cache-dk05.proxy.aol.com looked at one of my thumnail .jpg's
The next site was cache-dq01.proxy.aol.com which looked at the next thumbnail on the same page.
There was 10 different 'sites' just to look at my home page (one for the homepage, one for the background, one for the logo and seven for the seven thumbnails).
My questions are:-
1. What does the 'cache' and the 'proxy' mean in the above sites? 2. My log files stats show that I had 10 visitors where in fact in imagine I just had one? Is there anyway that I can show the more accurate visior number in my data? I am using Webalizer?
You may be confusing hits with visitors. Hits is every time a file associated with a particular page (i.e. graphics files on your home page) actually load. You could get 10 hits with only 1 page loading and 1 visitor visiting.
Yup, I think I used the wrong terminology between hits and visitors/sites.
But, my stats show that one visitor was cache-DK05.proxy.aol.com
and another visitor cache-DQ01.proxy.aol.com
I get this reasonably often and my stats show that I have many different sites visiting my website whereas it is a lot fewer because this is only one search but it is shown as 10 or more visits because of the slight change in the site address (dk05 then dqo1, etc etc).
I hope I have explained it a bit better this time?
It's not unusual for an AOLer to change IPs while surfing your site in the same visit due to their ISP using proxies. AOL also caches webpages to save them (and you) bandwidth should another customer request the same ones unless of course you've added no caching into your site.