There is a generic bot (only identified as 'bot*') consuming most of my bandwidth and processing power. Blocking its IP stops it but since it comes from a well-known search-engine, I'd rather slow it down instead (it may be doing some useful experimental work). It's not the official crawler which actually visits my site a reasonable rate.

There is a similar question for GoogleBot which I have no problems with. The culprit takes 16X more bandwidth! What I need though is a way to slow down a bot which is only distinguishable by IP. Is this possible?


This is a Virtual Shared Host running Apache under Linux 64-bits with PHP 5.3.8. Although I have no direct control to the webserver, htaccess is enabled and I can have them add and configure modules on request.

  • This question is rather light on details. It would potentially be helpful to know which OS, http daemon, and application language you're using. Sep 28, 2011 at 15:42
  • Good point! Edited the question with this information.
    – Itai
    Sep 28, 2011 at 16:31

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