Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Visitor Stats



I'm trying not to be paranoid but I was just checking my visitor stats after not posting in six days and noticed that for about an hour, every page of my blog was viewed but the referring site was listed as my own blog address. Does anyone know what this might be? Some of the posts were viewed at the same time, and I believe in chronological order.





10 comments:

Jennifer Maiser said...

jbb - in typepad, they show the referring address so if an interested party entered the site initially from another site, you would see that once. but then as they jump from page to page, they are being referred from one page in your site to another ... thus the referral from yourself. it could just be one person clicking from page to page. or a spider ... i am not totally sure how spiders work, or whether you actually see them crawl your site (i bet you paul would know this one)

ilva said...

What is a spider??? Do enlighten me please!

Jennifer said...

Thanks Jen, I thought this might be the case--it just seems odd that they would click through several pages per minute--I thought it seemed more mechanized by the timing. But I'm interested in what a spider is as well.

Jennifer said...

Thanks Jen. I hope it is just a person going through the site, though it seemed odd that they would view several pages per minute--it seemed more mechanized than that. I'd be interested to know what a spider is as well.

Jennifer said...

Okay--third comment. I've posted twice because my comments don't always make it on to FBS so this is a test. Sorry to clutter things.

paul said...

A spider or crawler is just a piece of software a search engine or some other entity uses to 'crawl' your site. It will follow all links (unless you tell it not to). It reports back to the search engine with an index of stuff on your site that it can add to its database.

I'm not sure how they all behave, companys like Google like to hide how they do those things. But you can get a good idea of how many pages they run through if you have access to your raw logs. You'll see they can go through a site with astounding speed, but they don't always crawl an entire site - they might be smart enough to go only to new, or updated pages.

In your raw logs or some stats programs you can see the spiders name, and legitimate spiders even give a URL where you can find out more about them - http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/slurp/ - is a good FAQ on Yahoo's Slurp crawler.

There are bad spiders too - ones searching for email addresses to add to spam databases for instance, these will disguise themselves as regular browsers though.

Jennifer Maiser said...

Thanks Paul. Not only are you knowledgeable, but you do a great job of explaining things in simple terms.

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