There are a number of problems associated with robots.
Large amounts of web robot traffic cause an increase in the
bandwidth consumed by the website. On top of the increased financial cost of
bandwidth, the bandwidth usage can reduce overall server performance,
especially if the robots are making large numbers of requests to resource
intensive pages, such as database search results pages.
Automated web traffic can distort website statistics,
especially if there is a large amount of robot traffic or the robot traffic
varies significantly from month to month. This can lead to awkward questions
from senior management if they notice unusual traffic peaks. It also makes it
difficult to gauge the success of marketing campaigns, etc.
The robots may be doing something with your website's
content. Stealing website content and republishing it in order to benefit from
pay per click advertising is a highly profitable industry.