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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2006-10-01 13:58:22

i just spent a couple of hours going over the apache logs for my site for september.. as usual, the vast majority of hits are coming from bots and crawlers (Yahoo! Slurp seems to take the lion's share on that, although I didn't actually generate statistics). there's also a fair number of spammers who are being foiled by my IP blocking and captcha tactics. hopefully they don't get any smarter, and hopefully i'm not boxing out non-spammers.

on the rise from the last time i checked are aggregators: Bloglines, Google Reader, etc. most of them are web-based, although at least one person seems to prefer SharpReader.

i was suprised to note 16 people hit my website from the BarCamp page, where i registered as not being able to come (i hope they have another one that I can attend). i didn't expect that number to be so high, although i suppose it makes sense that most of the people who even care about BarCamp are also going to be the types that want to find out more about other similar people. i know i clicked on a few of the links on that list, too.

and finally, it appears that other people out there do seem to check their server referer logs on a fairly regular basis. one of these people came snooping around my website, trying to find out more about a particular URL that is only accessible to me. perhaps i should implement a google-esque redirection page, so that all outgoing links from my site have a bland and non-informative referer URL. but i suppose that wouldn't be fair to others, and it wouldn't be as much fun for me, either :)

Posted by Fai at 2006-10-02 15:17:24
what do server referer logs do?
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Posted by stak at 2006-10-02 20:10:25
the referer field in a server log specifies the last URL that the user was at before coming to your site/page. it's an optional field and you can usually turn it off in your browser settings, but most browsers enable it by default.
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