Basic Referer question


#1

Hello,
I’ve tried looking in the wiki and on this forum, but I can’t seem to find an answer to my question: How do I get detailed referer information for my site?

I’ve enabled the referer checkbox (Control Panel > Statistics > MyDomain.com (Customise) > Daily). But when I look at the statistics, all I see in the referrer section is, for example, “http://www.google.com/search”.
(i.e., I only see the site listed, not the full URL).

But I’m curious to see what search terms were used to locate my site, or which specific page the user followed to get to my site. (i.e., not http://cnn.com but http://cnn.com/some-specific-webpage.html)

How can I get this info?

Thank you!!!


#2

Personally, I am not a big fan of the Analog stats package, so my first suggestion would be to install your own stats package.

I use TraceWatch here for real-time traffic reporting. However, it does require you to add a single line of PHP code to any pages you want stats for.

Another popular choice is AWStats, there is a Wiki article with detailed installation instructions for this.

Mark


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#3

You can look at raw logs too.

Referer info is easily changed such as with Firefox plugins or firewall software, and some crawlers leave referer “spam” with fake referers.

Come to think of it, is that really “spam”?

Edit: Similar with user-agents (browser id’s) and even IP’s.

Anyway, the stat’s and logs are interesting, but not reliable.

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#4

I tried looking for the raw logs, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. What file should I be looking at? I’d love to see a file with just a simple list of pages from which my visitors came.


#5

I recommend supporting Google’s take-over of the world and using Analytics

Check out Gordaen’s Knowledge, the blog, and the MR2 page.


#6

Logs files

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#7

Hmmm… When I look at access.log I don’t see any referer info. Looking at …/hits/ref. does show referer info, but not detailed info (eg: it says “google.com/search”, but the the full URL).


#8

Unfortunately, this requires an invitation from Google.

Mark


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#9

If you’re not seeing stuff like this in the raw access…log’s,

with referers like:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=some+search+words&spell=1

then either nobody’s going to your site that way, or something’s still setup wrong for your site or server, or everybody is blocking referers (unlikely).

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