| 9:14 pm on Dec 2, 2008 (gmt 0)|
If i recall correctly, Analytics does not track any bots, spiders, crawlers...etc..etc...
if you are looking for that information about bots, spiders..etc...your server logs would be your best bet.
| 5:23 pm on Dec 3, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Your right Tony it doesnt. You need access to your servers raw logs and tool that can read them.
| 9:39 pm on Dec 5, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Ok, thank you...
I guess it's fine then to not show the bots in google analytics; at least this tells me any visits I get are actual traffic and not bots.
| 1:30 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)|
My information could be obsolete. Let me know if you know otherwise.
| 3:02 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)|
How about bots that don't register as bots?
I have some "unknown" in my stats (not Google's - haven't signed up yet) and I think they're tentatively identified as bots because their behavior matches typical bot behavior, though they don't identify themselves as robotic user agents and they don't hit the robots.txt file.
| 4:13 pm on Dec 6, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, there are thousands of those out there.
| 12:07 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
| 3:39 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
| 5:31 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Its going to be site dependant as to which bots you get on your site.
| 10:00 am on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
This is not true. Or perhaps there is a misunderstanding with the word "bot".
Consider this example, someone creates a very simple plugin for FF that all it does it inserts a meta-refresh tag for a page the browser downloads. Now this meta tag will trigger a periodic refresh of the page and will be recorded as a human action. The browser could allow jscripts so it will pass through the GA filters but in reality this represents automation or what I could call a bot. Of course there are lots of other implementations but you get the idea.
Motives for it? Lots, say for instance you have a marketing campaign in place like ppc.
| 9:47 pm on Dec 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Very simple answer is this that Analytics does not track any bots, spiders, crawlers.
| 9:08 am on Dec 8, 2008 (gmt 0)|
|Very simple answer is this that Analytics does not track any bots, spiders, crawlers. |
This is like saying, you can tell whether a visitor is behind an elite proxy or not. The truth is, you cannot tell.
| 9:05 am on Jan 13, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Any analytic company/script can not guaranteed you for 100% accurate and perfect result. Wait for future.............
| 1:03 pm on Jan 13, 2009 (gmt 0)|
This is how I understand it, and I hope it adds the right amount of details to some of the generalities that are being stated here.
Some bots do request image file types, of course. It's a matter of how they are programmed, for example whether the programmer wants it to avoid being detectable as a bot because it doesn't request images. The analytics world had a major incident with one of these last year. Or, the bot might be an image collector, period.
| 4:02 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)|
You may find this thread [webmasterworld.com] useful.