“Robots visiting your pages will not count hits (a list of over 300 bots is checked for matching visitor type)”
(I assume they mean the hits from over 300 robots will not be counted)
I installed the plug, and while it did prevent selected User Groups from incrementing Article Hit Counters (as advertised), it did NOT seem to affect the bots. I emailed support and was told:
“The only way you can avoid that is to disable all hit counts… no way in the world you'll be able to keep bots from hitting your articles, unless they are not publicly accessible. Our extension is just a tool that gives a hand to the problem.”
I was given a list of bots in the code that the plug was supposed to block, and indeed, googlebot was among the many bots listed. I watched my top article counts in the Control Panel, refreshing the page every 60 seconds until one article showed a hit. I went to the access log, and sure enough, another hit from googlebot.
I replied to support that I didn’t expect the plugin to block ALL bots, but “GoogleBot???” I would think it would at least block that one.
I received no reply.
I’m sure they’ll say it’s my fault. I’m just saying… it didn’t work for me.