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  1. CluelessBlogger

    CluelessBlogger New Member

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    I know there's going to be an obvious answer to this one, but I can't figure it out. (I've sorted through most of the other questions I've had about referrers, etc.)

    How do I interpret "Facebook bot"? Is it a spider? (This shows up now and then on my stats.) I *do* have friends at Facebook, but somehow I don't think this means they've been on my blog.

    Thanks for your help. I'm new - or newish -- to blogging, and I've been tragically obsessed with my stats. Hopefully I'll get over it soon.

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    Palo Alto, California, United States
    IP Address:
    Facebook (69.171.224.119) [Label IP Address]
    Referring URL:
    (No referring link)
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    Menlo Park, California, United States
    IP Address:
    Facebook (173.252.100.115) [Label IP Address]
    Referring URL:
    (No referring link)
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  2. slobjones

    slobjones New Member

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    I had 613 hits from Facebook Bot yesterday.

    Same reaction as you. Cause for concern?
     
  3. JOHNN

    JOHNN New Member

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    I seem to have the same problem. This facebook bot keeps visiting my project about ten times per day and also i can not see people that i know they've been visited my blog in a certain time. Instead i see this bot. Does any body know what is this and how can we prevent it from messing with our stat's? Thanks
     
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  4. webado

    webado Moderator

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    If you or anybody else has posted a link to your site on Facebook, their robot would likely visit your site. Don't forget Facebook also acts as a search engine.

    Also if you use any Facebook widgets (Like, etc) on your site.
     
  5. JOHNN

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    Dear webado thanks for the reply. But I need to ask something more about it.
    If I stop using the "Like" and "Share" butons It will stop visiting my stats?
    And if it's true how can I prevent the wordpress, in wich is my blog, off doing it?
    Thanks again for your time and interest.
     
  6. webado

    webado Moderator

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    No idea but what does it matter?
     
  7. TiciaEvans

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    BUT SHOULD IT HAPPEN WHEN THE LINK I SENT, WAS SENT THROUGH INBOX, PRIVATE MESSAGE, AND NOT PUBLISHED IN MY PAGE? I SENT A FRIEND THE LINK OF ONE OF MY POEMS IN MY BLOG AND STATCOUNTER SHOWED ME THAT IMMEDIATLY AFTER I HAVE SENT HI THE INBOX:


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    Facebook (69.171.245.0)
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    Facebook (69.171.245.1)
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    Palo Alto, California, United States
    IP Address:
    Facebook (69.171.242.119)
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    Menlo Park, California, United States
    IP Address:
    Facebook (173.252.101.112)
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    (No referring link)
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    12 Mar 2013 15:57:40
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    Menlo Park, California, United States
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    Facebook (173.252.101.119)
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    (No referring link)
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    Menlo Park, California, United States
    IP Address:
    Facebook (173.252.101.115)
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    (No referring link)


    Repeating, the link was sent through inbox! Private. What is happening, then? And why so many hits from facebook bot?
     
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  8. bobby131313

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    Anytime anyone posts a link to your site on their own or anyone's timeline, or anyone shares an already posted link, the Facebook bot immediately goes to your site to see if it's still there, and checks the title of the page, and grabs thumbnails.

    If someone with many thousands of friends posts a cool page from your site, then their friends all see the update and repost it, you will have tons of visits from the Facebook bot.

    No worries, it's a good thing. ;-)
     
  9. meucat

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    Facebook bot is becoming annoying becase it hides true users I want to see log statitistics. Now I donĀ“t know how many people visits my pages because big portion of log is used by facebook.

    Is statcounter thinking a way to ignore facebook in the same way Google and other bots are ignored?

    thanks
     
  10. webado

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    You can block the Facebook Bot's IP range: 69.171.243.*
     
  11. meucat

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    I tried IP blocking but FB uses lot of IPs, in a way I would block also third IP group , and now I am afraid will block legitimate users. Here some FB ips I collected

    69.171.243.*
    69.171.242.*
    69.171.237.*
    173.252.110.*
    66.220.152.*
    173.252.73.*

    every time I add one of these to block, FB arrives with a new IP

    is there some way to block by name? "facebook bot" is preety clear into the log.

    thanks
     
  12. webado

    webado Moderator

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    No it only works by IP.
     
  13. Timeglass

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    Sign in to your StatCounter account, click on the tool to go to Installation and Configuration. Click on Edit Project Settings. Scroll down to "Crawlers & Bots" to check the box there to "Ignore visits from Crawlers & Bots for this project?" POOF! No more Facebook bot. As for when the problem began, in my case it happened when I put a note on the right side of my new WordPress blog that I no longer use Facebook. I believe Facebook can find everything on the Internet where Facebook is mentioned and then monitor it. I began getting the bot then with every new posting there. I quit using Facebook after I did an internal Search of my personal desktop computer for Files and Folders [and checked the box to include Hidden Files and Folders] with Facebook in both search boxes, and found Facebook files and folders installed by Facebook containing a new kind of spyware. Easy to remove. Just delete them. Repeat the Search for any other suspects like Twitter. Most of the major websites are using the new spyware for ad-tailoring. Not a serious threat, just an irritation. And it has nothing to do with cookies, cache, temporary internet files, etc. By the way, I'm not new to StatCounter and WordPress. I have a few years of experience. I was gone for a while. I've returned. I like the improvements at StatCounter. Excellent service for its customers, and accurate. It's good to use StatCounter with WordPress Stats.
     
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    Fb

    Thanks for Sharing ! I try to find way to not show FB on the counter. Facebook always show up even block the IP range.
     
  15. Clarence L Hamilton Jr

    Clarence L Hamilton Jr New Member

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    I am experiencing the same problem with Facebook. I read this forum thread and found where it was said "why do you care?" The fact of the matter is this:

    My host has advised me that if this random hitting of the site does not cease, then they may be forced to close the account! Well, indeed, I am concerned that I could lose my hosting over this Facebook thing...

    I do not even USE Facebook, except for random posts. I have NO one in there at all, and actually, do not even LIKE them!

    I am blocking Facebook, the IP on my server, and will closely monitor the progress.

    Thanks for this thread, and most especially, thank StatCounter.com for offering me the information I need to know.

    Clarence L Hamilton Jr - Author, Philosopher, Thinker
    "Writing for Sanity - In a Mad World"
     
  16. Clarence L Hamilton Jr

    Clarence L Hamilton Jr New Member

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    If you are using cPanel, then you can add the Facebook.com domain to block. I am doing that now, and will report my findings to this thread later...
     
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