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This may be a weird question but I thought I would pass it on to see if you've seen this issue.

We have your plugin installed on:

We are currently experiencing server resource problems due to an increase in Googlebot traffic.

When I view our server access log I can see that the majority of the requests are trying to access queries related to currencies.

Here is an output of some of the records that are made within a few seconds: - - [26/Jun/2020:00:29:29 +0000]"GET /nz/search/%2525257Bsearch_term_string%25252 57D%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DUSD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%2525 253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%25253Fcurrency%25253DNZD%25253Fcurrency%2 5253DNZD%25253Fcurrency%25253DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DUSD%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency%25 3DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DGBP%253Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DAUD%253Fc urrency%253DNZD%3Fcurrency%3DAUD%3Fcurrency%3DNZD HTTP/1.1" 200 18671"-""Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.9 2 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +" - - [26/Jun/2020:00:29:29 +0000]"GET /nz/search/%2525257Bsearch_term_string%25252 57D%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DAUD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DNZD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%2525 253Fcurrency%2525253DAUD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DGBP%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DEUR%2525253Fcurr ency%2525253DAUD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DGBP%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR %25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%25253Fcurrency%25253DUSD%25253Fcurrency%25253DGBP%25253Fcurrency%2525 3DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DU SD%3Fcurrency%3DNZD HTTP/1.1" 200 18691"-""Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/ MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.92 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compat ible; Googlebot/2.1; +" - - [26/Jun/2020:00:29:29 +0000]"GET /eu?s=%252525257Bsearch_term_string%25252525 7D%252525253Fcurrency%252525253DAUD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DAUD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DUSD%2 525253Fcurrency%2525253DNZD%2525253Fcurrency%2525253DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%25253Fcurrenc y%25253DGBP%25253Fcurrency%25253DEUR%25253Fcurrency%25253DAUD%253Fcurrency%253DAUD%253Fcurrency %253DGBP%253Fcurrency%253DUSD%253Fcurrency%253DGBP%3Fcurrency%3DAUD%3Fcurrency%3DAUD HTTP/1.1" 200 18687"-""Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KH TML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.92 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://w" - - [26/Jun/2020:00:29:27 +0000]"GET /nz/search/%25257Bsearch_term_string%25257D% 25253Fcurrency%25253DNZD%25253Fcurrency%25253DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DUSD%25253Fcurrency%25253 DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DGBP%25253Fcurrency%25253DAUD%25253Fcurrency%25253DUSD%25253Fcurrency% 25253DUSD%253Fcurrency%253DAUD%253Fcurrency%253DGBP%253Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DAUD%2 53Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DNZD%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency %253DGBP%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%253Fcurrency%253DEUR%3F currency%3DNZD HTTP/1.1" 200 18669"-""Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29 P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/80.0.3987.92 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +"

I'm unsure of where or how the Googlebot is traversing through these links or how they're getting 200 status codes on the request, because these links don't exist.


Hoping you might be able to shed some light on this for me.


Liam OToole

Hello Liam

Very  strange! bot cannot switch currencies on its own

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