How to Block Bots of SEO Tools like Ahref,Semrush,Majestic,MOZ?

Updated on: March 29, 2024
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Internet is evolving with data and relevant data is very much important for powerful information. SEO is changing very rapidly and its become more tool-centric than content-centric. Many webmasters and digital agencies use competitor analysis SEO tools to tweak the search engine like Google, Bing, and spy on their competitors in the market. Which is nothing but a fabricated romance with search engine bots! 😀 .This situation creating demand to block bots of competitor analysis SEO tools from crawling your website.

The ranking is one of the major parameters every person trying to chase as they want to beat their competitor in this digital space. With the help of these tools, they can easily look at their competition, how they are ranking in Google with lots of parameters like backlinks, keywords, trust flow, spamming score, etc. We believe its 2 sided sword.  Good for an individual webmaster to analyze their own site but scary for the competitor. These tools not only expose your link building strategies but also content strategies, which is not good for the long run.

Competitor analysis tools like Ahref, Semrush, Majestic, Similarweb, MOZ & OpenSiteExplorer are very useful tools but because of these tools, privacy and digital strategies of every individual is getting exposed. None of the webmasters want to expose all their major details with anyone. That's why it's important to block their bots to play safely in this dynamic digital marketplace.

How to block BOTS of Competitor analysis tools like Ahref, Semrush, Majestic, MOZ, Similarweb & Open Site Explorer

By using the following method and rules you can completely hide your sites from showing up in these tools. It means your competitors will not get any idea about what strategies you are using and how you are ranking in Google etc.

1. Code1 to block competitor analysis tools

Step 1:  Go to ROOT directory of your Webhosting and find .htaccess file.

File Manager htaccess edit

PS: if it's not visible try to check file manager settings to "show all type of files".

Step 2: Edit .htaccess file and add below code at the beginning of the file.

SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*rogerbot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*exabot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*mj12bot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*dotbot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*gigabot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*ahrefsbot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*sitebot.* bad_bot
SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent .*spbot.* bad_bot

Order Allow,Deny
Allow from all
Deny from env=bad_bot

Step 3:  Save the .htaccess file.

Blocking Bots using htacccess

After blocking the majority of bots, your site will not able to grant access to these competitor analysis tools and your upcoming data and strategies will not get exposed easily. But still, there is some catch as these product makers are really smart they don't want to ruin their business. If you block bots of competitor analysis SEO tools they are ready to find an alternative way to reach you :). It's better to use some link monitoring tools like LinkOkay to monitor your linkings instead of these tools.

2. Code2 to block SEO analysis tools crawling

Below code is another alternative code for above but its littile bit comeplex.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*(SCspider|Textbot|s2bot|MJ12bot|YandexBot|SemrushBot|AspiegelBot|BLEXBot|webmeup-crawler|oBot|Semrush|SiteExplorer|BaiDuSpider).*$ [NC]
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]"

RewriteEngine On:

This line enables the mod_rewrite module on the server. If this line is omitted, the rewrite rules won't be processed.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^.*(SCspider|Textbot|s2bot|MJ12bot|YandexBot|SemrushBot|AspiegelBot|BLEXBot|webmeup-crawler|oBot|Semrush|SiteExplorer|BaiDuSpider).*$ [NC]:

This line defines a condition that needs to be met for the rewrite rule to be applied. In this case, the condition checks the HTTP_USER_AGENT header, which is sent by the web browser or client application to identify itself. The regular expression ^.*(SCspider|Textbot|s2bot|MJ12bot|YandexBot|SemrushBot|AspiegelBot|BLEXBot|webmeup-crawler|oBot|Semrush|SiteExplorer|BaiDuSpider).*$ matches any user agent string that contains one of the listed bot names (SCspider, Textbot, etc.) anywhere within the string, ignoring case ([NC] flag).

RewriteRule .* - [F,L]:

This line defines the action to be taken if the RewriteCond matches. The .* part matches any URL path. The - on the target side indicates that the URL should be rewritten to itself (no change). The [F,L] flags specify that the request should be forbidden (F) and processing should stop (L).

Points to understand before blocking SEO tools using .htacess file editing

You can edit your .htaccess file, but let's be real – its techy stuff. If you're on a common platform like WordPress, there are plugins that can handle this with a few clicks. Do your research and find the method that works best for you.

  1. Incorrect editing of .htaccess file may leads to breaking of website.
  2. Not Foolproof: Tool providers are always adapting. They may use new bots, rotating IPs, or other tactics to circumvent blocks.
  3. .htaccess Errors: Incorrectly editing the .htaccess file can seriously damage a website. It's crucial to proceed with caution or use less risky alternatives like plugins.

They may introduce several anonymous bots that can easily get access to your site. It's important to keep updating that data if you are really concern about data and privacy of your digital strategies. Blocking bots can help you somewhat but its not a permanent solution as of now in this dark web.

Let us know your thoughts about blocking these bots is a good idea or not? Do you have any other alternative solutions to these? We are happy to listen to some great answers from your end. Hope this article helps you to block bots of competitor analysis SEO tools.

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