Removing Bot Traffic in Usage Analytics Reports

When your goal is to focus solely on the users visiting and interacting with your search interfaces, you have to identify and remove bot traffic from your usage analytics reports.

If the META tag of your web pages allows robots to either index public web pages or follow the links they contain (i.e., <META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">), you can consider that web robots actions are included in your reports. Moreover, when you index your sites using Coveo, the Coveobot is also producing human-like events in your analytics data (e.g., visiting pages and clicking links).

There’s an automatic way to remove most bot traffic from your reports using a filter based on the user agent.

Other robots can visit your websites for testing, diagnostic, and monitoring purposes.

To remove bot traffic in usage analytics reports

  1. On the Named Filters page, add the following filter (see Create Named Filters):

    Device Category is not Bot

    Admin-NamedFilterRemovingBotTraffic

  2. In the report you want to remove bot traffic, apply the named filter you just created.

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