Web Hosting Provider DreamHost Blocks Googlebot on Client Sites

May 19, 2007
May 19, 2007 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – Web hosting provider DreamHost has blocked Googlebot on some of its customer’s sites, it was reported in the Search Engine Journal (http://www.searchenginejournal.com) this week. The report suggests the owner of a Romanian website, Zoso.ro, was sent an email by DreamHost suggesting that its high traffic sites must block the Googlebot.

According to the report, the email sent to Zoso.ro read, “This email is to inform you that a few of your sites were getting hammered by Google bot. This was causing a heavy load on the webserver, and in turn affecting other customers on your shared server. In order to maintain stability on the webserver, I was forced to block Google bot via the .htaccess file.”

DreamHost is carbon neutral host that caters for around 500,000 domains. The company offers a range of shared and dedicated hosting options, alongside services such as domain registration. According to the company’s website DreamHost is owned entirely by its employees.
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