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 1:24 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi all

I wonder if any of you could give me some tips on how to interpret a report from Web Trends. What is the most important information I should be looking for in the report and what need I not be too concerned about.

Any advice greatly appreciated.



 1:28 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hi Knoxy,

There is a lot of data that is important.

Referring site
Referring search engine
referring url
path through site
tope search phrase
most active time of day
most active regions
single access pages
tope exit pages
tope entry pages
most requested pages
new vs. return visitors

I could go on and on. It really depends on what you want to know about your site.


 1:33 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)


Thanks for the swift reply. What I'm trying to determine is whether the doorways I have submitted for a client are doing what they are supposed to (i've had to use doorways as the client didn't want the content or look of the site changed).



 2:21 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

WebTrends will show you what pages get hits. You are able to look at the top entry pages, top exit pages and single access pages. These would be the ones you want to look at.


 2:29 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the advice, sorry to sound so dense but it my first time working with web-trends


 3:01 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)


You don't sound dense. I have been working with WebTrends only since July. I had a lot of questions myself when I first started using it. Feel free to email, ICQ or AIM me if you have any questions.

AIM: tulsacowgirl
ICQ 487465


 3:20 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Man, threads like this will turn me into a lurker. Thanks, Hope!


 5:36 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Why did this thread turn you into a lurker??? Are you really a spammer looking for email addresses. ;)


 6:01 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

>Why did this thread turn you into a lurker
No questions left to answer, you took care of the whole she-bang in 4 minutes and had a follow-up exchange before I ever cracked open the thread.

depends on the definition, but I'm not into email harvesting


 6:35 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

I am sorry about taking all the fun out of it for you. Next time I will try to leave something unanswered. ;) Webtrends is my life recently so any questions on it I feel this driving need to answer.lol (Ok so I am a tad bit warped)


 10:17 pm on Nov 7, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hope, maybe there is hope. Have you found a way to update the "spider" IDs in WebTrends or did they actually tell me the truth- that information is hard-coded in the program and we must wait until the programmers get a round to updating it. Googlebot still doesn't show up as a spider.


 10:59 am on Nov 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

Create a separate report. Filter out all other pages than the doorways. (by choosing include only and the doorway file names).

Filter out all robots and syphons from referrers. Filter out frames and your own visits to the pages.

Set the report to show the top 100 (or more)search terms. Default is set on top 10.

If you have Enterprise suit or higher you can also click on reversed analysis from your pay off page. Thus you can measure quality on your search engine traffic.


 5:01 pm on Nov 8, 2000 (gmt 0)


I have googlebot showing up as a browser. This actually isn't too bad. It still tells the information I am looking for, just on the wrong sheet. I make sure I look under browsers to see who has hit that isn't hard coded into the spiders section.


 6:54 pm on Nov 8, 2000 (gmt 0)

Hope, you have to update your keywords.ini file so it recognize Google as a search engine. Write me and IŽll send you an updated file.

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