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website statistics,anyone?

i put up a little site a couple of weeks ago so that people who can’t make it to belgrade to see my new exhibition could get some idea of its flavour.today i discovered the site statistics.which leads me to my question.i get a lot of hits marked n/a.they all seem to emanate from the united states.at first i thought they were automated robots,but they seem to stay too long to be that.is it that some servers in the states are not state specific or what?anyone got any ideas?

by Michael Bowring at 2007-04-19 09:29:09 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Belgrade , Serbia | Bookmark | | Report spam→

do you have access to your web server logs? If so you can check the raw input and if the robot has been configured properly you should get some details.

what stats program is causing the n/a?

by Daniel Cuthbert | 19 Apr 2007 11:04 | bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
daniel,i use something called ‘SmarterStats Proffessional Edition.don’t know about accessing the logs,that sort of stuff confuses me!i have tried cutting and pasting the urls but they always come up as ‘server not found’ or password protected.the actual n/a data is to be found under visitors.you can see roughly where they are coming from,and they all seem to come from the states,but it won’t narrow it down to a state.i was thinking maybe there are web servers in the states that are not registered in a particular state,which is why they appear as n/a.but i am just guessing.

by Michael Bowring | 19 Apr 2007 11:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
It could be that or SmarterStats has issues doing reverse lookups (the bit where they work out where the IP address is located)

by Daniel Cuthbert | 19 Apr 2007 11:04 | bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
thanks daniel,i will investigate further.

by Michael Bowring | 19 Apr 2007 11:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
you should check Google Analytic. it will tell you exactly who visited your site. you’ll need to sign for a gmail.com account as well. it’s really well done.


by Sylvain Dumais | 19 Apr 2007 12:04 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
thanks sylvain,i will try them.i don’t particularly want to know exactly who is coming to my site.i just really want to know who or what these unidentified secret visitors are.it’s funny,since i posted my site i have also won the lottery about 15 times and inherited a dozen fortunes from long lost religious aunts!or i would have done if i had sent them all my banking details!!

by Michael Bowring | 19 Apr 2007 15:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
It often denotes a user using multiple firewalls.

Many government servers are also unmarked.

by P. Money | 27 Apr 2007 15:04 | Bowling Green, KY, United States | | Report spam→
cheers patrick.i do get a disproportionate amount of hits from virginia and d.c..i guess that proves that even spooks love photography! anyway,they are all quite welcome to pop down to my exhibition,currently running in belgrade,and to buy a limited edition print,a snip at 300 euros,and if they bring i.d. i will throw the frame in free ;)

by Michael Bowring | 27 Apr 2007 16:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
two words: google analytics

I can send you an invite for a free gmail account if you need one. Thomas www.thomaspickard.com

by Thomas Pickard | 28 Apr 2007 04:04 | Male', Maldives | | Report spam→
You can check whois.sc if an IP-address is blacklisted. If it is, ban it right away.

To catch “bad-robots”, make a new catalogue called private or something. And then, in you robots.txt-file write Disallow: /private

If any robot or IP address access that catalogue, they are bad robots and must be banned from entering your site.

by Sivert Almvik | 28 Apr 2007 06:04 | Trondheim, Norway | | Report spam→
thomas and sivert,thank you both for your help,i will get on it straightaway.

by Michael Bowring | 28 Apr 2007 10:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
ok,i have done some further research.basically the number one culprit for providing spammers with dodgy accounts seem to be aol.in fact they seem to be the only major company that allows this sort of behavoiur.i don’t know why aol are the epicentre of this nonsense,perhaps someone here can enlighten me?as for servers that pass on your details to spammers,there is a very dodgy one in milan,and one in tijuana,mexico.

by Michael Bowring | 28 Apr 2007 13:04 | Belgrade, Serbia | | Report spam→
Google Analytics and Statcounter: both free and both are very good, I think. You’ll need a
Gmail account for the former and the latter has a basic and a premium package; the premium you have to pay for, but the basic package is still pretty damn good.

by Akaky | 28 Apr 2007 18:04 (ed. Apr 28 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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Michael Bowring, photographer Michael Bowring
Belgrade , Serbia
Daniel Cuthbert, button clicker Daniel Cuthbert
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London , United Kingdom ( LHR )
Sylvain Dumais, Photographer Sylvain Dumais
(Editorial Photographer Toronto)
Toronto , Canada
P. Money, Creative & Futurist P. Money
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(See That Which Cannot Be Seen)
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Rarotonga , Cook Islands
Sivert Almvik, Student Sivert Almvik
Trondheim , Norway ( OSL )
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