comes from bots - legit bots like search engine spiders and illegitimate bots like spammers and ones looking for vulnerabilities.
I'm about to launch my website. The problem is that I am about to sign a copyright license for some of the content on the website, and the contract says that I have to pay a certain sum of money depending on how many visits the site gets (per month). The more visits, the more it will cost.
So I have an incentive in limiting traffic to only legitimate hits by blocking the crap. I don't want the website to get popular, so maybe I don't want the search engines to do too much indexing either.
What should I be looking into?