Bot activity in your usage data

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Pendo typically recommends using the Exclude List to keep your product usage analytics clean of unwanted data. However, there's currently no comprehensive way to exclude bot activity specifically. This article provides suggestions to consider for excluding bots from your usage data.

Exclude List

When you add an item to your subscription's Exclude List, Pendo continues to collect events and show guides, but the excluded events only appear in the Excluded Accounts & Visitors segment in Pendo.

  • Exclude by IP. If you notice bot activity coming from a specific IP address, add it to the Exclude List.
  • Exclude by Visitor ID or Account ID. If you notice particular visitors or accounts with abnormally high event counts and suspect they might be bots, you can add specific Visitor IDs or Account IDs to the Exclude List. Whenever possible, we recommend using wildcards (*) to exclude a certain Visitor ID or Account ID pattern.

Mark as Do Not Process (DNP)

If you suspect specific visitors or accounts could be a bot, you can mark those visitors or accounts as Do Not Process. This setting stops Pendo collecting events for that visitor or account, and guides being displayed to that visitor or account.

For information on how to set DNP, and how to validate that it's working by retrieving DNP records, see Opt-out of tracking with DNP.

Conditional initialization

If your application can recognize that a visitor might be a bot, your developers can add conditional logic around the Pendo code to determine whether or not Pendo should initialize (turn on and start collecting data and displaying guides). To learn more, see Conditionally initialize Pendo.

Submit or vote on feature requests

You can create a new Pendo Feedback request or you can vote on some of the existing feature requests we have related to more comprehensive methods for excluding bot activity in your usage data. To learn more, see Give product feedback to Pendo.


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