Brandwho?

Posted by joy


There’s this little known company in Canada that apparently offers “brand management services” by presumably crawling the Web for specific content relating to their search engine challenged customers. Here’s a news release. The name of this company is Brandimensions.

I mention this company because I saw this wonderful referrer in my logs, and even better, the referrer log didn’t record what pages they were reviewing.

http://customers.brandimensions.com/CatSysWebApp/NextContent.aspx?contentid=2647773442

The customers.brandimensions.com URL brings one to a customer login page, where, I’m guessing, a customer could go and look up where their brand is being mentioned on the Web. In my case, apparently my blog was linked in their system in some context - I can’t see what context though, and that bothers me.
I’m not the only one who feels this way, take a look at this thread which explains what is going on.

Update: Oh, I see. Their crawler is starting to hit my site.

Host: 204.92.59.12
/robots.txt
Http Code: 200 Date: Jun 08 23:43:14Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 6629
Referer:www.brandimensions.com
Agent: BDFetch

Update 2: I’ve banned the brandimensions IP addresses from my site.

[tags]Web, Internet, Web Marketing, Web Marketing done wrong [/tags]


2 Responses to “Brandwho?”

  1. daveb Says:

    I had the same bot hits and banned them as well. However, in my case the bot was using ip #216.183.91.18

  2. Emma Says:

    I’ve had them as well. Will ban if they come back, pretty unfriendly tactics.

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