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An example of the referrer logs, information about your visitors
Web Server Statistics

Top 10 Referrers by Document, Week of 04/25/99 to 05/01/99


Normally ...
... this area, and all comments in blue text, would not appear on your referrer logs.
... each item listed will be linked to the corresponding URL or image, we have removed the links for this example. Except for removing the links, all items are shown exactly as they would appear in your referrer logs. Even though the log files will not show the full domain URL with each HTML page and graphic listed, it would be linked with the full URL to each item.
... all the items on this page will be listed in alphabetical order. We have re-arranged some things to show examples of the different types of listings.
... these examples come from actual referrer logs, but we have edited some information to protect 'the innocent' and have not included ALL of the information that was on the referrer log for this weekly period. If you have a large website with a lot of images, this page would be a large file.
... these examples shown are for the domain 'autumnweb.com' and the HTML pages and graphics listed are from within that website. I.E., there really is a directory at http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/, but some of the other directories and page names have been changed since this reporting period.


HTML pages visited will be listed like one of these first three examples. It all depends on how the link was written to your website, or what the person typed it in on the location bar. All three of these are the same page on the website, as the index.html page is the default page shown when someone would type in http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys or http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/

/Roxys
     1: http://www.geocities.com/roxys-place/2Directory.html
/Roxys/
     1: http://www.geocities.com/roxys-place/OneHourPage/2StartHere.html
/Roxys/index.html
     3: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/5555/Tubes/
     3: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/5555/2RoxysRenditionsGX.html
     3: http://www.geocities.com/roxys-place/Grfx/2GrfxDirectory.html
     1: http://web.paticafe.by.net/Heartland/Estates/5555/Grfx/
     1: http://members.xoom.com/Roxys/Floral-Nature/2FloralNatureGrfx.html
     1: http://www.geocities.com/roxys-place/
     1: http://www.geocity.com/roxys-place/Tutorials/
     1: http://geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/5555/Relig/4CrossGrfx.html
     1: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/5555/2Rings.html
     1: http://www.geopages.com/Heartland/Estates/5555/Grfx/

You would be able to visit these websites to verify that they have a link to your web site or page.

Also for HTML pages, you will be able to see if they reached that page from another website, or another page within your own website.

/Roxys/2Tutorials/index.html
     2: http://members.xoom.com/Roxys/Tutorials/index.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/index.html

Here are some examples of pages that were found and reached via search engines. If you look hard between the "stuff" that the search engine records about the search made, you can see the key words or phrases that were used to search, and how that page is listed with that search engine. Normally, each one is all on one line, we did split some single lines into two so that you won't have horizontal scroll bars on your browser.

/Roxys/Seasons-Nature/4natWheatBrdr-n-TileGrfx.html
     1: http://www.goto.com/d/search/?type=bottombar&Keywords="clipart nature"&x=16&y=15
     1: http://ink.yahoo.com/bin/query?p="nature+backgrounds"&hc=0&hs=0
     1: http://ink.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=clipart wheat&hc=0&hs=0
     1: http://au.ink.yahoo.com/bin/query_au?p=clipart wheat&hc=0&hs=0
     1: http://ink.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=wheat graphics&b=21&hc=0&hs=4
/Roxys/Themes/4rcChrist7TileGrfx.html
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&q=wallpaper of jesus&stq=10&c9k
     1: http://netfind.aol.com/search.gw?search=free christ clipart&look=
        excite_netfind2_us&sorig=rpage&nrm=n&pri=on&xls=b&xll=65
     1: http://www.evreka.com/query?q=clipart +jesus&what=web&pg=q&stq=10&kl=
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=n200&q=+jesus images gallery clipart Christian life &stq=30&c9k
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&kl=en&stype=stext&q=
        jesus border backgrounds web page &search.x=31&search.y=2
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&user=msn&q=religious wallpaper&stq=20&c9k

On this particular page is information on installing and using popups in both pIRCh and mIRC, using colored and fancy text, and links to pages with mIRC and pIRCh installation and use tutorials.

/Roxys/2Tutorials/4IRCpopupsXtras.html
     2: /Roxys/2Tutorials/2TutorialList.html
     2: http://search.excite.com/search.gw?c=web&s=mirc popups&showSummary
        =true&start=0&perPage=10&next=Next Results
     2: http://ink.yahoo.com/bin/query?p="IRC popups"&hc=0&hs=0
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&kl=XX&stype=stext&q
        =mirc tutorials
     1: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=q&kl=XX&stype=stext&q=
        "IRC popups"&search.x=19&search.y=11
     1: http://search.excite.com/search.gw?c=web&s=&showSummary=true&start
        =10&perPage=10&qbe=20192881&next=Next Results&ctag=37964253
     1: http://www.looksmart.com/r_search?look=&isp=gr&key="IRC popups"&search=1
     1: http://www.looksmart.com/r_search?search=0&comefrom=ijw-search&isp=
        jw&key=popups+mirc&submit.x=28&submit.y=11
     1: http://google.netscape.com/netscape?query=irc colors chat.

Your images will also be listed. It will show the URL of the page that the image was displayed on. If someone is directly linking to your images, you will know the exact website URL of the site that is direct linking (see third + last item).

/Roxys/2Tutorials/rrfg-clem-Brdr.jpg
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/2Tutorials/index.html
/Roxys/2Tutorials/rrfg-cr-BGpale2.gif
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/2Tutorials/index.html
/Roxys/2Tutorials/rrfg-trels-Brdr.jpg
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/2Tutorials/index.html
     1: http://www.geocities.com/roxys-place/

If you have the same image displayed on several pages, like your logo, or navigation graphics, etc, it will show all the pages that displayed that same image.

/Roxys/ica/xrr-awRoxys-URLbutton.gif
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Seasons-Nature/4SeaShells2BrdrGrfx.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Seasons-Nature/4ClematisBrdr-n-TileGrfx.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Seasons-Nature/4RoseSoftPinkTile-n-BrdrGrfx.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Seasons-Nature/4Butterfly4BrdrGrfx.html
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Holidays/4HalloweenWitchesGrfx.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Themes/4AngelsInSkyTile-n-BrdrGrfx.html
/Roxys/ihol/rrval-hrt107.gif
     2: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Holidays/4ValentineLoveHeartsGrfx.html
     1: http://www.autumnweb.com/Roxys/Holidays/4ValentinesDaySignsGrfx.html

When your website's pages are indexed by a search engine, you will be able to see that, too. These are two of the pages that were indexed by the search engine Google.

/Roxys/colA/4Butterfly4BrdrGrfx.html
     1: googlebot/1.0 (googlebot@googlebot.com http://googlebot.com/)
/Roxys/colA/4ClematisBrdr-n-TileGrfx.html
     1: googlebot/1.0 (googlebot@googlebot.com http://googlebot.com/)

You should also see search engines checking for your robots.txt file in your main directory. Information on robots.txt files and getting listed with the search engines are in the Web Page Help area.

/robots.txt
     1: googlebot/1.0 (googlebot@googlebot.com http://googlebot.com/)

So you can see how valuable referrer logs are. If your web host doesn't provide them, maybe you should look for another web host?


 
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