Web Bots, Scrapers and the New Threat They Pose to Travel Brands

October 20, 2014

When it comes to web bots and scrapers, travel sites are some of the most vulnerable websites on the net. How can you protect your travel site? 

NB: This is an analysis by Courtney Cleaves, director of marketing at Distil Networks.

Though web bots and scraping agents can attack virtually any site on the Internet, there are a few types that are more vulnerable than others. Travel sites are one of those more vulnerable species. In fact, according to a recent study we conducted, more than 30% of a travel website’s traffic comes directly from malicious bots and scrapers.

In that one-week study, we counted more than 149,000 unique bots and tens of millions of scraping attempts – and that was just on a handful of sites. The truth of the matter is, if you own, operate or work for a travel site, bots and scrapers are probably cutting into your paycheck in a big way.

Fortunately, there are ways to help identify this problem and work to correct and prevent it from happening again- often resulting in turning around your company’s revenue. 

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