There is a lot of discussion today about SEOmoz Linkscape and whether you can/should be blocking it. Here is my advice – don’t bother.
Unless your site is only linked to from your own websites and you can block them all (in which case adding a big footprint by adding a meta tag is a bad idea) then there is no point in blocking the spider/crawler/indexer/scraper.
The simple fact is that you can only block your own websites. There is no way of stopping SEOmoz getting your link data because they can quite easily spider all the websites that are linking to you.
I’m not saying this is a bad thing, just something to be aware of before you panic about blocking them.
My question to Rand:
Ok so assuming I did block my own websites surely all my competitors could still see my link information because I am unable to block crawling of all the sites that link to me? Correct?
If so then there seems little point in blocking it.
@patrickaltoft – yes, that’s right. You’d need to get all of your link partners to block in order for us not show links to your sites/pages/