Bots Now Account for More Internet Traffic Than Humans

June 15, 2015 Distil Networks

Bots now account for more site visits than humans, according to new data released by Distil Networks.

This year, 59% of all site visits to Distil Networks' websites were from bots, compared to 45% last year. Meanwhile, human traffic accounted for 41%, down from 55% last year.
The majority of bot traffic (35%) was from 'good bots', bots that comply with 'robot.txt' files and bring value to a website, while traffic from 'bad bots', those that don't comply, accounted for 23%, down slightly from 24% last year.   

According to Distil CEO Rami Essaid, the reason for the drop in percentage of 'bad bots' wasn't due to volume, but because the proportion of 'good bots' rose dramatically.

 

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