| 9:24 am on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
We've always found AOL visitors to be great. The fact they share the same IP is a problem, but I'd rather they came sharing an IP than not coming at all.
| 9:32 am on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
Yes but if you are getting results from XML feed from big guys, they won't pay for such traffic (same IP). If you pay to Affiliates this calculation simply won't work.
| 2:38 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
masterblaster, are you asking from the point of view of a PPC Search Engine owner or as an advertiser?
| 3:35 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
| 3:45 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
They come from the same IP address because of the AOL Proxy servers...
If you use SSL pages (yes, more overhead etc..) you will force a bypass of the proxy servers and obtain the users direct IP.
| 5:59 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
but still... will they have unique IP's? Will this be internal IP's?
| 7:57 pm on Feb 25, 2003 (gmt 0)|
The IP you get from the SSL connection to an AOL subscriber is the IP address assigned to their individual computer. That is to say, for the most part, IPs gathered from AOL via HTTPS are similiar to IPs from most other non-caching ISPs.
There is always the possibility of address reassignment where a person goes to your site, hangs up, and someone else gets that IP address and visits your site.
IP addresses are only part of a picture to determine 'uniqueness'.
| 8:55 am on Feb 26, 2003 (gmt 0)|
1) how do i make that https working (will be slow, but maybe I can bound this to AOL users only?)
2) what "other ways" do you suggest to successfuly track the user (instead of using IP only).
| 10:49 am on Feb 26, 2003 (gmt 0)|
You can use referer and time heuristics but it is much more complicated