Bandwidth Thief At Work

My web traffic’s down. Can’t be sure why. Maybe I’ve become more boring. I’ll be asking for your help later this coming week.

Curious as I am, I went to the backend of this website tonight and took a quick look at part of my server logs I’ve don’t often check. two thirds of the clicks to this site were coming from a British football forum. That’s weird.

As it turns out, someone found a picture of two playing cards from an earlier entry here and linked to it. Every person who saw his comment (tens of thousands of them) was taking bandwidth from my site as they downloaded the image.

It was the equivalent of opening your wallet and showing a picture of your kids… but they’re really someone else’s kids!

Anyway, the graphic has been temporarily replaced. I was toying with the idea of writing something filthy, but thought the better of it and just typed my url on a white background. Now, every one of this guy’s posts features my web address.

We’ll see how long it goes until he figures out what I did.

3 thoughts on “Bandwidth Thief At Work”

  1. hot-linkers have always been a problem…there is a command line you can add to your .htaccess file on your server to prevent this. If you’d like to learn more I suggest you Google this topic yourself so you can weigh the various options and choose which solution best fits your particular needs.

  2. I don’t know if you also count the number of people who read your blog through its feed. It is possible this is the reason the web traffic is low.

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