I’m going to smile while I steal your bandwidth

28 Jan
2007

Who Links To Me is a fairly popular tool – Yahoo reports almost one million backlinks. A simple site, it simply reports quickly on your backlinks and PageRank.

But whats this! The PageRank image is directly from Blog Flux PageRank Checker. There is a little link on the bottom (almost impossible to see), and even better, they nofollowed the link!

In between all the damn SEO spam on the site (I counted 47 obvious SEO text-links) they have to nofollow our link.

Steal our bandwidth, nofollow our link, and throw us in the muddy water with a crapload of bad neighbourhood links.

And don’t even ask permission.

Good to know Mr. Shanti is a class-act.

In the end I just defaulted everyone to PR2 – it may continue to eat up our bandwidth, but it is far more satisfactory :)

6 Responses to I’m going to smile while I steal your bandwidth

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engtech

January 30th, 2007 at 5:55 pm

That sucks. The joy of hotlinking… how hard would it have been to host that image themselves?

I have to say… I just discovered your blog today (via linkbuildingblog) and I’m *really* enjoying the content. I don’t know what it is about me and bloggers from Toronto.

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Ahmed

January 30th, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Thanks – I think its just everyone from Toronto happens to be sexy *and* smart. We can’t help it :)

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Tiago G

January 31st, 2007 at 12:15 am

Have you tried to change the .htaccess setting so it doesn’t allow hotlinking from that specific domain?

More info: http://www.htaccesstools.com/hotlink-protection/

Damn I hate these stupid situations that can be easily avoided… Imagine being in the same situation but the other site getting digged while still hotlinking images (and content) from you :(

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Ahmed

January 31st, 2007 at 10:36 am

Well Tiago, we cannot use normal .htaccess hot link protection because 1) We allow people to use the image [provided they link back to us] and 2) It is actually a PHP script.

At the same time, we could still block wholinkstome out. I just choose not to, as the PR2 just makes them look bad. We can afford the bandwidth costs no problem :)

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j4s0n

February 14th, 2007 at 7:35 am

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Ahmed

February 14th, 2007 at 11:03 am

Darn the page isn’t loading – whats new?

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