I have an issue on a site I maintain where we use the Solspace Rating module. We have added up/down vote links on ratings and are triggering the click with a JavaScript event, however Google (and other search engine bots) appear to be crawling the target URLs and as a result generating thousands of up/down votes during the crawl.

We have tried adding rel="nofollow" and removing the URL from the href and placing it inside a custom data attribute instead but still no joy...

Our markup:

{exp:rating:rating_vote_stats rating_id="{rating_id}"}
<a href="#" class="vote" rel="nofollow" data-vote-path="{path='reviews/vote'}/{rating_id}/up">Yes</a>
<a href="#" class="vote" rel="nofollow" data-vote-path="{path='reviews/vote'}/{rating_id}/down">No</a>

and our JavaScript/jQuery:

$(".vote") .click (function(e) {
    var link = $(this).data("vote-path");
        url: link

Any suggestions as to how we can resolve this issue without requiring log-in to up/down vote?

  • 1
    Have you tried adding some disallow rules to your robots.txt to prevent indexing of /reviews/vote ? Apr 16, 2016 at 1:34
  • Does disallow actually stop Google from hitting the URL though, I think that it perhaps prevents indexing but does not prevent it from actually being crawled. Apr 18, 2016 at 8:06
  • @Bluedreamer is correct. robots.txt prevents it from being crawled. <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> prevents it from being indexed.
    – AllInOne
    Apr 19, 2016 at 14:02
  • Nope, robots.txt can prevent a URL from being indexed but it won't prevent it from being crawled. That's my issue. :) May 19, 2016 at 9:01

1 Answer 1


Ok, working this out in the end. I used a relatively simple .htaccess rule to prevent access to the voting URLs by common robots:

# Prevent Robots from voting on reviews
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (googlebot|bingbot|Baiduspider) [NC]
RewriteRule ^reviews/course/(.*)/review/vote/(.*)/(.*)$ - [R=403,L]

That does it! :)

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