I've blocked a majority of bots that keep sending POST requests to my website, using .htaccess.
Each time one of these bots tries to access my website it receives a 403 forbidden error message.
My question is, why is my bandwidth usage still increasing if I've blocked them in my .htaccess file?
I was always under the impression that web hosting bandwidth is measured by the amount of data that my server sends, not by the amount that it receives.
Is there a way to configure my .htaccess file to just ignore these bots and not send back a status code?
By the way, I'm using a shared server with "unlimited" bandwidth, but the amount of bandwidth that these bots are wasting is rediculous.