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It appears that somebody created a pingdom account to ping my site once a minute, and since my website isn't hosted on a very strong server anyway, those requests get heavy and slow down the server, will blocking pingdom's servers through .htaccess help? will it use less resources then when pingdom just downloads my entire homepage? and if it will, is there a way to block them based on user agent? their IP always changes, but the user agent stay the same Pingdom.com_bot_version_1.4_(http://www.pingdom.com/)

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    Why are you posting here? You should be contacting Pingdom. May 5, 2015 at 5:14
  • i tried, no response.
    – Mister_Fix
    May 5, 2015 at 5:14
  • Try contacting them via an @reply on public twitter. If they think their brand image is at risk they'll probably be more likely to respond. May 5, 2015 at 6:51

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I'd do it via iptables.

Pingdom have a specific set of IP addresses they use, and, unsurprisingly, make the list public.

https://support.pingdom.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/16/0/where-can-i-find-a-list-of-ip-addresses-for-the-pingdom-probe-servers

You could retrieve the list, and script the process of creating iptables drop rules for them.

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